Paso John Garner (Grey Glacier)

Where to find it

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

What is it?

Paso John Garner (the John Garner Pass) is one of the most famous passes on the Full Circuit Trek. It is an awe-inspiring pass, with views out across the Grey Glacier and, on a clear day, out across the South Patagonian Ice Cap itself. It's also one of the highest points you are likely to trek to in Torres del Paine, at an altitude of around 1,200 metres above sea level.

How can I see it?

On the Full Circuit multi-day hike you approach the pass from Laguna Los Perros, from the east.

It's very windy up there, and the descent down to the Grey Glacier is one of the toughest sections of the whole trek. However, the views are incredible, and if you've got the time and stamina to do the Full Circuit then this view alone makes it worthwhile.

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Map of Paso John Garner (Grey Glacier)

Trips that visit Paso John Garner (Grey Glacier)

The Classic Full Circuit

This route is the fastest way to complete the full Torres del Paine circuit at great value. Trek through the isolated northern side of the park, over the infamous John Gardner Pass with the ice field beneath you and back…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,995
Paine O Circuit with Oggioni Pass

This trip for experienced hikers crosses the largely unknown Oggioni Pass on a challenging, unmarked wilderness trail that cuts across from the Towers of Torres del Paine into the Dickson Valley. This itinerary takes in iconic locations such as John…

  • 7 Days
  • $3,195
9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Tackle Patagonia's most iconic circuit trail, fully supported with porters and a local guide. Cross the John Gardner Pass, explore the park's remote northern sections, revel in the stunning French Valley and finish at the Towers viewpoint – this itinerary…

  • 9 Days
  • $3,195