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8D SELF-GUIDED CLASSIC O CIRCUIT

DESTINOS DESTACADOS

RESERVATION FORM

DURATION
8 days / 7 nights

DIFFICULTY
Highly demanding

QUANTITY
Per person

SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrival to Torres del Paine National Park – Hike to Serón
Day 2: Hike to Dickson
Day 3: Walk to Los Perros
Day 4: Hike to Grey via the John Garner Pass
Day 5: Trek to Paine Grande
Day 6: Visit to the French Valley – Hike to Los Cuernos
Day 7: Hike to Torre Central
Day 8: Hike to the Base of the Torres – Return to Puerto Natales

ITINERARY

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

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 the registration of passengers of the Cerro Paine Reserve takes place. Then you begin the hike to the Serón campsite.

Although it is considered one of the simplest hikes of the circuit, the trail to Serón offers many amazing landscapes of the untamed side of Torres del Paine National Park. You hike through a vibrant green carpet of trees, continuing along a pleasant slope that descends to an endless grassland on the Patagonian plain. Continuing along the relatively flat trail to the Seron campsite, you will see crystal clear streams. After settling into the campsite, you will have some time to enjoy the vastness of the terrain before dinner, which will be served in Serón’s small but cozy dining room.

4 – 5 hrsMedium Difficulty
15 kmsBox lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hike to Dickson

Today is the start of a long hike through rolling hills and wet meadows into the interior of the park. Snow-capped mountains, pastel blue lakes and vast expanses of grasslands will be the backdrop as you explore the north 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, you check in and during the afternoon you can hike along the rocky shore of Dickson Lake, all before dinner at the refuge.

6– 7 hrsMedium Difficulty
19 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 3: 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 – 6 hrsMedium Difficulty
12 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 4: 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 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 worn and loose rocks (sometimes with snow) until you reach the highest point of the 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 Fields and their 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 park ranger outpost. Then, you cross the exciting suspension bridges before arriving at the Grey shelter for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

10 – 12 hrsDifficulty Demanding 
18 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande

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

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

Day 6: Exploration of the French Valley

Start early in the morning 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 valley begins.

Climb through the immense rocky terrain and follow the edge of the tree-lined ridge until you reach the French lookout, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the 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 a box lunch. Return along the same trail to the Italian campsite and then continue on to Domos Francés or Los Cuernos refuge. Relax in the afternoon and enjoy a delicious dinner at the refuge of your choice.

6 – 8 hrsDifficulty Demanding
14 – 18 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 7: Hike to Central Tower

Whether you start the hike from Los Cuernos refuge or from Domos Francés, you will make your way through pristine streams, admire the hanging glaciers of Almirante Nieto mountain (2,670 m) and look for condors while skirting the captivating blue-green waters of Nordenskjöld lake. Continue along the well-marked trail until you reach the Torre Central refuge, where you can relax for the afternoon.

4 – 6 hrsDifficulty Medium 
12.5 – 16 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 8: Hike to Base Torres - Return to Puerto Natales

Today’s hike begins in the Ascencio Valley, enjoying its extensive forests. During the final ascent, you cross an immense field of giant rocks, until you reach one of the most emblematic viewpoints in the world, the famous Base Torres viewpoint. At an altitude of 900 m.a.s.l., marvel at the 3 granite towers (north, central and south) and the shimmering turquoise glacier lake at your feet. This is the ideal time to take pictures and enjoy your box lunch before returning along the same trail, now downhill, to the Central Tower Hut and the Welcome Center.

At 19:00 hrs you should take the “Las Torres” transfer to Laguna Amarga to connect with the 19:30 regular bus to Puerto Natales. The approximate arrival time in Natales is 21:15 hrs.

8 – 10 hrsDifficulty Demanding
21 kmsBreakfast, box lunch
  • Lodging in camping and / or shelter.
  •  Shelter accommodation is in shared and mixed dormitories, with bunk beds.

*The assembled bed in Vertex shelters includes sheets, blanket and pillow.

*The single bed in Las Torres shelters includes sleeping bag and pillow.

  • Camping accommodation includes tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  •  Regular bus to and from the National Park + transfer to the Welcome Center.
  •  Meals according to itinerary
  •  In case you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to inform us at the time of booking.
  •  Dietary restrictions will only be respected if informed in advance. 
  •  Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Medical or travel insurance of any kind.
  • Flights.
  • Tips.
  • Guide / Porter.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Kayak on Grey Lake or hike on Grey Glacier.

VALUE PER PERSON CAMPING

$2,065 USD

VALUE PER PERSON REFUGE

$2,420 USD

  • This program is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
  • 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 storage at our office in Puerto Natales for those who wish to leave their belongings during their trek.
  • From November to March
  • All excursions are subject to weather conditions.

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