Torres Del Paine ‘O Loop’ in 4.5 days

Despite what others tell you, it can be done.

Overlooking Glaciar Grey near the top of the pass.

But is that enough time to fully savor the park?

Day 0: The Torres

Clutching a huge DSLR for a selfie in one hand is rather nerve-wracking. Don’t try this at home.
The O is the red parts and the brown parts combined. I’ve annotated the map with the camps we stayed at in purple. This map is outdated because Las Guardas doesn’t exist anymore, and Los Perros expanded into a refugio.

The Loop

The trail, a couple hours into our hike, on day 1

Day 1: Las Torres — Campamento Italiano

You may not know about the magic of clif bars. Clif bars, on any regular day, taste okay. But in the mountains, they become infused which pure cosmic deliciousness. They actually only taste amazing in the mountains. Go on a long hike and try a clif bar, and everything will become clear.
Water, huh?
All these rivers also mean water is bountiful, so no need to pack huge amounts of carrying capacity.

Day 2: Italiano—Refugio Grey

The entirety of what we saw of the Valle Frances
Looking back at the entrance to the Valle Frances
Jetboil + MountainHouse, Marriage made in heaven
We need to find a Patagonia representative to sell this image to.

Day 3: Grey — Los Perros (The Pass)

These were pretty sketchy

Day 4: Los Perros — Serón

After Dickson, a long valley must be traversed with some hills at the end, which, by mile 17, aren’t so welcome. But once you make it to the top of those hills, a tremendous view is just behind you.

Day 5: Serón—Las Torres

Campamento Serón
A last look back at Torres Del Paine

conscious mammalian organism, fanatical tea snob.

conscious mammalian organism, fanatical tea snob.