Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of Patagonias Cordillera del Paine for the first time, youd 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, youll be able to concentrate on spotting condors in flight instead of staring blankly at a map.
There is a lot to do and see in and around Santiago, so we highly recommend booking pre-nights if you want time to explore.
Santiago is Chile's capital and largest city, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Explore the many museums and parks, and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista to shop for handicrafts and visit trendy cafés.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Fly south into Patagonia to Punta Arenas and transfer by private van to Puerto Natales, our gateway to the nearby Torres del Paine National Park. Free evening to explore the town and prepare for the trek ahead.
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas.
Plane (3.00-4.00 hours)
Transfer from the airport to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
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 1960's.
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.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 1)
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))
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. Trek four hours, eat dinner and then lodge at Camp Séron.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 2)
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 refugio, take a hot shower and buy a cold beer!
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 3)
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.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 4)
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.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 5)
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.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 6)
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.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 7)
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 Refugio Cuernos for dinner and sleep.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 8)
Trek along Lake Nordenskjold and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the reach Hosteria Las Torres, where our van awaits us. Transfer to Puerto Natales.
Torres del Paine NP (Full Trek – Day 9)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.25 hours)
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. We would recommend booking a flight after 4pm.
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Trip Name: Trekking the Full Torres del Paine Circuit
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 2429
Trip Code: 127156
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