Where do we sleep on the Torres del Paine Trek?
In our Eco-Camp, you sleep in spacious dome-style tents with a regular bed with mattress, cozy polar-fleece sheets and a luxurious feather duvet. During the two nights in refugios, we supply sleeping bags; you sleep in bunk beds in mixed-gender dorm rooms. A professional cook staff prepares varied and delicious meals, with ample vegetarian options. You will have to shoulder only a daypack with your camera, box lunch, rain gear and personal items during the walks. Because the weather is unpredictable in Patagonia and on some days you may encounter rain, wind and cold, an open mind and good sense of humor is mandatory for this trip.
We have a permanent Eco-Camp at Estancia Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. The infrastructure is quite superior to the one offered by traditional portable camps and includes:
- 4-person capacity sleeping tents accommodating only two guests each provided with comfortable beds and mattresses
- One dining and get-together tent provided with group table and comfortable chairs
- One kitchen tent provided with refrigerator to keep drinks cool
- Ecological composting toilets, and on-demand hot-water showers
- Complete first aid kit and radio communications.
Group Size & Guiding Staff
The typical group size is 8-12 passengers plus staff. Maximum is 20 passengers. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:8
Departure trips are guaranteed with 2 persons minimum.
You must arrive from Santiago in any of the flights that arrive in between noon and 1 PM. The trip ends in the airport of Punta Arenas at 5PM approximately. You should book your return flight to depart after 6PM.
This trip, rated moderate, is recommended for people in good physical condition in the habit of walking long distances and camping outdoors. All passengers over 65 years old are requested to send ahead a medical examination that states that they are able to safely accomplish moderate hiking. While altitude is not a factor, as your average elevation is close to sea level and maximum elevation is less than 2,000 feet, the weather can be very wet with a severe wind-chill.
What you need to bring
Mid-sized day-pack, frameless backpack or duffel bag (large enough to accommodate your personal gear), waterproof trekking boots, waterproof parka & pants. Ski poles are optional but widely used. Personal equipment: regular underwear, wicking long underwear, socks, loose-fitting hiking pants, hiking shorts, bathing suit, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, polar-fleece jacket, gloves, ski hat, sun hat, toilet kit, sunscreen, camera and film, binoculars, water bottle. The outfitter provides small duffels to haul your personal gear during the two trek nights away from Eco-camp.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the strong marine influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared for cold- strong winds (up to 80 km/hr) and rainfall. The summers average temperature is 11ºC/ 52ºF ( 24 ºC max, 2ºC min).