Thoughts While Trekking to the Patagonian Base Towers
You can’t visit the Chilean side of Torres del Paine without trekking to the base of the famous Patagonian towers. We could see these beauties from our yurt at Patagonia Camp and couldn’t wait to get closer. But, our guides had diligently warned us as our trip neared that this would not be an easy hike.
I’ve done hard hikes before. No sweat. So, I wasn’t terribly concerned about making the nearly 14-mile round trip trek. Sure, I’d probably be sore the next day, but it’d be worth it. I’m young and healthy, so I figured all those warnings were for the more mature members of our group.
I was wrong.
But it was worth every excruciating step.
Here’s a play-by-play of my thoughts as I hiked to and from the stunning base towers of Torres del Pain – I mean Paine.
This is so easy. The guides were totally sandbagging us.
My ass is going to look amazing after this hike.
Why on earth am I still wearing long underwear?
Holy crap this place is incredible.
Can I really drink water from this stream? (You can and you should).
Halfway there! I’ve got this.
This is the most magical forest ever! Lenga trees are my jam.
Woohoo! We’re almost there.
I’m going to die.
Will it ever end?
How many more boulders do I have to climb over?
I think my legs are giving out.
Dear God is it even worth it?
HOLY COW THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I’VE EVER SEEN!!!
FOOD. (We only had about 30 minutes to eat and take photos).
Take all the pictures!
Can we swim in this lagoon? Nope, bad idea. It’s glacier water. And it's freezing.
Going down will be so much easier.
Going down is SO much harder.
I could fall to my death.
This seems longer than I remember.
Oh yeah, this is gorgeous.
Do they have Lyft here?
Just leave me.
Wow, I did it. That was amazing.
BRB - I have to go eat everything and sleep for 14 hours.
If you ever make it to Patagonia (and I really, really hope you do), don’t miss this hike. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before and well worth the temporary pain and suffering. But, a word of advice: start training well in advance. This one’s gonna hurt!