Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek

  • Chile

Soak up the stunning scenery of Torres del Paine NP, watch the ice floes of the Grey Glacier, Trek through incredibly diverse scenery

Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of Patagonia’s Cordillera del Paine for the first time, you’d swear they were lifted straight from a "Lord of the Rings" movie. But these massive rock formations are very real. Built for physically-active travellers, not hardcore mountaineers, this trip brings you to remote, lesser-visited sections of the Torres del Paine National Park and the truly unimaginable scenery to be found here. With top-notch mountain guides at your side, you’ll be able to concentrate on spotting condors in flight instead of staring blankly at a map.

11 days from €2,699

(€245.36 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
SCFT
Travel Style
Active
Service Level
Camping
Physical Grading
5 - Challenging
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Transport
Van, boat, hiking.
Accommodation
Hotels (2 nights), camping (8 nights).
Meals
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Other
  • Camping and hiking excursion of the full circuit through Torres del Paine NP with porters (9 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek itinerary
  • Day 1Puerto Natales

    Arrive at any time.

    Free evening to explore the town and prepare for the trek ahead.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Hostal Don Guillermo

    Please be advised that rental equipment will be available at the welcome meeting in the late afternoon, if you wish to rent equipment please arrive in time for the meeting (5-6pm at the latest, as the shops close after this time).

  • Day 2Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine

    Embark on a 9-day excursion within Torres del Paine NP, hiking the full Torres del Paine circuit known as the O circuit. Start the 130km (80.7 mi) route by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below.

    Transfer by van to Torres del Paine NP. This two-hour journey through ranch country includes a stop in Cerro Castillo, the principal site of wool and meat exportation to Europe during the 1960s.

    Trek to the base of the Torres themselves, a spectacular hike to view the three pink granite towers that make the park famous. Torre (Tower) Sur rises 2900m (9512 ft) above sea level, Torre Central is 2850m (9348 ft) high and Torre Norte measures 2600m (8528 ft). The Cuernos (Horns) del Paine, massive blocks of various rock layers visible from great distances, are as spectacular as the towers themselves.

    Spend the next few days hiking and camping in this spectacular park, visiting the Towers, Grey Glacier and French Valley, before making your way back to Puerto Natales.

    Private Vehicle

    Cross the pampas of Patagonia first on asphalt roads to cerro Castillo, stopping for a quick break. Then, continue by dirt road and stop to take photos of the spectacular views! Keep an eye out for wildlife— guanacos, condors, geese, and other birds. Enter the national park and continue for another 30 minutes to the start point of the trek.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 1)

    Be prepared to lose your breath - from the hike AND the gorgeous views! Hike the Torres del Paine trail to the base of the "torres" (towers) themselves. Enjoy the view of the three pink granite towers that make this park famous.

    accommodation

    Campsite Laguna Amarga

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3Torres del Paine / Camp Seron

    HIke on relatively flat terrain through towering mountains following the river to Camp Séron. Enjoy the surrounding grassy plains and keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at camp in the mid afternoon.

    In the morning, meet our porters, load up the gear and head out across ancient glacial moraines around the Paine Massif toward Camp Séron. The trail takes us through Lenga forests where we often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese, and the occasional guanaco and fox.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 2)

    Trek four hours around the Paine Massif, through Lenga forests, and end up in a slightly flatter area in the north east of the part in Camp Séron.

    accommodation

    Seron Campsite

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4Camp Seron / Lago Dickson

    Head out along the north side of the national park, leading closer to the mountains. Follow the river to Lake Dickson. In the evening, relax and walk along the pebble beach, admiring the crystal clear glacier water.

    Eat breakfast early, then hike to Lago Dickson, a glacial lake on the edge of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Walk past bright red blooms of Notro bushes and cross a stream along the lake. Today's trek is a beautiful, leisurely six-hour hike. At the campsite, take a hot shower and buy a cold beer!

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 3)

    Hike to Lago Dickson and enjoy a hot shower, cold beer, and great views at the campsite located on the shore.

    accommodation

    Campsite Dickson

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5Lago Dickson / Campamento Los Perros, Chile

    Continue along the north side of the park to an incredible lookout point of Lake Dickson and the surrounding valley. Follow the trail through the tall forest to reach another lookout for Perros Glacier, well worth the climb.

    Pack up and head out through pristine, old growth beech forest. Look and listen for the red-headed Magellanic woodpecker. Just before we arrive to camp, trek past the Perros glacier and enjoy fantastic close-up views of the ice and the lake. Spend the night camping at the base of Paso John Garner at Los Perros.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 4)

    Enjoy a day hiking through beech forest to the Perros Glacier, before arriving at the campsite at Paso John Garner.

    accommodation

    Paso Campsite

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6Campamento Los Perros, Chile / Grey Glacier

    Today is the toughest day of the O trek, start with an uphill climb for 2-3 hours, passing over the highest point. Take in the first view of Grey Glacier and gaze into the distance to take in its 270km² (104 mi²) spread. Climb vertical ladders and pass a suspension bridge en route to Grey Camp.

    This is the biggest day yet as we climb over Paso John Garner and hike down through thick forest directly above the massive Grey Glacier. Once on the pass, look out over rugged, glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap – a view not to be missed! The glacier stretches out below like a giant white highway.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 5)

    Hike for a full day over Paso John Garner, above the imposing Grey Glacier and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap.

    accommodation

    Grey Campsite

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7Grey Glacier

    Enjoy the day exploring Grey Lake and Grey Glacier. The spectacular scenery is a highlight of the trek with the back drop of snow-capped mountains and floating pieces of piercing blue glacier.

    After breakfast, begin the five-hour hike descending towards Grey Lake through lenga (southern beech) forest. Every so often, stop at a terrace to look out over the Grey Glacier and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Relax in the afternoon and enjoy these peaceful surroundings.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 6)

    Hike towards Grey Lake in the morning, with the afternoon free to relax and enjoy the serenity of this ruggedly beautiful landscape.

    accommodation

    Grey Campsite

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8Grey Glacier / Paine Grande Refuge

    Hike along Lake Grey to appreciate different view points of the glacier. Hike to join the famous W Trek and end at Lake Pehoé. Relax at Paine Grande Camp and share trekking stories with the other hikers.

    Cross a high plateau overlooking Grey Lake and see icebergs and views across Grey Glacier on the way to Lake Pehoé. Pehoé means "hidden lake" in the Tehuelche language. The afternoon is free to relax at Lodge Paine Grande and enjoy the area. At night, enjoy a pisco sour cocktail in the bar overlooking Paine Grande & Los Cuernos mountains.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 7)

    Head for Lake Pehoé and soak in the incredible views across the glaciers and mountains that fill up this national park. Enjoy a relaxing evening under the Cuernos del Paine.

    accommodation

    Campsite Paine Grande

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9Paine Grande Refuge / Cuernos Refuge, Chile

    Hike to the French Valley lookout to see the mountain range spread across the national park, take in the contrasting greens and greys of the landscape.

    Continue the trek to the French Valley. Surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires, this is the most beautiful valley in the park and one of the most unique in the world. After, trek out of the valley to the extraordinary turquoise Lake Nordenskjold. After six to eight hours, end the day at Cuernos Camp for dinner and sleep.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 8)

    Trek to the French Valley, surrounded by glaciers, before continuing to beautiful Lake Nordenskjold and Reugio Cuernos.

    accommodation

    Campsite Los Cuernos

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10Lake Nordenskjöld / Puerto Natales

    The concluding day of the O circuit continues along Lake Nordenskjöld. Take in the final views of Torres del Paine, reflect on the last nine days and relish in the sense of accomplishment before heading back to Puerto Natales.

    Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the reach Hosteria Las Torres, where our van awaits us. Transfer to Puerto Natales.

    Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 9)

    Follow the trail past Lake Nordenskjöld and Mount Almirante Nieto before ending the trek at Hosteria Las Torres.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    accommodation

    Hotel Capitan Eberhard

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 11Puerto Natales

    Depart at any time.

    The airport in Puerto Natales is small with limited flight connections. Most onward flight connections will be through Punta Arenas in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina which would involve taking a public bus or transfer. We would recommend booking a flight after 4pm.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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