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Base of Torres del Paine Hike

Discover the most spectacular viewpoint of Torres del Paine in one day

1 day
4.6 (8 reviews)

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Base of Torres del Paine Hike tour information

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timer 1 day
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Pick up at your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.


Drop off at your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


The Base Torres del Paine hike is one of the most famous guided group tours that you can do in Puerto Natales. It is the perfect alternative for travelers who only have one day to visit Torres del Paine and do not want to miss the incredible views from the Base Torres viewpoint. This tour is offered all year round, even in winter with crampons, to guarantee the safety of the group of up to 15 people.

In addition to transportation and mountain equipment, the tour includes a guide and an assistant, so that all travelers will always be accompanied, regardless of the speed at which they walk.

Tour itinerary

todayBase of Torres del Paine Hike

Difficulty: Medium - 20 Km (8 hours)
Starting altitude: 90 masl
Maximum altitude: 870 masl

Pick up in Puerto Natales

The tour starts with the pick up at the accommodation, depending on the location we will be picked up between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.. When the group is assembled, the guide will give us the trekking poles and explain how the whole tour will be, especially the trek to Base Torres. We will then head towards Torres del Paine National Park.

puerto natales signal with bear statue

Entrance to Torres del Paine

After the two-hour minibus ride, we will arrive at the entrance of the National Park, in the Porteria Amarga sector. There we will enter the Torres del Paine National Park and we will be able to enjoy the impressive views of Torres del Paine.

porteria amarga entrance to torres del paine

On the way to the Base Torres Viewpoint

It is at this point that you will begin the trek to the Hostería Las Torres sector. During a journey of approximately 4 hours, we will cross the Ascensio Valley and a cozy lenga forest. The road runs between trees, we will observe the Almirante Nieto hill through the different slopes of our way. At the end of this section, we will have to climb a glacier moraine, a rocky path with a steep slope, until we reach our goal, the Base Torres viewpoint.

traveler in viewpoint base torres del paine


With these incredible views, we will have lunch, take pictures and go down to the small beach formed by the lake to touch its waters. After this stop, the whole group will meet and begin the descent, about 3 hours approximately. We will get to the minibus that will be waiting for us to start the return trip to Puerto Natales. Between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., the minibus will take us to our lodging where we will put an end to this day full of energy and memories of the Base of Torres del Paine hike.

travelers descending the glacier moraine base torres

Tour details


  • Transportation by minibus
  • Bilingual guide and assistant guide
  • First aid kit
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond or similar)
  • Crampons (if necessary)

Not included

  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park (between CLP 11.000 - 25.000/ USD 15 - 35)
  • Food (you can buy a lunch box at the campsite for USD 12 /unit)
The entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park is per person, for the entire tour and payment is made in Chilean pesos at the destination. The price is different depending on the season: between May and September 2019 (CLP 11.000/ USD 15), between October and July 2020 (CLP 25.000/ USD 35).

error_outlineImportant information

The departure of the tour is subject to weather conditions. In case it is not possible to do the tour due to the weather, you will be offered 3 different options: refund of the total amount of the reservation, an alternative route for the same day or a change of date to do the tour in the following days.

This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Base of Torres del Paine Hike

The climate in Torres del Paine varies a lot. The period when you can do this trek is during spring and summer, therefore you will have less rain and temperatures can range between 5º and 25º degrees (Celsius). In this zone, the climate can change quickly and often which means that during the same day you can suffer from cold, heat and even strong winds. For that reason, it’s important to bring good equipment and many layers of clothes to be able to regulate your temperature. We recommend that you to take with you:
  • Passport + immigration card (the document given when stamping the passport)
  • Cash (USD) as no card payments are allowed in the area and there are no exchange houses or ATMs.
  • Hiking trousers
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Cap or hat
  • Mountain shoes (if possible waterproof boots)
  • Raincoat/waterproof poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Lunch (you can buy a lunch box during the tour)

Where does the tour Base of Torres del Paine Hike start

The Trek Mirador Base Torres starts in Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. From Punta Arenas, you can take a bus that lasts only 3h15 and will take you to the Puerto Natales bus station. Another very common starting point is El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that directly connect this Argentinian city with Puerto Natales in a 5 hours trip.

Base of Torres del Paine Hike tour reviews with Howlanders

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It was a wonderful experience, I enjoyed every part of it. I would highly recommend the company and hike to others.

Stefanie Braun
We had a fantastic day, even though it was quite chilly, with your great guide Pablo! He's the perfect guide to enjoy this day with!

Amanda Salvagni

Érico Duarte

Questions & Answers

Do I have to take all my luggage to the trek?
No, from Howlanders we recommend you to take only what is necessary for the trek and leave the rest of the luggage in the cloakroom of your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Unfortunately, it is not possible to store your luggage in the office.

What is included in the lunch-box?
The lunchbox consists of specific foods for physical activity: nuts, cereal bars, fruit, a sandwich and some candies.

Do I have to bring any documents?
Yes, it is very important that you take with you your passport and the migration card that you are given when you enter Chile.

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