This post has everything you need to know about lodging options in Torres del Paine, including detailed information about the refugios and the campsites. If you are interested in booking a self-guided or guided trek in Torres del Paine, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you put together the perfect trip! You can also browse all hiking, biking, kayaking, and other trip options in Torres del Paine on our Chilean Patagonia Tours page.
The campsites are located either right next to, or a short (5 minute) walk from the refugios and are pre set up with 4 season tents (like in the photo below). In some areas, they are on the ground and in some areas, they are on elevated wooden structures.
No! If you are camping, your tent and sleeping mat will be pre-assembled at each location.
On most camping trips, a sleeping bag will also already be at each campsite. For some customized itineraries, you will need to either carry your own sleeping bag, or pay a little extra to have it included.
On the W Trek, you do not need to carry any of the camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat). If you are doing the O Trek, you will need to carry just your sleeping bag. You can bring your own or rent a sleeping bag from Puerto Natales.
Yes! Campsite reservations give you full access to bathrooms and hot showers. There are bathrooms and showers dedicated to campers.
Yes! Campsite reservations also give you access to the other amenities in the refugios, including:
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Probably not. We’ve been helping customers plan and book Torres del Paine treks for over 4 years and have had almost no one mention being overly cold in the tents while camping. The tents are 4 season tents, which are built to resist high winds and retain warmth. You will likely be doing the W or O Trek in the summer or early fall – the warmest times of the year in Patagonia. If you are concerned about the cold, we recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner – it’s small, light, and fits easily in a backpack. Also note that the tents are all a short walk to the refugios, so between when you finish that day’s trek and when you go to sleep, you can hang out indoors.
We’ve seen that people traveling as a group of two generally end up enjoying staying in campsites more than staying in refugios, for the reasons mentioned above (particularly because of the privacy). Many travelers worry that camping will be more uncomfortable or too cold, and instead find that the level of comfort is almost the same and that cold is not a big issue. Generally groups with an odd number of travelers (like 3 or 5 people) prefer the refugios since tents are optimal for two people.
The refugios are large cabin-style buildings with dorm rooms, large shared bathrooms, a restaurant and bar, and a lounge area with a fireplace.
Dorm Rooms: Each dorm has at least 6 beds in bunks. The beds are made out of wood and have a simple mattress, a pillow, and bedding.
Bathrooms: The bathrooms are large, public-style bathrooms, with toilets in stalls, showers, and sinks. They have hot water.
Restaurant and Bar: Each refugio has food service and a bar. When you book with us, all of your meals are included! The bar has hot drinks (including coffee) and alcoholic drinks for sale. The bars / restaurants accept credit card payments, although you should also bring some cash as a back up, since sometimes their systems are down.
Lounge Area: The lounge area is centered around a fireplace and has lots of places to sit and relax, including chairs, benches, and tables.
Internet in the Refugios
Not all refugios have internet, and in the ones that do, the internet is not 100% reliable, so we recommend assuming you won’t have any internet during the trek and treat any access as a bonus . The cost is $1 for 5 minutes, $5 for an hour, and $10 for 5 hours.
No, all the refugio rooms are shared, with at least 6 beds per room in bunk beds.
When you book through us, you’ll have access to separate, better bathrooms!
The other lodging options in Torres del Paine include several hotels and some cabañas (cabins) at Cuernos. These lodging options are not included in standard packages as they are much more expensive than refugios or campsites. If you would prefer a more luxurious experience in Torres del Paine though, we are happy to help you organize that! Just email us at email@example.com.
Following are some photos from the campsites and refugios in Torres del Paine National Park!