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Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek

Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek

Hiking
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Start: Puerto Natales
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End: Puerto Natales

Gazing upon the peaks of Cordillera del Paine, you’d swear they were from a Lord of the Rings movie.

Activity
Hiking
LocationPatagonia, Chile
Duration11 days
Start / EndPuerto Natales / Puerto Natales
Tour operatorG Adventures

Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek

Hiking·
11 days·G Adventures
Start: Puerto Natales
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End: Puerto Natales

Description

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 un...

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Itinerary

Day 1Puerto Natales

Arrive at any time. Free evening to explore the town and prepare for the trek ahead.

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.

Day 3Torres del Paine/Camp Séron

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.

Day 4Camp Séron/Lake Dickson Camp

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!

Day 5Lake Dickson Camp/Los Perros Camp

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.

Day 6Los Perros Camp/Grey Glacier 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.

Day 7Grey Glacier Camp

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.

Day 8Grey Glacier Camp/Paine Grande Camp

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.

Day 9Paine Grande Camp/Cuernos Camp

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.

Day 10Lake Nordenskjöld/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.

Day 11Puerto Natales

Depart at any time. 

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Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), camping (8 nts).

What's Included

Camping and hiking excursion of the full circuit through Torres del Paine National Park with porters (9 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

What to Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but in Patagonia the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. All camping equipment for the Paine trek is provided and included in the cost of your trip, apart from hiking poles, waterproof overpants and gaiters. You can bring these items with you or rent them in Puerto Natales. You may leave the bulk of yo... Read more
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