Torres del Paine - Full Circuit Trek

Active, Puerto Natales to Puerto Natales

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of Patagonia’s Cordillera del Paine for the first time, you’d swear they were lifted straight from a Lord of the Rings movie. But these massive rock formations are very real. Built for physically-active travellers, not hardcore mountaineers, this trip brings you to remote, lesser-visited sections of the Torres del Paine National Park and the truly unimaginable scenery to be found here. With top-notch mountain guides at your side, you’ll be able to concentrate on spotting condors in flight instead of staring blankly at a map.

What’s included

  • Camping and hiking excursion of the full circuit through Torres del Paine National Park with porters (9 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Soak up the stunning scenery of torres del paine national park
  • Watch the ice floes of the grey glacier
  • Trek through incredibly diverse scenery

Itinerary

Day 1 Puerto Natales Free evening to explore the town and prepare for the trek ahead. Additional Notes: Please note the airport in Puerto Natales is small with limited flight connections. Most flights will be through Punta Arenas in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina which would involve taking a public bus or transfer. Rental equipment will be available at the welcome meeting in the late afternoon, if you wish to rent equipment you must arrive in time for the meeting (5-6pm at the latest, as the shops close after this time). Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer by van to Torres del Paine NP. This two-hour journey through ranch country includes a stop in Cerro Castillo, the principal site of wool and meat exportation to Europe during the 1960s. Trek to the base of the Torres themselves, a spectacular hike to view the three pink granite towers that make the park famous. Torre (Tower) Sur rises 2900m (9512 ft) above sea level, Torre Central is 2850m (9348 ft) high and Torre Norte measures 2600m (8528 ft). The Cuernos (Horns) del Paine, massive blocks of various rock layers visible from great distances, are as spectacular as the towers themselves. Spend the next few days hiking and camping in this spectacular park, visiting the Towers, Grey Glacier and French Valley, before making your way back to Puerto Natales. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 1) Transport: Cross the pampas of Patagonia first on asphalt roads to cerro Castillo, stopping for a quick break. Then, continue by dirt road and stop to take photos of the spectacular views! Keep an eye out for wildlife— guanacos, condors, geese, and other birds. Enter the national park and continue for another 30 minutes to the start point of the trek. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Torres del Paine/Camp Séron (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, meet our porters, load up the gear and head out across ancient glacial moraines around the Paine Massif toward Camp Séron. The trail takes us through Lenga forests where we often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese, and the occasional guanaco and fox. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 2)
Day 4 Camp Séron/Lake Dickson Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Eat breakfast early, then hike to Lago Dickson, a glacial lake on the edge of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Walk past bright red blooms of Notro bushes and cross a stream along the lake. Today's trek is a beautiful, leisurely six-hour hike. At the campsite, take a hot shower and buy a cold beer! Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 3)
Day 5 Lake Dickson Camp/Los Perros Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Pack up and head out through pristine, old growth beech forest. Look and listen for the red-headed Magellanic woodpecker. Just before we arrive to camp, trek past the Perros glacier and enjoy fantastic close-up views of the ice and the lake. Spend the night camping at the base of Paso John Garner at Los Perros. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 4)
Day 6 Los Perros Camp/Grey Glacier Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) This is the biggest day yet as we climb over Paso John Garner and hike down through thick forest directly above the massive Grey Glacier. Once on the pass, look out over rugged, glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap – a view not to be missed! The glacier stretches out below like a giant white highway. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 5)
Day 7 Grey Glacier Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, begin the five-hour hike descending towards Grey Lake through lenga (southern beech) forest. Every so often, stop at a terrace to look out over the Grey Glacier and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Relax in the afternoon and enjoy these peaceful surroundings. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 6)
Day 8 Grey Glacier Camp/Paine Grande Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Cross a high plateau overlooking Grey Lake and see icebergs and views across Grey Glacier on the way to Lake Pehoé. Pehoé means "hidden lake" in the Tehuelche language. The afternoon is free to relax at Lodge Paine Grande and enjoy the area. At night, enjoy a pisco sour cocktail in the bar overlooking Paine Grande & Los Cuernos mountains. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 7)
Day 9 Paine Grande Camp/Cuernos Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue the trek to the French Valley. Surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires, this is the most beautiful valley in the park and one of the most unique in the world. After, trek out of the valley to the extraordinary turquoise Lake Nordenskjold. After six to eight hours, end the day at Cuernos Camp for dinner and sleep. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 8)
Day 10 Lake Nordenskjöld/Puerto Natales (1B, 1L) Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the reach Hosteria Las Torres, where our van awaits us. Transfer to Puerto Natales. Included Activities: Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 9) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 11 Puerto Natales (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: The airport in Puerto Natales is small with limited flight connections. Most onward flight connections will be through Punta Arenas in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina which would involve taking a public bus or transfer of 3-4 hours, if you are flying out of one of these airports we recommend flying out in the afternoon to allow time to get to these airports. Included Activities: Departure Day
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