Torres del Paine W Trek

The Torres del Paine W Trek is the classic. We believe that most trekkers can do it a day less than the the traditional 5 days and still have plenty of time to take photos and fully enjoy the views. Day 2 of the three-day version this trek is a long day, and most suited to fit hikers with light packs. Many may consider breaking Day 2 into two days for a total of four days for a more leisurely W Trek. Our recommendation is to start at Refugio Paine Grande (the west) and work your way back to Hotel Torres (the east). Lead Photo: The Torres Del Paine, the gem of the Trek. Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and torres is tower in Spanish. So Towers of Blue.

Torres del Paine W Trek Itinerary for 3-4 Days

Note this is a companion piece to an overall guide to Trekking the Torres de Paine. The main post: Torres del Paine Trekking – Quick and Easy Guide to Essential Trip Planning has gear lists, food lists, information on campsite reservations, busses and ferries, park maps, GPX files, and other essential information to plan your trip.

Day 0 – Prep day before the trek

  • Check the bus and ferry schedules to get the most current info (see Transportation).
  • It makes sense to stay overnight in Puerto Natales so you can easily catch the morning’s 7:00am Bus Sur (or whichever) to the Park. (Make your bus reservation and buy a round-trip ticket to the Park the night before. This is easiest to do when you get off the bus from Punta Arenas. Note: you will be taking the bus to the Pudeto Ferry on the way out but taking the bus back from the Laguna Amarga Entrance)
  • Check in at Basecamp/Erratic Rock for 3:00 talk. (Worth listening to!) You can rent gear at Basecamp and they make a decent pizza.
  • Provision food at the Unimarc in Puerto Natales. Long lines! (Better to provision in Punta Arenas if you have the chance. Way more options including a natural foods store, Patachmama, with lots of nuts & dried fruit.)
  • Outdoors stores, hardware stores are well supplied with hiking items. Fuel canisters are everywhere in Punta Arenas and P. Natales
  • Alcohol fuel is available at Cruz Verde pharmacias in plastic bottles.
The start of the W Trek. Heading from Refugio Paine Grande to Campamento Italiano and Valle Frances.

The start of the W Trek. Heading from Refugio Paine Grande to Campamento Italiano and Valle Frances. At trip start Alison ULA Ohm 2.0 Pack is carrying less than 15 pounds (under 7 kg)

Day 1 – Torres del Paine W Trek start (Refugio Paine Grande) via bus, catamaran – Glacier Grey Views, Campamento Italiano

5 to 6 hours* and 18.5 km, 11.8 miles (mostly with a day pack on easy trails) – to first Mirador
Today you’ll do a round trip day hike from Refugio Paine Grande (RPG) as far as you can for a good view of Glacier Grey. Back at RPG you’ll don your full pack and trek over to Campamento Italiano or Refugio Frances (to setup for day hiking up Valle Frances the next morning).

*Note 1: Hours (hiking times between points) is just that—hiking/moving time only. Our hiking times include only short stopped tasks like tying a shoelace, snapping a quick photo, putting on a rain jacket, or filling a water bottle. They do not include stoppage or breaks longer than 2 minutes.
Note 2: don’t forget that it doesn’t get dark until almost 23:00, 11:00 pm in peak hiking season. You have almost 18 hours of daylight!

  • Get to the bus station early for the 7:30 am 7:00am bus. First come, first serve and the bus fills quickly. [Late comers for our bus did not get on the exact bus they had reserved. e.g. a ticket and reservation does not guarantee you a seat. No worries tho. They will put you on the next bus.]
  • Be first off the bus at Laguna Amarga Entrance stop (around 9:30 am). Pay entrance fee & get permit. If you didn’t make campsite reservations for free campamentos do it now. The free campsites on the W — Campamento Italiano & Torres fill fast. If you can’t get a reservation at C. Italiano, for a small fee camping at the nearby R. Frances is quieter and nicer.
  • Get back on bus and arrive approx. 10:30a at the Pudeto ferry dock (Catamaran on Lago Pehoé). Ferry leaves at 12:00 or 6:00 for Paine Grande. (Realistically in high season it may be going back and forth almost hourly). We got a “10:45” ferry and got to R. Paine Grande around 11:15 am. You pay your fee on the ferry–no advance reservations taken.
The massive Glacier Grey as it feeds into Lago Grey.

View from Third mirador (Mirador-Grey-03 on my map): The massive, 4.5 mile wide Glacier Grey as it feeds into Lago Grey. On Day 1 – you’ll hike as far as you have time or energy to get views of the Glacier. The closer you get to the Glacier the better the views, but rest assured there are no bad views!

  • Hike to one of the viewpoints for Glacier Grey: Drop your pack at Refugio Paine Grande (RPG) and setup your day-hiking kit to do a round trip hike to one of the many miradors (viewpoints) for Glacier Grey. Essentially you’ll hike as far as you have time or energy. The closer you get to the Glacier the better the views, but rest assured there are no bad views!
    • First mirador (Mirador-Grey-01 on my map), is on a high bluff overlooking Lago Grey. One way stats: approx. 5.5 km, 3.5 miles and 1.5 to 2.0 hours from RPG.
    • Second mirador (Mirador-Grey-02 on my map) is the mirador for the classic ‘W.’ It is at Refugio Grey, on the shore of Lago Grey looking up at the Glacier. There are many food options at the Refugio. One way stats: approx. 11 km, 6.9 miles and 2.5 to 3.5 hours from RPG.
    • If you hike quite fast you can go to the Third mirador (Mirador-Grey-03 on my map). It is above the end of Glacier Grey and you can look down and see the glacier calving icebergs into Lago Grey. One way stats (additional from Refugio Grey): approx. 3.6 km, 2.3 miles and 1.0 to 1.5 hours (from Refugio Grey!)
  • Hike back to Refugio Paine Grande from whatever mirador you stopped at.
  • Pickup your pack and head off to the free camping at Campamento Italiano (if you have a reservation) or possibly camping at Refugio Frances. One way stats to C. Italiano: approx. 7.5 km, 4.8 miles and 2.0 hours from RPG.
    • The new and very nice R Frances about ½ hour down the trail from C. Italiano has nice camping and good tent platforms. Best hot showers and bathrooms of the trip by far. Small store and they serve meals if you have reservations.
    • If you have extra time and the mountains are clear, you might consider hiking up to one of the miradors for views of Glacier Frances.
Fair warning, not all days are sunny in Patagonia, but that doesn't mean the Torres del Paine is any less beautiful. Clouds and mists swirling around the high peaks are every bit as stunning as a sunny day. Glacier Frances (a hanging glacier) from near Mirador Frances. The summit of Paine Grande the highest mountain in the park at 3,050 m (10,000 ft) is is already obscured by clouds mid-afternoon. It's typical in Patagonia for peaks to cloud in later in the day, even in good weather. Early starts are best if you want unobstructed views of the peaks.

Fair warning, not all days are sunny in Patagonia, but that doesn’t mean the Torres del Paine is any less beautiful. Clouds and mists swirling around the high peaks are every bit as stunning as a sunny day. Glacier Frances (a hanging glacier) from near Mirador Frances. The summit of Paine Grande the highest mountain in the park at 3,050 m (10,000 ft) is is already obscured by clouds mid-afternoon. It’s typical in Patagonia for peaks to cloud in later in the day, even in good weather. Early starts are best if you want unobstructed views of the peaks.

Day 2 – C. Italiano to Mirador Frances to Refugio Chileno (possibly an evening peek at the Torres themselves)

8 to 10.5 hours* and 30 km, 18.5 miles (good trails, some hiking with just a daypack to M Frances)
This is a long day and one might consider an early start (or breaking it into two days – see 4-day itinerary below). An early start has the added benefit of getting to Mirador Frances with the clearest views since the mountains tend to cloud in as the day progresses, and possibly allowing you time at the end of the day to hike up to see the Torres del Paine.

  • Leave your pack in camp and day hike to at least Mirador Frances for a stunning view of the hanging Glacier Frances. We were less inspired by the hike up Valle Frances to the Mirador Britanico which is a lot more trekking for a nice view of a high cirque. If you are short on time and energy, Mirador Frances is the bigger bang for the buck. Round trip stats for M. Frances: approx. 4 km, 2.6 miles and 2.0 to 2.5 hours.
Valley frances approaching mirador Britanico and getting views of the Cirque at the end of the Valley

Valley Frances: approaching mirador Britanico and getting views of the Cirque at the end of the Valley

  • Back at camp, grab your pack and take a very pleasant alpine walk along the shore of Lago Nordenskjöld to Refugio Los Cuernos. One way stats from C. Italiano to R. Cuernos: approx. 5 km, 3.1 miles and 1.5 to 2.0 hours.
  • From  R. Cuernos take the cutoff trail to Refugio Chileno (well marked at around 8 km, 5 miles from R Cueros). Refugio Chileno has a very nice store! One way stats from R Cuernos to R Chileno: approx. 18 km, 11.3 miles and 4.0 to 5.0 hours to R. Chileno. Camp here as CONAF’s Campamento Torres is closed to camping.
Hiking along the shores of Lago Norgenskjold. (W Trek)

Hiking along the shores of Lago Norgenskjold. (W Trek)

to the mirador to see the Torres del Paine.

Los Cuernos to Refugio Chileno: Wildflowers in front of the massive Almirante Nieto mountain. On our way to see the Torres del Paine later in the day.

  • Hike to Mirador las Torres. to see the famous Torres del Paine. It is also beneficial to familiarize yourself with the steep trail if you hike it in the dark the next morning to catch the Torres at dawn. One way stats from R. Chileno: approx. 3 km, 2 miles and 1.0 hours to C. Torres.
Alan's HyperLite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack is carrying less than 12 pounds (6 kg) at this point in the trip.

We had enough time on Day 2 to head up to the mirador to see the Torres del Paine for an evening view. We dropped most of our stuff in Campameto Torres and headed up with day gear. It was a bit overcast so the light is not photo perfect but we got an unobscured view. [We used Alan’s HMG 2400 Southwest Pack as a day-pack, loading it with our rain gear, warm jackets, and a bit of food.]

Day 3 – Dawn photos of Torres del Paine, hike to Hotel Las Torres, bus back to Puerto Natales

10 km, 6 miles and 3.5 to 5.0 hours (Campamento Torres to Hotel Las Torres)
A quick hike to see the Torres at dawn. Then an easy downhill hike to Hotel Torres to catch buses back to Puerto Natales.

  • For those that want the best photo of Las Torres del Paine: Get up 1.5 to 2.0 hours before sunrise to hike in the dark up to the Mirador to catch the Torres at first light. You want to be there ready at the mirador with your camera positioned at least 30 minutes before sunrise. This is your best chance to get a clear view of the Torres as they often mist/cloud in later in the day. If you are lucky you may see them in the splendid red light of dawn but it’s not a sure thing. Bring warm clothes for the wait in the dark for photos. Some even bring their sleeping bag to snuggle up in. Round trip stats: approx. 2 km, 1.2 miles and 1.5 to 2.0 hours
  • Have breakfast pack up and hit the trail at approx. 9:00 am. Hike to Hotel Torres. Be prepared for droves of day hikers heading up from the Hotel. The earlier you get down, the fewer hikers you’ll have to dodge around on you way to the hotel. One way stats from C. Torres to the Hotel: approx. 8 km, 5 miles and 2.0 to 3.0 hours
  • From Hotel las Torres take the 2:00 (approx. time) park shuttle bus back to the Laguna Amarga Entrance Station. From there you can catch a 2:30 Bus Gomez back to Puerto Natales.

4 Day Version – Split “Day 2” into two shorter days

This turns Day 2 from a long hard day into two far more leisurely days. It also makes hiking all the way up Valle Frances to Mirador Britanico a far more attractive option.

  • Day 1: Same as Day 1 above.
    • On Day 1 you also have the option of camping at Refugio Paine Grande since the next day is not a killer day. This a) allows your more time to day hike up to miradors for Glacier Grey, or b) makes Day 1 hiking about 2 hours shorter. If camping at RPG make sure to pitch your tent close to the base of the hill to get some shelter from the strong winds that commonly blow in the area.
  • Day 2: Hike as far as you want up Valle Frances (even to Mirador Britanico). Then pickup your pack and hike to camp at Refugio Los Cuernos.
  • Day 3: Hike to R. Chileno and possibly hike up to Mirador Las Torres for an evening view.
  • Day 4: Dawn hike to Mirador Las Torres. Hike to Hotel Las Torres and take buses back to Puerto Natales.

Hiking Times and Distances for Torres del Paine W Trek

Torres del Paine Trekking Guide

C= campamento (camp)   R= refugio (more facilities, meals and beds in addition to camping)

  • This table is a just starting point for planning. You will need to estimate your own hiking pace based on your abilities and pack weight.
  • Times in above table are for Alison and I on our recent trek which we averaged about 2 miles per hour (3.4 km/hr). We are reasonably fit and experienced hikers and carried packs under 18 pounds (under 8 kilos). See our gear list in main post for details. But we are both over 50 years old and by no means speed hikers. And during our trek, Alison was recovering from influenza.
  • Hours (hiking times between points) is just that—hiking/moving time only. Our hiking times include only short stopped tasks like tying a shoelace, snapping a quick photo, putting on a rain jacket, or filling a water bottle. They do not include stoppage or breaks longer than 2-3 minutes. We averaged 2 miles/hour the entire trek.
  • Hiking faster than expected can be just as problematic as slower. See below…
  • Hiking times on Park Maps and in most guide books are conservative (based on an “average” hiker traveling with a heavy pack and not intending on setting any speed records). If you are reasonably fit hiker you will likely do better than these times. We believe with an early start and decent to OK weather, most backpackers could probably do two stages in a day. You have 17 hours of daylight in January!
  • So chances are that you’ll take less time to get from place to place than their estimates. This is one case where hiking too fast is as problematic as too slow. The major complaint we heard was of people hiking faster than expected and arriving at their reserved campground around noon. e.g. they could have easily hiked another stage that day to the next campamento/refugio.
  • We suggest you get an early start and hike far when the weather is good. You may get bad weather later in the trip. There is a lot of daylight in the summer hiking season. The key to making miles is to keep a steady pace and minimize time lost on long stops.

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  1. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    Hi Alan! This article is the best one I’ve seen on the internet for prepping and learning about the itinerary! :)

    One question – your time lengths table for each leg of the trek are super helpful. You wouldnt happen to have it reverse would you? For instance, getting from Hotel Torres to Compartamento Torres in 1.8 hours seems impossible going uphill and all.

    Any thoughts on the time differences for each leg of the trek if you’re doing the trek from east to west starting at Hotel Torres?

    Thank you very much for your help. I really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

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    • Alison Simon
      Alison Simon says:

      Hi Rebecca-The times listed should always just be used as one point of reference. For example, if its raining (or snowing) or super windy, your times may differ. In reverse, your times will be slower for that specific uphill, but could also be affected by weather. In other words, allow plenty of leeway for that specific section up to the Torres. But in general, the times given should still be a good marker for the rest of the hike in reverse. enjoy your trip -Alison & Alan

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  2. Marie-Eve
    Marie-Eve says:

    Thank you Allan for this very detailed, clear and useful post!! I have a couple of questions, hopefully you can help. We are travelling to TdP in a few weeks, totally aware that we are way too late to make any reservation, all camping sites are full. We have a rental car and we managed to get a bed for 3 nights at the Goiien House (very close to the entrance at laguna Amarga). We are considering ‘long day hikes’. We would like to hike the glacier grey past the Refugio grey and up until the second suspension bridge (which I believe is about 1hours past Refugio Grey). We would like to try to take the earliest ferry (9am) to Paine Grande, and from there do the hike until the bridge then back to Paine Grande to take the last ferry. I believe that is a 9 hour hike (there and back). But I see the last ferry is at 6:35pm. So if we do the full hike, we may miss the last ferry. 1/ What happens if we do miss the last ferry to Pudeto? Are there any options at all for us to stay at Paine Grande without reservation? 2/ without any reservation (because everything is full due to our ‘last minute’ trip), is there any way for us to hike up until the suspension bridge at all? Thanks a lot for your help!!

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    • Alison Simon
      Alison Simon says:

      Hi Marie-Eve-We would recommend hiking what you know you can do in the time that you know you can do it. The park is getting quite strict about people staying overnite and we wouldn’t risk missing that last ferry. One option is to catch an earlier ferry. In the high season, they often run ferry’s earlier than 9am which may be your answer. Give them a call and see when the first one leaves. Happy hiking!!

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  3. wichaya rosy
    wichaya rosy says:

    Hello Alan and Alison,

    Hope all is well.
    We got back from Argentina 3 weeks ago and I am happy to report that we did it!!! Our 6 yr-old Mimi made it on the W, clocking 66kms in 5 days. She was the only kid on the W (along with our friends’ children — 8 and 10 yrs old who did 3 legs of the W). We are super proud and thanks to you we were well prepared (although i overpacked a little for fear of getting cold at night). Turned out their sleeping bags were very performant!! We had 3 days of not-a-single-clouds and it was a magical experience. The torres in Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy were behind thick clouds when we got to the top, but the rest was so beautiful. Would love to share photos with but you don’t know how. We bought the Hyperlite 2400 and day-hike pack and were very happy (though I learned the hard way that water got inside the bag through the ventilation holes at the bottom of the bags and all our clothes at the bottom got wet). Good thing we could dry at Chileno when we arrived. I brought trail runner like you recommended and no regrets. I found water repellant socks to go with and my feet were never wet and no blister :)

    Voilà…thank you again for all your precious advices. We are off to Newfoundland, PEI, Banff and back to Iceland again this summer. Cannot wait!

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Bravo Wichaya and your brave children. Hearing about your great trip is music to my ears. My pleasure to have helped in any way with that. Wishing you great hiking in Newfoundland, PEI, Banff and Iceland this year. Warmest, -alan & alison

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  4. Gerrit Van Zyl
    Gerrit Van Zyl says:

    Hi Allen,
    We are 4 hikers wanting to do the W of Torres del Paine during end of November and beginning of December 2019. On the app showing availability, our dates are not there. Is it possible, and necessary to book now for camping on the trail? If not, when do we have to book? We plan to do the hike in 4 days.
    Kind regards
    Anneli

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Gerrit. Apologies for the late reply. I was out in the Arizona Canyons to find summer for a few days :-) Take a closer look at the main Guide Post, 2018/19 Torres del Paine W Trek and O Trek – Quick and Easy Guide to Essential Trip Planning. It should have most of the information that you require to book campsites and refugios. But generally you cannot book more than 6 months in advance. And the current trend is that it might be end of March or April when some of the sites are open for the 2019/2020 season. You’ll just need to keep checking the three booking sites to so see when the bookings open up. Wishing you a great trek. Warmest, -alan & alison

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      • Gerrit
        Gerrit says:

        Hi Alan, I ask previously about how to book for the Torres del Paine and you sent me a “Torresapp.com-link”. I do not understand what they mean by “camping 1” at Paine Grande and it stays the same for every day of the whole season. We are now 6 people with 3 tents. On the app it does not ask the number of people or the number of tents. Can we book per email or must we book through the web pages? We would like to camp the first night (27 November) at Pehoe and try to go on the earliest ferry to Paine Grande on 28 November, the next day camp at Los Chernos and the third night at Chileno. Thanks Gerrit

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        • Alan Dixon
          Alan Dixon says:

          Hi Gerrit-
          Feel free to contact that app provider. They are the owners of the app. That said, the app is really just informational. To actually book and see what is available, you’ll need to go directly to Vertice and/or Fantastico Sur websites directly. Wishing you and your group a great hike -Alison & Alan

  5. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    Hi Alan,

    Great website and thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge on TdP.

    I’m researching on TdP and want to visit early Oct 2019. Would most of the refugios be opened and operational during this month? Also, during my research I came across a site stating that from May 1 to September that “guides” will be required for W treks and that we can no longer trek on our own. Is that true? Do you have any clarity on this matter?
    Thank you for your help :)

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Katherine, our understanding is that the W is open to trekking year round but that the Refugios and other services are not available in the off season. It appears that Fantastico Sur’s Refugios are open by October 1 most years and you can check Verice’s site for their refugio opening dates. You can find the dates for trekking and other info in our Main Trek Guide – 2018/19 Torres del Paine W Trek and O Trek – Quick and Easy Guide to Essential Trip Planning. You are likely confusing this with the ‘O’ or Circuit trek which is closed (except when with guide) during the off-season. Again those dates are in the Main Trek Guide. Hope this helps and wishing you a great trek. Warmest, -alan & alison

      BTW you might want to check with CONAF in case something has change recently about hiking the W in the off-season. -a

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      • Katherine
        Katherine says:

        Hi Alan,

        Thanks for clarifying and providing the details. After revisiting the site, I feel it was referring to the “low” season on guide requirement. However, I will double check to be sure.
        I’m looking at using the itinerary you provided and travelling from West to East and wondering if there were any storing facility near Laguna Amarga for the bulk of my luggage? I am looking at taking what I need for the 4 days hike and a day pack. I would prefer to head from Laguna Amarga to El Calafate rather than back tracking to Puerto Natales, which means an extra day. I’ve done some research and it is possible, however, just concerned on the bulk of my luggage.
        Also, would you suggest booking the accommodation first and then the transportation? Just concerned of the limited refugios.
        Thank you for your insights :)

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        • Alan Dixon
          Alan Dixon says:

          Hi Katherine you two possibilities to store luggage at LA would be the Hotel or the Refugio(s) at Central. You would likely need to stay at one of these and then ask if they could hold luggage during your trek. If not there, you could book a room in Puerto Natales and store your luggage there, which is what Alison and I did. But you are right, that is a lot more logistics if you are not operating out of PA to begin with. Hope this helps, -alan & alison

      • Katherine
        Katherine says:

        Hi Alan,

        Thanks for clarifying that. I will check again as suggested.

        Would you suggest booking the refugios in advance prior to booking anything else? Most likely follow the itinerary you outlined :)

        Would you know if La Amarga has any luggage storage facility? As my next destination is El Calafate, I was hoping to depart from La Amarga instead of back-tracking to Puerto Natales. I would like to keep the bulk of my luggage here and take with me the necessities for the 4 days hike and a day pack.

        Cheers,
        Katherine

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        • Alan Dixon
          Alan Dixon says:

          Katherine, I think you need to do bookings and travel in tandem. While you could do booking first, you would also need to know that you can get transportation to to and from those booking. I addressed your luggage Q in another email. Wishing you a great trek. Warmest, -alan & alison

  6. Simon Smith
    Simon Smith says:

    Alan,

    Just back from a trip to South America, can’t begin to thank you enough for the great information here! Could only manage two nights in Torres so your guide was immensely useful for fitting the whole W into that tight time-frame. It wasn’t easy but was able to get to Grey Glacier and Britanico Miradors with just enough time to get to the refugios in time for dinner!

    Thanks again and take it easy,
    Simon

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Awesome work Simon. And our pleasure. It is experiences like yours that make the website and guid worthwhile. Warmest, -alan & alison

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  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Hi Alan, thanks for all this information! My friend and I will be hiking for three days mid-March. We were able to reserve a spot at Campamento Italiano for the first night, but are unable to find out how to get a reservation for Campamento Torres. Any suggestions on the best way to do this? Thanks!

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Nice to hear from you Lisa. I believe that all the information you are looking for is in the very beginning of this guide. It is the first thing under the header “IMPORTANT – Latest and Best Information for Trekking in Torres de Paine”

      Campamento Torres (área de acampar Torres) will be closed for the 2018-19 season! This has significant implications for the W Trek, As a backup until this resolves, you could consider booking Campamento Chileno (Área de acampar Chileno) with Fantastico Sur. It’s plus an hour or a bit longer hike up to the Torres de Paine (vs. C. Torres), but still doable. Because they have the monopoly, last year they only booked hikers who paid for full meals. Expect the same for the 2018-2019 season.”

      Hope this helps. And if you need more info and specifics for the Trek it will likely be in our Guide. We believe it is the most accurate and comprehensive Guide to Torres del Paine out there. Wishing you a great trek. Warmest, -alan & alison.

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  8. Jeremy
    Jeremy says:

    Hi there Alan

    Thanks so much for the wealth of information.

    My friends and I are planning on doing the W Trek in May. However, the websites booking end on April 30.

    How do you suggest we book the campgrounds? Or would we get away with hiking the trek without booking the campgrounds?

    Thank you!

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    • Alan Dixon
      Alan Dixon says:

      Hi Jeremy, nice to hear from you. I believe that most of the information you ask for is already in the Guide. But I have excerpted the following for you.

      “OFF SEASON is April 30 to sometime in November: Most Refugios and Private Campamentos close during the off season. Backside of O/Circuit guided only. As of April 30 Most, most Refugios/Private Campamentos (Fantastico Sur and Vertice) are closed for the season. You can still camp on the W but obviously there will be far fewer resources. The “Backside” of the O or Circuit Trek (Serón, Dickson, Los Perros, Paso John Garner, etc.) is closed unless with an official guide. They will re-open to general use/travel at the start of the High Season, usually sometime in November.”

      So no you don’t need to book a campground for the W, but there will be no services. And of course the weather likely be colder, possibly be a lot colder. In conjunction with Patagonian winds these can be challenging hiking/camping conditions. Your tent, gear, clothing and cold weather camping skills should be up to the task. Wishing you a great trek. Warmest, -alan & alison.

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