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A fantastic experience. It can be very crowded and slow climbing as it is full of tourists. The climb is a fun challenge but by no means difficult. Most ascents are done with a local tour guides that will rent equipment and blaze the trail. I did not give it 5 stars because of the crowd. For a more authentic mountain experience I recommend one of the several other options around.

Amazing trail! Most beautiful and prehistoric forest in the world. Picturesque lakes, and valcanoes throughout the region. Plenty of cabins, camping, hiking and mountain biking. Don't forget to stop by El Lago Arcoiris. You will need to spend a couple of days here to experience it all. El Volcan Llaima is nearby but you will need a couple of days to summit that one.

Real beautiful hike ! Realy touristic in the summer. Hundreds of peoples hiking at the same time and you can only stay 10 minutes at the top. Can't do it in solo, it is mandatory to have a tour guide. It is a moderate hike if you are in good shape, the walking speed is real slow, no cardio only legs are working. I Realy enjoy it

Real beautiful hike with nice vegetation and spectacular 360° view of something like 8 volcanos !
It is a 8h hike in total but if you are in shape it is less. It take me 3 hours to go to the top without break and a good speed.

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!

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muddy
21 days ago

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snow
27 days ago

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27 days ago

Great hike with stunning payoff but given the weather conditions and challenging elevation gain, particularly in the last kilometer or two of this trail, I would rate it as difficult.

Took in most of the boardwalk, the upper and lower decks, and both welcome centers. Very nice layout, I was surprised I walked over 3.5 miles with a nearly 1,000' elevation gain. Spectacular glacier, about 100 square miles in area and you can see a lot of it as you climb the boardwalk. It calves often, moves, sounds like a 45 pistol sometimes, fireworks other times, then giant chunks cleave off. Really cool and really wide. One of the few glaciers that is growing some although it's getting thinner. A must see.

An excellent day on the trail with beautiful views.

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!!

backpacking
1 month ago

The most beautiful hike I have ever done. Glacier water is plentiful, so is the serenity of the trek.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. It’s an easy hike without the winds. We had 80km/hr winds hitting us and that was the most difficult. We were here on Jan 2018 and we were told that during their winter, there’s less chances of wind but it’ll be colder with snow.
U get to see the view of the horns, base Torres and different peaks at the top - weather permitting. Your first view will be the amazing waterfall. Warning: This place would not be recommend for little kids because winds would absolutely blow your kids away! :)

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.

Simply amazing view at the top. Interesting if unspectacular hike most the way. Mostly easy under foot, albeit last 1km to the summit has plenty of uneven boulders to walk over. Also can be VERY windy. Trail closed if over 80kmh

my brother and I are grew up in Colorado and now both live on opposite coasts. we assumed the hike would take us 8 hours round trip. But having the Coloradan inside of us we moved at a quick pace and scaled up the trail. It took us 2.5 hours to get to the top. the last 1/4 of the trail has larger rocks and is sandy, but there was a clear trail always and the rocks were not anything that you had to scramble on to get around. we unfortunately did the hike on a cloudy/rainy day and the towers were covered when we made it to the lake. however, the hike was so worth it! so many beautiful views, the river was a beautiful color and the lake was outstanding! pack layers because it gets windy at the top!

backpacking
1 month ago

great trek! w is quite busy though, prepare for extreme weather changes. everything from shorts and a t shirt to multiple layers of thermals can be needed as the weather changes throughout the day! completed in 7 days and would reccomend to anyone looking for a trek that is quite challenging with the possibility of cheat here and there. every campsite has food to buy which is tough to turn down sometimes after a long day

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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hiking
1 month ago

12/2018 trail closed at lake but still worth it. Great flowers and views. It's 12 kms and 510m of uphill roundtrip to lake not 15 miles.

beautiful hike but very steep trail. Come prepared as weather can change unexpectedly.

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!

backpacking
2 months ago

This was well worth the [very expensive and complicated] trip from Wyoming, USA! The views and experiences are incomparable! Every single day is too breathtaking to describe so I’m not even going to try. I’ll just talk about the details that you’ll want to know before you go, and the things you might not think about. And you should know that the W is not the “better half.” It’s just half. So if you’re coming here do you just want to see HALF?!?!

For one, something that surprised me (as an introvert who doesn’t like to share the outdoors with anyone else) was that I made a lot of friends! We started with the O part and finished with the W, so the first half of the trip was a wonderful chance to truly bond with the group of people that was doing the hike alongside us. It’s a one-way trek so the group remains consistent. And with the weather not always so great, and the mandatory group cooking area, there was a lot of community-building time and our group got so close! So even when we merged with the flood of people in the W, we stuck together as a group, hiking and eating and camping together. It brought all of us so much joy to share the experience - like being back in summer camp as a kid! And you’d miss this aspect if you only did the W.

I guess some people would say this trek is sort of easy and that the elevation change is negligible. I would not. Just because there’s little change in elevation from the departure to the destination doesn’t mean that there’s no hills all the way through! There’s almost no flat areas. You’re going either up or down pretty much the whole time, and sometimes it’s quite a big hill.

The hardest part was the pass between perros and grey. My muscles were screaming for days after that. And as expected, the britannica and Torres lookouts were also very steep. My legs hadn’t recovered from the pass yet when we did britannica, so I wish we had planned one more night so the britannica day wasn’t so long.

We did the sunrise hike for Torres. They say it’s 4.5 hours from central (where we stayed). We’re pretty strong hikers and we packed light. We left by 1am and arrived at 4:30. That was perfect timing. We stayed for an hour (freezing to death) and it was totally majestic as the sky and the towers kept changing colors. TOTALLY WORTH IT. Apparently you’re not allowed to night hike but just be discreet about it. There’s no one guarding the trailhead or anything. Also, if you are in your own tent at central, the checkout is not til 6pm, so you can take a nap afterwards! (Checkout is 8am otherwise)

Beware of the sun!!!! Apparently there’s like no ozone down here so it burns you really badly. I’m Mediterranean and my husband is Asian, so we rarely wear sunscreen on our outdoor adventures. We paid for that with horrible peeling burns on this trip. Do not think you’re immune to the Patagonian sun!!

We drank straight from the sink and streams our whole trip and had no stomach issues or anything.

I noticed that a lot of people were carrying the large backpacking backpack on their backs and a smaller backpack on their fronts. I can imagine that was horribly uncomfortable! I think the best way to do it is to pack minimally so all your stuff fits in or attached to your big backpack, and bring one of those small drawstring backpacks for like the plane and bus trips, and day hikes. That way you can just stuff it in the big one when you’re not using it.

Here’s a rundown of the amenities you can expect at every campsite:
(My husband and I brought our own tent, sleeping bags, and mats. In retrospect, I might have splurged for the stuff to be provided at each site. The tents were huge and nice, and the mats were obviously much more comfortable than the portable ones. And with the fatigue from all that hiking and the rain, it would have been nice not to set up camp every night and to have a comfortable mattress.)

Seron:
Soft grass for your tent
Flushing toilets
Sink
Soap
Paper towels
Hot showers
Garbage cans

Dickson:
Soft grass for your tent (sometimes)
Flushing toilets
Sink
Soap
Hot showers (supposedly??)
Garbage cans
Electrical outlet
Super nice cooking area with sink

Perros:
Wretched campground
Hard packed dirt to put your tent on
Flushing toilets
Sink with no soap
Cold showers
No place for garbage
You have to leave by 7am if you are hiking all the way to grey, and by 10am if you’re just going to paso, to safely make it over the pass before the crazy afternoon winds.

Paso:
We didn’t stay here but we passed through and it looked pretty wretched as well. The toilet is a gross drop toilet and there’s no sinks. The cooking area is an open shed with rickety tables.
You have to leave by 4pm if you’re going to grey to safely cross the suspension bridges.

Grey:
Humongous camping area
Really nice flushing toilets
Sink with hot water
Soap
Paper towels
Hot showers (only 5-9pm)
Garbage cans
The Refugio is a really nice place to hang out

Paine grande:
Very crowded steep and windy hillsi

Ubicado sobre el Lago Argentino, en la provincia de Santa Cruz, en Argentina, se encuentra esta maravilla natural.
Hay varias opciones. se pueden recorrer distintos circuitos sobre pasarelas, muy fáciles de reconocer ya que están divididas por colores.
Cada una nos muestra el glaciar desde diferentes perspectivas.
Recorrer las pasarelas es un buen complemento a los minitrekking o big ice , caminatas sobre el glaciar.

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.

The mini-trek on the glacier is fabulous. Then views from the boardwalk give another perspective. I’ve been to glaciers in Alaska and Canada and nothing compares to this place!

2 months ago

Even with 85+km wind gusts or maybe because of them this was a great and exhilarating hike to a viewpoint that is nice but not awe inspiring. It’s more on the easy than moderate side. Without wind it would definitely be easy. Starts with a pretty waterfall. Not at all crowded when we went in the late morning.

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