Big Circuit Torres del Paine 7 Days

The trek takes you through the heart of what might be South America's finest national park. The granite pillars of Torres del Paine which stand almost 2000m/6500ft above the surrounding glaciers and lakes are just one of the highlights. This trek circumnavigates the entire range and starts with a fabulous view of the Torres del Paine we then backtracks slightly before heading up the Rio Paine. The highpoint of the trek is the John Garner Pass (1200m/3900ft) from where we have outstanding views of Glacier Grey and the vast Southern Ice Field, one of the largest ice caps outside of the arctic regions. Descending from the pass we follow alongside Glacier Grey to its terminus at Lago Grey where you can see giant icebergs calving directly into the lake. Combine some of the world's greatest scenery with an excellent trail and mountain hut system and this has to be one of the finest treks anywhere.

    What's Included?

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • All meals while on the trek
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 nights camping at Chile Nativo camps
  • Tent for camping; Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1
  • Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
  • Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
  • Guide (English-Spanish languages)

Day 1 - Puerto Natales to Camping Torres

Hiking 6 hours
We will pick you up at 8:30 am from your hotel in Puerto Natales. It's about a two hour drive to the entrance of Torres Del Paine. It's about a three hour hike up the Ascencio River before we make a final scramble up to the lookout point of Torres Del Paine. We will enjoy lunch as take in the views of the three granite towers which raise almost 2000m/6500ft directly in front of us. We follow the same path back to camp.

Day 2 - Camping Torres to Serón Campsite

Hiking time is 4 to 5 hours
Today we head up the Rio Paine through one of the oldest beech forests in the park. It’s a gradual uphill all day and after lunch we reach an excellent view point of Paine Chico. We setup camp at the Serón camp site and enjoy a good dinner.

Day 3 - Serón Campsite to Dickson Lake

Hiking time is 6 to 7 hours
This is a relatively easy day with only gradual uphill as we follow up the river and go around Paine Lake. We have good views of Cerro Escudo (The Shield) and Cerro Cabeza del Indio (Indian Head Mountain). As we make our way to the headwater of the Paine River we have an excellent view of Cerro Cubo. We camp alongside Dickson Lake.

Day 4 - Dickson Lake to Los Perros Campsite

Hiking time is 5 hours
Today we head up the Los Perros River which offers numerous views of the surrounding mountains. After lunch we cross the river on a hanging bridge and reach a large glacial lagoon. We camp at Los Perros.

Day 5 - Los Perros Campsite to Lago Grey

Hiking time is 10 hours
This is the most difficult day on the trek as we hike up and over John Garner Pass (1200m/3900ft). It also one of the most beautiful as we have outstanding views of Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Field. We descend and head down the valley towards Lago Grey paralleling the lateral moraine of the glacier. We send the night camped on the beach of Lago Grey.

Day 6 - Lago Grey to Paine Grande

Hiking time is 4 hours
If we are lucky we will wake up to views of the ice calving off of Glacier Grey into the lake. It's a relatively easy day as we make our way down valley with a stop at the Refugio for lunch.

Day 7 - Paine Grande to Puerto Natales

Hiking time is 6 to 7 hours
This is the last day of the trek and we make a morning excursion to the Mirador Frances from where we have a final panoramic view before heading back down and crossing Pehoe Lake by catamaran. Upon reaching the other side of the lake we will meet our transport for the drive back to Puerto Natales.

    Exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Porters to carry personal belongings, which include sleeping bag and mattress
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menus
  • Gratuities for guide & porters
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