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Torres del Paine Viewpoint is a 10.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lazo , Magallanes, Chile that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,166 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
29 days ago

Did the trail in december. Best hike I've ever done. Give plenty of time for the hike because the towers can be obscured by fog. We waited ~30 minutes for the fog to clear up. Definitely go.

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rocky
4 months ago

A 5-Star hike but the crowd costs it a star. We got a late start...around 9 am and I highly agree with the suggestions of others to start as early as possible. If this is your first hike in the park, be aware that you'll have 30 minutes to an hour+ still to go once you enter the park, depending on your location. If possible, stay in the park the night before to ensure an early arrival at the trail head. We had good weather and could have hiked in shorts if we had them. :-) However, be sure to bring a shell if you plan to spend any time at the towers...and you should. My total hiking time was 7:43. That was less dependent on my conditioning and more a factor of the volume of people at the various bottlenecks along the upper part. At times, you'll have to wait your turn to get through a narrow point, both going up an down. This is an iconic hike that should be on everyone's bucket list. Just know that it's not for those who like to hike in solitude...you'll have plenty of friends along with way.

rocky
scramble
4 months ago

A brilliant and rewarding hike. aim to arrive and start as early as possible as it gets busy with the bus tours. The reviews that break this hike down into 3 parts are totally right. A bit of a pull up the first climb, a woodland undulating walk, then a hard pull up the boulders. fresh water is available from the refugio about a third of the way up (start of the woodland section) with toilets, showers and even food and drink available. park fees need to be paid on arrival. The welcome centre at the start of the trail is very modern with food and drink.

hiking
5 months ago

As others have said the trail can be broken into three parts. A moderate grade through a rocky wash, then a flatter section through a forest that goes by Refugio Chileno, and then the steep ascent up a rocky stream and rock field. We had perfect weather and the views were amazing. There is plenty of stream access for water or you can refill and use bathrooms at the refugio. They also have a full restaurant. One last note, the trail is closer to 22 km as the parking lot is now 2 km from the trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike with a very special view at the lake! To elaborate on the accurate description by others, the trail contains many up and downs, which resulted in a net vertical gain of over 4000 feet per my iWatch. So, arguably the hike is a little harder than the stats indicate. We started at the trailhead at 7:30 so it was not crowded on the way up. However, when we started down from the lake at around 12:30, there was almost a continuous stream of people hiking up, which made the descent down the steep section difficult. One other item of note: the park rangers start making people leave the lake at 4:30, so make sure you don't start too late.

hiking
5 months ago

Started at 6am to beat the crowds and get the good weather before it turned cloudy. Rained heavily the day before so the trails were slick and muddy in places but nothing unmanageable. The trail is roughly broken into three sections. The first hour and a half or so is up a decently inclined wash area followed by a windy pass. The wash isn’t bad but you sometimes lose the trail and have to avoid horses and their poop. The pass wasn’t bad either but have heard that it can get really intense at times. The second section consists of making your way up a gradual incline through a forested area that sometimes opens up to nice views of what lays ahead. The third and final push is a more extreme ascent up a stream bed. Trekking poles don’t help too. As you are rock hopping and scrambling. At the top you have amazing views of the lake and the three towers. It seems like the clouds came in early (10am) when I was visiting the park for 5 days so the earlier you start the better. At 8 there were some clouds from the night before. By 9 it was crystal clear and by 10 it was socked in the rest of the day. An amazing place. Not many like it in the world. 1/4/20.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike and a workout. Muddy trails as it rains quite a bit. Started at eco camp at 7pm and returned at 5pm. We stopped at the refugios for a good one hr and a few breaks along the way. The windy pass is super windy as well as the base of the towers.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Two words, worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike. We spent the night in Puerto Natales and drove up in the morning. We left at 7 in the morning and arrived at the park entrance about 9. I wish we had gotten there about an hour earlier to avoid the buses as it took about an hour to get through the park entrance. We hiked on a Saturday and it was busy at the trail-head, but not too crowded on the trail. The only other part we got slowed down was at the end during the climb up the rocks. Overall it was one of the top hikes from our 10 day trip in Patagonia.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is very difficult but so worth it! The view of the towers at the base is simply majestic. Took us just over 7 hours (probably 8 with breaks)

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rocky
scramble
snow
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Best hike I’ve ever done in my life.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this two years ago and is still my favorite hike ever. It is absolutely stunning and it’s especially beautiful as the leaves are changing colors. Absolutely a must do.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this trail in December 2018, got lucky with some beautiful weather and a summer snow shower when we got to the base of the towers. Start at sun rise if possible because the crowds can get a bit overwhelming.

Wed Jun 19 2019

One of my most memorable travel/hiking experiences thus far! We were fortunate to have good weather - many hike the whole way to not even be able to glimpse the Towers. It was a long and and gradual incline most of the way there - I'd rate it as moderate - until you get to the last mile, which is a scramble over boulders up to the base of the Towers. It was difficult, but what made it harder was the bottleneck of people on that part of the trail. It added stress as you were trying to maneuver down especially. But that view at the base (which got windy and cold even in the summer)... Man, I could have stayed there forever had I not know I still had hours worth of hiking to get done to get back. :). Do this hike. You will not regret it. I only can hope to get back someday.

hiking
Tue Jun 11 2019

Beautiful hike. The view at the end is well worth it! It does get pretty crowded, so I would recommend starting early.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

A difficult but very interesting hike with lots of elevation gain (including some steep steps), stream crossings, and rock scrambling. The end goal is at a glacial lake at the foot of the Torres. We were extremely lucky to hike it on a perfect weather day, so we were able to shed layers occasionally, but winds and rain would totally change the situation. We started late at 10am and finished in 9 hours right at sunset (circa 630pm in April), but the drive back to the hotel was very difficult in darkness, rain, and winding, mountainous gravel roads. Would recommend starting earlier to avoid that.

hiking
rocky
scramble
Wed Apr 10 2019

One of the best hikes in the planet, no wonder it’s always listed on the top hikes of the world along with Angels landing, Yosemite trail, Everest base camp etc. Hike is moderate for the most part except the last 1 km when it gets really tough especially on or after a rainy day - the rocks are slippery and with the steam flowing (after rain) it’s very treacherous. The views however compensate for everything right along the hike but most importantly at the base of the towers and the alpine lake

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

A must-do hike for those in decent shape. It's pretty crowded so patience with fellow humans is helpful. The hike is very flat at first, then climbs somewhat steeply for a couple miles before undulating on a general incline for a couple miles more. You travel through beautiful birch forests, occasionally popping out to wonderful views of the glacially carved river canyon From that point, the trail is steep, winding through rocks to the lake at the base of the Torres where you are rewarded with one of the iconic views on the planet. Totally worth it.

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Mon Mar 18 2019

Perfect day! Couldn’t ask for better weather conditions.

hiking
Tue Mar 05 2019

Wonderful spot when reaching the top. However, it’s REALLY crowded!

Wed Feb 27 2019

Too crowded to get 5 stars...

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Fri Feb 15 2019

A little bit to crowded to get 5 stars.... the viewpoint is amazing!

hiking
Wed Feb 13 2019

Beautiful hike but very crowded

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