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"TORRES DEL PAINE : SUGGESTED ROUTE A / DAY 1" Chile Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  Hiking up towards CAMP CHILENO
by swesn

Below is the suggested day-to-day ROUTE A for the 'W' Circuit.

DAY 1 : The minibus will transport hikers to the first camp-site CAMP LAS TORRES. Set up your tent and leave your main backpack there.

After crossing the bridge, there is a rocky path on the right upslope. It takes from 1.5 to 2 hours steadily up an exposed slope which can become very windy to reach CAMP CHILENO. Have a rest and a quick lunch there.

Then, it is another 1 to 1.5 hours through forests and certain exposed areas. At the exposed areas, it can get very chilly.

Finally, you see a sign that reads '45 minutes to Las Torres'. How can you turn back now? This last scramble, 45 minutes to 1 hour, is up a rocky slope with huge boulders. The wind is very vicious here. You cannot rock-hop as you do not know when the savage wind will come and slam you against the boulders! Best to crawl up slowly, with your arms out-stretched in front, for cushioning effect.

When you finally reach the top, you will surely gasp at the sight that unfolds before you - LAS TORRES. It was pure poetry.

Some people do the 'W' circuit the other way, saving the BEST for LAST. But if you are unsure whether you will make through the hike alive, it is better to save the BEST for FIRST.

After savouring LAS TORRES, it is the same 4-hour route back to CAMP LAS TORRES.

Bring a bottle. Water can be obtained as you pass a few streams. Always refill the bottle when you pass a stream. As you are only carrying your day-pack, the going is moderate today.

Total hiking time = about 8-9 hours.

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2003
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