Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Region XII - Magallanes, Chile

The W Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days5TerrainAndes, GlaciersDateEarly Jan
Region/PlaceRegion XII - Magallanes, PN Torres del PaineCountryChile  
Dist (kms)102Height gain (m)1700Route findingEasy
Route(Side-trip: Guardería Lago Pehoe - Salto Grande - Mirador Lago Nordenskjöld - return), Refugio Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno (N1) - (Side-trip: Torres del Paine lookout) Campamento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos (N2) - Campamento Italiano - Campamento Británico - further tarns - Campamento Italiano (N3) - Refugio Lago Pehoe (N4) - (Side-trip Refugio Grey and Ventisquero Grey) - Campamento Las Carretas - CONAF Administration Centre
NotesThe Andes rise to remarkable pinnacles and pillars at their southern end making this a world-class multi-day walk. The 'W' can be walked in about 3-6 days depending on side-trips and use of public transport. Glacier Grey calving into the frigid Lago Grey is a highlight as is the view from the Torres del Paine lookout. The wind and often inclement weather means that you should allow for maybe 1 or 2 bad weather days even in summer, and perhaps not take a favouite tent if camping (although fortunately, many of the campsites are well-sheltered in forest). The clouds, however, often make the views of the mountains seem even more dramatic. A side-trip from Campamento Británico to the Macizo Paine is also highly recommended, leading into a amphitheatre of mountains.
Salto Grande, between Lago Pehoé and Lago I7727, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA861

Cuerno Norte (2400) (L), Cuerno Principal (2600) (ML) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from Mirador Cuernos, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA863

Path leading to Mirador Cuernos, with small lake alongside path (L), Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA870

Cuerno Norte (2400) (ML), Cuerno Principal (2600) (M) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from beach along path to Mirador Cuernos, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA867

Torres del Paine (R), Cerro Almirante Nieto (2640) (L) and Río Paine from nr Guaderia Laguna Amarga, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA873

Bridge over Río Paine leading to Torres del Paine, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA876

Path leading up Río Ascensio between Hostería Las Torres and Campamento Chileno, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA878

Torres del Paine (R) and lake from Torres del Paine lookout, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA886

Crossing bridge in Valle Río Ascensio between Campamento Chileno and Campamento Torres, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA892

Small lake on path between Hostería Las Torres and Refugio Los Cuernos, with mountains to SW and Lago Nordenskjöld beyond small lake, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA894

Cuerno Principal (2600) (L) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from path between Refugio Los Cuernos and Campamento Italiano, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA903

Río Francés and Glaciar Francés from between Campamento Italiano and Campamento Britanico, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA909

Río Francés and upper Valle Francés to north from path between Campamento Italiano and Campamento Britanico, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA911

Los Cuernos from nr Campamento Britanico in Valle Francés, with Cerro Espalda (2500) (R), Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA913

Red Notro flower on path between Campamento Italiano and Refugio Pehoé, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA918

Glaciar Grey and Lago Grey with Campo Hielo Sur to right (Southern Icefield) from path between Refugio Lago Pehoé and Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA922

Face of Glaciar Grey and icebergs in Lago Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, with Cerro Amistal (1766) (R), Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA930

Close-up of face of Glaciar Grey and icebergs in Lago Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA931

Close-up of face of Glaciar Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA937

Cuerno Norte (2400) (L), Cuerno Principal (2600) (L), Cuerno Este (2200) (ML), Torres del Paine (M) (Torre Sur (L) and Torre Central (R) through gap) and Almirante Nieto (MR), ie Macizo Paine from small pond nr Administracion Visitors Centre, Refugio Lago Pehoé - Río Grey - CONAF Administracíon Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 5-Jan-04, SA947

"Patagonia" flowers at Administracion Visitors Centre, Refugio Lago Pehoé - Río Grey - CONAF Administracíon Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 5-Jan-04, SA953