5D SELF-GUIDED SHORT O CIRCUIT

DESTINOS DESTACADOS

RESERVATION FORM

DURATION
5 days / 4 nights
DIFFICULTY
Medium

QUANTITY
Per person

SUMMARY

  • Accommodation in camping and / or refuge.
  • Accommodation in refuge is in shared dormitories, with bunk beds, for a maximum of 6 people.
  • The bed set up includes sheets, blanket, and pillow.
  • Accommodation in camping includes tent, sleeping bag, and mat.
  • Regular bus to and from the National Park + transfer to the Welcome Center.
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Catamaran Ticket Paine Grande to Pudeto.
  • Meals according to the itinerary, except in Los Perros camping, where there is a store with food and snacks for sale.
  • In case of having any dietary restrictions, make sure to inform when making the reservation. Dietary restrictions will only be respected if they are informed in advance.
  • Medical or travel insurance of any kind.
  • Flights.
  • Tips
  • Guide / Porter.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Kayak on Grey Lake or hike on Grey Glacier.

Price per person

Camping price USD $880
Refuge price USD $990
 
  • This program is not recommended for children under 10 years old.
  • Passengers must be able to carry their personal belongings for the duration of the program.
  • We recommend using a 40-liter backpack.
  • We offer luggage custody at our Puerto Natales office from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs. (office hours) for those who wish to leave belongings during their hike. Outside office hours, the service has an additional charge.
  • All excursions are subject to weather conditions.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Torres del Paine National Park - Hike to Dickson

After breakfast at the hotel in Puerto Natales, you must request your box lunch and go to the bus terminal to take the 07:00 am bus (we recommend being at least 10 minutes before departure) to go to Torres del Paine National Park. The trip takes place in the middle of the Patagonian pampas, to reach Laguna Amarga, the main entrance to the park, and the place where you must register your entrance with CONAF (park rangers). You will transfer to “Transporte Las Torres”, who will take you to the Welcome Center, where you will check in at the Cerro Paine Reserve. Then you begin the hike to the Dickson refuge. The first part of the hike is simple, but offers us many amazing landscapes, we walk through a vibrant green carpet of trees, to continue along a nice slope that descends to an endless pasture, in the Patagonian plain and where you will see crystal clear streams. The second section is more demanding, through rolling hills and wet meadows in the interior of the park. Snow-capped mountains, pastel blue lakes and vast expanses of grasslands will be the backdrop as you explore the northern side of the park, along with stunning and breathtaking views of the Dickson Glacier, Cerro Cuba and other rugged peaks that mark the border between Chile and Argentina. Once you arrive at the Dickson area, check in and enjoy your dinner at the refuge.

10 – 11 hrsDifficulty demanding
27,5 kmsBox lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hike to Los Perros

Today’s hike will take place in the most secluded area of the park, in the middle of lush green vegetation. You will be able to feel the wind blowing through the bushes and hear the pleasant sound of Magellanic woodpeckers. Bordering the Los Perros River, you will go up a large moraine where you will be left breathless when you see another picturesque mountain as a backdrop, the wonderful Los Perros Glacier and its blue-green lagoon. We continue along a rocky trail before arriving at Los Perros campsite, which will be our lodging for the night. It is recommended to rest, the next day will be long.

5 hrsDifficulty demanding
9 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 3: Hike to Grey via John Garner Pass

Catch your breath and get ready for the most demanding day of the Paine Circuit, but, at the same time, a very rewarding one. After an early morning breakfast at the quincho and ordering your box lunch, you will begin to make your way through gnarled tree roots and large mud puddles under the green canopy of the trees. Leaving the forest, you begin to ascend through loose and worn rocks (sometimes with snow) until you reach the highest point in the Paine Circuit, the famous John Garner Pass (1,200 m.a.s.l.). Enveloped by the strong Patagonian winds while you are impressed by the Southern Ice Field and its wonderful shimmering carpet, the descent is made on the side of a giant ice wall and the trail continues through the El Paso campsite, where there is a ranger station. Then, you cross the exciting suspension bridges before arriving at the Grey shelter for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

10 – 12 hrsDifficulty demanding
22 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 4: Hike to Paine Grande

Enjoy breakfast at refugio Grey before starting to marvel at more spectacular scenery of the Southern Icefield and the icebergs of Lake Grey (don’t forget to order your box lunch!). A hike uphill through a mountainous forest to reach the sometimes very windy viewpoint of Grey Glacier. The hike continues until you reach Laguna Los Patos, where you begin the descent through a narrow and windy valley that takes you directly to the Paine Grande refuge.

OPTIONAL (additional cost)

Today you have time in the morning to do kayaking in Lago Grey or the Ice Trek with previous reservation, ask for prices and availability.

4 – 4.5 hrsDifficulty Medium
11 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 5: Exploration of the French Valley and return to Puerto Natales

On your last day in the park, get an early start for a full day of hiking into the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. After breakfast, order your box lunch and get ready for a day of Patagonian mountain scenery. Hike amidst arid landscapes and along the shores of the beautiful blue waters of Skottsberg Lake. After approximately 2.5 hours of hiking you will arrive at the Italian campsite, where the ascent to the French Valley begins.

Climb through the immense rocky terrain and follow the edge of the tree-lined ridge to reach the French Lookout, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery of Los Cuernos, turquoise glacial lagoons and wonderful hanging glaciers cascading down the east face of Cerro Paine Grande (3,050 m). If you are lucky, you will hear the roar of falling water and ice! It is also a point where avalanches are commonly observed. This is the ideal moment to take some pictures and enjoy the box lunch. You must return by the same trail to Paine Grande to take the catamaran at 18:35 hrs, which will take you to Pudeto, where you will take the bus back to Puerto Natales.

5 – 6 hrsDifficulty demanding
15 kmsBox lunch and dinner

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