Iconic Chilean route takes top spot on list of best treks

Torres del Paine’s W trek named #1 by renowned travel guide Lonely Planet in their latest list of the world’s best low altitude multi-day hikes.


Unmatched views, soaring condors, pristine glaciers and impressive peaks are just a few of the many reasons to embark on the famous W trek through Chile’s Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. But you don’t have to take our word for it — travel experts at Lonely Planet sang the same praises as they named the classic route the number one multi-day trek without high altitude.

The team at Lonely Planet aimed to create a list of “the five best treks that feature unique terrain and boast fantastic scenery” at lower altitudes.

The experts describe the W trek, their top pick, as a trip full of beautiful views and an endless list of amazing experiences.

Each day brings a new set of wow-inducing vistas with long stretches along luminescent glacial lakes (often filled with floating icebergs), rugged peaks looming above and southern beech trees peppering the vast Magellanic forest,” Lonely Planet says.

Of course, one of the main highlights is the towers — massive granite peaks jutting out from behind a small glacial pool. For most, the towers are reached on the final leg of the four to five day adventure after exploring Grey Glacier, the Paine Massif, and the French trail.

Lonely Planet are not the first to recognize the breathtaking views and amazing adventure that await visitors to Chile’s Torres del Paine park. Not only was it named the fifth most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic this year, it was also recently nominated to become the 8th wonder of the world.

As part of a competition set up by VirtualTourist (of the Tripadvisor Media Group), Chile’s tourism board has entered Torres del Paine into a contest where the public can vote on the next world wonder. The chilean park’s competition includes the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain; and Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park.

Enter the 8th Wonder of the World competition site here — you get one vote per day, so return tomorrow to vote again! Voting is open through September 30!