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 ice cap 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.

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 ice cap laid out beneath you and then brings you back along the W trail. Read more...

7 Days

$2,695

The Classic Full Circuit - 7 - $2,695

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales - Base of the Torres

At 7.30 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 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.

Private transfer: 2 hours

Length of hike: 8-10 hours, 21 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Camping Torres


Day 2: Torres Campsite - Seron 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: 4-5 hours, 9 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Serón Campsite


Day 3: Paine Lake - Paine River

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 Camping Dickson, a refugio campsite with pre-erected tents.

Length of hike: 6-7 hours, 18.5 km

Meals: Breakfast, box 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 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.

Length of hike: 5 hours, 9 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite (the only campsite on the Circuit without hot showers and standard bathroom facilities such as flushing toilets)


Day 5: Grey Glacier

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 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 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: 10-11 hours, 22 km

Meals: Breakfast, box 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!

You may wish to do an optional ice hike on Glacier Grey or kayak on Grey Lake*, paddling around icebergs and in front of the glacier.

We have lunch in the Refugio before we start a hike to the Pehoe Lake.

*The ice hike and kayaking expedition are at an additional fee and must be booked in advance. Please enquire for more details.

Length of hike: 3.5 hours, 11 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande


Day 7: French Valley - Puerto Natales

Today's hike is a return trek, so we will be able to leave our packs at Refugio Paine Grande and hike lightly. We will 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.

Transfer duration: 2 hours

Catamaran duration: 35 mins

Length of hike: 7-8 hours, 17 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think

When you are camping in isolated places, you don’t always expect to be fed fresh avocado on homemade bread or be handed a heaping bowl of piping hot lentil stew. I will talk about this trip for the rest of my life.

Katherine Fink United States Of America December 2017

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The varying landscapes of the O circuit was breathtaking - mountains, rivers, forests, glacier lakes, valleys, and meadows. We didn't realize how different every hike would be. Highlights were John Gardner Pass, absolutely beautiful campsite Dickson, wonderful dinners (especially at Seron) and company, kayaking to Grey Glacier, and the unexpected detour trek to Los Cuernos and back to Perros to complete the O loop.

Julie Koo United States Of America January 2017

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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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The camps were wonderful and the logistics were great. We didn't have to think about anything and everything was tremendously well planned and organized.

Erin Wentzell United States Of America December 2017

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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.

Daniel November 2015

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

Amil Patel United Kingdom December 2018

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Up to April 2021, the trip prices are as below:

4-8 people - USD $2,295 per person

3 people - USD $2,395 per person

2 people - USD $2,695 person

Start date Price (pp)
January 2021
30-Jan-2021 $2,695* Provisional Date
February 2021
8-Feb-2021 $2,695 Provisional Date
16-Feb-2021 $2,695* Provisional Date
24-Feb-2021 $2,695 Provisional Date
March 2021
5-Mar-2021 $2,695* Provisional Date
14-Mar-2021 $2,695 Provisional Date
23-Mar-2021 $2,695* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,695

Additional Notes

Upgrades

On some days, alternatives to camping are available subject to availability.

  • Day 1: upgrade to Refugio Torre Central - comfortable mountain lodge, with 6 beds per room (bunk beds) $95 USD per bed, per night
  • Days 3, 5 & 6: upgrade to Refugio Dickson, Grey, & Paine Grande - comfortable mountain lodges, with 6 beds per room (bunk beds) $35 USD per bed, per night
  • Day 6: 5-hour Ice Hike on Grey Glacier $160 USD per person OR 2.5-hour Kayak Excursion on Grey Lake $100 USD per person


Camping facilities

  • Camping Torres - shared bathroom facilities and hot shower (hot water available from 6 pm to 9 pm)
  • Camping Serón - shared bathroom facilities and showers
  • Camping Dickson - shared bathroom facilities and hot shower (hot water available from 6 pm to 9 pm)
  • Camping Los Perros - facilities are limited, only one cold shower
  • Camping Grey - shared bathroom facilities and hot shower (hot water available from 6 pm to 9 pm)
  • Camping Paine Grande - shared bathroom facilities and hot shower (hot water available from 6 pm to 9 pm)

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 6 nights camping
  • 4 Season tent (double occupancy tent)
  • 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 1:6)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and roll mat (can be hired for $6 USD per item, per night)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details - hiking poles can be hired for $6 USD per pair, per day)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (private porters are available for $750 USD for 5 days (day 2 - 6), can carry up to 15 kg (usually enough for 2 - 3 people) and must be booked in advance)
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks other than those included in the meals

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