Hiking Base Las Torres at Torres del Paine National Park
Depart from our hotel in Puerto Natales at 07:00 am by van for a 2-Hour drive towards the national park. Next, we will arrive at the main Park entrance of Laguna Amarga to start our hike to the Base of the Towers (Las Torres).
We will start our hike uphill towards the Ascencio Valley from where we will have a panoramic view of the Paine River rushing past Refugio Chileno. After a quick stop here we will continue through a forest of native Lenga (Beech) trees until we will reach the glacial moraine.
From here it is a 1 hour climb to the top and where all of a sudden the towers appear from nowhere! This hike is simply spectacular with the rewarding few as we get right to the base of the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake beneath them that made the park famous. We return to the van by the same hiking trail.
Return to our hotel in Puerto Natales.
• Torres del Paine National Park Chile
- Box Lunch
- Professional hiking guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Natales
- Passenger transport insurance
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for child aged 11 and under
- Please dress appropriately. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothing
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Holy cow, this experience was hard. I was picked up at my Airbnb without problem. The ride to the trailhead is about 1.5 hours from Puerto Natales. As I had described to my friends, hiking Torres del Paine is like going through menopause. It started out hot. Then it go windy like seriously windy like you're in the middle of a storm. Eventually as we advanced higher in altitude, it got colder. When it rained, it became freezing. The hike itself roundtrip was about 6 hours total and a distance of 10 miles. It was shorter than it normally should be because the weather got too dangerous to advance to the vista point to see the W. It was disappointing that after all that hard work, we were not rewarded with what we came to see, but at the same time, I was relieved. The terrain was difficult. The combination of snow, mud, and rain made the trail slippery and difficult to walk in. Be sure to wear waterproof hiking boots that will do an okay job in the snow. Also, the weather changes quickly in the mountains. I wish I brought a rain poncho because by the time I got back to the van, I was drenched from head to toe and had to entire a 2 hour ride back in my wet clothes. Thank goodness the heater was on, but still, it was not fun to endure. Overall, the challenge was a beautiful experience. Gorgeous views will surround you as you torture yourself on these mountains. I definitely don't regret it. If I had to change one thing, it would have been to bring a rain poncho with me. Also, I wished the weather conditions would've made seeing the W possible. I hope you all have better luck!