The head of French Valley is a cirque formed by tall cliffs. The colossal walls of Cerro Cota 2000 and Cerro Catedral punctuate the western region of the Valley. Cerro Cota 2000 is named for its elevation; its highest contour line is about 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Cerro Catedral is named so because its east face resembles a cathedral’s facade. To the north stands the granite arête called Aleta de Tiburón (English: Shark’s Fin). To the east, from north to south, lie the peaks Fortaleza (Fortress), La Espada (The Sword), La Hoja (The Blade), La Máscara (The Mummer), Cuerno Norte (North Horn), and Cuerno Principal (Main Horn).
- Discover the highest mountain of the group, Paine Grande, whose height was measured in 2011 using GPS and found to be 2,884 m (9,462 ft).
4 – 5 Days: Explore the massifs of the Torres del Paine national park during a 4 to 5 day trek.