9 Day Torres del Paine circuit

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

The only full circuit route where porters carry the camping gear, leaving you to take the John Gardner pass and the park's wilder northern sections with just a day pack. Read more...

9 Days

$3,048

9 Day Torres del Paine circuit - 9 - $3,048

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek to Dickson Lake, taking in stunning views of the Dickson Glacier
  • Go over the John Gardner Pass for some of the most spectacular views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field
  • Hike through beech forests into the French Valley for heart-stopping views of hanging glaciers and into the Ascencio Valley to get closer to the mighty granite Towers
  • Choose to add on kayaking around Grey Glacier and see the glacier up-close as you navigate around huge floating icebergs
  • Witness mesmerising sunsets, snow-capped peaks and turquoise waters from your campsites throughout

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 El Calafate or Puerto Natales.

En route, you make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is very scenic and atmospheric. Look out for wildlife as you travel through wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at Torre Central Camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm 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: Las Torres Camping (Option to upgrade to comfy dome 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 hrs, 29 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Dickson Camping


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 a calm evening.

Length of hike: 5 hrs, 9 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Los Perros Camping


Day 4: John Gardner Pass

This day marks your ascent to the highest point of the circuit as you'll reach altitudes of around 1300 metres (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 hrs, 22 km

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 levels out as you descend through a shallow dry valley headed towards the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, where you will set up camp and stay 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). Please let us know in advance if you would like to book.

Length of hike: 5 hrs, 11 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paine Grande Camping


Day 6: French Valley

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, at the foot of the southeastern 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.

The trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest entil you reach your campsite for the night.

N.B. An optional trek up to Mirador Britanico is also available.

Walking Time: 8 hrs, 25 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: French Camping (Cuernos Camping in April)


Day 7: Nordenskjold Lake

Today's trek along the Cuernos trail will take you along the edge of the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. Today's walk is less strenuous yet richer in the diversity of terrain that we will cover. 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 Las Torres Campsite. Here, you can look forward to a hearty meal and prepare for tomorrow's challenge.

Walking Time: 7 hrs, 16 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Las Torres Camping (Option to upgrade to comfy dome 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 into the Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers feature during this scenic walk.

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 the Ascencio Valley and return to the same campsite for a well-deserved dinner.

Length of hike: 10 hrs, 21 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Las Torres Camping (Option to upgrade to comfy dome 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 an evening flight to Santiago. Or, alternatively, board an early morning vehicle to the border to continue your journey to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think

As we were nearing the end of the Base of the Towers hike, I wasn't sure my legs were going to let me finish. I then looked up and saw a condor soaring above. It was awe-inspiring to see this majestic creature against such an incredible backdrop. It was as if the condor was there to encourage me on, my energy spiked and my body was ready to continue. What a magical experience!

Chris Houck United States Of America December 2019

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip departs every Wednesday from 04-Jan-2021 to 27-Apr-2021

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

4+ people - 2,160,600 CLP per person

3 people - 2,597,400 CLP per person

2 people - 2,378,400 CLP per person

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

Additional Notes

  • Upgrades (subject to availability, not available in peak season) to geodesic domes on nights 1,7 and 8 are available; please enquire for more details
  • The additional kayak excursion costs 75,900 CLP per person (price includes hire of all equipment including neoprene suit, life jacket and waterproof jacket, gloves and boots)
  • Maximum group size of 12 with a 1:6 guide to group member ratio
  • During the trek, your belongings will be carried in three portions. One portion you carry yourself in your daypack - this will be comprised of your lunch, water, camera, sun cream, etc. and the clothing you will layer on and off as the weather and terrain change during the day. The second portion is your sleeping bag and roll mat (you need to bring these with you to Torres del Paine) which will be carried for you throughout the trip. The third portion is a change of clean clothes and items you will need at night in the campsites - they will be carried for you in dry bags as follows: on day 1 you will be provided with two small 15-litre duffel bags and in the first bag you will put clothes needed for night 2 (Dickson), day 3 (Los Perros), day 4 (Grey) and the morning of day 5 (Pehoe). Upon arrival at Pehoe, you will be given the second bag in which you can put clothes and any items needed for night 5 (Pehoe) and day 6 (Cuernos), before returning to Torre Central Camping on day 7 where the rest of your luggage will be waiting for you. You are allowed to pack up to 4 kgs (9 lbs) in each duffel bag.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

  • For those who would prefer a single tent, there is a supplement of 200,000 CLP per person.
  • 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 authorizes 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)
  • Torres del Paine entrance fee
  • 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 dome 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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