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Torres del Paine Circuit Trekking Route
East to West
(This trail joins the W Trek Trail at Refugio Grey –
please see W Trek Route)
Estancia Sector = Hosteria Las Torres, and the Refugio´s Torres Central and Norte
The Mirador or Base = The View Point to see the “Towers” of TDP
Cuernos Sector = Cabañas Cuernos, Domos Cuernos and Refugio Cuernos
Estancia Sector to Camping Seron
Allow 5hrs approx, (8.9km)
The trail initially passes through a beech-tree (lenga) wood with openings that offer a constantly changing view. The identifying characteristic of this trail is its abundance of panoramic views (“vistas”), and its excellent bird-watching opportunities.
Camping Serón to Refugio Dickson
Allow 6hrs approx. (18.5km)
The trail passes through woods and then opens into “pampa” (flat prairie) with views of the northern face of the Paine Massif. This trek allows an opportunity to see “behind” the “Oggioni”, “Tridente” and “Cabeza del Indio” peaks. The viewpoint is not seen by many as this trail is not frequented by as many backpackers as other parts of the park, and rarely is this beautiful sector of TDP highlighted in postcards or photos. From time to time, and on clear days, the peaks of the Towers can be seen rising from behind the mountains. After 6 hours hiking you will be able to see Dickson Refugio and campsite.
Refugio Dickson to Camping Los Perros
Allow 3.5hrs (8.7km)
During the first hour, if the weather permits, hikers will get a view of the granite needles that encircle the French Valley. The trail then passes through a valley with mountains on both sides before entering a dense forest of towering beech trees before crossing a hanging foot bridge over the “Los Perros” River. Once over the other side the path climbs over glacial moraine whereupon the “Los Perros” Glacier comes in to view. The glacier is bordered by great deposits of rock that create a tiny lake to form at the glacial face. After another hour you will reach the Los Perros camp ground, set within a wood.
Camping Los Perros to Refugio Grey
Allow 10hrs or longer (22km)
This is the longest and most difficult sector of the trekking routes in Torres del Paine. The trail begins with a slight climb, which continues to increase in severity until it reaches a 45° incline at the top of the tree line (approx. 900 meters above sea level). The trail in this sector is also often muddy making it slippery. There is also mud on rocks leading up to the famous John Gardner Pass, at 1,240 meters above sea level.
Once at the summit of the John Gardner Pass, on a clear day, there is undoubtedly the most spectacular view in the Park of Glacier Grey, including Grey Lake and part of the Southern Ice Field. The trail continues on a long, very steep descent followed by what feels like an endless undulating path passing through beech wood (lenga), with occasional glimpses through open areas of the massive Glacier Grey all the way to Refugio Grey.
The hiking times are estimated.
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