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Torres Del Paine Hike

Melbourne, Australia
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Torres Del Paine Hike

Hi everyone,

I'm planning a trip from Puerto Natales to Lake Grey and return starting on the 9th of November and planning to return to Puntas Arenas on the 15th. I would like any tips and information on accomodation, buses and what to look out for.



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1. Re: Torres Del Paine Hike

We traveled from Punta Arenas to Lago Grey. We took private transport offered by the Lago Grey Hotel. I don't know about the buses but the ride from PA to PN was a great road with little traffic, no cell service or navigation capability for most of the 5 hour drive. The PN to Lago Grey road is about 1.5 hours. The paved road ends bout 20 minutes in max and then you enter the park. I believe we entered at Amarga. The road is unpaved for the remainder of the way to Lago Grey. So all in about 5.5 hours from PA, and no cell service or navigation. California Elizabeth probably know the bus schedule. November and March are optimal in the park, according to Carlos our amazing guide from Lago Grey. Lucky you! We plan to go back in one of those months. Enjoy

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2. Re: Torres Del Paine Hike

Hello. I don’t know your budget, how large your group is, or what you would like to do in Torres del Paine. Short hikes using a rental car? Going on the W trek on your own or using a tour group? If you would like to use a tour group, I see that Swoop Patagonia has the following tours available that might interest you:



I checked the dates November 9-15 for hotel availability in TdP and see that both Hotel Las Torres (the start of the Towers hike) and Hosteria Pehoe (in the middle of the park, with beautiful views of the Cuernos peaks) are both fully booked for those dates. The only hotel in TdP with bus and shuttle access is Hotel Las Torres, so that means that you would need to use a rental car to stay at the other hotels. Hotel Lago Grey, where LADarya stayed, is only available as of right now on November 10 (at $420 U.S. per night). Since this hotel is not on the bus route, you would need to pay the hotel for a private transfer from Puerto Natales. If you are willing to stay in a refugio for one or 2 nights (dormitory-style lodging), I see availability at Refugio Torre Central near Hotel Las Torres for the nights of November 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14. You could use this place to hike the Towers trail for free. This trail leaves from the Hotel Las Torres parking lot (a walk of about 15 minutes from the refugio) and takes about 7-8 hours roundtrip and climbs about 750-800 meters. You can use Buses Maria Jose for the trip from Puerto Natales to the Amarga TdP entrance station (where you pay your park entrance fee) and then use the Hotel Las Torres shuttle (it meets buses coming from and going to Puerto Natales and cost about 3000 Chilean pesos in cash per person last season).




If you want to be creative and combine day trips from Puerto Natales to TdP, along with a short trip to TdP by rental car (you can use Newen car rental in Puerto Natales to get both automatic and manual transmission cars), this general plan could work for you. It starts with a visit to Isla Magdalena close to Punta Arenas so that you can see the penguins.

Thursday, November 9 Arrive in Punta Arenas; take the afternoon ferry to Isla Magdalena if available; sleep in Punta Arenas



Friday, November 10 Go on the morning penguin trip to Isla Magdalena if you arrived too late the day before for the afternoon ferry; take Bus Sur to Puerto Natales (the trip takes about 3 ¼ hours); sleep in available places in Puerto Natales like the Weskar Patagonia Lodge, The Singing Lamb, or the Keoken Patagonia bed and breakfast







Saturday, November 11 Go on a Full Day TdP tour through your hotel or with a company like Patagonia Adventure; sleep again in Puerto Natales




Sunday, November 12 Go on another day trip to TdP like the boat trip to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers or the Towers hike; sleep again in Puerto Natales



Monday, November 13 Pick up your rental car in Puerto Natales at Newen car rental; drive to TdP through the southern entrance road that passes by the Milodon Caves (Cueva del Milodon; see the map below); check into Hotel Rio Serrano; it will take you about 1 ½ hours to drive from Puerto Natales to Hotel Rio Serrano (look for it in the Serrano village sector near the Guarderia Rio Serrano TdP entrance station on the map below); lunch; drive about one hour to either the Mirador Condor trail near the Explora Lodge and Camping (Acampar) Pehoe (this trail climbs about 250 meters, takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, and has similar views as the Mirador Cuernos/Salto Grande trail) or the Salto Grande waterfall/ Mirador Cuernos trail near the Pudeto catamaran stop (you probably only walked as far as the waterfall on your Full Day TdP tour, so walk the full trail to Lago Nordersnskjold and back, about 1 ¼ hours one-way)




Tuesday, November 14 Order a box lunch the evening before and take it to Hotel Lago Grey for your 13:00 Lago Grey boat trip; it takes about 1 hour to drive to Hotel Lago Grey, where you need to check in at least 1 hour before the boat trip leaves (we had to drive to another parking lot about 5-10 minutes away and walk about 20-30 minutes over a bridge and through a small forest before dropping down to the boat launch area; some people last season said they arranged a catamaran trip to the boat launch area right from the hotel, so contact the hotel about this option); dinner and sleep at Hotel Rio Serrano


Wednesday, November 15 Drive back to Puerto Natales along the southern entrance road that passes the Milodon caves; drop off your rental car; take Bus Sur to Punta Arenas or the airport

These are some ideas. Good luck.

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3. Re: Torres Del Paine Hike

Thanks for the replies, It looks like I am camping at Las Torres, Camp Italiano and Camp Grey. The return trip is a little burry as I am still working the details.

Thanks for your help everyone.

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4. Re: Torres Del Paine Hike

Hello. Do you know that Campamento Torres near the top of the Towers trail is closed for the season? You will have to camp part-way up the Towers trail at Camping El Chileno (full board required) or at Camping Central near Hotel Las Torres (no full board required at Camping Central).

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