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


The Classic Full Circuit - 7 - $2,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park;  trek into the Ascencio Valley to the base of the Torres
  • Hike along the Encantado Valley
  • Follow Rio Paine to Lago Dickson
  • Hike along Rio de Los Perros to the Los Perros Glacier
  • Hike through the Paso John Garner to a view of the South Patagonian Ice Field before walking alongside Glacier Grey
  • Trek along the shoreline of Lago Grey to Lago Pehoe
  • Trek into the French Valley;  cross the Lago Pehoe by boat; private transfer back to Puerto Natales

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

Landmarks visited on The Classic Full Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

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 picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We will start our first day trekking 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 to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we'll start our descent, following the same path back to our camp.

Private transfer: 2 hours

Hike duration: 7-8 hours 18 km

Accommodation: Camping Torres

Meals: Boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 2:

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, to finally arrive at the Seron campsite where we will set up our camp and enjoy a good dinner.

Hike duration: 4-5 hours 9 km

Accommodation: Seron Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 3:

This is the easiest span but especially interesting for flower lovers who, depending on the season, will see orchids, calceolarias, violets and oxalis. We will go 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). Lastly, 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.

Hike duration: 6-7 hours 18.5 km

Accommodation: Camping Dickson

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 4:

At this point we will start one of the most beautiful sections of the park, walking through 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.

Hike duration: 5 hours 9 km

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 5:

This is the most difficult day of the whole circuit, but at the same time has a dramatic beauty worthy of the effort. We will head up on a pronounced path through forests to arrive at a swamp area, keeping us busy for a couple of hours. We will continue ascending, maybe finding some snow, until coming to 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 head off alongside the glacier, on an up and down path through fallen trees, contrasting with the exuberance of the Nothofagus forests, walking underneath the Cordon Olgun with its huge thick granite walls. If lucky enough we will see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before  ending up on a beach of sedimentary sand where we will spend the night.

Hike duration: 9-10 hours 22 km

Accommodation: Camping Grey

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 6:

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

Hike duration: 3.5 hours 11 km

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner 

Day 7:

After a good breakfast we commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the south-west side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, 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. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a view point, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch. We will take the same path back to Pehoe Lake, and then cross the lake by catamaran and take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Hike duration: 6-7 hours 17 km

Catamaran duration: 35 mins

Transfer duration: 2 hours

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of $2295 USD per person is indicative based on a group of 4 to 8 people. Trip can run for a minimum of two people subject to availability of guides. The 2 person price is $2695 USD. We will help to form groups of likeminded travellers

Start date Price (pp)
November 2018
18-Nov-2018 $2,295* Provisional Date
19-Nov-2018 $2,295 Provisional Date
25-Nov-2018 $2,295* Fully Booked
28-Nov-2018 $2,295 Fully Booked
December 2018
9-Dec-2018 $2,295* Provisional Date
12-Dec-2018 $2,295 Limited Availability
20-Dec-2018 $2,295* Guaranteed Date
24-Dec-2018 $2,295 Limited Availability
25-Dec-2018 $2,295* Fully Booked
28-Dec-2018 $2,295 Fully Booked
30-Dec-2018 $2,295* Fully Booked
January 2019
3-Jan-2019 $2,295 Limited Availability
6-Jan-2019 $2,295* Provisional Date
11-Jan-2019 $2,295 Fully Booked
21-Jan-2019 $2,295* Provisional Date
27-Jan-2019 $2,295 Provisional Date
30-Jan-2019 $2,295* Guaranteed Date
February 2019
6-Feb-2019 $2,295 Guaranteed Date
8-Feb-2019 $2,295* Provisional Date
10-Feb-2019 $2,295 Guaranteed Date
13-Feb-2019 $2,295* Limited Availability
16-Feb-2019 $2,295 Fully Booked
17-Feb-2019 $2,295* Limited Availability
March 2019
3-Mar-2019 $2,295 Guaranteed Date
10-Mar-2019 $2,295* Provisional Date
17-Mar-2019 $2,295 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,295


  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 nights camping
  • Porters to carry group camping equipment and food (still need to carry sleeping bag, roll matt, clothing etc.)
  • Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
  • All meals included as detailed in itinerary 
  • English & Spanish speaking guide (ratio 1:5)


  • Any additional nights accommodation
  • Medical / personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities for the guide
  • Sleeping bag and roll matt 
  • Dinner on day 7
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (can be requested at $750 USD for the 5 days, shared between 2 people)

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