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Torres del Paine in winter

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Torres del Paine in winter

I hope you can help with advice concerning the trip to Torres del Paine in August 2011.

Is it necessary to have a 4x4 or a normal car would do for transportation inside the park?

What kind of weather to expect? Is there any possibility of La Nina/El Nino influence on the climate in that region in August?

What inexpensive accommodation options are available at that period and who runs/books them?

I am particularly interested in strategically located Mountain Lodge Paine Grande and Hotel Las Torres.

Is it really necessary to book lodging in advance (any special rates maybe due to pre booking) or we can find the same prices upon arrival?

What day treks can be done in winter from various open accommodations?

Thank you in advance

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1. Re: Torres del Paine in winter

August is a great season, nice, no wind, but it might be snowed yet and very cold. You will need a 4X4.

Just be aware that depending on the weather, some of the hikes can not be done such as base of towers, Grey Glacier, French Valley.

Anyway, it a great season, the nicest if you like photography.

regards....

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2. Re: Torres del Paine in winter

Thank you. But what is there to photograph if no place can be reached hiking? Do you mean the landscapes seen from the main road? Is it worth the trip?

As far as I got the most strategically located Mountain Lodge Paine Grande will be closed this winter, so Glaciar Grey and Valle Frances seem to be off limits...

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3. Re: Torres del Paine in winter

Torres del Paine is an amazing place with some of the best views in the world. But you need to be prepared for ANY weather at ANY time. We were hiking for 5 days in there during the spring and we experienced every single type of weather: 130km/h winds, horizontal hail, 1 day of biblical rain, a lot of snow as well as good doses of sunshine. If you want to get a good idea of what to expect check this out: http://bit.ly/fj3VdT

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