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Lovely walk, excellent vantage point over the Magellan Straits and Isla Dawson

This is an excellent walk if you have a day to spare in Punta Arenas. We had it all to ourselves... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2017
Noel S
Most amazing scenery

The mountains in Chile are breathtaking. There is always another more spectacular site then the... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2016
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is an excellent walk if you have a day to spare in Punta Arenas. We had it all to ourselves (unlike in many places around here). Local guides and agencies recommended this as requiring a guide, but for hikers with any hill experience it is absolutely fine (much better path than many Scottish Munros). Just watch out for potentially extreme winds on the narrow summit ridge. The wind was whipping up large dust-devils off the wind-stripped shoulder as you near the summit.

For anyone in doubt as to where the trail starts (ie anyone who has bought the slightly inaccurate hiking map of the area from town), the trail does not start from, or next to the car-park at the end of the road, as shown, but a few hundred meters along the coastal path South just past where a small stream comes out of a small gulley - it is very obvious with a small wooden sign saying "tarn" (ignore the turn off before this marked with tape, this just leads to an clearing area with camp-fire places). The path is well marked and easy to follow (in clear weather) but a little boggy in places.

The carpark also happens to be the most southerly bit of road on mainland America, if that's your kind of thing...

The views E, W and S from the top are stunning, looking into proper Patagonian wilderness (non of this Torres del Paine overdeveloped pseudo-wilderness).

5  Thank Noel S
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

The mountains in Chile are breathtaking. There is always another more spectacular site then the last one.

2  Thank M Richard M
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

There is much history with this mountain, looking it up online Charles Darwin climbed it and found new fossils. We hiked Jan 24, 2016. Trail starts near kilometer 70 on route 9. The road was closed at 65km on route 9 with new bridge construction that is closed on weekends. This adds 5 km beach walk to the hike (doubles the distance of hike). We asked a local and heard during the week when the crews are working that the bridge and road are open past this point, but don't count on it. The condition of the new road is very poor past the new bridge and when the crews do allow cars to pass a 4x4 vehicle would be needed if you were allowed to drive all the way to the trailhead.

The Tarn trail is overall very visible and easy to follow on a clear day. We found on the way up many orange flags on trees. The trail is cut right through the peatland, and then through the forest, repeating this pattern several times. Once above treeline *about 500m) the trail gets tougher to follow, and was much windier but there are still many flags. There are many trails through muddy pools and even a ravine that was full of snow we had to cross. If you don't have waterproof footwear you will be very wet from this part of the hike. Sometimes I sank in peat and mud up to my knees. There are white poles to follow and more flags on trees in the shrub and peat zone above treeline. To get to the summit peaks and above the shrub-line we needed to climb up about 30-40 meter tall snow slope. Even in January this snow persisted, but was easy to climb up and slide down. Above vegetation line (>650m) there are no markers, and no cairns marking the trail. The slope is loose scree and you need to have sight of the peaks where you are going, or in our case in the middle of an ice storm with low visibility a GPS with the route mapped.

You need to be careful near the summits as it is not very clear when you are up there which of them are the real summit. There are a few places with steep crevasse between the hills and on the eastern slopes drops are >100m. After walking over the first large hill or summit, there is the 2nd peak with a trail visibly cut through the scree around the back. This trail leads to the 3rd peak which is the true summit. There is a Chilean flag on the actual summit (photo) that can be visible once you get around the second peak. Do not walk past the Chilean flag, as the drop is vertical and would be deadly.

On the way back down it is much easier to get lost, as the flags are somewhat less visible. Most of the way you can follow others tracks. Once back to the beach we needed to hike the 5km back out to the cars again. All together the hike from car to summit to car was about 7 hours.

3  Thank Jon S
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Reviewed 1 October 2015

Amazing hike to Mount Tarn, I took a guided tour because the road has changed lately, I went the first time and got lost, then I hired a local guide to climb it, he explained how the road has changed since they started to build a new road at the area.

1  Thank mann h
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

- Good shoes are crucial (muddy and humid!)
- Ascend took us 2,5 hours and is above average exhaustingly
- View over the Magellan Strait is stunning and amazing!
- Car is needed to get near there

We had to leave our car at km 67 because of the bad condition of the street. After a pretty beach walk to km 70 where the road ends, a river floats down into the sea, where the red marks for the start of the hike can be found...

1  Thank tamangur
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Hiking is moderate to difficult, depending on the weather. On a summer clear day, it might take three hours to ascend and two to go down. There is water and ice at the top. The views are wonderful and the wind unbelievably strong. The path is clearly signaled all the way till the top. But a GPS is always handy.

4  Thank Adriana S
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

The forest on this mount is fairly thick, the whole area is rarely dry due to its proximity to the ocean, spring and summer are the windiest seasons ( wind gusts normally strike 80-100 km/h at the summit). So bring the right gear (windproof jacket, light clothing but water resistant if not waterproof).

The trail is non existant, You won't find any trailmarks like sign posts. All you will find if you pay attention are trees marked with orange paint or colored duct tape in some bushes (but you must pay attention all the time so you don't miss them.

Have a good sense of where you are in relation to a map and landmarks instead of relying on this mount ''trails''. Landmarks such as the sea, treeline, peat bogs, lagoons on the plateau, the V shape of the summit are your best help for orientation.

8  Thank Rodrigo M
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

You will probably have Monte Tarn to yourself, even during busy tourist season. There are snowfields at the top and beautiful views of the Strait of Magellan. Not to mention, plenty of experience with the infamous Chilean turbal (peat bogs) on the way up!

5  Thank kateausten
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Excellent Hiking! We went for hiking and it took us like 4 hours to get to the top. The view was amazing!

Thank John M
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