Paine Circuit Half and Half

A mix of guided and unguided hiking. You walk the tougher northern section with a guide, heading over the John Garner Pass with the unmatched views of Grey Glacier and the Pingo mountain range that make the full circuit so rewarding. Then your guide leaves you in the evening of day 5 to spend your final 3 nights and days discovering the W trek alone.

A mix of guided and unguided hiking. You walk the tougher northern section with a guide, heading over the John Garner Pass with the unmatched views of Grey Glacier and the Pingo mountain range that make the full circuit so rewarding. Read more...

8 Days
$2,328

Paine Circuit Half and Half - 8 - $2,328

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 Camping Seron, an old Baqueano (Patagonian 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: Camping 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: Camping or 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: Camping 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 metres.

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 metres. 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 or Refugio Grey


Day 5: Hike to Lake Pehoe (Guided)

After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today, you can choose to do an extra activity before your hike to Paine Grande - an ice hike on Grey Glacier. (5 hr activity) .

The it's a hike to Paine Grande. The trail goes along Lake Grey, which has huge blue icebergs floating on its waters. There will be many viewpoints to the glacier and to Paine Grande Mountain along the way.

Your guide will say goodbye and go back to Puerto Natales and you will arrive at Camping Paine Grande on the shores of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Total distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping or Refugio Paine Grande


Day 6: The French Valley (Self-guided)

Today you will discover the stunning French Valley. You will be able to see the French Glacier and its constant avalanches. You will get to an incredible lookout, which offers a panoramic view of the western sector of the French Valley.

After the Valley, the hike continues to Camping Frances.

Total distance: 26.0 kilometers / 16.1 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping or Refugio Frances


Day 7: Lago Nordenskjold (Self-guided)

In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. This lovely trek goes next to Nordenskjold Lake with beautiful views of Almirante Nieto Mountain. After a couple of hours, you will get to Las Torres Refuge, with a wonderful view of the Paine Towers.

Finally, you will arrive at Camping Los Torres, where you will have dinner and sleep.

Total distance: 17 kilometers / 10.6 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping or Refugio Las Torres


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

You will finish the trek with the most famous trail of the park: the base of the Paine Towers. The trail goes up the Asencio Valley along native forests. The last section of the trail is a moraine with loose rocks but worth the reward, the view up there is simply stunning!

Then, there will be a trek back to Las Torres information centre to catch the shuttle back to Laguna Amarga (19:00 hrs) and from there , a bus to Puerto Natales (19:45 hrs). 

Total distance: 19.0 kilometers / 11.8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Transfers: Optional private transportation to Puerto Natales for an extra cost.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The trip price varies by group size as shown below:

Group of 6 - USD $1762 per person

Group of 4 - USD $1891 per person

Group of 2 - USD $ 2328 per person

Additional Notes

Accommodation Options

Upgrade to Refugios on 5 nights (2 nights camping with gear included at campsites Seron & Los Perros) for US$339 per person.


Optional activities:

Ice hike on Grey Glacier (Day 5) USD $190 per person.


Private transfer:

Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip instead of public bus) USD $185 per person (based on two people).

Includes

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 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

Excludes

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

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