Paine Circuit Half and Half

A mix of guided and unguided hiking. You walk the well-marked W Trek unaided, meet your guide for the tougher northern section on Day 4 and head on to the John Garner Pass with the unmatched views of Grey Glacier and the Pingo mountain range that make the full circuit so rewarding.

A mix of guided and unguided hiking. You walk the well-marked W Trek unaided, meet your guide for the tougher northern section on Day 4 and head on to the John Garner Pass with the unmatched views of Grey Glacier and the Pingo mountain range that make the full circuit so rewarding.

8 Days


Paine Circuit Half and Half - 8 - $1,965

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike the remote northern section of the O Circuit with a guide
  • Continue on the W section on the trail without a guide
  • Marvel at the mighty Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier and hanging French Glacier
  • Camp under the stars with tents and meals provided

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Paine Circuit Half and Half

Operator's Itinerary

NOTE: The trek will be guided for the first portion of the trek where you head into the remote northern side of the Park and then you will be left to hike the frontside W trail independently.

Day 1: Hike along the Paine River (Guided)

Early in the morning you will depart on a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The trip to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga is approximately two hours.

After arriving and registering yourself in the park, you will begin a four-hour hike along a fairly flat trail. As you wind along Paine River, you will admire the deep=blue waters of Laguna Azul and the picturesque view of Encantado Valley – a valley surrounded by rock formations created by centuries of wind.

You'll enjoy vast views of the land stretching out before you when you reach Dome & Camping Seron, an old Baqueano (Patagonia cowboy) post.

The day will then end with dinner, before falling asleep under the starry skies.

Total distance: 13 kilometers / 8.1 miles

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Seron

Day 2: Enjoy Glacier Dickson and Lake Paine (Guided)

Today’s seven-hour hike will begin with a steady walk up a hill and past a small lagoon, where you will reach a lookout with an incredible view of Lake Paine. As you descend the hill, you'll be surrounded on all sides by breathtaking views, seeing the mountains that separate Chile and Argentina, as well as those located on the northern side of the park’s Paine Massif.

As you continue to hike, you will cross a marsh on boardwalks that park rangers have created. After traversing the marsh, you will begin crossing ancient moraine valleys, witnessing the imposing glacier tongue of the Southern Ice Field. Continue on to Camping Dickson where you will spend the evening.

Total distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Dickson

Day 3: Trek through ancient forest (Guided)

After breakfast you will begin hiking! Today the trek is approximately four hours long and it will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues (both of which grew shortly after the glaciers receded).

At the end of the day you will reach a moraine at the foot of Glacier Los Perros, where you will set up camp.

Total distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Campamento Los Perros

Day 4: Cross the John Gardener Pass (Guided)

You will wake up and have breakfast in a beautiful forest. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters.

The trail is very moist and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail. After an hour and fifteen minutes, you will reach the end of the forest and you will finally begin trekking up rockslides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking, you will reach smaller patches of trees all the while gaining a bit of elevation. From this part of the trail, you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and – finally – the John Gardner Pass.

From here, you will begin climbing until you reach 1,200 meters. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and Patagonia’s Southern Ice Field. After catching this breath-taking view, you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Campamento Paso for a short rest.

From here you will continue hiking for four more hours along an undulating trail with views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. Before reaching Campamento Grey you will cross several of the parks famous suspension bridges, ultimately bringing you to some close-up views of Glacier Grey. Once you reach Grey you will have time to shower and rest before enjoying a nice hot meal in the Refugio.

Total distance: 22 kilometers / 13.7 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Grey

Day 5: Hike to Lake Pehoe (Self-guided)

After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Your guide will be leaving you early today to catch the first bus back to Puerto Natales. Today you will have a four-hour hike along Lake Grey and then through a small forest. Most days this section of the park is very windy due to the openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field.

In the afternoon you will arrive to Camping Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Total distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande

Day 6: Enter the French Valley (Self-guided)

This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energizing mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along the border of Lake Skottsberg, you will admire the tremendous peaks towering in front of you – Los Cuernos!

After about 2.5 hours, you will arrive to Campamento Italiano where you can rest for a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction — of Lake Nordenskjold, Los Cuernos, and the French Glacier — are absolutely stunning. In the back of the valley you can see various peaks.

After soaking up the view, you will hike back down to Campamento Italiano to continue alongside rolling hills as you follow the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold. You will continue on for another two hours until you reach your camp, located on the lake. After a relaxing afternoon and a filling dinner, you will go to bed for a deserving night’s sleep.

Total distance: 17.3 kilometers / 10.7 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Cuernos

Day 7: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold (Self-guided)

In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. You will leave the monstrous Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos and walk for four hours towards Refugio & Camping Chileno, located in the Ascencio Valley.

Along the way you will pass by Lake Nordenskjold and begin your hike up Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you.

Finally, you will arrive to Camp Chileno where you will have dinner and sleep.

Total distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno

Day 8: Visit the famous towers (Self-guided)

This morning you will continue your walk up Almirante Nieto, first hiking about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres.

After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Chileno to pick up your belongings and hike to the foot of Almirante Nieto where you will first catch a shuttle to the park entrance and then catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.

Total distance: 15.5 kilometers / 9.6 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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

Groups of 6+ - 1,210,000 CLP per person

Groups of 4 - 1,280,000 CLP per person

Groups of 2 - 1,565,000 CLP per person

Start date Price (pp)
March 2020
4-Mar-2020 $1,965* Limited Availability
18-Mar-2020 $1,965 Provisional Date
25-Mar-2020 $1,965* Provisional Date
April 2020
1-Apr-2020 $1,965 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP1,565,000


  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation: 7 nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Tent & sleeping mat
  • 4.5 guided days of hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
  • 1 porter for 5 days of hiking (carry food, cooking gear and camping gear)
  • Trip briefing with guide day before trip starts (18:00)
  • All ground transportation to/from the Park to Puerto Natales
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park


  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales before/after the trek
  • Tips for guide/porters
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights 

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