Torres del Paine means the "Towers of Pain" and we were going to put this name to the test by doing a 5 day hike through it. We were planning to use two different refugios or hostals at the bottom of the "W" as bases.
It is called the "W" as the trek makes a "W" around the major peaks. "W" also stands for walk and widget. The first day would take us from Refugio Las Torres to the Mirador Las Torres (viewpoint of the towers). This section forms the right hand arm of the "W". The time on the map was 4 hours / 9.5 km each way. We started off at 11 a.m. armed with water, chocolate and torches as it would probably be dark when we got back.