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9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Tackle Patagonia's most iconic circuit trail, fully supported with porters and a local guide. Cross the John Gardner Pass, explore the park's remote northern sections, revel in the stunning French Valley and finish at the Towers viewpoint – this itinerary is truly complete. You'll also have the opportunity to kayak amongst millennial icebergs.

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Trip length

9 Days

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Torres del Paine

9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit - 9 Days - $3,510

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine; Trek to Serón Camp

Day 2: Trek to the Dickson Valley; Dickson Camp 

Day 3: Trek to Laguna Los Perros; Los Perros Camp 

Day 4: Trek to the John Gardner Pass and Lake Grey; Grey Camp

Day 5: Trek to Lake Pehoe; Paine Grande Camp

Day 6: Trek through the French Valley; Francés Camp

Day 7: Trek the Los Cuernos trail; Las Torres Camp

Day 8: Trek to the Towers; Las Torres Camp

Day 9: Transport to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on 9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine; Hike to Serón Camp

The trip begins in the morning with you being picked up from your hotel in Puerto Natales and transferred to Torres del Paine National Park (2hrs). 

After enjoying a delicious lunch you'll have a trek briefing with your guide and you can prepare your duffel bags which will be carried by your porters. You can leave the rest of your luggage at our headquarters in the park. 

In the afternoon, you'll hike to Serón Camp, covering 13km.

If travelling from Punta Arenas or El Calafate (Argentina) you'll need to arrive the day before. These transfers are included in the overall price of your trip and must be requested and booked in advance and are subject to availability.

Length of hike: 4hrs, 13km

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Seron Camp


Day 2: Trek to the Dickson Valley; Dickson Camp

The day will start from Seron Camp and you'll hike to Dickson Camp, around 18km. 

Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the lesser-known reaches of Torres del Paine National Park and perhaps you'll be lucky enough to see Dickson Glacier in the distance. You gently descend and continue west across open grasslands towards Refugio Dickson.

Your campsite will be in the Dickson Valley, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dickson. Parts of the Southern Patagonian Icefield can be seen in the distance. You'll spend the night here at Dickson Camp and you can look forward to a hearty dinner and a hot shower.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Dickson Camp


Day 3: Trek to Laguna Los Perros; Los Perros Camp

We'll continue along the trail by the Los Perros river into the wildest and most remote terrain on this entire trek. We'll pass under the Los Perros Glacier which merges into a small lake, and then navigate through a virgin beech forest before reaching the picturesque Laguna Los Perros.

Here, we'll finish for the day at Los Perros Camp and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Length of hike: 5hrs, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Los Perros Camp


Day 4: Trek to the John Gardner Pass and Lake Grey; Grey Camp

This day involves a climb to the highest point of the circuit as we reach altitudes of around 1300m (4000ft). From up here we'll be able to soak up an awe-inspiring view of Grey Glacier, an huge mass of fractured ice that towers in the valley.

The John Gardner Pass is one of the most famous sections of Torres del Paine and an essential target for serious hikers. From the pass, we'll continue south along forested slopes with stunning views of the enormous Grey Glacier (more than 28km in length) before finishing for the day at Grey Camp, on the shore of Lake Grey.

Length of hike: 12hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Grey Camp


Day 5: Trek to Lake Pehoe; Paine Grande Camp

We'll take some time to relax in the morning and take in Lake Grey's surroundings before starting our trek along the eastern side of Lake Grey through areas of beautiful Calafate bushes. The views of the huge icebergs floating in Lake Grey is an unforgettable memory.

After this point, the path levels out and then descends through a shallow dry valley on it's route to the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe. Here, at Paine Grande Camp, we'll set up camp and hopefully enjoy a wonderful sunset over the French Valley – our destination for tomorrow.

Today there is the option for kayaking around Glacier Grey in the morning: This excursion starts at 9am and lasts 2.5hrs. Initially you'll receive a safety briefing from a specialist guide covering the kayak, paddling, route and conditions. All necessary equipment will be provided - neoprene suit, waterproof jacket, gloves, boots, kayak skirt and life vest. You'll kayak around huge icebergs, towards the east side of the glacier to get closer to the giant ice wall. The minimum age for this excursion is 15 years old and the maximum age is 65 years old. Kayaking is only available from Nov-Mar 19th. Advance booking and payment is required - please see the 'Additional Notes' section below.

Length of hike: 5hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paine Grande Camp


Day 6: Trek through the French Valley; Francés Camp

After breakfast, we'll begin the challenging trek to the French Valley (Valle Frances), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far we go will de dictated by the pace of the group as a whole, but a faster walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif. From here there are fantastic views of the valley.

We'll then continue our ascent to the upper section of the valley where we'll take in the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the stunning Fortaleza (Fortress).

After all this ascent, we'll stop for a picnic lunch and rest up. Afterwards, it's a descent through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to the Francés Camp.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 25km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Francés Camp


Day 7: Trek Los Cuernos trail; Las Torres Camp

Today's trek along Los Cuernos trail will take us along the edge of the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. This trek is less strenuous, but richer in the diversity of terrain that we will cover. In fact, it's the perfect opportunity to take in the park's huge variety of flora and fauna, and learn some more about the vast variety of species we encounter along the way.

We'll stop for a picnic lunch and relax in the beautiful surroundings before finishing up at Las Torres Camp. Here, we can look forward to a hot meal and prepare for the challenges that tomorrow will bring.

Length of hike: 7hrs, 16km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Las Torres Camp (Option to upgrade to EcoCamp Patagonia)


Day 8: Trek to the Towers; Las Torres Camp

The goal of our eighth day will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park – the trek to the Towers! We'll walk from Las Torres Camp towards Hosteria Las Torres before climbing to the Ascencio Valley on the eastern face of the Towers. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Our main challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine (a huge mass of boulders) which leads us to the base of the Towers – three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

After a tough final ascent, the Towers eventually come into full view, soaring majestically before us. Here we'll stop at probably the best lunch spot in the world! After soaking up the view, we'll backtrack along the same trail through the Ascencio Valley and return to Las Torres Camp for a well-deserved dinner.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Las Torres Camp (Option to upgrade to EcoCamp Patagonia)


Day 9: Transfer to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate

In the early morning, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Puerto Natales to catch an afternoon flight to Santiago. Please ensure flights depart after midday.

If you decide to depart from Punta Arenas pick flights departing after 2pm. Alternatively, you can continue your trip to El Calafate subject to booking in advance and availability. 

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think of 9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit

9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit trips scored 4.3/5 from 52 reviews

The guides and the circuit itself were amazing. The refugios were organized and though camping is not my ideal type of accommodation, it was necessary to access this wonderful environment.

Travelled: February 2023

Ivey Bueno - USA

Seeing Glacier Grey from the top of John Gardner pass, and hiking along it. Awe inspiring!

Travelled: February 2022

Niyati Bedekar - USA

Guide and porters were super. O trek is an incredible journey; scenery can’t be beat. Trip of a lifetime.

Travelled: January 2022

Barbara McCleary - USA

Highlights: clear blue skies in the French Valley while seeing and hearing multiple avalanches cascade down the mountain sides... then continuing to hear the avalanches at night from the next camp. Trekking by [full] moonlight to The Towers and to experience the spectacle of sunrise.... then kicking back for the day at EcoCamp!

Travelled: January 2022

Nick Partridge - UK

It was a perfect match with what I had been looking for. Totally immersive hike; with a like-minded group of people who became like family for the duration. It felt properly 'off the grid'... away from the connectivity of wifi and mobile.

Travelled: January 2022

Nick Partridge - UK

The first viewpoint on day 2 really blew me away. I saw a glacier calve at Perros Camp which was unreal. Obviously Lago Grey, French Valley, and the towers all made me so grateful to be in the park on this trip.

Travelled: December 2021

Michael Pellegrino - USA

The most memorable moments outside of all of the amazing views were the evenings hanging out at the camps with our guide and porters having a few beers. There were some languages barriers for some of the porters but it was still so much fun. Got to learn a lot about the culture and life of people who lived here and it was the best.

Travelled: November 2021

Kendra Barnett - USA

Pablo (Brujo) was by far the best guide we could have gotten. He knew so much about the park and shared all of that knowledge with us. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a good experience. The porters were also amazing and so accommodating. 100% would recommend.

Travelled: November 2021

Kendra Barnett - USA

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9 Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

  1. Prices for the 2024/2025 season:

  2. 4 person group:

    USD $3,510 per person

  3. 3 person group:

    USD $3,850 per person

  4. 2 person group:

    USD $4,050 per person

  5. We will always do whatever we can to promote your departure and find some fellow trekkers for you (that can result in a lower price per person). Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure date. 

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2024

2025

Start date Price (pp)
November 2024
6-Nov-2024 $3,510* Provisional Date Enquire
13-Nov-2024 $3,510 Limited Availability Enquire
20-Nov-2024 $3,510* Provisional Date Enquire
27-Nov-2024 $3,510 Limited Availability Enquire
December 2024
4-Dec-2024 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
11-Dec-2024 $3,510 Guaranteed Date Enquire
18-Dec-2024 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
25-Dec-2024 $3,510 Limited Availability Enquire
January 2025
1-Jan-2025 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
8-Jan-2025 $3,510 Guaranteed Date Enquire
15-Jan-2025 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
22-Jan-2025 $3,510 Provisional Date Enquire
29-Jan-2025 $3,510* Provisional Date Enquire
February 2025
5-Feb-2025 $3,510 Guaranteed Date Enquire
12-Feb-2025 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
19-Feb-2025 $3,510 Limited Availability Enquire
26-Feb-2025 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
March 2025
5-Mar-2025 $3,510 Provisional Date Enquire
12-Mar-2025 $3,510* Guaranteed Date Enquire
19-Mar-2025 $3,510 Guaranteed Date Enquire
26-Mar-2025 $3,510* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,510

Additional Notes

Group size – 12 maximum, 2 minimum, with a 1:6 guide to group member ratio.

Christmas surcharge – Trips starting on 18th and 25th Dec 2024 will be subject to a surcharge of USD $340 per person.

Private groups – Private group departures can be arranged on dates other than those shown. Please contact us to discuss.

Accommodation upgrade – Upgrade to EcoCamp Patagonia on nights 7 and 8 are available at the following rates; Standard Dome USD $340, Superior Dome USD $430 and Suite Dome USD $480; prices are per person based on two people sharing and must be booked in advance. Subject to availability, may not be available in peak season; please enquire for more details.

Kayak excursion – The additional kayak excursion costs USD $210 per person (price includes hire of all equipment including neoprene suit, life jacket and waterproof jacket, gloves and boots).

Porters and luggage – Porters will carry your sleeping bag and roll mat throughout the trip. You need to bring these with you to Torres del Paine.

You will be provided with two dry bags (15ltr capacity) on Day 1. One bag will be carried for you to use from Days 1-5 and the second bag will be available from Days 5-7. In these bags you will place your overnight gear (dry clothes, wash kit) as required. You are allowed to pack up to 5kg (11lbs) in each bag. You may leave the rest of your gear in storage on Day 1 at Las Torres Camp.

You will carry your day-pack with personal items for each day's trek, plus your picnic lunch which will given to you each morning.

Transfers – Transfers from/to Puerto Natales to/from EcoCamp on a shared basis.

Optional transfers – Transfers from/to Punta Arenas or the public bus connection from/to El Calafate are included in the trip price – you can upgrade to semi/fully private transfer at an extra cost. Transfers must be booked in advance and are subject to availability.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement – For those who would prefer a single tent, there is a supplement of USD $370 per person.

Child policy – Youngsters who are 14 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults. Children between 12 and 13 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorises us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek. Children under 12 years of age cannot participate in this trip. This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.

Includes

  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Accommodation: 8 nights in various camps (tents provided)
  • Cooking equipment
  • Transfers to/from either Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate (Argentina)
  • Torres del Paine entrance fee
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Porter service throughout (you will only need to carry your day-pack)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Day-pack
  • Private or semi-private transfers to/from El Calafate (Argentina)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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