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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 type

Guided Activity

Trip length

9 Days

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$3,513

Location

Torres del Paine

9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit - 9 - $3,513

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; Las Torres 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 Punta Arenas

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 National Park; Las Torres Camp

The trip begins in the morning with you being picked up from either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales and transferred to your accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park (5hrs). Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate – a transfer from here will incur an extra charge.

If travelling from Punta Arenas, we'll stop en route in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza), where we'll enjoy a local lunch. This journey is through a very picturesque region – look out for wildlife.

The day ends with your arrival during late afternoon at Las Torres Camp, nestled in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. This evening you'll meet your guide and a small group of like-minded travel companions as you're briefed on your upcoming adventure together.

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the communal dome and admire the sunset across the Patagonian steppe and Torres del Paine massif – usually around 11pm during the summer months.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

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


Day 2: Trek to the Dickson Valley; Dickson Camp

The day will start at Las Torres Camp as we prepare for our hike to Lake Dickson. The trail will lead us northwards along the western bank of the Río Paine. We'll stop at natural viewpoints for fantastic panoramic views of Torres del Paine, the vast Patagonian steppe to the east and the turquoise Lake Paine. We gently descend and continue west across open grasslands towards Refugio Dickson. Today's hike is the longest of the circuit, but the terrain is gently undulating and will be a great introduction to hiking the circuit.

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

Length of hike: 11hrs, 29km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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, picnic 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, picnic 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 decends 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 excursions 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, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paine Grande Camp


Day 6: Trek through the French Valley; Francés Camp

After breakfast, we'll will 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, picnic 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, picnic 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 lead 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, picnic lunch, dinner

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


Day 9: Transfer to Punta Arenas

In the early morning you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Alternatively, you can continue your trip to El Calafate – a transfer to here will incur an extra charge.

Meals: Breakfast

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

9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit trips scored 4.1/5 from 43 reviews

The activities we did with Swoop providers were part of an extended trip in Chile. Every day we have spent in Chile (and a bit in Argentina) either with a Swoop activity or traveling on our own has been fun and enjoyable. We have met many great people - locals as well as other travelers. Having said that there is no ONE thing that stands out, since the entire trip has been memorable.

Travelled: March 2023

David -

Seeing the Gray Glacier from the top of surrounding mountains

Travelled: February 2023

Krystyna -

The expected and unexpected things we experienced on Day 4 from Los Perros to Grey Glacier via the John Gardner Pass. The mountains, glaciers, wildlife, and the gift of favorable weather to enjoy it all.

Travelled: March 2023

Ivey -

There were a lot so it's hard to choose. 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 -

No one particular highlight. Landscapes were pretty awesome. We only met our group (six in total, all Canadians) and our great guide and porters. Probably would tell anyone “don’t go”.... The trail and conditions were a surprise. Climbing to the John Gardner pass and finishing the “O” circuit were great moments.

Travelled: March 2021

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Hiking thru Patagonia area with mesmerizing nature. Especially when we were at cliff and can see glaciers .

Travelled: January 2023

Prasad Sudhakar -

The people I met and the experiences I had

Travelled: December 2022

Nick -

Its hard to pick out one thing, but I would have to say watching the sun rise over the towers was amazing a long crazy hike but there was a full moon made it even better.

Travelled: March 2022

Garry -

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: December 2021

Kendra -

Walking over the John Gardner pass and looking down at the glaciers and the southern ice field.

Travelled: December 2022

Nicholas -

Arriving at the John Gardner saddle and seeing the Grey Glacier

Travelled: January 2023

Kim -

Crossing the John Gardner Pass was the most memorable moment for me! We'd had a rainy morning and we actually had a pretty gorgeous snowstorm as we were crossing over the top. I always felt safe with our guide Emilio, but I could barely lift my eyes. I was just following the footsteps right in front of me. Once we passed the tallest part of the trek, we started walking back down, and what lay in front of us was one of the most stunning sights I'd ever seen - a HUGE glacier! That was the most memorable day because it was an intense experience and the visuals still stick in my mind.

Travelled: March 2020

Annie -

Trekking over the pass and seeing Grey Glacier

Travelled: February 2023

Anonymous -

Overall, being able to complete the hike, which was challenging and amazing. But the third day (John Garner pass) was probably the most memorable.

Travelled: December 2022

Carol -

The view of Grey Glacier and the group I hiked with. The whole trail is stunning!

Travelled: December 2022

Helena -

Coming over the John Gardener Pass and seeing the mountains and Grey Glacier on a beautiful sunny day.

Travelled: November 2022

Mandy -

Snow fall at the top of the John Gardner Pass and in the forest on the route down while overlooking the Grey Glacier... then in the night hearing the wind shriek down the valley and hit the side of the tent at Camp Grey. Clear blue skys 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: February 2022

Nick -

Completing the O trek with our fantastic new trekking family!

Travelled: March 2023

Barry -

Everyday there was a new moment that left you wondering how I could get any better.

Travelled: December 2022

Robert -

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

Travelled: March 2022

Anonymous -

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9 Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2023/24 season are as follows and will be confirmed in Chilean Pesos and converted to your local currency on the day of booking.

4+ people: CLP 2,804,450 per person

3 people: CLP 3,061,450 per person

2 people: CLP 3,236,994 per person

2023

2024

Start date Price (pp)
September 2023
13-Sep-2023 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
20-Sep-2023 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
27-Sep-2023 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
October 2023
4-Oct-2023 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
11-Oct-2023 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
18-Oct-2023 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
25-Oct-2023 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
November 2023
1-Nov-2023 $3,513 Limited Availability Enquire
8-Nov-2023 $3,513* Limited Availability Enquire
15-Nov-2023 $3,513 Guaranteed Date Enquire
22-Nov-2023 $3,513* Limited Availability Enquire
29-Nov-2023 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2023
6-Dec-2023 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
13-Dec-2023 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
20-Dec-2023 $3,513* Limited Availability Enquire
27-Dec-2023 $3,513 Guaranteed Date Enquire
January 2024
3-Jan-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
10-Jan-2024 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Jan-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
24-Jan-2024 $3,513 Guaranteed Date Enquire
31-Jan-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
February 2024
7-Feb-2024 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Feb-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
21-Feb-2024 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
28-Feb-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2024
6-Mar-2024 $3,513 Provisional Date Enquire
13-Mar-2024 $3,513* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP2,804,450

Additional Notes

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

Christmas surcharge – Trips on starting on 21st and 28th Dec 2022 will be subject to a surcharge of approximately USD $300 per person.

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

Accommodation upgrade – Subject to availability, not available in peak season. Upgrade to EcoCamp Patagonia on nights 1, 7 and 8 are available; please enquire for more details.

Kayak excursion – The additional kayak excursion costs 97,500 CLP (approx USD $120) 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 2-5 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 Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales to/from EcoCamp Patagonia are private, small group transfers.

Optional transferThe public bus connection to/from El Calafate is included in the trip price – you can upgrade to semi/fully private transfer at an extra cost.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement – For those who would prefer a single tent, there is a supplement of CLP 271,400 (approximately USD $340 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, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Accommodation: 8 nights in various camps (tents provided)
  • Cooking equipment
  • Transfers to/from either Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas
  • 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
  • Transfers to/from El Calafate
  • 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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