Only 27 miles from the El Calafatte, lies the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, one of the jewels of Chilean Patagonia. It’s easy to visit the park from El Calafate or even El Chalten. We have a number of Torres del Paine tours from El Calafate which take care of all the logistics and planning, can include guide and porter where needed, and can also include the Argentinean national parks like Los Glaciares and the stunning glacier Perito Moreno.
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The best thing about taking a tour with Keteka is that we take care of all the logistics for you. Whether you want a fully-guided trek where an expert accompanies you and you have a porter to carry your things, or you simply want help planning transport and getting the right gear and food, we are here to help!
Our guided options range from 13-day treks that can take you not only around Torres del Paine but also to the best parts of El Calafate and El Chalten, or the more traditional seven-day W circuit, which can also be started from El Calafate if you wish. If you’re more of a solo trekker, then the self-guided seven-day W hike is also available from El Calafate. We provide you all the logistics and assist with planning gear, food, and accommodation. For those looking for something a bit different, why not try our W Route Photography Trail. This is specifically targeted toward those traveling from El Calafate and is the best option for nature lovers looking to get the perfect shot.
Whatever your trekking plans are for Patagonia, we are here to help. Some of the reasons people opt for guided tours is simply to make the whole process a lot easier, from booking accommodation, ensuring food is all accounted for, checking you have the right gear, and simply ensuring you take the right route through the park.
We have English-speaking professional guides who will brief you in Puerto Natales or El Calafate and will help ensure everything goes smoothly. One thing to consider is that weather in Patagonia can go through all four seasons in one day, so it’s worth considering a guide if you don’t have much camping experience and might struggle to put up a tent on your own in potential rain! Our guides will also help carry gear, cook and take care of all meals for you, point out the different flora and fauna along the way, and even take you on trails which are not accessible to parties without a guide.
Of course many people simply prefer not to travel with a guide and just want to trek alone or with friends. Our self-guided options in this case are perfect for those who want to do the adventure without help on the way, but might need a few pointers in the planning. On our self-guided treks, we ensure that everything is taken care of in the planning stages. This includes booking all campsites and accommodation for you, taking care of all meals in advance, providing the right gear such as tents and sleeping mats, and ensuring you know which routes are best to take based on the season.
Please bear in mind that some trails in the park are not available to groups who enter without a guide, especially in the winter season when paths can be more treacherous.
Depending on how much time you have, you can choose to do the famous ‘W’ trail or the more complete ‘O’ circuit. The main highlights along the way of the W are as follows:
If traveling from El Calafate, it’s most likely you will combine the W with a trip that includes the best sights of El Calafate and El Chalten. These would be some of the highlights on the Argentinean side for you to see:
Depending on which of the Torres del Paine Tours most interests you, we can add extra activities like ice hiking or kayaking near Glacier Grey, or additional secluded hikes to hidden valleys that are only available with a guide. Simply email us at email@example.com for more information on these optional extras.
Peak season is considered November to February, because it’s the best weather at this time of year being mid-summer. However to avoid the crowds and potential overbooking, we recommend you visit in October or March, before or after the season is starting/ending, so that you can ensure you get the best accommodation and the trails are not too crowded. Whenever you travel though, we strongly suggest you book four to five months in advance in order to secure your place in the campsites and refugios.
It is possible to visit during the winter months of April and September, though please note that many trails are closed at this time to solo travelers and non-guided groups for safety reasons. It would be best to consider a guided tour at this time to allow you to make the most of your trip to the park and to ensure your safety in the changing Patagonian weather.