Torres Del Paine: Trekking in Chile's Premier National Park

Torres Del Paine: Trekking in Chile's Premier National Park

Paperback A Cicerone Guide

By (author) Rudolf Abraham

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  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 118mm x 174mm x 16mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cumbria
  • ISBN 10: 1852845937
  • ISBN 13: 9781852845933
  • Illustrations note: over 80 colour photos and 10 contoured colour maps
  • Sales rank: 135,905

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This guidebook features trekking and walking routes in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, areas of Patagonia. 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 10-12 days to complete, and is suitable for competent trekkers. Although the Peine region is a remote wilderness, walking is easily accessible with clear trails, good public transport and regular mountain huts and campsites. Also included in this guidebook are two other multi-stage trekking routes in the Torres del Paine National Park; the 4-5 day, half-circuit of the massif, called the 'W', and the 2-3 day Mirador Zapata route. Other walks in this guide are shorter, and can be completed in a few hours of walking, and ideas for further excursions are included. Across the border in Argentina, this guidebook explores the 3-4 day Cerro Fitzroy and Cerro Torre multi-stage trek, as it visits the spectacular icefalls and views of incredible rock towers. The guide also includes an excursion to see the breathtaking, non-retreating Perito Moreno glacier, an UNESCO World Heritage site in itself. The guidebook helps 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.

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Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning writer and photographer whose love of travel and remote places has taken him from the Balkans to eastern Turkey, Central Asia and Patagonia. He has also written walking guides to Croatia and Montenegro for Cicerone.

Table of contents

Introduction Geography and geology Climate Wildlife and plants History and culture Early exploration and mountaineering Language Food and drink Getting to Chile Transport within Chile Agencies and tour operators Visas and arrival Accommodation 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 Other activities in 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. Balcameda 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 Puerto Natales Santiago Punta Arenas 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