NORTH TOWER OF PAINE
The North Tower of Paine was first ascended in 1958 by an Italian team led by Count Guido Monzino. The North Tower is found deep in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, and it measures 2,260 meters high. It was first climbed by Italian climber Guido Monzino in 1958. Monzino was also the first Italian climber to summit Mt. Everest in 1973 .
Their route follows the South Ridge from the Col Bich, a magnificent V-Notch between the North and Central Tower. The final summit is a 60-foot high wall that is overhanging on all sides. In what has to be one of the most amazing summit pitches on the planet, a line of holds on the south side of the block offers a stellar 5.8 path to the couch sized summit.
From a beautiful and relaxing basecamp in the morraine , a 3-hour approach leads to the Col Bich. While some technical climbing is involved near the Col, this is mostly hiking on both rough trail and talus slopes. From the Col, a series of cracks leads up immaculate granite for two hundred feet, with just a move or two of 5.10 climbing. From here the climbing eases for the next 800 feet, mostly scrambling and easy fifth class climbing (up to 5.4). A large platform is then reached from which the 5.8 summit tower is ascended. From the summit, views stretch to the Southern Patagonian icecap to the North, the Central Tower to the South, and the pampas of Argentina to the East. The climb from the Col to the summit should take around 3 hours.
We meet in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales (depends the fly), we will pick you up at the airport.
Gear check at the hotel and expedition briefing. At dinner we will try some of the fine Chilean cuisine and wines.
Spectacular drive to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine National Park), one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Hike to Camp 1 and establish camp. Porters will carry all of our gear to this camp.
Day 03 - 04
These 2 days will be our best days to realize the summit, that is why we leave 2 days to be more flexible with the weather and with our physical state. We will choose the best possibility to ensure an incredible experience in these summits.
Next day 05
Drive back to Punta Natales . End of expedition and celebration dinner.
Next day fly home via Santiago or continue traveling in South America.
Professional Mountain Guides (1 to 2 guide-client ratio)
two nights hotel accommodation in Puerto Natales.
all land transportation from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.
All expedition food
All community camping gear (tents, stoves, cooking gear, medical kit, etc.)
All community technical gear (such as climbing ropes, fixed lines, multiple racks of hardware; cam devices, nuts, pitons, carabiners, webbing, etc.)