Hike to the Base of the Paine Massif

Base of Torres del Paine
One of the most popular hiking routes in all of Torres del Paine National Park is to the lookout at Base Torres, which sits at the foot of the iconic triple peaks of the Paine Massif. Although it can be completed in less than a day, this hike is strenuous and requires a good level of physical fitness. However, the stunning views at the base of the massif make it well worth the effort. 

The trekking route covers 11 miles (18 km) and lasts about nine hours. Every step of the way there's stunning views of rivers, native forest, mountain peaks, and green valleys. It's also common to spot local avian varieties, like condors and black eagles. 

The route begins at the Las Torres Hostel and leads over the Ascencio River, at which point the trail ascends about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to a lookout featuring panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains. It continues through sections of lenga forest until the remaining 45-minute stretch, which is a steep ascent that involves a hard scramble over a moraine to the final path leading up to the lagoon and viewpoint. Here hikers are treated to the views of the Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) jutting into the sky, and the whole scene makes for some incredible photos. After lingering at the base and enjoying a picnic lunch, it's time to descend back down, which takes about four hours.

Tours that Include Hike to the Base of the Paine Massif

Best of Southern Patagonia
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Best of Southern Patagonia - 10 Days

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Mt. Fitz Roy looms above the town of El Chaltén
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Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 8 Days

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Torres del Paine Express Trip - 5 Days

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Los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park
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Hiking in Patagonia - 15 Days

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Torres del Paine National Park
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Chile Grand Tour - 14 Days

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Best of Southern Patagonia - 15 Days

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Chile Highlights Adventure - 12 Days
Chile Highlights Adventure - 12 Days

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Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park
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Patagonia Adventure for Couples - 15 Days

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Torres del Paine National Park
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Laguna Capri at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy
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Patagonia Adventure for Couples - 14 Days

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Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama
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Patagonia Nature Trip - 6 Days
Patagonia Nature Trip - 6 Days

On this brisk excursion, you get to experience all the rugged beauty and unforgettable landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. You won't just see them from afar, either—you'll venture into the national parks and tour Patagonia's lakes by boat. The adventure starts with a visit to the town of Punta Arenas and then to Magdalena Island, which is home to a colony of over 150,000 penguins. Then you'll embark on a trek into the famed Torres del Paine National Park, a Patagonian Mecca for hikers. Finally, you'll tour lakes and rivers before finishing with a boat trip to Glacier Grey.