The best treks & hikes in Torres del Paine

Because the national park’s climate can vary, even in the warmer months, it’s important to pack a variety of weather-appropriate gear. Imagine all four seasons in one day: a cool morning, hot midday sun, followed by chilly, gusty winds or icy rain at night. At Torres del Paine, it can happen!

Layers are the key, as they let you remove or add items of clothing easily to adjust to the weather. Because you can’t rely on good clothes-drying weather, it’s a great idea to pack quick-drying material (no jeans or heavy cotton!) to get you from day to day without fuss.

Packing list


  • Quick-drying, synthetic long-sleeved shirt
  • Quick-drying, synthetic T-shirts x 2

  • Fleece jacket

  • Water and windproof jacket

  • Long thermal underwear (top and bottom)

  • Long hiking pants

  • Hiking shorts

  • Hiking socks x 7

  • Well worn-in hiking shoes

  • Gloves

  • Woolen hat

  • Wide-brimmed hat

  • Neckwarmer

  • Sunglasses, sunblock and SPF lip balm

Other essential items

  • Heavy-duty reusable water bottle (2L total)

  • Plastic bags for carrying out damp clothes

  • Toiletries

  • Toothpaste and brush, soap, shampoo/conditioner, insect repellent, wet wipes, travel towel


  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatories
  • Diarrhea treatment

  • Band aids and blister packs

  • Knee or ankle braces

  • Any personal medication

You might like to pack

  • Comfortable, casual shoes for the evenings
  • A bandana

  • Fleece pants for the evenings

  • Waterproof pants

  • A flashlight

  • Swiss Army knife

  • Binoculars

  • Hiking poles (many providers also supply these)

  • A small backpack for day hikes, and/or a trekking backpack for multi-day hiking circuits

Don’t forget

  • Camera and spare SD cards

  • Chargers and adaptors for all your devices

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