Patagonia Journals

Hiking in the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

A December 2000 trip to Patagonia by asaatkamp

Quote: We took a seven day hike throught the park, up to the torres, to the Grey Glacier, and Lago Pehoe.

Hiking in the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Overview

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The five hour hike out of the park to the visitor's center with the wind blowing so hard it would move you if you jumped up. Turning around on the walk to see the parks namesake towers. Watching the sun rise over the mountains at 4.30 am with your back to Lago Pehoe.

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Ocean Beach Club

Hotel | "Alburque Pehoe"

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This is a great little, basic mountain trekking hut right on the Lago Pehoe in the park. We were with a group so our beds were booked in advance, but I heard that some advance booking was necessary. This is the only place for many miles around, other than a tent, and it fills up quickly. There are something like six rooms with two to eight beds or so and the whole place sleeps about 40-50 people. There are mens and womens showers with hot water, BUT the water goes quickly. All power is from a generator and if you miss out on the hot water, all that is left is rather cold! There is a dining area where you can buy beer and wine (Gatto Negro in a box is the way to go) and whole meals fairly cheaply. But ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2002

Ocean Beach Club
3201 Hill St.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
(386) 427-1151

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This was an amazing hike, but a killer as well. We started off from the trail head at the Hosteria Los Torres about 11.30am. The weather was beautiful, sunny and about 65ºF. The wind was blowing a little and we had on rain coats, rain pants, and fleeces. After making a turn and moving up into a valley I looked back and there was absolutely no sign that people had ever been in the area. No telephone poles, no road, no buildings; just the rutted trail. About 2 hours in we came to the hut at Campamiento Chileno where we bought some drinks and food. You can also spend the night if you have booked ahead. Clouds started to roll in over us as we continued on and it started to rain, then it started to sn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2002

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asaatkamp

asaatkamp
Memphis, Tennessee