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Hiking Torres del Paine

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Discovering Torres del Paine On Foot

If you have the time, your best option for exploring Torres del Paine National Park is walking the "W" trail. During your four-day, 76.1-kilometer journey, you will pass the park's most important landmarks, including the rocky paths that lead to the Torres Lookout, the Cuernos Lodge and its visiting condors, the constant murmur of the cracks in the Francés Glacier, and the much-anticipated finale at the Grey Glacier.

In ideal conditions, it will take you a week to complete the 93.2-kilometer complete circuit, also known as the "O". You begin at the Amarga Lagoon area (just as you would with the "W" trail), but the "O" circles the Paine massif and passes through its northernmost area, which will allow you to visit places like the John Garner Pass. This is the highest point on the circuit (1,350 meters) and offers an amazing view of the Southern Ice Field.

If you're in the mood for a special excursion, head to Pingo Valley, a lesser-known destination where you'll find a lake filled with ice floes, as well as lenga and coigüe forests. It's the perfect spot to take terrific pictures and do some bird watching.

 

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Getting There

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By Car
There are two roads from Puerto Natales. The original road is 154 kilometers long (60 of them paved) and goes to Amarga Lagoon and Sarmiento Porter's Lodges. The new road, which is 80 kilometers long and completely paved, will take you to the Serrano Porter's Lodge.
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By Bus
Buses depart Puerto Natales at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Only the early-morning bus is available in November, March and April.
 

 

Tips

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Early beginning High-calorie foods Pure water
Begin your treks early so that you can be sure to get a spot in the camping areas. This is a very popular destination, and a good place to sleep is an essential part of getting a good night's rest. Don't forget to bring high-calorie foods to give yourself a shot of energy. Food is available at the lodges, but it can be rather expensive. You can find pure water throughout Torres del Paine National Park, so there's no need to filter it.

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Dress in layers Good physical shape
Dress in layers, even during the summer months. Temperatures can vary significantly over the course of a day and winds can reach speeds of 100 km/h. You may be surprised by the amount of snow in the higher elevations, including the John Garner Pass. You will need to be in good physical shape and have the right equipment if you plan on completing the full circuit. If you're unsure of your ability, you can hire porters to lighten the load.  

 

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