Along the W and O circuits
Torres del Paine National Park comprising mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif
Torres del Paine National Park comprising mountains, glaciers, lakes and
rivers. The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif,
which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the
Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small
valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the
The W trek and O-circuit in the Torres del paine are two of the best hikes in Patagonia. The park is famous for the 'torres;' three magnificent granite towers are the centerpiece of the park and are an awe-inspiring sight.
The W-trail can be walked either direction starting at Paine Grande and finishing at Hotel Las Torres or the other way around. Most hikers start at Paine Grande. The park has a lot of infrastructures with designated campsites, good facilities, hotels with restaurants and small shops. Most people complete the W hike in 3-5 days
The O-trek can be completed in the O Trek in 6 nights/7 days. You can only hike the Circuit in a counter clockwise direction starting at either Hotel Las Torres or Paine Grande.
The W Trek is not a difficult or technical trek as you at low altitude. The highest point of the W Trek is the towers' base viewpoint, at 850masl or (2788 ft). The trek is around four to five days, covering 46 miles or 74 km on mainly gentle terrain, with more challenging days involving around the towers base point. The longest days are six to eight hours of hiking.
Compared to the W-trek, the O Circuit Trek is better for more experienced hikers as the areas are more remote and you will spend about 7-9 days trekking. You will also need to camp overnight in some places. It covers around 120 km or 74 miles.
The word refugio means 'refuge' in English and are essentially hostels or mountain huts. As they are not very big they have limited accommodation so they really need to be booked in advance which we would arrange. The accommodation at the Refugios is in shared – mixed dorms in bunk beds and in each Refugio there are shared bathrooms (rooms have not private bathrooms). Depending on the Refugio, rooms have a capacity between 6 to 8 people. All beds are twin-sized and a pillow is provided. It is best to always bring your sleeping bag. All refugios have a men's and women's bathroom with anywhere from 3-6 toilet stalls and 2-4 showers. There are power outlets in the refugios but they're only in the main common areas, not in the bedrooms.
The refugios along the ‘W' trek are run by two different companies; Fantastico Sur and Vertice Patagonia. Fantastico Sur is family-owned on private land inside the park. These lodges include Refugio Torres (right by the base of the towers) and Refugio Cuernos. The other refugio company, Vertice Patagonia, owns and operates Refugio Paine Grande and Refugio Grey as concessions.
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South America's iconic wildlife like the condor, guanacos, South Andean Deer or Huemul , armadillo, Rhea bird, which is very similar to the African ostrich and many other recognisable creatures are all found in Torres del Paine National Park.
There is also a chance you may see a Puma or mountain lion. In the Park, you can find more than 120 types of birds, 250 types of plants, and 25 types mammals, all of them protected by the law. Another popular sighting is the South American Gray Fox or Chilla.
Summer is the best time from December to February when it is the warmest time with day temperatures between 12°C and 15°C when the night temperature is between 9°C and 12°C. November – January, and March get quite a lot of wind which you get a lot of around the Towers and across the lakes. February is the least windy of the summer month and also has a lot less rainfall.
At all times you need to be prepared for unpredictable temperatures and changeable wind, sun, rain and snow conditions.
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