The Classic Full Circuit

This route is the fastest, cheapest way to complete the full circuit that takes you to the less travelled northern side of the park, over the John Garner pass with the icecap laid out beneath you and then brings you back along the W trail. Fully supported camping means you only carry a sleeping bag and mat, allowing you to keep the pace up.

7 Days

$2,395

The Classic Full Circuit - 7 - $2,395

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park; trek into the Ascencio Valley to the famous Base of the Torres
  • Seek out sightings of woodpeckers or the fresh tracks of pumas as you traverse through the National Park, in the shadow of the Towers
  • Admire a true showcase of the area's waterfalls, forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, such as the Cerro Cubo, and the magnificent Grey Glacier
  • Trek into the French Valley for an unforgettable view to end the trip with, crossing the Lago Pehoe by boat
  • Stay in a variety of campsites in incredible surroundings dotted along the journey; the camps all have a friendly atmosphere and provide full meals

Please note: this is a slightly shortened version of the Full Circuit, missing the 4-5 hour hike along Lago Nordenskjold.

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on The Classic Full Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales - Base of the Torres

At 8:30 AM we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent opportunities to photograph guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans.

We will begin our trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900m), excellent for picture taking. At this point, we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch, adding to the experience.

After being awed by the towers we'll start our descent, following the same path back to our camp.

Private transfer: 2 hours

Length of hike: 7-8 hours, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Camping Torres


Day 2: Puerto Natales - Seron Campsite

We will begin this day early morning, and weather permitting, to enjoy an impressive view of the Tower's peaks painted with orange light. We will start our walk through a very old tall deciduous beech forest with the chance to see a woodpecker or fresh puma tracks. We follow a well-marked trail, slightly sloping, that will lead us to an excellent viewpoint of Paine Chico Mountain in the distance.

Continuing on further, we arrive at the Seron Campsite, which is situated in the more gentle northeastern part of the National Park. Here, we will set up our camp and then enjoy a good dinner together.

Length of hike: 4-5 hours, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Seron Campsite


Day 3: Paine Lake - Paine River

Today is the most relaxed stretch of our journey, but especially interesting for flower lovers who, depending on the season, will see orchids, calceolarias, violets and oxalis. We will trek around Paine Lake along a flattish path with views of many mountains, including Cerro Escudo (The Shield) and Cerro Cabeza del Indio (Indian Head Mountain - the profile of an Indian is observed in the rocks).

As the hike goes on we will arrive at the beginning of the Paine River, from where we will be able to see the incredible Cerro Cubo (Cube Mountain) and Dickson Lake. We'll spend the night at Camping Dickson, a refugio campsite with pre-erected tents.

Length of hike: 6-7 hours, 18.5km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Camping Dickson


Day 4: Los Perros River - Los Perros Campsite

At this point we will start our adventuring in one of the most beautiful sections of the park, navigating some of the oldest beech forests, along an undulating path, following Los Perros River, with breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls and exuberant vegetation. We will cross a hanging bridge over Los Perros River to arrive at the terminal moraine of the hanging glacier, giving birth to a lagoon with sedimentary waters. Half an hour from this point is Los Perros Campsite where we will stay overnight.

Length of hike: 5 hours, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite


Day 5: Grey Glacier

This is the most difficult day of the whole circuit, but the dramatic beauty of the scenery more than fuels our momentum. We trek up a pronounced path through forests to arrive at a swamp area, which prompts a few hours of exploration. Continuing our ascent, possibly coming across some snow, we eventually reach the John Garner Pass at 1200m above sea level. From here we have an outstanding view of the Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Field, with its many unclimbed peaks.

We will journey alongside the glacier on a vacillating path through fallen trees, which contrasts the exuberance of the Nothofagus forests. We also walk underneath the Cordon Olgun, with its huge thick granite walls. If lucky enough, we can see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before we reach our beach camping location for the night.

Length of hike: 9-10 hours, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Camping Grey


Day 6: Glacier Grey - Pehoe Lake

Today we enjoy a leisurely morning, around the camp or in front of the Glacier Grey watching for some ice calving from the huge glacier wall! We have lunch in the Refugio before we start a hike to the Pehoe Lake.

Length of hike: 3.5 hours, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande


Day 7: French Valley - Puerto Natales

After a nourishing breakfast we begin our trek to the French Valley. We will initially skirt the south-west side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park. This will take us through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the glacier.

As we take in these sights, we will ascend further (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a view point which gifts us with magnificent panoramic views. In this stunning location we'll replenish with lunch. We will then follow the same path back to Pehoe Lake, cross the lake by catamaran and take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales; where we will end the trip.

Transfer duration: 2 hours

Catamaran duration: 35 mins

Length of hike: 6-7 hours, 17km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

From April 2019 - April 2020, the trip prices are as below:

4-8 people - USD $2,395

3 people - USD $2,495

2 people - USD $2,695

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,395

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 6 nights camping
  • Torres del Paine entrance fee
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
  • Porters to carry group camping equipment and food (still need to carry individual sleeping bag, roll matt, clothing etc.)
  • English and Spanish speaking guide (ratio 1:5)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and roll matt
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • 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
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (can be requested at $750 USD for the 5 days, shared between 2 people)

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