James will cover:

  • Why Torres del Paine National Park is the hiking capital of Patagonia
  • A detailed overview of the O and W treks
  • Choosing the right trail for your needs and abilities
  • How to physically prepare for your hike
  • Pro tips for efficient planning and packing

Torres del Paine National Park presents the peak of Patagonian hiking, and the W and O treks showcase that to a T. Titled after the shapes they take from a bird’s eye view, there’s a good reason these trails spell out “WOW”.

The more trendy of the two, the W trek was shaped by one of the greatest glaciers in the Southern hemisphere. Snaking through both steppe and summit, this non-technical trail covers all the highlights of the area, including Towers Base lookout, French Valley, and the Grey glacier.

A tougher trail than its neighbor, the O Trek is the hidden gem of hardcore Patagonian hiking. Looping through granite and glacier, “O” takes adventurous travelers through both Paine Massif and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, while being crowd-free even in the high season.

If you’re looking to learn more about these two treks from a certified expert, tune in to this free hour-long session. From general facts about trekking Torres del Paine and the differences between the two hikes to logistical pro tips, you’ll be all set to tackle this Patagonian paradise.

Webinar host

James Mackender
Hiking guide and owner of Unu Raymi Expeditions

Originally from England, James went on a backpacking tour around South America about 20 years ago and never stopped thinking about it since. Three years ago, he decided to lay down roots in Peru, where he founded Unu Raymi Expeditions. He and his crew of expert guides take adventurers on trips everywhere from Machu Picchu to the depths of the Amazon Jungle.