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Distance

184.4 mi

Elevation gain

13,691 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

13,743 ft

Max elevation

1,305 ft

Trailrank

69

Min elevation

-7 ft

Trail type

One Way

Time

14 days 4 hours 45 minutes

Coordinates

13410

Uploaded

May 7, 2016

Recorded

January 2014

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near Puerto Natales, Magallanes (Chile)

From Puerto Natales I cycled to the Rio Serrano entrance to the park, via the Y-290 road, which was closed for works. However, I begged the guards to allow me to pass, otherwise a long detour on bad gravel would have been needed.
From Serrano I cycled to Mirador Grey. Then came the most spectacular and famous stretch, that along the lakes, Serrano to Laguna Amarga. There I left the bicycle and went for a trekking to which another track is devoted, namely http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=12060871
After returning to the bicycle, I went north to Laguna Azul, and even a bit further in direction Paso Zamora. I returned south via the main route to the park. The track does not close in a loop, and rather ends in Villa Cerro Castillo, since from there I crossed into Argentina, in direction Cancha Carrera - Tapi Aike - El Cerrito - El Calafate - Perito Moreno.
Note that, if Paso Zamora were open, in a 50-60 km the cyclist could cross from the Paine to the Perito Moreno. Unfortunately, just to have the right stamp on the passport one needs to go for the full detour mentioned above - maybe 400 km in the pampa and exposed to the worst Patagonian winds.

PHOTOS: WORK IN PROGRESS

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Intersection

Fork to Milodón

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  • Photo of Fork to Milodón
Turn left here if you want to pass through the Milodón site
Cave

Cueva del Milodón

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A very important landmark, especially for those who have read Bruce Chatwin's book "Patagonia".
Lake

Lago Porteño

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The first important lake along this route. Quite an announcement of the larger Lago del Toro. I camped on its shore.
Panorama

Mirador Toro

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Here you are already in front of one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries of the world.
River

Rio Serrano

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With a camping and some hotels.
Waypoint

Guardería Serrano

Intersection

Fork to Grey

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Very close to Administracíon, the buildings hosting the park's headquarters, and to Puente Weber.
Panorama

Mirador Grey

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Located on a little peninsula, it is ne of the most striking places of the region. There is a high probability to see some beautiful iceberg in the vicinity. Also rich of flowers.
Lake

Playa Grey

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Bridge

Puente Grey

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Mountain hut

Hotel Explora

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Situated right above the waterfall Salto Chico. Here you find the most iconic view of the south side of the Paine.
Wilderness hut

Hosteria Pehoé

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To be honest I did not stop at the Hosteria, since I wanted to reach Amarga before night.
Lake

Los Mellizos

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So called because they are two twin lakes. Skirted by the road.
Intersection

Fork to Sarmiento

Mountain pass

Saddle

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Highest point of the road between Serrano and Amarga.
Car park

Guardería Laguna Amarga

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The reference door to the park for trekkers.
Waterfall

Cascada Paine

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A powerful waterfall.
Waypoint

Guanacos

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Point where I met a big number of guanacos.
Panorama

View on Laguna Azul

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Lake

Laguna Azul

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Few tourists undertake this northwards detour. However, they may be rewarded by a spectacular sunrise over the Torres, weather permitting of course.
Waypoint

Estancia

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The waypoint is set at the northernmost point that I touched on the road to the closed Paso Zamora.
Intersection

Fork to Laguna Azul

Panorama

Mirador Sarmiento

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The best place to observe this important lake, famous for its shore showing a white belt.
Mountain hut

El Ovejero

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Eccentric shop-restaurant at the fork to Cancha Carrera.
Intersection

Villa Cerro Castillo

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Fork to Cancha Carrera, in Argentina.

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