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It was an amazing hike with mind blowing views at every turn. I thought I’d contribute my experience.

- we hiked east to west in mid-Feb. we got lucky with great weather (sunny, t-shirts) every day except for Glacier grey.

- we camped at central (x2), frances and Paine grande, electing to have our meals provided and our tents and sleeping bags set up ahead of time. As such, our backpacks were quite light. If you’re doing it this way, I don’t think you’d need more than a 35l capacity backpack (of course more if carrying tent, sleeping bag and mat etc.) and a day pack. We didn’t use hiking sticks, but I gather they’re really personal preference.

- The trail was moderate but tough in parts. We found it totally doable for three adults in good physical shape (we’re runners). Impossible to get lost, and definitely no need for a guide. Besides the steep uphill to Torres Base, Watch out for the sneaky uphills between Central and Frances/Italiano! That path was advertised to us as “Patagonia flat” i.e. constant uphills and down. Probably the flattest section was the walk to Paine Grande from Frances valley.

- Central was in a meadow and very well equipped and the camping showers and setup were very adequate. The Refugio where we ate was large, light-filled.

-Frances tents were set up in a forest with the dining hall/biodomes at the bottom of a steep, curving road. Did not love going up this at night. Bathrooms were amazing, new and clean and sunny. Iffy water pressure to say the least, hot water from 6pm onwards. But loved the cozy feel of the camp and it made ascending into the Frances Valley a bit easier than if we had stayed at Los Cuernos (albeit the latter being a bigger campsite)


- Paine Grande was the biggest and best set up camp, but super windy, so camping at night was a little tough. Great food. Great shower water pressure (hot water after 6) but didn’t love the curtains that wafted open with the breeze. The bar upstairs has great views of the lake and the path.

backpacking
muddy
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washed out
5 days ago

I wasn’t a big fun of hiking, neither had many experience in past. The only hard trail I did before W was the old rag trail in Virginia. Very happy I got survived after 5 days. Because we walked from east to west, the most difficult part was day 1 getting close to the Torres. My knee and every piece of muscle was so hurt next morning because I didn’t use the walking sticks to help get off from the top. I felt I could walk a few more days at last day when returned to Paine Grande from Glacier Grey. It’s an awesome experience and everyone should try if their physical allows!

hiking
off trail
private property
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Many other reviewers have summarized great tips so I’ll just summarize my unique ones:
I tried to find information about hiking W when pregnant, and could not find it so I hope to help other adventurous moms-to-be: I was 20 weeks when we finished W (3 weeks ago). The most difficult part was, needless to say, up to Mirador Torres... other personal take aways: 1) hiking poles an absolute must. Never hiked with poles before but with the difficult terrain this was the best thing I could do - also took some strain off my hips and knees. 2) Light packing: we stayed in refugios and fully equipped tents and it was great. 3) Have a hiking partner who can help you - my husband carried even my daypack with just layers and camelback uphill - even a couple kilos extra brought my pulse up very fast hiking uphill so without his help I am not sure it would have been doable 4) plan your energy meticulously - pregnancy is exhausting in itself so don’t run out of energy!! Plan all of your snacks and water (I doubled the usual amount of snacks and water and consumed it all) and REST when body tells you to rest, can be a deal breaker. I usually push through pain, but being pregnant this is not what I recommend 5) be fit pre-pregnancy - if you are trying to conceive and the W seems overwhelming - don’t try when pregnant, it’s about twice as tough when growing a human is also in progress. 6) don’t have anxiety over water quality - I was sleepless the first night because my husband forgot to pack the water filter and bottled water here is not an option (dr’s recommendation) but the water is super pure and I was fine! A lot of minerals in the water, so stomach might be upset first days but nothing to be anxious about. 7) don’t waste time looking for technical hiking maternity gear when preparing - it is ridiculous but there is none so I simply went to REI and sized 2 sizes up for pants and one up for upper body clothing. Be prepared for all seasons in day!

Other than that... Mirador Torres is absolutely breath taking and worth every step! The W is world class! We were lucky and had 3 sunny warm days and one with high winds/hail/rain/sun all in one day! We hiked west to east. Gotta love Patagonia!!

Just finished this one today. We started at Hotel Torres and finished at Hotel Grey. We had one day of fantastic weather, one day of good weather, and two dark, cloudy days. We were lucky that the long, amazing hikes (Hotel Torres to Mirador Torres and Refugio Cuernos to Mirador Britanico) fell on the good weather days. I’m sure getting perfect weather on all four days would be a mind-blowing experience, but just the two good days made this an epic experience that surpassed our best hikes in Canada, Norway, New Zealand, etc. This hike is a beast, but well worth the effort!

Of the 3 main W hikes this is the least challenging in my opinion. It’s a great hike that will take the entire day if you go out and back. If you hike 2km past Refugio Grey you will hit a pretty neat suspension bridge. Make sure to go to the Mirador as you’ll get a great view of the glaciar.

I visited Patagonia with a friend 3 years ago and we did only a day trip/hike to Base Torres. It was the most beautiful nature hike of my life and I knew I had to return. So I did and I just completed the W 2 days ago and it was absolutely worth every joint pain and aching foot.

We started at Paine Grande and hiked east, ending at Base Torres. I would recommend this direction as it gets better visually as you go, although the hikes increase in intensity.

A few insider tips:

Bring cash to the park. The park takes only cash for entry and the boat to Paine Grande accepts only USD or Chilean pesos. There is no atm and no alternative.

Bring hiking poles. We didn’t and wished we had. Also, a camelback water bag is helpful. A lot of folks used water bottles, but it seemed quite annoying for them. Bring sunscreen and a poncho.

Stay in the Refugios. They are nice and it’s great to sleep in a bed and take a hot shower after a long hike! On this note, we brought sleeping bags and pads, but they weren’t really necessary. Pay extra to have a made bed. At Frances and Torre Centro the bed was already made. We wished we had not brought them.

The suspension bridge north of Grey is cool, but the 2km to get there is difficult.

If the weather is nice, don’t stop at Mirador Frances. The trek to Británico is less than an hour, not terribly difficult and you go mostly through the woods, so the winds at Frances are not indicative of the rest of the path. I write this because a lot of people turned around at Frances due to the strong winds and rather grueling initial hike up. Británico with clear skies is a site to see.

Stay at the Frances Domos if you have the chance. The beds are large, there’s 8 beds to a domo, but 2 showers and 2 baños (this would be unlike Paine Grande where there’s 3 stalls and 4 showers for 100 guys). There’s also electrical outlets right in the Domo beds. And you can get to know your bunk mates at a bit of a more intimate level if desired. We celebrated New Years Eve there and it was a blast.

Check the weather before you wake up at 2am to hike to Base Torres. It’s generally overcast in the morning, and tends to clear up mid to late morning. Dozens of people at Torre Centro hiked up in the freezing cold at 3am to see nothing. On our last day it was crystal clear at daybreak so it certainly can be worth it. Just make sure before you lose sleep, breakfast, your bed (checkout is 9:30am and the hike takes 6-9 hours) and you bag lunch!

The cheapest beer and wine is at the transit center just east of Torre Centro. This is a good hack for anyone staying at Hotel Las Torres and wants to buy a bottle of wine and not pay 2x more.

I've been blessed to have hiked Yosemite, Glacier Park, The Grand Canyon, Sequoia and other National Parks, but none can be compared to Torres del Paine. At times it is a combination of all, others it is so unique that you are just mesmerized by its beauty and contrasting topography.
Because there are many videos on Youtube and similar websites on how to approach this, at times, challenging hike, I won't give you details, rather, I would like to give you some insight acquired from 2 trips to this incredible place:
--Hike early spring to avoid crowds
--Do take the west to east route as it builds on its beauty and accomplishment
--Book campsite on line and ahead of time. You will be turned back if no reservation. Reserve/buy all necessary tickets (especially for the catamaran) on line
--Listen to weather related warnings and be ready for all temps and wind conditions
--Trails well marked except for some critical "forks in the road". Know the trail ahead of time.
--My 4 day hike suggestion unless "lodging".
1. Entrance to Catamaran across lake to Grey Glacier (camp) 2. Grey Glacier to Campamento Italiano (camp) Up to Valle del Frances. 3. Campamento Italiano to Refugio Chileno to Campamento Torres del Paine. 4. "O dark thirty", with head lamps, climb last mile to Torres and watch sunrise on towers. Relax, enjoy, then return, break camp and head down to catch bus to Puerto Natales.
I can guarantee you, you'll never forget this place!

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Awesome hiking adventure, completed the W trek east to west, incredible scenery and mind blowing vistas. I even did the Chileno to Torres mirador sector twice due to bad weather.

I have hiked a lot through Yosemite and the W is comparable to anything you’ll see there. The big difference is you have to earn the W! The views are incredible and worth every drop of sweat. I lucked out and visited during a perfect weather break. In Patagonia you get the weather you deserve, I guessed I deserved great weather! You will never forget doing this, likely be greatest hike of your life, it was mine!

You will spend a long time finding places more beautiful than this. Be prepared, the weather is highly unpredictable and can shift extremely quick. Wind was like nothing I have ever experienced except in a severe storm in the middle of Iceland. My party literally had to crouch and hug the ground at times in order to not to be blown downhill. I highly recommend booking ahead of time, and if you are going to tent camp make sure your gear is top notch.

backpacking
2 months ago

Breathtaking, amazing, absolutely perfect! We did the W for our honeymoon, and it was the most incredible journey. We hired a guide since we are relatively new to backpacking, but we agreed that it would have been easily completed without a guide. The hike was challenging, but honestly much less tiring than we anticipated -- granted we spent all summer training in the Cascades, which I'm sure helped. There is fresh water throughout the hike that is drinkable, so don't carry too much with you as there is no need. Other posters have stated this, but pack for EVERY WEATHER climate. There were days that went from rain, to show, to 75 and sunny -- sometimes within 2-3 hours. We went in early-November and had great weather, and could go hours on the trail without seeing a single person (even at the famous vista stops). I hear it gets crazy-busy in the summer, which wouldn't have affected our trip too much but it was so special feeling very isolated. Glacier Grey was our favorite day, so DO NOT skip the hike over the hanging bridges, no matter how scary that point may be :)

Such an incredible hike! Did this unguided and solo for New Years Eve 2018! Highly recommend!

Bucket list item complete!

beware of massive winds at the top but overall if you moderate your pace, this trail isn’t too hard. it’s just a bit on the long side.

Amazing.

Soak in the hot tub at Cuernos if possible!!

no. words. mind. blown. did it with wildland trekking. recommend hiking from east to west, as the scenery and refugios get progressively better— from base of towers to french valley to grey glacier (with cuernos refugio being my least favorite). layers are your best friend as you’re constantly layering/de-layering to adjust to the weather conditions. i want to go back already.

Amazing experience. Went early October to avoid the crowds. We had 3 days of beautiful weather and one day of cold and snowy. This trail takes you through varying terrains and weather conditions which makes each day exciting. We stayed at the Refugios during our trek and the chance to take a shower and grab a cold beer each night made the experience even more enjoyable.

Beautiful views with diverse terrain. Highly recommend early October when the park is less crowded.

If I had the time and money I would do this hike tomorrow!

Amazing place to visit! You will never forget

One of the best multiday hikes we did (group of three). The vistas are very rewarding and the colours are breathtaking. We were quite unlucky with the weather: heavy rain and fog almost every day. The second day, my husband lost his boots when we crossed one of the rivers that was running at high levels and very furious. The water level was quite high (well above my knees) so we had to cross it barefoot. His boots weren't properly secured on the heavy backpack and .... they were gone! We had duct tape so we transformed a pair of sleepers into hiking boots and made it to the refugio. Appart from this incident, we had a wonderful time in the national park. Many flowers, rainbows, chauras (we nibbled on them all the time), birds, glaciers and nice hikers. We were lucky that we could buy a pair of old hiking boots so we could continue our trail.

Incredible!!! Probably the best trail i have ever done :)

I would like to go back one day and do the 0 trail (10 days) in this mesmerising place!

If you are planning on camping with your tent (as i think is the best way to so this trail), make sure that your tent is fully waterproof. Good equipment is needed.

hiking
6 months ago

Exciting, technical trail that I would rate as difficult not so much for any elevation gains, but more for the loose rocks and ever-changing landscape. Park at the Portillo Hotel and Ski Resort (free) in the off-season (southern hemisphere summer) and proceed to the left side of the lake. Most of the trail is along the shoreline and is relatively easy with a few climbs to circumvent snow gullies and steep shoreline spots that are impassable. Dangerous, loose rocks on climbs and descents, but the views are mind-blowing and will leave a lasting impression. Not sure about overnight restrictions, but there is no entry fee and swimming is allowed but as with any alpine lake, it is darn cold. Mystical location that oozes history. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. The fishing is decent too.

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!

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

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