5 things you need to know before your Torres del Paine trek

Torres del Paine Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, located deep in the South of Patagonia in South America, was always considered to be one of the best treks in the world!

I was always curious if that is true, and while I was touring the continent, I could not miss the chance to hike the famous park myself.

Many people wonder, can you do the trek by yourself or it is obligatory to go with the tour?

As usual, pick up your badge of courage and get on with it. Independent travel is absolutely possible, moreover, it prevails in Torres del Paine! You can certainly go with a tour if you wish, but you don’t really need to. Every path is well marked and it is very easy to orient yourself, don’t worry. Solo hiking is very popular and is definitely allowed in Torres del Paine.

Local guides say the Torres del Paine treks are so easy and obvious, that, if you manage to get lost, they will put you on a wall of shame and make you famous!

There are many blog posts and books out there already helping you to prepare for the trek, but I found them missing this or that important info. Thus, to cover all the question that I could not find in the internet before and help you plan your trip, I decided to write my own Torres del Paine trekking guide:

5 things you need to know before your torres del paine trek Misstourist.com

These are the questions you need to ask yourself BEFORE going to Torres del Paine in order to have a great time there. I counted 5 of them.

1. Summer or winter?

torres del paine national park summer

These pics were taking during the same trek, with a 3 days difference!


The weather in Patagonia is so unpredictable, it can compete with Iceland– a hot sunny day can change to strong wind gusts which will blow you away and cold in the blink of an eye.

Even though you cannot predict the weather, you can at least choose the season, so do it right.
October to April is considered to be a good time to visit. That is when the spring and summer time in the southern hemisphere is. Being far south, they don’t last as long as you’d like.

Winter is coming in Patagonia after April, and, believe me, it is cold. And by cold I mean Russian winter cold (I am Russian, so I know stuff).

If you are searching for challenges, and you are an experienced hiker, you can go in the winter, sure!

But it sometimes got really windy in February (summer) when I went. And by really windy I mean I could barely stand! I wonder how is it during the winter? Brrr

The only advantage of the cold season, if you ask me, is that there are hardly any tourists during the winter time (May to August).

More information about the weather in Torres del Paine here.

2. O or W, or maybe the Q trek?

No, I am not inventing some secret code, this is how the trails are called (named for its shape).

Mirador Britanico

Image by Pehuen Grotti

Basically, there are 3 hiking routes in Torres del Paine: “W” (4-5 days), ”O” (9 days) and “Q” (10 days).

las torres del paine“W” is the most popular trek in the park, I also took this one. This trek will allow you to see the most important things including the torres, symbol of the park. Duration – 4-5 days.

“O” is a loop trail, it makes a circle around the whole park. I recommend taking this tour if you have more time and you want to deeper immerse with the nature. It gets to be really less crowded after it breaks away from the W trail. Duration – 9 days.

“Q” just adds 1 extra day to O, a little tail from O. Take it if you still didn’t have enough of the beauty of the park. Duration – 10 days

If you are not feeling adventurous, you can do an easy 1 day trek just to see Torres and stay in a hotel close to it. Duration – 4-5 hours.

The W is basically part of the O, O is part of the Q.  Here is the picture so that it makes sense:

Which direction to go – East to West or West to East?

It does not matter, really. It really depends on the weather, plus you will still need to come back. I did my W from East to West and it was perfectly ok. I chose East to West because I knew that the first day is the hardest, so I didn’t want to postpone it until the last. But that’s just me, you might want to do it differently.

3. A tent or a hotel?

torres del paine tour

Where are you going to stay in Torres del Paine those 4-10 days?

Will you go for a budget option staying with the tent or you prefer a comfort of a room in a refugio (hostel in Torres del Paine).

I chose a combination of camping and lodging to have a good understanding of each of the alternatives of accommodations so I can report it back to you! Oh, you are welcome, don’t even mention it! 🙂

Let’s talk about both options:

A) Tent in a paid camping site

Campamento Chileno

Image by Pehuen Grotti

Even if saving money might not be your main reason for choosing a camping option (yes, it is really romantic to spend the nights in the nature – when it is not windy, haha), it is definitely much cheaper than staying in a refugio.

All of the paid campsites on the W trek are generally located near the refugios, which means you will be able to enjoy all the facilities there – showers with hot water, kitchen, toilets etc.

You can rent a tent from each individual refugio (+ sleeping bag and sleeping mat as an extra option). That is a cool option because you will not need to carry the tent from place to place. You rent it in one campsite, then you rent another tent in another campsite. Comfortable option! You need to also rent a campsite spot for this.

Alternatively, you can carry your own tent and use it on each campsite (you will only need to pay a small fee for using the facilities of the campsite)

campartamento italiano torres del paineMy experience – I am glad I could rent a tent in each camp (= no carrying involved), and overall it was a great experience. The tents are of very good quality and heh, they are already set up for you! You miss a bit of the camp experience but damn, I enjoyed having it ready. The facilities in camping sites are good – hot water, basic kitchen (you need to use your own stove). I saw many people trekking with tents. So, if the weight is not an issue for you, I think you will have a fabulous experience!

Booking the tent – I would say, given the amount of tourists treking, it’s better to book your tent and/or camping spot in advance. If you want to rent a tent, for most of the W trek camping sites you should book the place here. For the Paine Grande campsite and other camping sites on the O trek, you can book here. If you go in the low season you can take your chance with not booking it in advance.

If you rent the whole thing (which includes a tent, tenting space, a sleeping bag) it will come up to about 50-60$ for 2 people. They have tents for 3 and 4 people as well.  Consult the prices here.

Price: About 15$ per person if you come with your own tent, and 50-60$ for 2 people if you rent a tent with all the supplements (sleeping bag, mat).

B) Tent in a free camping site

The free camping sites are owned by the park authority. They are of course, harder to reach (you’ll be more tired at the end of the day) but they are placed deeper on the trek, so they provide you with a more genuine experience.  The camps lack many of the facilities of the paid campsites, but for sure they don’t lack in good spirits, great atmosphere, and nice people!

Booking a place in a free camping site should be done, in order to secure your spot when you’ll reach it tired, at the end of the day. The procedure for booking is not as simple as you might think. There are no online bookings and you can only book maximum one day in advance. So, as soon as you get to the first camp, you need to communicate with the rangers there that you are heading to the next one. They will, in turn, contact the next camp and pass on the list of bookings. Now, hurry to the next camp, adventurer!

C) Hotel (Hostel / Refugio)

Hotels in Torres del Paine national Park

Hotels, or in majority of cases, hostels are owned by 2 private companies in the Torres del Paine park – Fantastico Sur (basically on the eastern part of the park) and Vertice Patagonia (everything on the western side of the park).

I have stayed in different refugios (hostels) for 3 nights and I actually recommend it.

In some areas there are also cabins with hot tubs, so that’s also an option, sometimes.

Yes, it is pricey, but the territory of the refugios is so far away, they need to deliver employees and food by helicopter to most of the areas.

Even if the facilities are basic, it is all very nice and clean, I loved staying in Fantastico Sur refugios!

And the fact that I was staying with another traveler in the room allowed me to meet some awesome new friends on the road. I also took the full board option, the food was delicious and plentiful, see the next section for the pictures.

Fantastico Sur refugio photos

Note: Refugios are not built everywhere, if you are taking an “O” trail, there are parts where camping is the only option.

Booking the refugios –  Please book in advance. Refugios are very fast to be sold out, especially during the high season (Dec, Jan, Feb). You can book them here and here (depending in which camp you want to stay).

Price: Really depends on the particular refugio. The average price is 80$ per person. It again really depends on the season and the location.

The price is about 10% lower if you go off season, see the rates here.

4. Cooking or full board?

Los cuernos

Image by Pehuen Grotti

As you will be in Torres del Paine for some days and you probably want to eat something more than just chocolate bars, you should think about it in advance.

Are you going to cook your own food or will you use the full board option provided by the refugio?

Cooking your food yourself of course requires some preparation and most importantly, carrying everything on your back, but hey, it is much cheaper.

Packing food list in case you will cook:

  • can opener;
  • for breakfast – one serving of oatmeal per person;
  • for lunch – snacks like a carrot, chocolate bar, cookies, apples, or granola bar;
  • for dinner – pasta dish, tuna, or rice dish for dinner (be sure to mix in some sort of protein);
  • gas oven,
  • water filter (not obligatory, but quite useful)
view from Las Torres del Paine

Image by Pehuen Grotti

A friend of mine hanged her food to keep it away from mice and other rodents, but it was taken by a condor, so find a good place to store your food overnight.

Full board provided by refugios means you will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by the refugio. No worries about cooking and carrying all those cans of food. (I am saying it over and over again because, believe me, the weight question will become super important after you walk with it for a few hours).

You can get the full board option (or order just dinner/lunch/breakfast individually) even if you don’t stay in the refugio. There were many people camping who came to the restaurant in the evening to enjoy a nice warm dinner.

Torres del Paine full board food Fantastico SurThe dinner consists of 4 courses – a salad (an appetizer), a soup, a main course (meat or a vegetarian option) and a dessert with tea. Wine is not included, but you can get it for quite an affordable price if you wish.

I remember both breakfasts and dinners being heavy (meaning a lot!), which was great because it is exactly what you need before/after a day full of activities.

Lunch will be given to you in a lunch box. There is also a vegetarian option.


Image by Pehuen Grotti


What about drinking water? Indeed, that’s a very important question.

You don’t have to bring liters and liters of water with you, thanks God! Luckily, you are in the National park and the streams of water coming directly from the glacier are cleaner than any bottled water.

Just one thing to keep in mind – the closer the running water is to the road, the more polluted it is. If you take the water directly from the river, there is a high possibility of other people or horses stepping in it. That brings dangerous bacteria that you don’t want in your body, so be careful.

Refill your bottles up the stream and you will be safe.

Some cabanas (another name of a refugio) sometimes add chlorine in the water, try not to drink it, just ask in the canteen area to refill your bottle.

5. Light or heavy?

Campamento Chileno2

Image by Pehuen Grotti

Oh, let me answer this question for you this time, can I?

The only possible answer is “Light” here. 🙂

You should leave your main luggage in Puerto Natales, each hotel/hostel there will take your bags, they are used to it. They have special storage, and it will be safe there for all the 5-10 days you are hiking the National Park. I used a lock just in case, but everything was fine.

Lago Pehoe Torres del Paine Chile

Take only the stuff that you will REALLY need.

The suggested packing list is below.
Packing list:

  • A backpack (duh!);
  • T-shirts;
  • GOOD waterproof shoes;
  • Hiking pants;
  • Walking sticks – highly recommended, don’t kill your knees!;
  • A rain jacket;
  • Your camera – don’t forget it!;
  • foodstuff if you are cooking (see the suggested list above);
  • sunscreen min SPF 30 (the radiation level is very high, try to always use it);
  • Sunglasses;
  • Toiletries;
  • Flip flops;
  • A towel;
  • wet napkins.

There is a possibility to hire a porter, but if you ask me, it is not the point of being in the nature. Just bring the most important stuff and enjoy the park without high-tech devices or dozens of dresses to wear in the evening. 😉

BONUS: How to get to Torres del Paine National park

Torres del paine on the mapThe closest city to Torres del Paine National Park is Puerto Natales. That is where I recommend to stay and have a rest for a day or 2 before the hike.

There are plenty of buses from Puerto Natales to different entrances to the park every day in the morning. You can buy your ticket from your hotel or just buy it from the bus terminal, whatever works better for you.

Entrance to the park costs 25$.


What will you see in Torres del Paine?

torre del paine

The incredible nature of Torres del Paine left many people speechless, it is a place where the color of the crystal-clear sky is just indescribable, the nature is unique, you can find plenty of wildlife to discover around you.

Here are a few highlights:

THE Torres – 3 huge granite towers, the torres (Es. – towers) is the symbol of the National Park. if you want to see them at the sunrise, you should stay at Campamento Torres (book in advance) as this is the closest place to get to the Torres (still a hike of about 1,5 hours).

I saw the torres during daylight, it was stunning nevertheless!

Torres del Paine sunrise

Torres during the sunset, Image by Pehuen Grotti

torres del paine night

The Torres at 4 a.m. before the sunrise, Image by Pehuen Grotti


Grey Glacier that is fed by Southern Patagonian Ice Field, climbing up there and hearing thunderstorms from time to time (that are actually ice falls) –  unforgettable!

Grey Glacier near Refugio and campamento Grey

Pehuen Grotti photography

French Valley

weather torres del paine

And many many more pictures of incredible nature!

So, how much is it again?

torres del Paine national park nature

Yes, even if we already spoke about it a bit, there are too many variables in this equation, I know.

The price depends on what level of comfort you prefer and your budget, the season you are going, too.

Let’s count together:

Cheap – carrying your own tent, camping in free places or cheap places. Cooking and eating (and carrying) your own food.

Medium – Renting tents from the camp and eating food provided by the cabanas from time to time

Expensive – staying in cabanas (a Lodge with bunk bed in a room for 6 with hot water etc), eating the food provided by the cabana

Luxury – staying in a luxury hotel and having your luggage carried by horses. The problem is, you choice of hotels will be very limited, as they hardly are any. However, there is a luxury 5* hotel called Las Torres, it is located relatively close to the Torres. The hike from the hotel up to see the torres is about 4 hours.

And yes, you read it correct – even staying in a hostel in Torres del Paine can be quite pricy. The hostels are owned by private companies and, it is hard to transfer goods there, that is why the price you pay for a hostel here can equal the price for a good hotel somewhere in Europe.

Me personally, I combined the medium and expensive options – I stayed 3 nights in cabanas and 1 night in a camp renting a tent from them.

And now, some more important things to remember …


  • Fire safety regulations – NEVER, and I really mean never, light fire in Torres del Paine National Park! The fire will spread so fast, and the trees are dry, you won’t be able to stop it. This is a really serious issue. Some guys did it 4 years ago, they destroyed 40% of the park trees, had to pay a huge fine and they are now not allowed to not only the park, but to the whole country. Please don’t start the fire in the park.
  • There will be no Internet, unless you are willing to pay some extra, many refugios provide a “Wild-Fi” service. But I would recommend to connect with the nature, isn’t that why you are there? No point to carry your laptop whatsoever.
  • Put your clothes in a plastic bag and then in the backpack, this way it won’t get wet if it rains.
  • If you want to prepare even more, I recommend attending this seminar organized by Erratic Rock a day before. They organize it every day at 3 p.m.. It is free and it gives you a lot of valuable info.

Is it hard?

Paine grande Torres del Paine

It is relatively easy. If you compare it with Colca Canyon in Peru, or, perhaps, the inca trail to Machu Picchu, it is much easier. No hills, just a bit of climbing, not even every day. However, if you are not in fit, or the weather is windy, it can be quite challenging, but still doable for all the ages and all the levels. If you are doing O or Q, I would suggest doing a long-distance hiking experience before as you will be carrying a loaded backpack for 8-10 days.

Occasionally you will have to go up steep steel ladders, climb across suspension bridges and go along deep mountain valleys. It is not easy, especially if you have heavy backpacks, but Torres del Paine has some of the most spectacular routes on the planet and it is so worth it! You will also meet many amazing like-minded people along the way!

Here is the hiking time estimate. It is pretty accurate, my time was maybe a bit faster, but that is because I did not have a heavy backpack.

People also ask me if it is easy to get lost in Torres del Paine?

No. In fact, if it’s very difficult to get lost. The paths are clearly marked and unless you really want to, you won’t get lost, don’t worry.

Puerto natales Torres del Paine


Here in this post I have included some important details that I couldn’t find in other blog posts in the internet. The idea was that you have it all in one place – the info of which trek to take, how much exactly it is going to cost you, how long is this, what to take with you and many other little things that I noted down while doing the trail myself.

Even if it is not that cheap as the tour of salt flats in Bolivia, it is a different beauty and I recommend experiencing it!

P.S. While touring Torres del Paine, I met a talented photographer named Pehuen Grotti, who generously allowed me to use his fantastic pictures on my blog. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook for more!

Disclaimer: I was invited to Fantastico Sur as a guest, however all opinions are, as always, my own.

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By | 2018-10-10T01:39:37+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Chile, export, Puerto Natales, South America|68 Comments

About the Author:

Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".


  1. Washington G Bomfim 23.09.2016 at 19:35 - Reply

    Well done reference. Best I read.

    • rahul 05.10.2017 at 06:12 - Reply

      HI, great read , I am going later this month and havent planned anything , if I wasn to do this on my own , is there a list of stops ? so I know what places to book and do you recommend doing this on your own or taking a guided tour ? thanks

    • Daniela 13.10.2017 at 01:40 - Reply

      Hi, I really want to know if I’m in Calafate and I want to go but like in a trip of just going into the park for 1 day can I? what would you recommend? I’m doing a 20 days trip to Argetina in December and I wanna know what I just can’t miss!

      • Yulia 15.10.2017 at 15:56 - Reply

        Yes, you can do a day trip if you want to. I recommend the main one – visiting the torres

  2. Lisa 19.10.2016 at 03:26 - Reply

    Thanks for the info!

  3. Diana 18.11.2016 at 14:05 - Reply

    Thanks. It’s very useful information.

  4. Adam 03.12.2016 at 14:04 - Reply

    I love the secret code 🙂 Looks like an awesome hike!

    • Yulia 04.12.2016 at 19:25 - Reply

      Thanks! It is, you should do it!!

  5. Ashley 05.12.2016 at 01:53 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, I am planning on carrying my own tent and camping in the free sites. I was wondering how far away the free sites are to the refugios if we wanted to buy meals. Thanks!

    • Yulia 07.12.2016 at 21:53 - Reply

      Hi Ashley!
      No, free camps are just a stone throw away from campings. It is specially done this way so that people could join facilities if they wish! 🙂

  6. Melissa 12.12.2016 at 22:43 - Reply

    Hi Yulia!

    Thanks for all the information! I was wondering if you went recently and the free camps being open for reservations only a day before was still true? I am trying to reserve the spots online, but it is saying I can’t due to no accomodation being available. I didn’t know if this was because a) they were booked or b) they do not reserve that far ahead. I have reservations on the O circuit until Los Perros, but then I have nothing and I wasn’t sure what to do about that. Let me know if you have advice or tips!

    Thank you!

    • Yulia 19.12.2016 at 14:59 - Reply

      Hi Melissa, I was there in February 2016 and the rules were slightly different.
      I recommend calling the property directly to ask them to book a spot for you.

  7. Alex 15.12.2016 at 01:23 - Reply

    Hi Yulia,

    I’m going to hike the ‘W’ and will be carrying my own camping gear. I have been able to make reservations for every place except for at Los Cuernos. Will I not be able to camp and set up my tent if I’m unable to make a reservation ahead of time there? Thanks.

    • Yulia 19.12.2016 at 14:57 - Reply

      I was just told that it is required to book your campsites in advance.
      If you cant do it online for some reason, I recommend calling the property and booking it by the phone, there should be no problems with that!

  8. Viktoriia 15.12.2016 at 03:47 - Reply

    Awesome blog about Torres Del Pine! The best I have seen!
    We are going to Chile and Argentina this December.

    Spasibo, Yulia! Super post! Vi otlichniy pisatel’, vse razlozili po polochkam!


    • Yulia 15.12.2016 at 18:51 - Reply

      Glad if it helped you guys to prepare for the trip! Safe travels!
      Viktoriia, spasibo bol’shoe za kompliment! 🙂

  9. Sonja 19.12.2016 at 07:31 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, thanks for that very helpful info!! When have you been there? Do you know about this new rule that you have to book all your campsites in advance? Otherwise you are not allowed to enter the park

    • Yulia 19.12.2016 at 14:55 - Reply

      I was there in February 2016, and it wasnt like this last year, thanks for the update!

    • pauline 07.01.2017 at 20:57 - Reply

      Thanks for the information, do you know if this rule exists if we carry our own tent ?
      I can’t find the answer ! Thanks

  10. Olivier 01.01.2017 at 03:26 - Reply

    Fun girl, thank you for that nice blog. Wish I can cross your path, going west to east In February. Good tips here, will be fine, thanks

  11. Alon Gal 05.01.2017 at 02:08 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, I would like to agree with Sonja and stress the point. The regulations have become much stricter than what you describe from last year: places in the free camping sites are fully booked months in advance, and even the paid options are completely unavailable (you need to book at least 3 weeks in advance or be extremely lucky).

    Since this is a very expensive place to get to (in terms of both time and money), it is important to know in advance that a spontaneous visit is (almost) impossible.

  12. Sebastiaan Klaver 29.01.2017 at 21:56 - Reply

    Hi, Does anyone know if you need to buy the entry ticket in advance anywhere? Or do you have to pay the entry fee when entering the park? (I read somewhere that there’s a cap of 80 people per day allowed into the park, and since I already reserved all the camping spots for my 7day hike, I’m curious if you need to buy this in advance or not).

    Anyone who has been there recently, let me know how the procedure is now, since they seem to have changed the rules quite a bit over the recent years. Thanks in advance!

    • Yulia 30.01.2017 at 17:31 - Reply

      hello Sebastian!
      The rules indeed changed quite a bit even despite the fast I have been there less than a year ago.
      I can assure you the limit is not 80 people a day. Moreover, as the official site states right now you can only pay in cash for the entrance, no online entry ticket can be bought.
      Have a great trek!

  13. Nicole Prebinet 23.02.2017 at 17:35 - Reply

    Such a useful guide! Thanks very much. Just wondering…how did you get down to Patagonia? Me and my boyfriend are thinking of heading down from Santiago but will it take too long if we take buses?

    • Yulia 24.02.2017 at 15:27 - Reply

      hey Nicole, thanks a lot!
      We took a bus from Bariloche. it was a quite exhausting and very long ride (30-something hours) and also not that cheap. If you can, book the flights in advance, it will be the same price as the bus and waaaay more comfortable!
      safe travels!

  14. Yannic 06.03.2017 at 00:08 - Reply

    Hey Yulia,
    thanks for this superb and funny information! 🙂
    You qrote that it would be cheap to camp with the own tent, but I’m wondering where to find cheap rates… At least Cuerno and El Chileno are up to 70$ withou the choice not to take the full board :-/
    Do you have any recomendation?

    • Yulia 09.03.2017 at 06:13 - Reply

      Hey Yannic,
      I am afraid that is what cheap is in Torres del Paine 🙂
      A year ago when we rented a tent it was about 60$ for 2 people (not including the food).
      In order to save money you can have your own tent, but you will have to carry it around with you all the way.

  15. Justin 27.05.2017 at 11:26 - Reply

    How much of a buffer should we leave between our flights and the beginning/end of the trek? I was planning to simply fly in the day before the trek and fly out the day after the trek, but am unsure how realistic this is given the length of time it takes to get between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Yulia 18.06.2017 at 15:30 - Reply

      While it is possible to arrive the day of the trek (in the morning) and start right away, i would still recommend taking a day before the trek – to do some shopping, to learn more about the trek. I’ve heard there are some restrictions about the number of people per day, you should check that as well (when i visited, there was none).
      If you are an experienced tracker and you come prepared, I see no reason why not start the trek right away.
      As for the last day, there is no problem to leave right away.

  16. Evelyn 28.05.2017 at 07:06 - Reply

    Hi Yulia,

    Thanks for the informative tips! This was by far, one of the most helpful guides I have read about Torres Del Paine. I’m planning to go there in September.. hopefully the weather won’t be too harsh then! Keep up your awesome blog. Happy trails! 🙂

    • Yulia 02.06.2017 at 04:07 - Reply

      You are very welcome!
      Hope the weather will be nice to you! 🙂

  17. Tereza 12.08.2017 at 04:54 - Reply


    I´m just plan my O trip, I want to do it in October, BUT! I can´t book the campgrounds thrue these websides (Conaf etc.) I don´t know how, it´s looks the O trail is open since November. Do you know something about it? It helps me so much. Thank you,

    • Yulia 14.08.2017 at 12:21 - Reply

      I haven’t done the “O” unfortunately.
      Maybe somebody else knows?

  18. Henry Rudolph 17.08.2017 at 22:43 - Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you for this article! Is there any way that I might be able to contact you by phone. I am planning a trip and I have more questions.


  19. Christianne 04.09.2017 at 09:28 - Reply

    Hi Yulia! Great information on your blog, thank you! Question: for the park entrance fee, do we only pay once upon entry? How long is the pass good for? How does it work? Would really appreciate your advise. I am headed there in a few days 🙂

    • Yulia 04.09.2017 at 17:08 - Reply

      Yes, you only pay once when you enter.
      Have a great trip!

  20. Eric 07.09.2017 at 01:59 - Reply

    Hi, Julia

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    I am going to do a solo hiking on October. Do you think it is safe?

    Thank you!

  21. Rianne 28.09.2017 at 22:00 - Reply

    Hee Yulia,

    Thanks for the useful information!

    One more question

    Can we recharge our camera at the camps? (we are camping all the way, 0 circuit)

    Rianne & Ted (Netherlands)

    • Yulia 29.09.2017 at 15:39 - Reply

      You can do it in all the refugios, in some of the kitchens areas of campings, obviously not in the tent if you will be staying there.

  22. rahul 07.10.2017 at 06:33 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, your blog is a great resource I’ve found on . I am going in last week of october ( flyin to Santiago first ) and from there to Punta arenas . I have never been on hiking trip , I did a few hikes in NZ last year but they were all day trips/hikes. Would you recommend this hike for someone who is not experienced ? Also – to book the hostels do I have to book them through fantastico or vertice, is there anyway I can book them myself? $1k for 4-5 nights in bunk beds seems a little high . Also for the W treck do we keep going in onne direction for 4 days or is there a base point where you keep your stuff and take day trips ? thanks in advance

    • Yulia 11.10.2017 at 00:50 - Reply

      So funny, i am planning my trip to NZ now! 🙂
      Yes, i would recommend it to people of all ages and all levels. It might be not that easy sometimes, but it is doable if you are relatively fit.
      Yes, you have to book them either through the official website either whatever system you prefer (booking, expedia etc)
      The prices as I mentioned are very high, you can make it more affordable by staying in tents.
      I left my stuff in a hotel in Puerto Natales, this is a normal practice in the city. Most of the times you will have to carry everything with you that is why you should pack as light as possible.
      have a great trip!

      • rahul 11.10.2017 at 04:14 - Reply

        NZ is awesome , you’re going to love it . Would u suggest staying in P. Natales and take day trips ? is there anywhere else I could go in that area ? I will have 7 days after I fly into Punta arenas.

        thanks for replying 🙂

  23. april 16.10.2017 at 04:27 - Reply

    Hey, this is the best information that I have read. I am heading to Patagonia in December. Thank you for blogging this article on Patagonia. I am an avid traveler and I like to do a lot of research and independent touring on my own. You are really good at putting your travel details in a concise manner. Love the pics!.

  24. QAIS 02.11.2017 at 15:43 - Reply


  25. Lenore 26.11.2017 at 08:48 - Reply

    Thank you, this was very helpful.

  26. Adriana 02.01.2018 at 15:36 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, what entrance did you use for the park? And what were the overnight stops you made along the way? I found many options and do not know which ones to choose.
    If you could share your full itinerary from start in Puerto Natales to return in Puerto Natales, that would be great, thanks!

  27. Nat 12.01.2018 at 02:22 - Reply

    Well wriiten. Very informative.

  28. Courtney 13.02.2018 at 07:07 - Reply

    Just booked our trip today for the first week of April! Only staying in the park for 2 nights so planning to do part of the W trail. Great information for us to work with! We are planning on bringing our own gear, tent, and food but might need to stop by the hostels for some wine and a dinner!!

  29. Tommy 26.02.2018 at 18:15 - Reply

    Very useful information!! one question, what side could you recommend for One Day Trek?

  30. Hemerson 18.05.2018 at 03:00 - Reply

    Yulia, your guide is easily the best in the whole internet! I’m planning a solo photographic expedition for 2019 summer and almost all my questions are answered for you! Thanks! I’m just wondering if the free camping sites works well in these days… I’m planning the cheap option because i need the most immersive experience possible.

    • Yulia 18.05.2018 at 12:53 - Reply

      Hello Hemerson,
      I am happy you liked the post!
      As for the free camps, everything should work as described, but as I said, you need to book in advance.
      I suggest calling them when you arrive to Puerto Natales from your accommodation.

      Have a great trip!

  31. Rayme 03.06.2018 at 16:52 - Reply

    Yulia, your guide is very useful and easy to understand. I am planning my trip to W trek in January 2019. Before I still have some hesitation should I go. I am 62 but I am phyically fit. I was able to finish the Laras Trek, Peru last year.

    • Yulia 03.06.2018 at 22:48 - Reply

      If you are in good shape, I am sure you will be fine, so not worry! I havent done the Lares trek, but I have heard it is quite challenging!

  32. Nihan 18.07.2018 at 19:25 - Reply

    This is the best Torres del Paine guide I ever read. It’s just perfect! Great job!

  33. Boris 14.09.2018 at 17:43 - Reply

    This article is a treasure. I was looking for a long time to find somethings like this. The details are awsome and finally the claer routes map. We will definitely use all your advises in plannign out trip.
    Спасибо огромное за труд и советы!

    • Yulia 16.09.2018 at 18:21 - Reply

      happy it was useful for you!
      Have an amazing trip!
      всегда пожалуйста)

  34. Dr Nilesh Baxi 23.09.2018 at 22:14 - Reply


    • Yulia 26.09.2018 at 13:27 - Reply

      I havent been to all the places in the world yet, that is why the blog doesnt cover it.
      Easter Island is my dream for now, I am planning to visit at some point.
      I cant say much about the Atacama desert, we did stargazing and it was wonderful. I have then cough a very strange allergy to their dust or something and we had to leave.

  35. Giulia 04.10.2018 at 20:19 - Reply

    Thank you! This blog was extremely useful! 🙂

  36. Shan 02.11.2018 at 22:36 - Reply

    Hi! This was so helpful and I really appreciate it! Me and my boyfriend are going to Patagonia for 10 days. Since we are not experienced (we are pretty active and athletic though) we are not doing any camping that is overnight. Instead, we have booked 2 lodges (Remota lodge and Camp Patagonia) and both places organize day trips and excursions for us, but we are always coming back to the same place in PN to sleep. Do you think we will still be able to see some of the sites that you saw considering we are only doing day excursions? We have already booked but I am worried now after hearing about the W and O treks that we are missing out :/ Wanted a perspective of someone who has been!

    • Yulia 19.11.2018 at 18:29 - Reply

      Hello Shan,
      well, it is really hard to tell as I am not sure where are the refugios you are staying and what hikes you are going to take.
      I assume that if the trip is organized, you are going to visit some beautiful places? but if you ask me for my personal opinion, you will experience much more if you will take a multi day hike, you will feel the National Park much better, not sure if you understand what I mean. Spending 5 days there was definitely a lot of fun and we met many great people!

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