Guidebook to walking and trekking in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, areas of Patagonia. Eight different walks and treks are described, including the 10-11 day Torres del Paine Circuit, one of the world's great treks, as well as the shorter Half Circuit (4-5 days). The guide also includes other multi day treks and several day walks, as well as excursions from both Puerto Natales and El Calafate.
The 140km Torres del Paine 'O' Circuit in the far southern Andes is a long-distance trek of staggering beauty, as it circuits the Paine massif. This route typically takes 10-11 days to complete and is suitable for competent trekkers. While Torres del Paine National Park offers a remote wilderness, walking is easily accessible with clear trails, good public transport and regular mountain huts and campsites.
The guidebook helps walkers and trekkers venture into Patagonia with confidence, and includes advice on getting to and around the regions, languages, visa, currency, accommodation facilities in the National Parks as well as useful guidance on what to take and expect on the treks. Full background information on the geology, history, wildlife, flora and cultures of the regions are also explored, resulting in an excellent companion guide to walking and trekking in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares.
Rudolf Abraham was born in London and began travelling at an early age in the UK, France and Spain, eventually settling in New Zealand for 10 years. Since graduating in 1995 he has travelled extensively in eastern Turkey, the south Caucasus, Iran and the Central Asian republics, the history, culture and languages of which remain his primary interest. He lived in Croatia from 1999 to 2001, working as an English teacher in Zagreb, and has made numerous trips into the mountains of Croatia and Slovenia. He has contributed introductions to books on Central Asia, Armenia and Afghanistan.
Map key Overview map Torres del Paine national park Location of routes Introduction Geography and geology Climate Wildlife and plants History and culture Early exploration and mountaineering Getting to Chile Transport within Chile Agencies and tour operators Visas and arrival Accommodation Language Food and drink Money and costs Keeping in touch Safety About this guide Trekking in Torres del Paine national park Refugios, campsites and hotels Transport to and around the park Maps Equipment Low-impact trekking What to do in an emergency Torres del Paine national park, Chile Walk 1 Torres del Paine circuit (the 'O') Stage 1 CONAF Administracion - Refugio Paine Grande Stage 2 Refugio Paine Grande - Campamento Italiano Stage 3 Campamento Italiano - Valle Frances (return) Stage 4 Campamento Italiano - Refugio Las Torres Stage 5 Refugio Las Torres - Campamento Torres Stage 6 Campamento Torres - Mirador Las Torres (return) Stage 7 Campamento Torres - Campamento Japones (return) Stage 8 Campamento Torres - Refugio Las Torres Stage 9 Refugio Las Torres - Campamento Seron Stage 10 Campamento Seron - Refugio Dickson Stage 11 Refugio Dickson - Campamento Los Perros Stage 12 Campamento Los Perros - Campamento Paso Stage 13 Campamento Paso - Refugio Grey Stage 14 Refugio Grey - Refugio Paine Grande Walk 2 Torres del Paine half-circuit (the 'W') Stage 1 Refugio Las Torres - Mirador Las Torres (return) Stage 2 Refugio Las Torres - Campamento Italiano Stage 3 Campamento Italiano - Valle Frances (return) Stage 4 Campamento Italiano - Refugio Grey Stage 5 Refugio Grey - Refugio Paine Grande Walk 3 Salto Grande and Mirador Los Cuernos Walk 4 Puente Weber Walk 5 Mirador Lago Toro and Laguna Verde Walk 6 Mirador Condor Walk 7 Rio Pingo and Mirador Zapata Stage 1 Guarderia Lago Grey - Campamento Zapata Stage 2 Campamento Zapata - Mirador Zapata (return) Stage 3 Campamento Zapata - Guarderia Lago Grey Other walks within the national park Laguna Amarga - Porteria Sarmiento Laguna Azul and trail to Lago Dickson Excursions from Puerto Natales Excursion 1 Cueva del Milodon Excursion 2 Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers (Bernard O'Higgins national park) Excursion 3 Sierra Baguales Los Glaciares national park, Argentina Excursion from El Calafate Excursion 4 Perito Moreno glacier Walk 8 Cerro Fitzroy (El Chalten) and Cerro Torre Stage 1 El Chalten - Campamento Agostini Stage 2 Campamento Agostini - Campamento Poincenot Stage 3 Campamento Poincenot - Laguna de los Tres (return) Stage 4 Campamento Poincenot - Laguna Piedas Blancas (return) Stage 5 Campamento Poincenot - El Chalten Appendix A Gateway towns and cities Appendix B Accommodation within Torres del Paine national park Appendix C Language notes and glossary Appendix D Contacts and online resources Appendix E Further reading