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Torres del Paine Circuit

Highlights

  • Circumnavigate Torres del Paine Nat'l Park
  • One of the world's most amazing national parks
  • Towering granite spires of Torres del Paine
  • Cozy camps & backcountry lodges
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • Ice hike across an ancient glacier
  • Kayak on a glacial lake

Description

Torres del Paine National Park is pristine and remote – one of the most stunning wilderness areas in the world. The ‘Paine Circuit’ highlights the best features of the park, while including the famous W-Trek. The Paine Circuit circumnavigates the whole mountain massif and the dramatic granite towers and spires will draw you in, and in you shall go! The Paine circuit takes you along the shores of stunning glacial lakes encompassing electric blue icebergs. You will experience sheer rock spires as tall as the sky and the magnificent, southern Patagonian ice cap, as well as glaciers, turqouise lakes, wonderful backcountry huts ("refugios") and more!
The beauty of this raw and dramatic landscape will help you understand why the park is designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You have the opportunity to walk on prehistoric glaciers AND kayak around icebergs in a glacial lake. Wildland Trekking is an active partner of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, which helps educate local children, is creating a local recycling program, conducts W-trail restoration and much more. Keep your cameras ready and get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Wildland Trekking. <

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime - give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) to learn more or book your spot today!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 888-966-TREK.

 

Photos of Torres del Paine

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Patagonia hiking tour, Wildland International will pick you up at either the International airport in Punta Arenas or the airport in Puerto Natales, Chile. Once we have everyone in Puerto Natales, we will begin the 2 hour drive to Torres Del Paine National Park. Upon arrival in the park, we will check into our accommodation, freshen up and have our orientation meeting to conduct a gear check and become acquainted with our itinerary. After our meeting, we will have our first Patagonian dinner!

Please Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 11 miles
Highest Elevation: 2690 feet
Trekking Duration: 7 hours


After an early breakfast, your guides will brief you on effective trekking techniques as well as an overview of the natural and cultural history of the area. We will begin trekking up the Ascencio valley while having views of the the Ascencio river. We will come to refugio Chileno and have a break for water and snacks. We then continue through a beautiful forest of native Lenga (Beech) trees and then keep hiking until we reach a glacial moraine (a ridge made from earth pushed by the glacier). From the moraine, we trek 1 more hour until we reach the most amazing view of the Torres Del Paine rock towers! The views of the granite towers and glacial lake are simply breathtaking. We will then head back to Refugio Nash for dinner and accommodation for the night. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 9.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 720 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours


In the morning we meet our porters, load up our gear and head out across the ancient glacial moraines, as we begin our hike around the Paine Massif. We begin trekking through the Lenga (Beech) forest, where people often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese and the occasional Patagonian fox. Eventually, we arrive at our accommodation at camp Serson. We have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 10.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 820 feet
Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours


This morning we wake for an early breakfast. We begin our hike to Dickson Lake, which sits on the edge of the southern Patagonian Ice Cap. We will be hiking past bright, blooming Notro bushes, endemic to the Patagonian region. Additionally, we cross a small stream besides Lake Dickson. We continue to trek until we reach our refugio (accommodation) for the night. Here you will be able to have a hot shower before dinner is served.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Highest Elevation: 1800 feet
Trekking Duration: 4-6 hours


Today we pack our gear and have breakfast before heading out on one of the best days of the trek. Today we travel through pristine, old growth beech forests, where the incredible red-headed magellanic woodpecker can be frequently seen. Additionally, we trek close to the Perros glacier lending us fantastic views of the nearby lake and the glacier itself. Eventually, we head to los Perros, where we set camp for the night. We have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 13 miles
Highest Elevation: 3900 feet
Trekking Duration: 8-10 hours


Today is one of the longest and hardest days of the trek. We start out by climbing to a pass called ‘Paso John Garner. At the pass, we have amazing views of glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonian Ice field, a view not to be missed! We then head down the pass through a thick forest, directly above the massive Grey glacier. Along the way, we will have lunch and then begin trekking down to Lake Grey. The Grey glacier stretches out below like a huge white highway. Upon arrival on the valley floor, we trek to the Grey refugio for the night, where we check in and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
Highest Elevation: 656 feet
Trekking Duration: 4 hours


After breakfast, our guides will brief us on todays route and extra gear needed. We then take a zodiac boat for 15 minutes across the lake until we reach the west side of Grey glacier. Upon arrival at Grey glacier, we will disembark on the land in between the Ice (nunatak) and walk on it until we reach the Ice. Our guides will brief the group on safety aspects and teach the group the proper techniques and correct use of equipment. After the brief, we will begin our exploration of Grey glacier which last approximately 3 hours. We will be able to observe crevasses, rivers, lagoons and tunnels with different tones of blue. We then return to the zodiac boat and ride back to the docking point. At the docking point, we return to the refugio for lunch. After lunch you have free time at your discretion. We meet for dinner and our guides deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 8

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Highest Elevation: 1600 feet
Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours


After breakfast we head to the Northeast side of Lake Grey for an amazing experience-becoming intimate with electric blue Icebergs and the Grey glacier by Kayak! Our guides will provide a thorough safety briefing and introduction to the gear and then we will be on our way. After the kayaking exploration, we will head back to the refugio, pack up our gear and begin our trek for the day. We will cross a high plateau overlooking Grey lake on our way to Lake Pehoe (Hidden Lake in Tehuelche language). We eventually come to our lodge Paine Grande and have the afternoon to relax until dinner is served. You may want to try the local Chilean drink, pisco sour while overlooking the Paine Grande and Los Cuernos mountains! After dinner our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 9

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Highest Elevation: 2952 feet
Trekking Duration: 8 hours


After breakfast, we begin our trek to the French Valley. The French Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in Torres Del Paine National Park and it is unique because of the hanging glaciers and amazing granite walls and spires. Often times, people can witness the glaciers calving, dropping giant icebergs from the cliffs above. We then trek out of the valley and will continue walking to the extraordinary, turquoise lake Nordenskijold. At the lake we check into refugio Cuernos and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 10

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Highest Elevation: 1377 feet
Trekking Duration: 5 hours


Today is the last day of our trek so make sure to take in the surrounding environments of Torres Del Paine. We begin trekking along Lake Nordenskjold, below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto. We will have lunch in route and eventually reach the Hosteria Las Torres, where we meet our van. Our driver will transport us to Puerto Natales, where we check into our lodges, have warm showers before meeting for dinner. It will be our last dinner together and we will make it a Great one!!!


Day 11

After breakfast, our shuttle driver will come to our hotel and deliver you back to the Punta Arenas airport. If you are remaining in in Punta Arenas, please let us know. We can help you arrange extra activities in Patagonia. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • Backcountry lodges for the trekking portion of the trip
  • Meals for the duration of the tour
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Patagonia hiking guides (U.S. and local)
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Puntas Arenas, Chile
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Puntas Arenas, Chile
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Guide gratuities (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost for primary guides, and $25-$50 for 1-day kayak and glacier guides)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Patagonia hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Puntas Arenas and in some of the backcountry lodges as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive before 12PM if flying into Punta Arenas, and before 3PM if you're flying into Puerto Natales). Your guide will be in contact approximately 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides (U.S. and local) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (both U.S. and local) with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Patagonia

Chile is a long, thin country extending North-South more than half the length of South America which gives it a tremendous diversity of climates. The Patagonia region of Chile, where we operate our trips, is at the far southern tip of South America, relatively far from the equator and close to the North Pole.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Patagonia region are:

Month Hi Low Precip
October 51° F 37° F 1.13 in
November 55° F 40° F 1.25 in
December 57° F 42° F 1.13 in
January 59° F 44° F 1.53 in
February 58° F 43° F 1.09 in
March 55° F 41° F 1.17 in
April 50° F 38° F 1.42 in