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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 trek is one of the most famous group guided tours you can do in Puerto Natales, a perfect alternative for travelers who only have one day to tour Torres del Paine and don’t want to miss the incredible views of the Mirador Base Torres. This tour is offered all year round, since even in winter many travelers are encouraged to do it, in this case with crampons to ensure 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 all travelers will always be accompanied, regardless of the speed at which you walk.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Mirador Base Torres - Puerto Natales

Difficulty: Medium - 20 Km (8 hours) Initial altitude: 90 masl Maximum altitude: 870 masl
The tour begins with the pick-up at your accommodation, depending on the location you’re in, the minibus will pick you up between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. When the whole group will be together, the guide will give you the trekking sticks and will explain to you how the whole tour will work, especially the trek to Base Torres. Then you’ll head towards the Torres del Paine National Park.
After the two hours minibus tour, you’ll arrive at the entrance of the National Park, in the sector of Portería Amarga. There you’ll enter the Torres del Paine National Park. As soon as you enter, you’ll be able to enjoy the views of the impressive Torres del Paine.
It’s at this moment that you’ll begin the trek towards the sector of Hostería Las Torres. During the tour of approximately 4 hours, you’ll cross the Ascensio Valley. The walk will allow you to enjoy the passage through the cozy forest of Lengas. The path runs between trees, creating a unique environment. You’ll also be able to observe the hill Almirante Nieto from the different slopes of our path.
At the end of this stretch, you’ll reach an area where you’ll leave the forest behind and start climbing a glacial moraine, a path of stones with quite a slope, until you reach our objective, the Base Torres Viewpoint, in front of the lake and the famous Towers that give their name to the great National Park.
It’s at this point that many travelers take the opportunity to eat while enjoying the views, take pictures and go down to the small beach that forms the lake to touch its waters.
After this stop, the whole group will meet again and you’ll begin the descent of approximately 3 hours, until you reach the minibus that awaits you to return back to Puerto Natales. Around 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. you’ll arrive in town where you’ll finish this day full of energy and memories of Torres del Paine National Park.

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 order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
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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Kendra · March 2, 2020
It was a wonderful experience, I enjoyed every part of it. I would highly recommend the company and hike to others.

Stefanie Braun · February 19, 2020
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 · February 18, 2020

Érico Duarte · January 18, 2020

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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