Majestic Torres del Paine
The famous Torres del Paine (Towers of the Blue Sky) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, three jagged peaks that stretch skyward at a completely vertical angle. They are the main tourist attraction in the park.
The Torres del Paine belongs to ones of the most demanding and wildest rock climbs in the South America.
Although there are many interesting and difficult climbing objectives in Paine National Park, the Las Tres Torres are the most famous.
La Torre Sur with 2850 meters is the highest and hardest to get. It was reached first time by Armando Aste. La Torre Central has almost 2800 meters. It was first reached in 1963 by Chris Bonington and Don Whillans. La Torre Norte (2600 m) was reached by Guido Monzino.
Many tourists walk to the base of the Torres from Hotel Las Torres. It’s quite easy day of hiking.
The best time to climb it’s since August through February. Although during the summer months exists high possibility of blizzards and long storms.
Horns of Paine
Many tourists confuse Los Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) and Las Tres Torres. Located in the south of the Torres Park, los Cuernos retain, similar to Torres, a cap of darker metamorphic rock at the top.
Three peaks of the Horns of Paine are recognizable first off all by their color and mass. Their top and base are dark, the central part is clearer and distinguished.
How to explain the difference of the colors?
The characteristic black rock that crowns the Horns of Paine is the result of tectonic and glacial forces that carved the massif.
Millions years ago, the sedimentary rock covered wide areas in the region. In some moment those rocks had contact with the magma which shaped the granite rocks. Then, the enormous pressure from the inside of earth created the impressive mountains known today as the Torres del Paine.
During the ice age only peaks of the mountains stuck out above the ice. The granite which was not covered by glaciations retained its black color. And the light-colored have those parts that suffered the erosion caused by wind and the movement of glaciers.
The darker areas resemble the design of a cowboy on horseback and that gave the name for the monoliths
The Horns of Paine, which can be seen from many places in the park, are really impressive. The peaks measure above 2000 meters: East (2.200m), Home (2600m), North (2.400m).
The best views for the horns offer the “W” trail along the north shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, between Hotel Las Torres and Pehoé Lake.
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