Torres del Paine NP: Attractions and Trails
What to see
Lake Grey: you can get to it passing by the administration area either by car or walking to Grey Glacier. There is a vessel sailing the lake up to the glacier.
Salto Grande: you can get to it passing by the station in Lake Pehoé. You can also get to Salto Chico taking the main trail.
Base de las Torres: walking through the signalled path, starting in the ranger's office in Amarga Lagoon.
What to do
- Ice trekking
- Whitewater kayaking
- Enviromental education information.
- Wildlife observation.
In general, the trails are suitable for all types of people properly equipped with mountain clothes and equipment. There is a large network of trails with refuges that allow visitors to rest or stay the night.
Pingo Zapata Circuit:The path starts at the Administration Office and follows the vehicles road until arriving at Lake Grey ranger station (18km.) The path then follows low hills until arriving at the Pingo refuge, until you come to the Zapata glacier.
Paine Circuit: The paths goes around the Macizo Paine, first midway up a mountain and then rises up to 1.350 msnm, passing rivers, lakes and glaciers like the Grey, Dickson and Perros. Time required for route: 7 to 10 days walking.
Dickson Glacier Circuit: The trail begins in the laguna Amarga ranger station following the plain until the Seron camp, and after continuing over little hills, passes the Coiron camp and again follows the plain until the Dickson refuge, from where one can see the glacier.
Grey Glacier - Frances Glacier Circuit: The trail starts on an open plain which is highly exposed to the wind and then continues midway up the mountain until you arrive at the glaciers.
Las Torres Circuit: The trail starts in the Amarga lagoon ranger station, taking the vehicles road for 7 km until the Cerro Paine ranch, and after, climbing up to the Chilean camp until arriving at the base of Torres del Paine (600msnm.)
Paine Lake Circuit: The path starts in the Azul lagoon ranger station, until arriving at the laguna Cebolla and following to an old vehicular track until the Paine Lake refuge.
Laguna Verde Circuit: The path begins in the Administration Office and follows a vehicular track for 2.5 km, then take the turning to the right to start climbing Sierra del Toro (800 msnm) and continuing over little hills until laguna Verde ranger station.