Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Hike through Ascencio Valley to the Torres look-out
- Cycle through Laguna Azul, Lago Paine and Lago Dickson
- Trek the Sendero al Glaciar Dickson to Laguna Quemada
- Hike along the Rio de Los Perros to its glacial source
- Climb through the Paso John Garner and descend towards Glacier Grey
- Admire the glacier close-up on a boat trip across Lago Grey
Landmarks visited on Multi-Activity Full Circuit of Paine
You will be greeted in the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. You will be taken to your accommodation and your guide will meet you for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions.
You will begin the journey by first visiting the famed Torres. You will leave early in the morning from Puerto Natales and begin hiking up Almirante Nieto Mountain. You will slowly but steadily hike up admiring the gorgeous views of Lago Nordenskjold and the amazing Valley Asencio. Finally you will reach a dense Lenga forest, and hike about one hour through it. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After many pictures, a cup of tea and some time relaxing in front of the imposing peaks you will hike back down the moraine and return to Las Torres to sleep.
We begin the day on a dirt road leaving Las Torres riding from here past administration and around to a beautiful section of Torres del Paine perfect for short day hikes. You will be able to admire the typical Chilean pampas and also see how badly a fire in 2005 affected the area. We will ride by guanacos and hopefully see condors and nandus! In the evening we will arrive at our campsite in Laguna Azul and have dinner.
Today we start out on a single track from the camping site in Laguna Azul, on the east side of Torres del Paine. This is the same trail that Lady Florence Dixie mentions in her book, Across Patagonia. The trail is 33 km long; along the way we will cross numerous streams and creeks sometimes riding through them and others portering the bikes across. You will see the famous Torres distinctly from many other tourists and enjoy the rolling hills along the track. You will finish the day at Refugio Dickson near the remote and beautiful Glacier Dickson.
Today you will leave your bikes for a bit of exploration on foot. Your trekking gear will have been brought to the Refugio by porters and you will start out early so that you will be able to see a unique view of Glacier Dickson and finally arrive at Laguna Quemada for lunch. If the weather is good and we are hiking at a good pace, we may even be able to continue to the international police post located on an old baqueano trail. The police located at this solitary post will most likely invite us in for a chat and later in the afternoon we will return Refugio Dickson.
After a nice breakfast, you and your guide will begin hiking! Today the trek is about four hours and will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues that grew shortly after the glaciers receded. You will see medial moraines that mark the valley and finally reach the terminal moraine at the foot of Perros Glacier. Here we will set up camp, have dinner and relax.
You will wake 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 also. After an hour and fifteen minutes you will reach the end of the forest and will finally begin trekking up rock slides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and finally the John Gardner Pass. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and the Pingo and Zapata Mountain Range. After enjoying the breath-taking view you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Camp Paso for a short rest before continuing on four more hours. As you are hiking you, with your guide, will come to two ravines. These ravines can be safely crossed by using the metal ladders that the park rangers have installed. After crossing the ravines you will continue on just a bit more until arriving at Camp Guardas, one hour from Camping Grey, where we will have a nice nights rest.
After crossing the John Gardner Pass and enjoying the back portion of the "Circuit" in Torres del Paine you will have just a morning left to relax, take pictures or go for another short hike. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon and enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 18:00 hrs you will begin your journey in bus towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.
Today you will take a transfer back to Punta Arenas. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Price of CLP 1800000 per person is based on a group of 2 people. Discounts are available for groups of 3 or more.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,633 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.
- Bike Rental
- Accommodation in refugios with sleeping bags.
- Entrance Fee
- Bus Transfers
- Personal Equipment