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Spend time exploring the great outdoors on this trekking holiday in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Choose to stay five, seven or nine days and you’ll have the chance to hike up into the heart of the Paine Massif, walk along the shores of Lake Pehoe and enjoy a boat ride to the blue face of the Grey Glacier.
The Torres del Paine National Park is a sprawling space that harbours mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers within its clutches. Although it’s a Chilean National Park, the place itself actually lies between the Patagonian Steppes and the Magellanic subpolar forests. In 1978, UNESCO granted it the title of World Biosphere Reserve. The whole area has been graced with more than its fair share of beauty, but it’s the Torres del Paine massif itself that really stands out. These huge silver-grey spurs of rock jut upwards and, on clear days, frame magnificent cobalt-blue sky.
For sheer out-of-this-world scenery it’s the boat trip to the blue face of the Grey Glacier that helps makes this tour so special – plus it’s a chance to rest those legs after all that hiking you’ve been doing. It’s a staggeringly beautiful icy-blue scene that sprawls for miles and can even be seen from space. Other highlights include: the trek up into the French Valley, which wends its way into the heart of the Paine Massif; and the most famous walk of all – the hike to the Torres base, where you’ll be dwarfed by three towering granite monoliths.
The team that organises this tour grades it as ‘demanding’ so you’ll need a decent level of fitness to enjoy it. You’ll be spending lots of time walking, and the terrain is pretty tough going – especially when you head up to towards the Torres del Paine itself. You’ll also be spending a lot of time in a small group (typically 8-12 travellers plus 2 guides) so it’s best that you’re happy travelling with others. Overall, this tour will really suit keen hikers, outdoors enthusiasts and anyone with buckets of stamina for long walks.
The actual trip, logistics, accomodation etc. worked really well! I didn´t expect the Eco basecamp to be so luxurious. The sleeping domes were so cool, the bathroom facilities amazing as well as the whole restaurant and bar area. Almost like being at the Hilton but in the wilderness ;-). The cabins and dorms worked well too but after two days of long trekks it felt great coming back to the Eco domes. A perfect balance. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. I was lucky to end up with a great group that had a lovely dymanic which also contributed to the overall experience. I only have one little comment and it´s not a biggie. In the eco camp I shared dome with another female (a fellow country woman from sweden it just so happened). However the one night in cabins I had to share with a man in my gruop. It worked out ok but I guess I only expected to share with the same sex. Maybe something to prepare others with in the future.
In summary, I would highly recommend this trip to others it´s one of the most awesome things I´ve ever done!
Thanks for all your help in the run up to my trip!
P.S. My boots also turned out amazingly well in the end ;-)
AnnBergstrom reviewing Torres del Paine Trekking Expedition
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