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It has unique views. The Andes are extremely picturesque. However, it is a hard hike . Must carry hiking poles and proper shoes. I did get a swollen knee on my way down (I was a bit careless and didnt use poles - sigh). My favourite was the one to Lago Grey. The view of glacier from all the angles is simply spectacular.I would not do this again though. Andes were cool but Rockies are my favourite!

2 months ago

Did this trek two years ago as my first big trip. It was absolutely amazing! The “O” is so much better than just the “W”. The views of glacier grey from the pass will forever be ingrained in my mind. I hope to do it again some day!

Spectacular scenery made all the more memorable by the effort it took to get yo see it! I consider this to be one of the greatest gifts I ever have myself!

My favorite hike

Great views. Good structure in the shelters. One of the best hikings i ever did.

Made the O circuit, this is part of it, exciting tour, moderate difficult.

Great hike. Just windy and wet most of the time. The views are wonderful.

6 months ago

Did this trail a year ago. I definelty recommend it over the W trail. The views you get off glacier grey are mesmerizing.

Incredible views. Weather varies tremendously even during the summer. Make sure you are well prepared with layers, appropriate footwear. The vistas along most of the W are breathtaking. Steep ascents at the top of the east leg and middle legs of the W. If you go 30 minutes (about 2 km) past Refugio Grey, you can reach the first of 3 hanging bridges which is worth checking out.

The one thing I will say is that the CONAF rangers and personnel are not well equipped for medical evacuations. We ran into an injured hiker with a broken leg who was being taken out on a backboard. We ended up helping carry him for 3 km with 10 men rotating 8 at a time carrying the board along very narrow trails. The whole ordeal was poorly organized and a big cluster.

When we finished we remarked how lucky we were to finish without injuries. Also a missing hiker’s body was found on the “O” circuit 2 weeks after he went missing during the time we were there. The volume of hikers has gone up exponentially and the facilities/staff are playing catch up. Some of the trails are lightly trafficked and help would be difficult if not impossible to get in case of a serious injury.

A absolutely awesome backpacking trek with great views along the whole trail. The trails can be a bit crowded, but the views make it worth it. Here is my full trip report with pictures, maps, and other logistical info: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/torres-del-paine-circuit/

7 months ago

An amazing backpacking trek with great scenery. Here is my full trip report with pictures and maps: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/torres-del-paine-circuit/

Incredible views! Would highly recommend as a do one time.type of a run/hike. Lots of people. We were there in December!

Outstanding views and trails. This park did not disappoint. Was there end of December and weather was amazing. 70 degrees and sunny. It is cold in the evenings and nights so layer up!

We were very lucky and had great weather the whole time we were there. Stunning views and decent camp sites- as long as you don't arrive too late!

This place is amazing and beautiful. Experienced all seasons during this hike (the wind was crazy one of the days).

I've hiked all over the world and this is my favorite hike ever. Me encanta Torres del Paine.

Excelent and hard at some points!

Awesome hike, don't know why anyone would rate it less than 5 stars. It's a must do

If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would! Incredible hiking!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seriously people, this should be on your bucket list!! Ferried across the lake to the Refugio and hiked only to French Valley and back. Most of the trail was well maintained, there were a few soggy spots and places where the elevated path needed repair- but the views and the pristine environment make up for that. Did see an Andean Condor or two. Photo ops galore. Definitely want to make it back here someday!!! Love. It.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Best hike I've ever done. Difficult, but 100% worth it!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wonderful hike. Great for a solo female backpacker. Very easy trail to follow so no navigational skills needed. Just follow the path. You cannot get lost on this hike and not much technical skill is needed. If you can walk you are already ready! Solo is fine, there are TONS of other people on this trail so I would say hello about every 20 minutes as I walked by other people. Also, since there are other solo travelers, many are happy to chat at camp and you are sure to find camping buddies if you need them! But even when I did not find a buddy I still felt completely safe. Do your research - lots of blog posts about this place and plan the route that suits your style best. I did it west to east with a 40L pack. I suggest a hat with a cord - this hike is very windy, and when I tried to wear a baseball cap it blew right off multiple times. In the end I wore a bandana for sun protection.

A must.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Beautiful walk! Absolutely worth it!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Just completed the full "O" circuit with my partner and a friend. The mud, rain, glacial moraine, wind and precipitous descent from Gardner Pass made this the toughest hike of my life. At 67 I was proud to complete the circuit without so much as a blister, but I must admit, the trek is not for beginners. Be sure you are prepared for strong winds, hail, snow and frightening ladder climbs.

That being said, it was the most challenging and exciting hike of my life, and the vistas were incredible in the moments without fog, rain and snow.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Only managed to do half of it due to time but it was phenomenal! Been all over the Rocky Mountains and Appalachians, Cinque Terra in Italy, and a few other mountains here and there but the view here is unbeatable! Also the pure primitive state it's all in, makes a true hiking experience.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The best place in the world

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Loved this hike; the scenery is absolutely stunning. I'd describe the hike as moderate rather than hard because there's not that much elevation gain. Also, the park's infrastructure is pretty good, so no need to carry your own tent - you can sleep in so called Refugios instead. I'd reccommend hiking from west to east and save the 'highlight' of the actual Torres for last. This is how i did it:
Day 1 - leave early from Puerto Natales, take the ferry across Lake Pehoe and hike from Paine Grande to Refugio Grey. Check out Grey Glacier in the late afternoon.
Day 2 - In the morning, hike up towards Campamento Paso to get a better view of the glacier, but then turn around an hike back to Refugio Pane Grande
Day 3 - Hike to Refugio Los Cuernos with a detour up Valle des Frances; it's a steep hike but the view is worth it
Day 4 - Hike to Refugio Chileno, drop your pack, and hike up to the base of the Torres
Day 5 - hike down to Hosteria Las Torres; there you can either take a shuttle bus to Laguna Amarga or keep on hiking (approx. another 1 1/2 h). The hike to Laguna Amarga is not that special, but you might get the chance to see some Guanacos up close. From L.Amarga take the bus back to Puerto Natales.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hard but possible!!! Amazing views all the trail. I prefer to do it with The Towers view at the end of the trip (west to east).

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