06 February 2008

Patagonia: The W Route

THE W ROUTE - TORRES DEL PAINE

We chose to do the shorter and more popular W route through Torres del Paine. It took us five days and the trails were very poorly maintined. Here's a GREAT map and the itinerary:

http://www.victory-cruises.com/graphics1/mapaTDP.jpg
(click to expand the image to regular size, lower right hand corner)

Day 1: 18km, 10 hours

  • Leave Puerto Natales by bus arrive Parque National Torres del Paine
  • Walk 7.5km on dirt road to camp Hosteria las Torres
  • Continues 8.5km, past pay camp (Refugo y Campamiento Chileno), to free Campamiento Torres - all up-hill, trail basically boulder field
Day 2: 18km, 9 hours
  • Leave Campamiento Torres, lunch at camp 2 hours down the mountain
  • Traversed across wide valley at base of glacier - poor trail quality
  • Arrive Refugo y Campamiento Los Cuernos
Day 3: 5.5km, 3 hours (15km more for boys)
  • Traverse to camp Italiano
  • Ryan & Adam went up the French Valley to viewpoint, 15km roundtrip
Day 4 (Christmas Day!): 18.6km, 12 hours
  • Leave camp Itiliano and hike to Lago Pehoe
  • From Lago Peho grueling 11km to Lago Grey - by far teh most difficult day of hiking
Day 5: 11km, 4 hours
  • Leave Lago Grey and hike back to Lago Pehoe
  • Ride ferry out past 5 days worth of walking
Total: 71.1km, 38 hours of hiking

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