This is without a doubt the most exciting trek in Torres del Paine National Park.
Torres del Paine National Park has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and includes an area of 242,242 hectares. The outing begins at the Las Torres Lodge, at the foot of Almirante Nieto mountain. We take the trail to a suspension bridge that crosses the Ascencio River - which will be close by during our entire trip. At this point we begin a demanding ascent towards the first summit whare there is a lookout point for views of the surrounding lakes and valleys. After another hour uphill we come into the river valley itself and reach a hut called Refugio Chileno. Here we will take a rest. The path continues up into the forest that provides some protection from the wind, with gentle elevations. This is a good area to observe the flora and bird life, which includes woodpeckers, austral parakeets, song thrushes, dark-bellied cinclodes and Patagonian yellow finches, amongst others. In this sector we first come into a young forest recovering from a forest fire and then into a mature lenga forest and finally to the Torres campsite. At this point we start the ascent over a steep moraine of loose rock left behind by a glacier. After about an hour we reach a basin featuring a lake with turquoise waters and the lookout point for the spectacular towers of granite that rise to 2800 meters. We will take our time to appreciate this extraordinary panorama and then begin our return by the same route.
07:30 Depart Puerto Natales.
10:00 Arrive at Las Torres Lodge.
10:15 Start trekking.
12:15 Arrive refugio Chileno.
13:45 Arrive Torres campsite.
14:30 Arrive at the look out point Base of the Towers.
15:00 Return from the look-out point.
19:00 Arrive Las Torres Lodge and departure to Puerto Natales.
21:00 Arrive Puerto Natales.