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Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine “W” Circuit is a 43.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Torres del Paine, Magallanes, Chile that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from October until May.

Distance: 43.1 miles Elevation Gain: 8,956 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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A breathtaking, bucket-list trek for any backpacker with sights you will never forget. The trail to Torres closes so make sure to check the schedule before hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Most beautiful hiking I’ve done. Campgrounds were so remote, it was amazing to be so disconnected and within nature. A destination I would return to any day.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trek. Got lucky with the weather. A slight rain the first morning and hardly any wind. We camped at Grey , Francis and central . Not like backpacking the AT because every night you have food drink and showers available at the campgrounds. Highlight was the towers. No wind and not a cloud in the sky it was unbelievable!!! We were there the first week of March 2020.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing 5 days walking the W from West (Grey/Paine Grande) to East (Central). A bit windy around Paine Grande to Grey, had some clouds and fog up the Frances valley with poor visibility, but very clear around Torres and mild temps the whole trip. Didn't have reservations either so if you have your own gear or if your hiring everything, it's easy to find sites if you get to a site relatively early in the afternoon. If not, seems easy to sneak in and stealthily set up among the other campers

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trek with gorgeous views - Patagonia is everything they say it is. Went from East to West. It’s highly trafficked so it’s safe to go alone, but I felt better staying in the refugios rather than camping. You will still end up with a few hours a day in total where you’re hiking alone which was very pleasant. My favorite parts of the hike were always the southern horizontal parts of the W, the Torres were covered in fog which kinda killed it. Weather is everything it will make or break your trip. Mine was great for the most part even though I went in March.

hiking
4 months ago

Morning hike from Refugio Grey before heading to Pine Grande. Good views of the glacier along the way. There is an unofficial viewpoint 10 min from the third suspension bridge that is really nice.

Amazing experience !!! Some trails are moderate some are kind of hard

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5 months ago

Incredible trek, you will encounter all four seasons. Preparation is key!

hiking
5 months ago

Majestic. It is simply one of the most incredible treks around.

hiking
5 months ago

AMAZING!!!

Incredible trek! We had better weather than expected until the last day. Otherwise perfect.

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muddy
5 months ago

excellent trail with stunning views. weather can turn on a dime so be prepared. last leg up to the Torres a bit of a scramble but otherwise not too technical.

hiking
6 months ago

A bucket list trek. Gorgeous views and a family-like atmosphere among hikers. One of the best serviced multi-day hikes out there with tents and sleeping bags for rent (or even dorms), running water, toilets, showers as well as mini markets and ranger stations. Having said that, this is more of a glamping experience with crowds around you rather than measuring if you’ve got what it takes to survive in the wild. Good to note that when choosing your Patagonia adventure. Book in advance!!

hiking
6 months ago

12/6-9/2019 - East to West. I can’t add much to this conversation. Patagonia aka land of the big feet possibly related to the rocky nature of much of the trail within the W. Start early. Miss crowds. See wildlife. We were audience to a roaming mother puma for a long while at 5a. Stay in refugios and experience the whole thing. Heads up: the trail to Torres closes. Check the schedule before you take off later in the afternoon (like we did). We hiked 80% of the trail to find it closed. Squeezed our 4 day W trek plans into 3 days. Not ideal on uninitiated Patagonian feet.

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7 months ago

Absolutely incredible! Well marked paths most of they way - and great views around every corner. Go to the towers early to avoid the crowds as the afternoon gets really busy.

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Day 2: Central > Frances. Amazing day, great views of the lake, then the Cuernos and a glacier. 10/10

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rocky
8 months ago

an absolutely gorgeous trek, start to finish. the refugios are comfortable and the food and drink decent. i recommend staying at Eco Camp Patagonia, a fully sustainable, carbon neutral resort that will assign guides to you and move your bags along by horse. included are meals and lodging, a boat ride back from grey glacier and a day trek to Torres del Paine after finishing the W.

hiking
8 months ago

A must do trip for anyone who enjoys adventure and breathtaking views. My daughter and I condensed the trip from 5 to 4 days as weather was moving in. We had 3 glorious days of spring weather with no wind and bluebird skies...Brought our own gear and camped at sites we had reserved. A bit of a treat to buy a beer or wine at the small kiosks attached to the refugios. Spectacular scenery abound from glaciers, lakes, rock monoliths and so much more. Trail is well maintained and moderate for the most part. The Mirador and Towers were both a bit of hoof with the day packs but well worth the effort.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a must-do with all the amazing views all along! It’s a long trek but it’s not difficult as there’s no altitude. My favorite trail so far!

hiking
10 months ago

amazing. well worth it.

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

If there is one thing you absolutely must do in your lifetime is this trail! No guide needed as the trail is easily marked. We went in March. Perfect timing. Off season. Less people. Start with the catamaran. End at the hotel. Absolutely do the early morning dark hike to the towers. Prepare for the elements. Layers and a wind breaker. I fared well with a base layer top, one jacket and one wind breaker. If u go to the towers. Bring extra layers and gloves and a beanie. One for the books!

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

Did the hike about 3 weeks ago. It was wet and cold and the trail was muddy with lots of stream crossings. . Much of the trail is through the forest of southern beech trees ( there are no conifers in Patagonia ), which were turning spectacular red, orange and yellow during the Patagonia autumn season. As we climbed we had great views of a river through a canyon below. Easy climb for most of the hike until the last mile, which is through a steep boulder field. Unfortunately, the towers were fogged in due to the weather, but it was super clear the next morning when we had great views from afar. . Patagonia is famous for rapid weather changes so be prepared. Always pack rain gear, pack cover and plenty of layers for warmth.

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Pretty tough as a novice up to the base of towers. But in general totally doable if you are in moderate shape. Hiking boots a must! We got great weather two of the four days - the days with the lookouts! I missed the grey glacier due to ankle injury but heard it was phenomenal. Stayed in the Refugio’s - one night in a provided tent and one in the dorm. Ended up staying on the other side of the park for the first night in a hostel with amazing views. By far the best experience! So beautiful! Well marked - if you stay on the trail! You can drink water straight from the glacier without any filters just be sure you can see the top of the waterfall! JUST DO IT

hiking
Fri Mar 29 2019

This is one of the world's most beautiful trails... AND it's accessible to those that aren't willing to "rough it" Backcountry style as the campsites have all the amenities you would want. For those of us that like the isolation and quiet of Backcountry it is a little to busy and built up though.

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