Torres del Paine circuit (Patagonia), Trekking

The ‘Torres del Paine’ national park is located in Chilean Patagonia.  From March 25 – 30, 2005, I walked a circuit around the park which is somewhere between 100 – 150km in length (depending on how many side trips you do.) I walked with a crazy but fantastic Irishman called Neilus whom I bumped into on the Navimag ferry on the wonderful 3 day ferry ride down through the Patagonian fjords from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales.  I have since lost touch with Neilus so if anyone reads this happens to recognise or know of him I would like to hear from him again! Enjoy the pictures below and better still if you get the chance, get there yourself to enjoy the magic of Patagonia and the ‘Towers of Blue’.


On top of John Gardner pass – the high point at just over 1180m. Beautiful views of the huge ‘Gray glacier’ draining into Lake Gray.


The beautiful Lake Gray.


Los Perros glacier coming into the Laguna Los Perros


A climbers mecca.


Beautiful views of lakes, mountains and bush. Mother nature at her most splendid.


The path is well maintained with nice swing bridges for crossing rivers.

Feeling the cold on John Gardner pass

Feeling the cold on John Gardner pass

The magnificent Gray Glacier

The magnificent Gray Glacier


More of the magnificent Gray Glacier

The Gray glacier meets Lake Gray


Refugio at Lake Dickson.


It is very rare to see a Puma in the park, but we saw one the 1st evening in the campsite ‘Puesto Seron’. They are very shy and it was walking slowly up the hill into the bushes, Neilus took this photo on his video camera which had poor resolution but you can make out the cat.


The weather is very unpredictable with rain, sunshine and strong wind all combined in the space of an hour!


The ‘towers of blue’ bathed in morning light


4 seasons in one hour as the cloud rolls in.


Neilus blocking a fine view of the Towers.


Time for a cuppa and some lunch



  1. Great pictures Axe makes me realise what I have missed. Flat out with the old back again so photos are a welcome distraction. Sorry no sightings of Neilus! Cheers Kate


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