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: 160,630

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The Torres del Paine Circuit is a 140km journey using clear and well marked paths that link a comprehensive network of huts and campsites. Taking approximately 10-11 days to complete, it reaches its highest point at 1180m and offers beautiful views in every direction. The guide emphasises low-impact trekking, and has detailed route descriptions and full background and planning information. Torres del Paine has been a national park since 1959 and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1978, and is home to some of South America's most iconic sights. Its immense landscape is filled with awe-inspiring mountains, beautifully unspoilt forests and emerald-coloured lakes. It is bordered on the west by isolated fjords and on the east by seemingly endless steppe, and it sits on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field - the largest sheet of ice in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica. Transport to and within the park is simple and, with minimal elevation gain for most stages, none of the routes described are difficult. Other routes include 2-day treks in Laguna Verde, Rio Pingo and Laguna Azul.

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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