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The Classic Full Circuit

This route is the fastest way to complete the full Torres del Paine circuit at great value. Trek through the isolated northern side of the park, over the infamous John Gardner Pass with the ice field beneath you and back along the W Trek for the complete experience. With fully-supported camping you can travel light and keep the pace up on one of the world's most famous trekking routes.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

7 Days




Torres del Paine

The Classic Full Circuit - 7 - $2,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout; Camping at Refugio Las Torres 

Day 2: Trek to Séron; Séron Campsite 

Day 3: Trek to Dickson; Dickson Campsite

Day 4: Trek to Los Perros River; Los Perros Campsite

Day 5: Trek to Grey Glacier; Grey beach camp

Day 6: Free morning or optional activity; Trek to Lake Pehoe; Paine Grande Campsite

Day 7: Trek the French Valley; Puerto Natales

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on The Classic Full Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout; Camping at Refugio Las Torres

At 7.30am 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 where you can spot 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. We will walk 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), the perfect photo stop. 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 at Refugio Las Torres.

Private transfer: 2hrs

Length of hike: 8-10hrs, 21km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Camping at Refugio Las Torres

Day 2: Trek to Séron; Séron Campsite

We will have an early start and, weather permitting, enjoy an impressive view of the Tower's peaks lit up in orange at dawn. We will start our walk through an ancient, tall deciduous beech forest with the chance to see woodpeckers or fresh puma tracks. We follow a well-marked trail on a gradual incline that will lead us to an excellent viewpoint of Paine Chico Mountain in the distance.

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

Length of hike: 4-5hrs, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Séron Campsite

Day 3: Trek to Dickson Lake; Dickson Campsite

Today is the most relaxed stretch of our journey and 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 Dickson Campsite, a refugio campsite with pre-pitched tents.

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 18.5km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Dickson Campsite

Day 4: Trek to 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 lush vegetation.

We will cross a hanging bridge over Los Perros River to arrive at the terminal moraine of a hanging glacier that feeds a crystalline lagoon at its base. Half an hour from this point is Los Perros Campsite where we will stay overnight. Tonight's campsite is the most basic camping on the whole trek.

Length of hike: 5hrs, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite

Day 5: Trek to Grey Glacier; Grey beach camp

This is the most difficult day of the whole circuit, but the dramatic beauty of the scenery is more than enough to keep you going. We’ll begin along a clear trail through forests, then make our way through a swamp-like section before beginning our ascent. As we make our way up, we may come across some snow and eventually reach the John Gardner 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 an undulating path through fallen trees which contrast against the vivid Nothofagus forests. We also walk beneath the huge thick granite walls of the Cordon Olguín. If we're lucky, we may see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before we reach our beach camping location for the night.

Length of hike: 10-11hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Grey beach camp

Day 6: Free morning or optional activity; Trek to Lake Pehoe; Paine Grande Campsite

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.

Optional excursions that you may like to participate in are a 5hr ice hike on Grey Glacier, or a 2.5hr kayak excursion on Lake Grey.

The ice hike on Glacier Grey starts with a safety briefing. Following this you'll take a boat ride, then hike for an hour to safely reach the glacier. From here your guide will check the equipment provided to you - ice axe, crampons, helmet and harness. You must have your own hiking boots with ankle support, gloves and sunglasses - without these you will not be permitted to take this ice hike. The hike on the glacier lasts for 2.5hrs, with the whole trip taking about 5hrs. You must be in very good physical shape for this excursion as the hike to the glacier is challenging.

The 2.5-hour kayaking excursion allows you to paddle around the huge floating icebergs that have calved from the glacial wall. You'll first 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.

Advance booking and payment is required for both of these excursions - please see the 'Additional Notes' section below.

We'll have lunch in the Refugio before we start a hike to the Pehoe Lake and the Paine Grande Campsite.

Length of hike: 3.5hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paine Grande Campsite

Day 7: Trek to the French Valley; Puerto Natales

Today's hike is a return trek, so we'll be able to leave our packs at Refugio Paine Grande and hike lightly. We'll start by skirting 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 in a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint where we get jaw-dropping views of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. In this stunning location we'll stop for lunch.

We will then follow the same path back to Pehoe Lake, pick up our packs, cross the lake by catamaran and take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales; where we will end the trip.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 17km

Catamaran duration: 35mins

Transfer duration: 2hrs

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of The Classic Full Circuit

The Classic Full Circuit trips scored 4.5/5 from 30 reviews

Both Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks were highlights.

Travelled: December 2018

Amil Patel - United Kingdom

Thanks again for a fantastic trip - you were great from start to finish! The itinerary was perfectly customised to my preferences, answers were quick and insightful and service was friendly. I have and will continue to recommend Swoop.

Travelled: November 2015

Daniel -

I always thought hiking could be a bit redundant. This trek changed my mind completely. Every day brought something special and really kept my mind at peace and my heart full.

Travelled: February 2022

Amy Hoffmann - USA

All I can say is O.M.G! If you ever thought hiking was redundant, do this trek! Every day brought something completely different from hiking up to peaks, through the forest, following the valley, along watersides, you name it - it was on this circuit.

Travelled: February 2022

Amy Hoffmann - USA

It was honestly so amazing to be out there without any distractions, doing something I never thought I’d be able to do.

Travelled: February 2022

Amy Hoffmann - USA

Every turn in the trail, every hill you climb is a memorable one. However, coming down the Gardner Pass and seeing the majestic Grey Glacier is impossible to describe.

Travelled: March 2020

Conceição Farias - United States Of America


Classic Full Circuit

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022/23 season are:

4-8 people: USD $2,495 per person

3 people: USD $2,595 per person

2 people: USD $2,895 person


It may be possible to upgrade to refugio accommodation. Please see below and contact us for more details.


Prices are likely to increase by at least 10% for the 2023/24 season. Rates are confirmed by refugios mid-way through the year. Book now and we will not charge you more than this 10% increase. If the price is eventually confirmed as lower than a 10% increase, we will charge you this lower rate.



Start date Price (pp)
February 2023
14-Feb-2023 $2,495* Guaranteed Date Enquire
28-Feb-2023 $2,495 Limited Availability Enquire
March 2023
7-Mar-2023 $2,495* Limited Availability Enquire
21-Mar-2023 $2,495 Guaranteed Date Enquire
October 2023
31-Oct-2023 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
November 2023
7-Nov-2023 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Nov-2023 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
19-Nov-2023 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
28-Nov-2023 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
December 2023
5-Dec-2023 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
12-Dec-2023 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
19-Dec-2023 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Dec-2023 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
January 2024
2-Jan-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
9-Jan-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
16-Jan-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
23-Jan-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
30-Jan-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2024
6-Feb-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
13-Feb-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
20-Feb-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
27-Feb-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2024
5-Mar-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
12-Mar-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire
19-Mar-2024 $2,495* Provisional Date Enquire
26-Mar-2024 $2,495 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,495

Additional Notes

Joining & departure instructions – Please arrive in Puerto Natales on the afternoon before for your trip starts for your group briefing. It is also recommended that you plan to stay in Puerto Natales when you finish your trek. If you would like help booking your pre/post-trek arrangements please just let us know.

Route – This is a slightly shortened version of the Full Circuit, missing the 4-5hr hike along Lago Nordenskjöld.

Upgrade from camping to refugio – There is a possibility to upgrade to a dorm bed in a refugio every night, except at Séron and Perros, but given the extremely high demand currently being experienced, this can only be confirmed at the time of booking. Please ask us about this.

Equipment – All camping equipment is provided, except for sleeping bag and mat which you must bring with you, or rent in Puerto Natales. You will need to carry your own sleeping bag, mat and personal possessions.

Single tent supplement - There is a single tent supplement of USD $295 per person for six nights. Solo travellers who are willing to share a tent with another group member will not be charged a single supplement if another solo traveller, of the same sex, is not available.

Private Porters – These are available for USD $825 for 5 days (Days 2-6) and can carry up to 15kg (usually enough for 2-3 people). They must be booked in advance.

Camping Facilities – Las Torres, Dickson, Grey and Paine Grande Campsites all have shared bathroom facilities and a hot shower (hot water available from 6-9pm). Serón Campsite has shared bathroom facilities and showers. At Los Perros Campsite facilities are limited – only one cold shower.

Optional excursions – On the morning of Day 6 you can choose between a 5hr ice hike on Grey Glacier (USD $200 per person), or a 2.5hr kayak excursion on Lake Grey (USD $115 per person). Both excursions are subject to availability and must be booked and paid for in advance as they are not included in the trip price.

Christmas and New Year trips – The trip starting on the 27th December will incur and extra fee. Please contact us for more information.


  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 6 nights camping
  • 4-season tent (double occupancy tent)
  • Cooking equipment
  • Torres del Paine entrance fee
  • English and Spanish speaking guide (ratio 1:6)
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
  • Porters to carry group camping equipment and food (you still need to carry your sleeping bag, mat, clothing, etc)


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks other than those included in the meals
  • Backpack (day-pack/65ltr minimum size)
  • Sleeping bag and mat (can be hired)
  • Any extra/optional excursions such as ice-hiking and kayaking
  • Porters to carry personal belongings
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list – hiking poles can be hired)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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