The Classic Full Circuit

This route is the fastest, cheapest way to complete the full circuit. You trek through the isolated northern side of the park, over the John Garner pass with the ice cap beneath you and back along the W Trek. With fully supported camping you can travel light and keep the pace up. This route is the fastest, cheapest way to complete the full circuit. You trek through the isolated northern side of the park, over the John Garner pass with the ice cap beneath you and back along the W Trek. With fully supported camping you can travel light and keep the pace up.
7 Days
$2,295

The Classic Full Circuit - 7 - $2,295

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.

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 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: 10-11hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Grey beach camp


Day 6: 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.

Options include a 5hr ice hike on Grey Glacier (USD $175 per person), or a 2.5 hour kayak excursion on Lake Grey (USD $100 per person). You must book your optional excursion in advance so do get in touch to reserve.

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

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

Amil Patel United Kingdom December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Classic Full Circuit

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $2295 per person is based on a group of 4-8 people


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

4-8 people: USD $2,295 per person

3 people: USD $2,395 per person

2 people: USD $2,695 person

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

(Prices valid until April 2022)

2021

2022

Start date Price (pp)
October 2021
15-Oct-2021 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
24-Oct-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
November 2021
1-Nov-2021 $2,295* Limited Availability Enquire
12-Nov-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Nov-2021 $2,295* Guaranteed Date Enquire
22-Nov-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2021
1-Dec-2021 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
10-Dec-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
13-Dec-2021 $2,295* Guaranteed Date Enquire
20-Dec-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
24-Dec-2021 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
25-Dec-2021 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
30-Dec-2021 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
January 2022
8-Jan-2022 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Jan-2022 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
26-Jan-2022 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2022
4-Feb-2022 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
13-Feb-2022 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
22-Feb-2022 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2022
4-Mar-2022 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Mar-2022 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
24-Mar-2022 $2,295 - Enquire

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

Additional Notes

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

Upgrade from Camping to Refugio – Day 1: Upgrade to Refugio Torre Central, comfortable mountain lodge with 6 beds per room (bunk beds) for USD $95 per bed, per night. Days 3, 5 & 6: Upgrade to Refugio Dickson, Grey and Paine Grande, comfortable mountain lodges with 6 beds per room (bunk beds) for USD $35 per bed, per night.

Private Porters – These are available for USD $750 for 5 days (Days 2-6) and can carry up to 15kg (usually enough for 2-3 people). The 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.

Includes

  • 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)

Excludes

  • 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 for USD $6 per item, per night)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Porters to carry personal belongings
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list – hiking poles can be hired for USD $6 per pair, per day)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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