Paine and Dientes Circuit

Combine the iconic Full Circuit in Torres del Paine with the wild and remote Dientes de Navarino trek on Isla Navarino. A challenging two-week trekking adventure for the hardy and experienced hiker.

14 Days

$4,815

Paine and Dientes Circuit - 14 - $4,815

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Combine the iconic Full O Circuit in Torres del Paine and the southernmost trek in the world - the Dientes de Navarino 

Discover a rich variety of south Patagonian landscapes

Flights to and from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams included 

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Paine and Dientes Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

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 - Hike to Seron:

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 - Seron to Dickson Lake

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 - Los Perros:

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 - John Garner Pass:

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 - Glacier Grey to Lake Pehoe:

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 - French Valley:

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

Accommodation: Hotel Vendeval

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch


Day 8 - Transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas:

In the morning, you will take the public bus from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas. From the bus station, walk the 200 yards to your accommodation in Punta Arenas. 

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Punta Arenas, catch up on laundry or visit the local museum. In the evening, your guide will visit your accommodation and run through the programme for the following days and and ensure you have all the necessary equipment and clothing. 

Accommodation: Apart Hotel Quillango 

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 - Fly over the Darwin range:

Drive to the airport of Punta Arenas for your flight with a twin-engined Twin Otter to Puerto Williams. You fly over the Strait of Magellan until the gigantic Darwin range emerges in front of you with its countless glaciers and steep rock faces, most of them never touched by human beings. An unforgettable flight as introduction for this hiking adventure waiting for you.

In Puerto Williams, make the last preparations for the 5-day-hike and start walking. You cross dense forests of southern beech and wetlands. From time to time, look back and enjoy the view over the Beagle channel. You set up camp on the shore of the Laguna Salto.

Length of hike: 4-5 hours, 12km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Salto

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner


Day 10 - Climb to Paso Australis:

After a steep uphill climb from Laguna Salto to Paso Primero you reach a mountainous area with year round snow. Cross Paso Australis, with its 805m the highest point of today, and Paso de los Dientes. If the weather is good, you can see the archipelago of which the famous Cape Horn, the most southern point of South America, is part.

Length of hike: 3-4 hours, 9km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Escondida

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner


Day 11 - Discover the hidden Isla Navarino:

Today you walk through one of the most untouched parts of Isla Navarino. Only very few people explore this savage landscape. From Paso Ventarron (696 m) we can see that there are many more mountains hidden behind the Dientes de Navarino waiting to be discovered. This is the perfect day to enjoy the loneliness of this place and its pristine nature.

Length of hike: 3-4 hours, 8km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Martillo

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner


Day 12 - Views of the Beagle Channel:

Today you climb once again. The ascent to Paso Virgina brings you to the highest point of the whole hike, up to 859 m. From up here you can already see the place of your next campsite on the shore of Los Guanacos lagoon. Take your time for the steep downhill descent. From your campsite you have a spectacular view over the Beagle channel.

Length of hike: 3-5 hours, 10.5km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Los Guanacos

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner


Day 13 - Explore Puerto Williams:

On the last day of the circuit you will make your way back to Puerto Williams crossing densely wooded areas and enjoying once again an amazing view of the Beagle Channel. In Puerto Williams you have some free time to get to know the most southern town of the world and to learn more about the original inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego. Farewell dinner in Puerto Williams.

Length of hike: 2-3 hours, 4km and 10km road

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner


Day 14 - Fly to Punta Arenas:

It is time to say goodbye to Isla Navarino. Fly back to Punta Arenas, and enjoy the spectacular views of the Darwin Range for the last time. Transfer back to the center of Punta Arenas to continue your onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices are $4815 per person based on 4-8 people, $5015 for 3 people and $5215 for 2 people

Start date Price (pp)
October 2018
28-Oct-2018 $4,815* Provisional Date
November 2018
4-Nov-2018 $4,815 Provisional Date
11-Nov-2018 $4,815* Provisional Date
18-Nov-2018 $4,815 Provisional Date
25-Nov-2018 $4,815* Provisional Date
December 2018
9-Dec-2018 $4,815 Provisional Date
30-Dec-2018 $4,815* Provisional Date
January 2019
6-Jan-2019 $4,815 Provisional Date
27-Jan-2019 $4,815* Provisional Date
February 2019
10-Feb-2019 $4,815 Provisional Date
17-Feb-2019 $4,815* Provisional Date
March 2019
3-Mar-2019 $4,815 Provisional Date
10-Mar-2019 $4,815* Provisional Date
17-Mar-2019 $4,815 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $4,815

Includes

  • Expert local guide and porters to carry your tent, cooking equipment and food
  • Round trip flights to Puerto Williams
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tents 
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park

Excludes

  • Sleeping bag and roll mat (these can be rented upon request)
  • Gratuities for guides and porters
  • Dinner on Day 7 and 8, lunch on Day 8
  • Travel Insurance

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