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"TORRES DEL PAINE : SUGGESTED ROUTE A / DAY 2" Chile Things to Do Tip by swesn

Chile Things to Do: 347 reviews and 637 photos

  Gorgeous mountains
by swesn

DAY 2 : Take the left path after crossing the bridge. You pass through flattish lands with gorgeous mountains.

After 1 to 1.5 hours, you should arrive at the beautiful turqoise-coloured Lago Nordenskjold, surrounded by snowy mountains. Take a breather here and soak in the view.

The next section is through undulating rocky paths, between shrublands. Find a spot around this point for your lunch.

Soon, you will arrive at a rushing river. The speed of the river is very fast and there is no way to rock-hop across. Boots off!

The next section is nearly up a gentle slope all the way. Watch out for a peninsula that juts into the lake. Once you have passed it, you should be 1 to 1.5 hours to CAMP LOS CUERNOS.

Suddenly, you will see the very impressive and unique mountains - LOS CUERNOS. Take a moment and let the reality of knowing how lucky you are alive to see this sink in.

Beyond here, the route is round mountains or across passes. The wind can get very, very strong and vicious! Everything becomes survival-instinct by now. Personally, this was the most dangerous part for me.

You should arrive at CAMP LOS CUERNOS after a hiking time of 4 to 5 hours. You deserve a good, long rest here.

As the campsite here stinks, it is best to head 2 more hours to CAMP ITALIANO.

But the last 2 hours are NOT EASY. At one point, you are right by the beach of Lago Nordenskjold. If the weather is very windy, down by the beach is EVEN WORSE. Be prepared to be whipped around like a rag-doll.

Then, it is TOUGH uphill climb up muddy paths until finally you peter out to a flat grassland. Follow the path into the woods and soon, you will arrive in CAMP ITALIANO. Congratulations.

Total hiking time = about 6-7 hours but can take up to 10 hours, if you include rest time

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2003
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