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Torres del Paine campsites 2021/22 – a detailed guide

Torres del Paine campsites 2021/22 – a detailed guide

Torres del Paine campsites 2021/22 – a detailed guide

Torres del Paine National Park is an incredible place for trekking; breathtaking scenery, untouched nature, and diverse wildlife. Here you will find some of the best hikes in Patagonia. Planning hiking in Torres del Paine can be overwhelming especially the part of booking campsites along the route. Several questions usually arise during the planning; How to find the right campsites? How to book campsites? What are the facilities? In this post, we give detailed information on the campsites in Torres del Paine. Using this guide you can plan your hike and choose the campsites.

In the 2021/22 hiking season the W trek is open from 20th October, the O circuit from 1st November.

You can buy online entrance tickets to Torres del Paine.

A small bar/cafeteria at Dickson campsite in Torres del Paine
Dickson campsite one of the most isolated campsites in Torres del Paine

General information about Torres del Paine campsites

There are 11 campsites inside Torres del Paine National Park. They’re run by 3 different companies: CONAF (El Paso and Chileno campsites), the government organization, and two private companies: Vertice Patagonia (Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, and Paine Grande campsites), and Las Torres Patagonia/Fantastico Sur (Central, Serón, Francés, Los Cuernos, and Chileno campsites).

CONAF campsites are free of charge, they have quite basic facilities, camping in your own tent is the only option here. Currently, for the 2021-2022 season, it doesn’t look like the free campsites are open and it’s unclear when they’re planning to open. If you want to plan your route and book campsites now don’t bargain on the free campsites and rather book the paid ones.

Private campsites (Vertice Patagonia, Las Torres Patagonia) have good facilities and offer fully equipped tents for rent as well as camping spots. Some campsites have indoor accommodation options. There is usually a restaurant where you can preorder meals and a shop.

CONAF campsites Vertice Patagonia campsites Las Torres Patagonia
(Fantastico Sur) campsites
El Paso Dickson Central
Chileno Los Perros Serrón
Grey Francés
Paine Grande Los Cuernos
Chileno
Campsites in Torres del Paine
Horses parked next to pitched tents at Chileno campsite, Torres del Paine
Horses parked at Chileno campsite

In our Torres del Paine hiking guide you can get more information on the park, different hiking trails, transportation, best season for trekking, cost, etc.

How to book the campsites?

To book paid campsites is very easy; you do it online through the Vertice Patagonia and Las Torres Patagonia (Fantastico Sur) websites. To complete a reservation you have to make a payment. Booking with both companies is open for 2021/22 hiking season.

Important! For the O Circuit, it’s impossible to book a separate campsite with Vertice Patagonia. Bookings can be made only for 3 or 4 campsites together. You can either book Dickson, Los Perros, and Grey, or Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, and Paine Grande. Even if the El Paso free campsite (between Los Perros and Grey) is open, you’ll still have to book Dickson, Los Perros, and Grey. In my opinion, it’s easier to book paid campsites for the entire O Circuit.  The Vertice Patagonia campsites (Grey and Paine Grande) for the W trek, can be booked separately.

Las Torres Patagonia (Fantastic Sur) campsites for the O Circuit and the W trek can be booked separately. 

Free campsites can be booked online, but there is often some sort of a problem with the CONAF website. If you try to book and it doesn’t work out, try again later. As of November 2021, there is no information on when the free campsites will be open. Currently, it’s impossible to make a reservation on the CONAF website.

How long in advance to book?

It’s better to plan your route and book campsites a couple of months in advance, even more, if you’re going to hike in Torres del Paine in the peak season, January – February. Usually, reservations for the paid campsites (Vertice Patagonia and Las Torres Patagonia) for the next hiking season are open from September. Free campsites (CONAF) are usually open for reservation before the new season starts.

If you’re looking for another great place for hiking and camping consider visiting El Chalten about 400 km north of Torres del Paine. It’s called the hiking capital of Argentina. There are several hiking trails in El Chalten with stunning scenery.

A map of the campsites in Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine campsites map
A map of the campsites in Torres del Paine. CONAF campsites: 1A – El Paso; 2A – Italiano. Vertice Patagonia campsites: 1B – Dickson; 2B – Los Perros; 3B – Grey; 4B – Paine Grande. Las Torres Patagonia campsites: 1C – Central; 2C – Serón; 3C – Francés; 4C – Los Cuernos; 5C – Chileno

CONAF campsites

There are 2 free campsites inside Torres del Paine. To camp at the free campsites, you need your own camping and cooking gear. As of 1st November 2021, there is no possibility to book the free campsites online or any information when they’ll be open.

1A. El Paso (the O Circuit) – located in the western part of the park, the first campsite after John Garner Pass. The campsite is quite small and has very basic facilities.

  • The nearest attractions – Glacier Grey, John Garner Pass
  • Price – free
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9am
  • Getting here – walking from Dickson or Los Perros campsites

2A. Italiano (the O Circuit, the W trek) – one of the many campsites in the southern part of the park. It’s quite big and situated in a foresty area.

  • The nearest attractions – Mirador Francés, Mirador Británico, Nordenskjord Lake
  • Price – free
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9am
  • Getting here – walking from Paine Grande, Francés, Los Cuernos, or Central campsites

Camping facilities

Facilities El Paso Italiano
Toilets + +
Showers
Electricity
Power sockets
Shop
Restaurant
Gear rental
Hotel
CONAF free campsites and their facilities, Torres del Paine

There used to be one more campsite (Torres) but it was closed a couple of years ago. It was the closest campsite to the famous Mirador Las Torres. Staying there was the only way to see the sunrise at the Mirador. You had to start walking at least 1-1,5 hours before the sunset to make it in time. Nowadays the nearest campsite is Chileno which is about a 2,5h walk from the Mirador Las Torres.

Entrance to the free campsite in Torres del Paine
Italiano campsite, one of the two free campsites in Torres del Paine

Vertice Patagonia campsites

There are 4 paid campsites in Torres del Paine that are run by Vertice Patagonia. As of November 2021, all Vertice Patagonia campsites are open and can be booked online.

1B. Dickson (the O) – the far away campsites in the northwest part on the O Circuit. It’s a nice open, grassy, and spacious campsite.

  • The nearest attraction – Dickson Lake
  • Price – CLP 7000/US$9 per person double occupancy, +US$6 for single occupancy (camping with your own tent)
  • Check-in time – 12pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – only walking from Serón campsite

2B. Los Perros (the O) – another campsite in the northwest part of Torres del Paine on the circuit, next on the route after the Dickson. It’s more of a forest campsite with not much grass though better protected from the wind.

  • The nearest attractions – Los Perros Laka and Glacier, John Garner Pass
  • Price – CLP 7000/US$9 per person double occupancy, +US$6 for single occupancy (camping with your own tent)
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am 
  • Getting here – only walking from Dickson campsite
Administration building in the forest at Los Perros campsite in Torres del Paine
Los Perros campsite, Torres del Paine

3B. Grey (the O, the W) – a spacious open camping area between Grey lake and the mountains. It’s the closest to the Grey Glacier campsite.

  • The nearest attrations – Grey Glacier and Lake
  • Price – CLP 7000/US$9 per person double occupancy, +US$6 for single occupancy (camping with your own tent).
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – catamaran from Hotel Grey (45min. can book in advance), walking from Los Perros, El Paso, or Paine Grande campsites

If you want to see another impressive glacier or even do a glacier hike you can combine your Torres del Paine trip with a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia, 250 km north.

4B. Paine Grande (the O, the W) – located in the southern part of the park this campsite, in my opinion, has the best scenery. Paine Grande campsites is an open spacious grassy area. It’s a great place to stay if you want to do day hikes in Torres del Paine. There are several routes that start from the Paine Grande campsite.

  • The nearest attractions – Grey Lake, Pehoé Lake, and Skottsberg Lake
  • Price – CLP 7000/US$9 per person double occupancy, +US$6 for single occupancy (camping with your own tent)
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – catamaran from Pudeto (25 min., no advance booking), walking from El Grey and Itlaiano campsites, walking from the Administración park entrance.

Camping facilities

Facilities Dickson Los Perros Grey Paine Grande
Toilets + + + +
Hot showers + only cold + +
Electricity + + + +
Power sockets at the shop,
restaurant
at the shop at the shop,
restaurant
only for
hotel guests
Wi-fi* extra cost extra cost
Shop + + + +
Restaurant + + +
Gear rental only sleeping
bag
+ only sleeping
bag
only sleeping
bag
Hotel + + +
Vertice Patagonia campsites and their facilities, Torres del Paine

*even if there is wi-fi the Internet might be very slow don’t expect too much.

Camping area at Paine Grande campsite, Torres del Paine
Paine Grande campsite in Torres del Paine. One of our favorite campsites in the park

Gear rental

It’s possible to rent a full camping gear (tent, mat, and a sleeping bag) only at Los Perros campsite, the one without a hotel. At other campsites, you can rent only a sleeping bag. If you don’t want to carry camping gear with you you’ll have to stay indoors at Dickson, Grey, and Paine Grande campsites.

Rental prices

  • a tent – US$29 max 2 people, per night
  • a mat – US$7 per person, per night
  • a sleeping bag – US$22 pp. per night

Meal options

It’s possible to order ready-made meals (breakfast, lunch/box lunch, and dinner) at Dickson, Grey, and Paine Grande campsites. All three campsites have a coffee shop where you can buy sandwiches, pastry, snacks, tea, coffee, beer, etc.

Meal prices

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch/box lunch, dinner) – US$56
  • Breakfast – US$16
  • Lunch/box lunch – US$17
  • Dinner – US$29

If you’re looking for more hiking and camping adventures in the wild make sure to explore the famous Carretera Austral, a road in southern Chile that takes you to lesser-known corners of Patagonia.

Las Torres Patagonia (Fantástico Sur) campsites

This company runs 5 campsites inside Torres del Paine. The campsites are situated in the eastern part of Torres del Paine. These campsites are more expensive than the Vertice Patagonia ones. Some campsites have wooden decks for pitching a tent. If you arrive late you don’t have to struggle to look for a good spot. It’s possible to book campsites separately for both the W trek and the O circuit. As of November 2021, all Las Torres Patagonia campsites are open and can be booked online.

1C. Central (the O Circuit, the W trek) – the closest to the Laguna Amarga entrance campsite. It’s a nice grassy spacious camping area with beautiful views over the mountains.

  • The nearest attractions – Nordenskjold Lake, Laguna Amarga
  • Price – US$21 per person, double occupancy; +US$11 for single occupancy (if camping with your own tent). Fully equipped campsite (2-men tent, mat, sleeping bag, liner) – US$49 per person, double occupancy, +US$14 single occupancy.
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – by bus from Laguna Amarga, walking from Laguna Amarga, walking from Chileno, Italiano, Francés or Los Cuernos campsites.
Cabins and camping area at Central campsite, Torres del Paine
Central campsite and hotel, Torres del Paine

2C. Serón (the O) – the first overnight stop on the O Circuit. The campsite is situated in the eastern part of the park. The camping area is quite spacious and grassy. This part is less busy you have a better chance to spot wildlife, especially in the morning. We saw a puma not far from the campsite early in the morning just before the sunset.

  • The nearest attractions – Río Paine, Pehoé Lake
  • Price – US$21 per person, double occupancy; +US$11 for single occupancy (if camping with your own tent). Fully equipped campsite (2-men tent, mat, sleeping bag, liner) – US$49 per person, double occupancy, +US$14 single occupancy.
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – walking from Central campsite.

3C. Francés (the O, the W) – this campsite is situated in the southern part of the park close to the Italiano and Los Cuernos campsites. The wooden decks for camping sit on the slope of the hill surrounded by trees.

  • The nearest attractions – Mirador Francés, Mirador Británico, Nordenskjord Lake
  • Price – US$21 per person, double occupancy; +US$11 for single occupancy (if camping with your own tent). Fully equipped campsite (2-men tent, mat, sleeping bag, liner) – US$49 per person, double occupancy, +US$14 single occupancy.
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – walking from Paine Gradne, Itlaiano, Central campsites

4C. Los Cuernos (the O, the W) – another campsite in the southern part of Torres del Paine, just 3 km away from Francés. The camping spots are wooden platforms in the forest.

  • The nearest attraction – Nordenskjord Lake
  • Price – US$21 per person, double occupancy; +US$11 for single occupancy (if camping with your own tent). Fully equipped campsite (2-men tent, mat, sleeping bag, liner) – US$49 per person, double occupancy, +US$14 single occupancy.
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – walking from Paine Grande, Itlaiano, Francés, or Central campsites
Cabins surrounded by the forest at Los Cuernos campsite
Cabins at Los Cuernos campsite, an optional accommodation for those who don’t want camping

5C. Chileno (the O, the W) – the closest to the Mirador Las Torres campsite, about 4,5 km. It takes 2,5-3 hours to walk to the Mirador. For this reason, the campsite is very popular and often fully booked. I’d recommend making a reservation at Chileno a couple of months in advance. The spots for camping are in the forest next to the river.

  • The nearest attraction – Mirador Las Torres
  • Price – camping with own tent – US$21 per person, double occupancy; +US$11 for single occupancy. Fully equipped campsite (2-men tent, mat, sleeping bag, liner) – US$49 per person, double occupancy, +US$14 single occupancy.
  • Check-in time – 1pm
  • Check-out time – 9.30am
  • Getting here – walking from Central, Italiano, Francés, or Los Cuernos campsites.

Camping facilities

Facilities Central Serrón Francés Los Cuernos Chileno
Toilets + + + + +
Hot showers + + + + +
Electricity + + + +
Power sockets
Wi-fi* extra cost extra cost extra cost extra cost extra cost
Shop + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Camping gear rental + + + + +
Hotel + + + +
Las Torres Patagonia campsites and their facilities, Torres del Paine.

*even if there is wi-fi the Internet might be very slow don’t expect too much.

Gear rental

It’s possible to rent camping gear at the campsites if you don’t want to carry a tent and a sleeping bag with you.

Rental prices

  • A tent (max 2 people) – US$39 per day
  • A sleeping bag + liner – US$30 per person per day

Meal options

You can get ready-made meals (breakfast, lunch/box lunch, and dinner) at all the campsites managed by Las Torres Patagonia.

Meal prices

  • Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) – US$80 pp.
  • Half-board (breakfast, dinner) – US$56 pp.
  • Breakfast – US$21
  • Box lunch – US$26
  • Lunch – US$39
  • Dinner – US$39
Seron campsite, Torres del Paine
Serón campsite, the first stop on the O Circuit

The O Circuit itinerary and campsites

As of November 2021, two free campsites can’t be booked and there is no information if they will be open in the coming hiking season. My suggestion is not to count on the free campsites and rather book paid campsites along the route. The following itinerary include only paid campsites. You can always adjust it if the CONAF campsites open later in the season.

When booking the campsites it’s important to remember that the O Circuit can be walked only counterclockwise; from Central to Serón to Dickson etc. 

It’s possible to do the O Circut as a part of an all inclusive tour with G-Adventures.

  • Day 1. Puerto Natales – Central campsite, Torres del Paine (bus). Central campsite – Serón campsite (Las Torres Patagonia), 13 km.
  • Day 2. Serón campsite – Dickson campsite (Vertice Patagonia), 18 km
  • Day 3. Dickson campsite – Los Perros campsite (Vertice Patagonia), 12 km
  • Day 4. Los Perros campsite – Grey campsite (Vertice Patagonia), 15 km
  • Day 5. Grey campsite – Francés campsite (Las Torres Patagonia), 20,5 km
  • Day 6. Francés campsite – Chileno campsite (Las Torres Patagonia), 20 km
  • Day 7. Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Central campsite, 14 km. Central campsite – Puerto Natales (2 buses).

You can find more details on the route in our post – The O Circuit in Torres del Paine.

The W trek itinerary and campsites

There is one free campsite on the W trek – Itlaiano. As of November 2021 it can’t be booked online. For this reason, the following itinerary includes only paid campsites. You can always change it and stay at Italiano instead of Francés if the free campsite becomes available for booking.

The W trek can be walked either way; clockwise starting from Central or counterclockwise starting from Paine Grande/Grey. There are more itinerary variations for this route.

You can do the W trek as an organaized hike with a local company or join a small group tour with G-Adventures.

  • Day 1. Puerto Natales – Paine Grande campsite, Torres del Paine (bus + ferry). Paine Grande – Grey campsite – Paine Grande (Vertice Patagonia), 22 km
  • Day 2. Paine Grande – Francés campsite – Mirador Francés – Mirador Británico – Francés campsite (Las Torres Patagonia), 22 km
  • Day 3. Francés campsite – Chileno campsite (Las Torres Patagonia), 20 km
  • Day 4. Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Central campsite, 14 km. Central campsite – Puerto Natales (2 buses).

For more details on the route go to The W trek in Torres del Paine.

Mountains in Torres del Paine National Park
Beautiful scenery in Torres del Paine National Park

Indoor accommodation in Torres del Paine

If there are no campsites available for your dates or you are just not a big fan of camping you can stay indoors. Indoor accommodation (refugios) is available for the W trek and partly for the O Circuit.  

Both companies Vertica Patagonia and Las Torres Patagonia have indoor accommodation options. It can be a bed in a dormitory, a hotel room, or a wooden cabin.

Vertice Patagonia

Larger rooms at the refugios used to be shared dormitories but due to Covid are rented out as private rooms with shared bathrooms. You can book accommodation online.

Dickson campsite – Refugio, cabins for 3, 4, 5, or 6 people. Price from US$114 for a triple room to US$228 for a 6-bed room. The rooms are basic: single beds with mattresses, shits, and pillows, no blankets. You can use your own sleeping bag or rent one at the Refugio for US$22 per person per night.

Grey campsite – Refugio, cabins for 4 and 6 people. Price – US$152 for a quadruple room, US$228 for a 6-bed room. The facilities are similar to the Refugio at Dickson.

Paine Grande campsite – Refugio, cabins for 2, 4, or 6 people. Price from US$110 for a double room to US$330 for a 6-bed room. The facilities are similar to the refugios above.

Las Torres Patagonia

Las Torres Patagonia has a variety of accommodation options from luxury hotels to mountain hostels. All these accommodation can be booked online.

Mountain hostels are available at Central, Francés, Los Cuernos, and Chileno campsites. These hostels used to have shared dormitories for 6 people. Due to Covid regulations, only reservations for entire rooms are possible. Rooms have bunk beds with mattresses, sheets, and pillows. You’ll need your own sleeping bag or you can rent one at the hostel. Price US$700 for a 6-bed room.

Mountain cabins at Los Cuernos campsite. The wooden cabins for 2-3 people have fully-made beds and shared bathrooms. Price US$180 per person per night.

Hotel Las Torres at Central campsite. It’s a luxury spa hotel with private ensuite rooms that feature a jacuzzi, king-size bed, wi-fi, bar, etc. Price – November to March – US$660, October and April – US$570 for a double room.

Places to stay in Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is a gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. There are many accommodation options for different budgets from camping and hostels to luxurious hotels. From our experience, after camping for more than a week in Torres del Paine it was very nice to stay indoors.

Travel insurance for Torres del Paine

Hiking and camping in Torres del Paine is a great adventure in the wild. When planning outdoor activities such as this one don’t forget about travel insurance. If you don’t know what company to choose we can recommend our partner World Nomads. They specialize in covering adventure activities in different parts of the world including Patagonia. Their insurance policy is very flexible. It can cover the entire trip or just a part of it or a particular hike. You can purchase it online at any time of your trip. Get an instant quote right now!

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