People talk about ‘once in a lifetime’ trips and South America’s pointed tip is often cited as one of them, but once you’ve seen Southern Patagonia, something will probably pull you back. Mountain gazing is addictive.

Despite years living in and travelling around Chile, the sheer magnitude of the landscapes still saw me dumbstruck, magnetised by the sight of the crags and peaks.

On a whistle-stop visit to Torres del Paine, travelling in a 4WD with my local guide Gonzalo, we forded rivers that took us to some of the most out-of-the-way spots, as well as the most famous viewpoints. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the trip.

On the water’s edge at Lago Pehoé, Chile

On the water’s edge at Lago Pehoe, Chile

The magnificence of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier

The magnificence of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

Taking in the views of Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

Taking in the views of Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate

Mount Fitzroy rises prominently from the Chaltén mountain range

Mount Fitzroy rises prominently from the Chalten mountain range

Lago and Cerro Torre, with glacial ice, El Chaltén

Lago and Cerro Torre, with glacial ice, El Chalten, Argentina, Patagonia

A lone guanaco dwarfed by the Torres del Paine range, Chile

A lone guanaco dwarfed by the Torres del Paine range, Chile

Working horses in a corral near Torres del Paine, Chile

Working horses in a corral near Torres del Paine, Chile

The gaucho life

This gaucho life – Victor Sharpe, one of Awasi’s expert horsemen

Views of El Chaltén from the Lago Torres trek

Views of El Chalten from Don Los Cerros and the Lago Torres trek

The herbivorous guanaco and their favoured red mata guanaco bush

Guanaco and a red mata guanaco bush

Los Cuernos, or the horns, of Torres del Paine National Park

Los Cuernos, or the horns, of Torres del Paine National Park

The bridge over Lago Pehoé, with the Cuernos and Paine Grande

Lake Pehoe, Patagonia

Ice from Glacier Grey and the day’s last light on the peaks, Chile

Ice from Glacier Grey and the day’s last light on the peaks

Ice and moraine of Pia Glacier and Pia Fjord, near the Darwin Range

Ice and moraine of Pia Glacier and Pia Fjord, near the Darwin Range

King cormorants on Tucker Islets

King cormorants on Tuckers Islets, seen from the moving zodiac of Stella Australis

Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, Tierra del Fuego

Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, Tierra del Fuego

Nori travelled with Awasi Patagonia, Australis and Mundo Austral

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