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Torres del Paine

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About Torres del Paine:

One of Chile's southernmost national parks, it is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the planet on a good day, very windy and accesible year round, however all the lodges are closed during winter and it's extremely windy and cold, not to mention only a few available hours of daylight. Climbing should only be tried during the extremely long summer days when it's comparatively warm and preferently in January (which is peak season) Climbing areas include the Towers of Paine, the Cuernos del paine and several of the granite peaks in the valle del frances. There is also ice trekking and climbing on the Grey glacier and the various glaciers that dot the Paine Massif. Climbing is allowed but you must pay for a climbing permit at the park headquarters. this permit costs around $60000 chilean pesos, which is aproximately 100 dollars.

Google Earth exact location: 5056'59.87"S, 7257'59.27"W

Nearest town or city: Puerto Natales
Directions: Take a bus from puerto natales to the park, to arrive at the climbing areas it's best to get off at the park entrance, from here you can catch a transfer van to the first big campground on the route, don't pass it up because the price of your ticket includes a free day camping at the three closest lodges. Hike towards campamento y refugio Chileno which is about 2 hours away up the trail into the valle de ascencio, this camp is paid but you can camp for free with that ticket. you can then proceed uphill to the Campamento Torres, which is free, from here you go further towards the Valle del Silencio to the "Campamento Japones", the way is rather tough going over some moraines, but the campground is for climbers only. You can hike from there to the towers or around the towers to their rear side where you save some altitude to begin your climbs.
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