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 - experience the force of the wind ascending the 1200m John Garner pass and navigate the dense mud reaching the 850m Paso Virginia. 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 - experience the force of the wind ascending the 1200m John Garner pass and navigate the dense mud reaching the 850m Paso Virginia.

14 Days

$4,815

Paine and Dientes Circuit - 14 - $4,815

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

At 0830 you'll be picked up from your lodging in Puerto Natales. The transfer takes you along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, you will have excellent opportunities to photograph guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans.

You will start the 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.

You'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, you 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 you'll start the descent, following the same path back to your camp for the evening.

Private transfer: 2 hours

Hike duration: 7-8 hours 18 km

Accommodation: Camping Torres

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner 


Day 2: Hike to Seron

You will begin this day early morning, and weather permitting, to enjoy an impressive view of the Tower's peaks painted with orange light. You will start your walk through a very old tall deciduous beech forest with the chance to see woodpeckers and fresh puma tracks.

Follow a well-marked trail, slightly sloping, that will lead you to an excellent viewpoint of Paine Chico Mountain in the distance, to finally arrive at the Seron campsite where you will set up your camp and enjoy a good dinner.

Hike duration: 4-5 hours 9 km

Accommodation: Seron Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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. You 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, you will arrive at the beginning of the Paine River, from where you 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, picnic lunch, dinner 


Day 4: Los Perros

At this point you 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. You 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 you will stay overnight.

Hike duration: 5 hours 9 km

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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. You will spend a few hours walking through a pronounced path of forests to arrive at a swamp area.

You will then continue ascending, perhaps coming across some snow, until reaching the John Garner pass at 1200m above sea level. From here you have an outstanding view of the Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Field, with its many unclimbed peaks.

You 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 you will see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before getting to a beach of sedimentary sand where you will camp for the night.

Hike duration: 9-10 hours 22 km

Accommodation: Camping Grey

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 


Day 6: Glacier Grey to Lake Pehoe

Today a leisurely morning is ahead of you, soak in the scenery close to the camp or head towards the Glacier Grey to see the ice calving from the huge glacier wall! You'll have lunch in the Refugio before starting a hike to the Pehoe Lake.

Hike duration: 3.5 hours 11 km

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 


Day 7: French Valley

After a good breakfast you'll commence the out and back trek to the French valley. Begin by navigating 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 you will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a view point which presents magnificent panoramic views. In this enchanted setting you can enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, you 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, picnic 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. Set up your camp on the shore of the Laguna Salto.

Length of hike: 4-5 hours, 12km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Salto

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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, picnic 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) you 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 isolation of this place and its pristine nature.

Length of hike: 3-4 hours, 8km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Martillo

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner


Day 12: Views of the Beagle Channel

Today you climb once again. The ascent to Paso Virginia at 859m is particularly challenging and involves trekking through muddy lenga forests. At the summit, you will be able to see the location of your night's campsite on the shore of Los Guanacos lagoon. Your descent to get there will require great concentration and good time, as it is very steep.

Relishing in the sense of accomplishment post-challenge, enjoy a spectacular view over the Beagle Channel as you tuck into dinner at your campsite.

Length of hike: 3-5 hours, 10.5km

Accommodation: Camping, Laguna Los Guanacos

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Puerto Williams.

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

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, picnic 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 USD $4815 per person based on 4-8 people. 

Prices are higher for smaller groups. Please enquire for more details.

Includes

  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights hotel, 8 nights camping, 1 night refugio
  • Excursions as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Expert guide
  • Tents
  • Porters
  • Round trip flights to Puerto Williams
  • Hiking guide

Excludes

  • Sleeping bag and roll mat (these can be rented upon request)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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