9 Day Torres del Paine circuit

The only full circuit route where porters carry the camping gear, leaving you to take the John Garner pass and the park's wilder northern sections with just a day pack. We recommend an upgrade to yurt accommodation on certain nights to add a bit of extra comfort.

9 Days

$3,286

9 Day Torres del Paine circuit - 9 - $3,286

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Be welcomed to the region's culture and history exploring Puerto Natales and the Cueva de Milodon cave
  • Trek to Dickson Lake, uncovering stunning views of the Dickson Glacier and Southern Patagonian Ice Field
  • Hike into the Ascenio Valley with views of dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers along the scenic walk
  • Optional kayaking around Grey Glacier; seeing the glacier up-close as you navigate around huge floating icebergs
  • Witness mesmerising sunsets and surroundings of snow-capped peaks and turquoise waters throughout different camps

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on 9 Day Torres del Paine circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to your accommodation. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate. En route you make a couple of stops - first in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you'll enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at your yurt camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Las Torres (Option to upgrade to comfy yurt camp)


Day 2: EcoCamp to Camp Dickson

The day will start at EcoCamp as you prepare for your hike to Dickson Lake. The trail will lead you northwards along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. You will stop at a natural lookout point which will give you a stunning panoramic view of the Lago Paine below, before you descend and continue west across open grasslands towards Refugio Dickson.

Your campsite will be situated in the Dickson Valley, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and the crystalline waters of Lake Dickson. The stunning Dickson Glacier and parts of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field can be spotted in the distance from the campsite, where you will spend the night and can look forward to a hot dinner and shower.

Length of hike: 11 hours; Distance: 18 miles / 29km; Max. Altitude: 984 feet / 300m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp Dickson


Day 3: Camp Dickson to Camp Perros

You will continue your trail along the Los Perros river in what will be the wildest and most remote grounds that you will cover on the trek. You will pass under the Los Perros Glacier, which merges into a small lake, and cross a virgin beech forest before reaching the beautiful Laguna Los Perros. Here, we will set up camp at Camping Los Perros and enjoy the tranquil evening.

Length of hike: 5 hours; Distance: 5 miles / 9km; Max. Altitude: 1640 feet / 500m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in Los Perros


Day 4: John Garner Pass

This day marks your ascent to the highest point of the circuit as you'll reach altitudes of around 1300 mts (4000 ft) from which you will be able to feast your eyes on an awe-inspiring view of Grey glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice with towers in the valley. The John Gardner pass is one of the most famous sectors of Torres del Paine and a must-do for any serious trekker. You'll then continue south along forested slopes with beautiful views of the enormous Grey Glacier (more than 28 km in length) before spending the night camping at Grey Campground on the shores of Lake Grey.

Length of hike: 12 hours; Distance: 14 miles / 22km; Max. Altitude: 3937 feet / 1200m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Grey Camping


Day 5: Camp Grey to Pehoe Lake

During the morning, you will take some time to rest, replenish and revel in Lake Grey's surroundings before making your way along the eastern side of Lake Grey through clearings of gorgeous Calafate bushes. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters, is a true wonder to behold. The trail after this point becomes flatter as you descend through a shallow dry valley headed towards the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, where you will set-up camp and rest for the night.

*Optional kayaking around Glacier Grey:

This excursion starts at 09:00 and lasts 2.5 hours. You will discover the amazing glacier and kayak around huge floating icebergs, towards the east side of the glacier to get closer to the giant ice wall.

Min. age is 15 years old. Max. age is 65 years old. (Please note: kayaking is only available from November until March 19th)

Length of hike: 5 hours; Distance: 7 miles / 11km ; Max. Altitude: 1312 feet / 400m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paine Grande Camp


Day 6: Valle Frances

After breakfast at Lake Pehoe, you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.

You will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Camp Frances. N.B. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

Walking Time: 8 hours; Distance: 15 miles / 25km; Max. Altitude: 2250 feet / 686m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in Frances area


Day 7: Nordenskjold Lake

Once you have finished breakfast, you will begin your day's trek, through the Cuernos trail, which will take you along the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. Today's walk is less strenuous yet richer in the diversity of terrain that we will cover. Thus, it will be the perfect opportunity to take in the park's charming flora and fauna, and learn more about the vast variety of species along the way. You will stop for a picnic lunch and rest in the stunning surroundings, before continuing on to your yurt camp (optional). Here, you can look forward to a hearty meal and prepare for tomorrow's challenge.

Walking Time: 7 hours; Distance: 10miles / 16km; Max. Altitude: 800 feet / 244m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Las Torres (Option to upgrade to comfy yurt camp)


Day 8: The Mighty Torres del Paine

The goal of your penultimate day of the Paine Circuit will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! You will walk from the campsite towards Hosteria Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the Towers - three gigantic granite monoliths; the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, you backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to the yurt camp (optional) for a well-deserved dinner.

Length of hike: 10 hours ; Distance: 13 miles / 21km ; Max Altitude: 3000 feet / 914m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Las Torres (Option to upgrade to comfy yurt camp)


Day 9: Adios Torres del Paine!

You will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4+ people - 2,160,600 CLP per person

3 people - 2,487,900 CLP per person

2 people - 2,597,400 CLP per person

Start date Price (pp)
November 2019
6-Nov-2019 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
13-Nov-2019 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
20-Nov-2019 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
27-Nov-2019 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
December 2019
4-Dec-2019 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
11-Dec-2019 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
18-Dec-2019 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
25-Dec-2019 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
January 2020
1-Jan-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
8-Jan-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
15-Jan-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
22-Jan-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
29-Jan-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
February 2020
5-Feb-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
12-Feb-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
19-Feb-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
26-Feb-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
March 2020
4-Mar-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
11-Mar-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date
18-Mar-2020 $3,286 Guaranteed Date
25-Mar-2020 $3,286* Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP2,160,600

Additional Notes

  • This trip departs every Wednesday throughout the season from November 2019 to March 2020
  • Upgrades (subject to availability, not available in peak season) to yurts on nights 1,7 and 8 are available; please enquire for more details
  • The additional kayak excursion costs 69,300 CLP per person (price includes hire of all equipment including neoprene suit, life jacket and waterproof jacket, gloves and boots)

Includes

  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Accommodation: 8 nights in various camps (tents provided)
  • Torres del Paine and Cueva del Milodon entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Bus transport between Calafate and Puerto Natales if starting/ finishing in Calafate
  • Porter service throughout (you will only need to carry your day pack)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and roll mat
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Nights at luxury camp (please enquire for more details)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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