Las Torres Viewpoint (The best route in Torres del Paine for a day)


The route to Mirador Las Torres is not only the best one-day route in Torres del Paine, but the route with the most spectacular views towards the peaks of Cerro Paine Grande, D'Agostini and the Central Tower, one of the postcards without doubt of Chile and one of the most dreamed photos by hikers from around the world.

Route to Las Torres Viewpoint

Reach Torres del Paine

Most of the people access the National Park a day before to undertake this route sleeping in places such as the Torres Central Refuge, the Las Torres Hotel, the Patagonia Ecocamp or the Camping, as it is convenient to get up early. After all we talk about a route close to the 18km, more of 1.000m of unevenness and some 7h on average.

In the article of Circuit O of Torres del Paine we explain how to get to the park

Departure from the Torres Central Refuge

Distance: 17.7 km
Approximate duration: 6h 20min
Total ascent: 1,237m
Total descent: 1,250m
Maximum altitude: 904m
IBP: 103

Map and tracks

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  • Download stage in GPX format

We depart from the Torres Central Shelter at 8 am. Like most of the routes in Torres del Paine, this is one of those that takes place both in the famous W Circuit and in the O Circuit, the queen of the crossings in the region. If you leave at 8am in the morning you have to keep in mind that you will have to climb fast, since it is advisable to be up at 11 and never after 12, since the shadow begins to cover part of the Mirador las Torres and loses part of the grace.

Las Torres Hotel

Until the Chilean camp It is a constant ascent through a canyon and in which you can see people climbing with the help of horses. The route is very marked and has no loss, especially because it is the busiest (let's not forget that it is the most famous and best route in Torres del Paine). It is important to know that the Chilean Camp is closed in April, so always carry plenty of water as it will be difficult to obtain it along the way.

Towards the Mirador Las Torres

For many the circulation that is through a sea ​​of ​​rocks even the Mirador las Torres becomes a real nightmare. The tiredness of carrying more than 700m of unevenness, the desire to arrive and especially the absence of trees From this moment on, the spirit of more than one hiker is carried forward. Let's not forget that after all this route is hard and if you are not used to walking, you will suffer a lot, so do not evaluate your strength and eye with imprudence, which can be very dangerous.

Towards the Mirador Las Torres
Las Torres viewpoint

The route is hard, and we attest that many people we saw failed to reach Las Torres Viewpoint, but if you go step by step, patiently, getting up early and drinking a lot of water you will arrive. The final surprise are those that mark an era in your life, since the view of the Mirador las Torres is like being in front of aVelazquez of the nature.

Las Torres viewpoint
Las Torres viewpoint

The highest is theCerro Paine Grande, with 3,050m, then the South Tower orD'Agostini with 2,850m and theCentral Tower, with 2,800m, which seems the highest and that deceives from the lake viewpoint

Recommendations to consider

What clothes to wear?

  • Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • Primaloft if you are cold
  • Raincoat or third layer for wind or rain
  • Long boots and winter socks
  • Crampons and ice ax, the top may be frozen
  • Leggings. Here is a good example of Leggings and eye with size.
  • Backpack of at least 30l
  • Trekking sticks
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As a GPS, our recommendation is Garmin GPS 64

About the Torres Central Refuge

The Torres Central Refuge is the best located to attack from the base the Mirador Las Torres, the most enigmatic and most spectacular point of the Torres del Paine.

  • There are rooms with bunk beds
  • There is electric current to charge mobiles in the shelter and WIFI
  • If you have breakfast at the shelter, calculate 7,000 pesos
  • A bottle of wine costs 10,000 pesos, about Pringles 4,000 pesos, a beer 3,000 pesos and a hot dinner about 15,000 pesos
  • There is internet at € 4 every half hour.

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