The cost of an Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trek varies depending on when you book flights, when you trek (out of season tends to be a little cheaper) and whether to trek with a local or western trekking agency, or independently.
We have provided a detailed Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trek Cost article here but in summary you should budget for the following key expenses:
Visa, Vaccinations, Insurance etc: ~$300-$500
Equipment (buying and hiring): ~$500-$800 – camping gear can be rented at the park entrance for $200.
Return flights to Punta Arenas: ~$1,500
Tour Agency: ~$1,000 for a cheap local agency to ~$2,500 for a pricey Western trekking agency. You could do an independent trek for less than $300 as many of the campsites are free. You will need to book early though. this price includes food, park entrance and camping. Food can be purchased from refugios throughout the park, however, it is very expensive.
Misc (additional food, unplanned travel / hotels ect): $50
Total Costs: $2,500 – $5,000
Yes, a permit is required to enter the park. However, the permit is simply purchased a the entrance gate and cost around $30 US in the high season and $15 US in the low season. To obtain the permit, the park officials will need to see that you have booked your camping accommodation in advance.
The Torres del Paine national park can actually be trekked all year-round which makes it one of the most accessible trekking regions in the world. To give you a sense of the season, we have written an overview of each below.
Spring – September to November
This is a great time of year to visit the park if you want warm, clear weather but without the crowds. Although not quite as warm as the summer months, the skies are often clear and you’ll get stunning views across the park. This is also the best season to see flowering flora in the region and witness the breeding season of the wildlife.
Summer – December to March
This is the high season. Although the trails are at their capacity now, the weather is also at its warmest and you’ll get the most clear days on your trek. If you’re the active type, then summer is also the period when you can horse ride, kayak and mountain bike alongside your trek!
Fall – March to June
Our favourite season. The landscape comes alive with colour and the trails start to empty out as days become colder. The wind is often ferocious, but the spectacularly beautiful views are worth it!
Winter – June to August
Although the majority of refugios are closed during this period, this season has the benefit of being the most quiet. There will be very few other visitors and you’ll have many of the trails to yourself. This is the coldest period though and you will certainly experience cold nights and high winds.
There is almost no risk of altitude sickness on the Toress Del Paine Full Circuit Trek. The highest point reached is under 700 meters which is far too low to bring on altitude sickness.
The Toress Del Paine Full Circuit Trek is not considered a difficult trek as there is very little elevation gain throughout the trek. The trek can be done over a longer period depending on your fitness levels and there are plenty of rest points. A solid level of fitness is still required though as you will still be walking a number of hours each day.
Trekking the Toress Del Paine Full Circuit Trek requires a number of essential pieces of trekking clothing and equipment. The Toress Del Paine Full Circuit Trek is a multi day trek that travels through a number of landscapes.
Many pieces of equipment can be rented at the gate, but we recommend bringing the most important pieces of gear with you.
Essential items include:
Trekking insurance is always a must. Although unlikely, accidents do happen and can cost a lot of money, especially when you consider the cost of rescue from remote destinations. It is also a great idea to take out travel insurance for other related risks of travel such as loss of baggage, stolen gear, delays and damaged equipment.
Although this article focuses on Nepal Trekking, it is still a great resource for any travel insurance related questions – travel and trekking insurance in Nepal