Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Meet in Puerto Natales and enjoy a pre-race meal with your group
- Run the Patagonia Marathon
- Rest day before the Classic Paine Circuit
- Return to Puerto Natales
Meet your guide in Puerto Natales and travel into Torres del Paine. Spend the night before the race enjoying a pre-race pasta meal.
Overnight: Hotel Pampa Lodge, Meals: Dinner
Run the Patagonia International Marathon, see some of the wonderful sights of Torres del Paine along the way! The race finishes close to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Pampa Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today is your opportunity to rest up before your full circuit hike begins tomorrow. The views from Pampa Lodge are stunning so you can sit and enjoy the scenery.
Overnight: Hotel Pampa Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At 8:30 AM you'll be picked up from your lodging in Serrano Village. The transfer takes you along an unpaved road heading to the trailhead for the base of the towers. When entering the Park, there are 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 (900 M), excellent for picture taking. At this point we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850 M) 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: 1 hour, Hike duration: 7-8 hours 18 km, Overnight: Camping Torres, Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner included
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 camp site where we will set up our camp and enjoy a good dinner.
Hike duration: 4-5 hours 9 km, Overnight: Seron Campsite, Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner included
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, Overnight: Camping Dickson, Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner included
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, Overnight: Los Perros Campsite, Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner included
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 1200MTS 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, Overnight: Camping Grey, Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner included
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 & 1/2 hours 11 km, Overnight: Camping Paine Grande, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included
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, Meals: Breakfast and boxed lunch included
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,200 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.
Price is based on a group of 4-8 people. 3 person price is US $3330 per person and the 2 person price is US $3500 per person.
- Accommodation: 3 nights hotel, 3 nights refugio, 3 nights camping
- Park Entry Fee
- Meals as specified
- Transfers as specified
- English speaking guide
- Porters for group equipment
- Marathon Costs
- Personal Equipment
- Porter for personal camping equipment