The Big Circuit (aka the "O"), brave the adventurers and take them to the unknown limits of Torres del Paine.
Take this epic adventure and discover the Big Circuit. A dream for every mountain and nature lover! A life-changing experience in the presence for glaciers, enchanted forests, rocky mountains and the most important, the chance to reconnect with your innerself.
* The indicated value of the program is based on accommodation in campings. If you prefer, you can upgrade to sleep in comfortable refuges. * Important: Based on double occupancy.
Day 1: Arrive to Torres del Paine National Park- Trek to Camping Serón.
Distance: 5.5 miles / Time: 4-5hrs / Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate / Accommodation: Camping Serón / Meals: Packed lunch and Dinner.
After breakfast at your hotel in Puerto Natales, your packed lunch will be delivered and you’ll have a 7:30 am public bus departure straight to Torres del Paine National Park. Journey amongst the vast Patagonian plains before arriving to the entrance at Laguna Amarga, where it is required to register with CONAF (park rangers). Board the “Las Torres” shuttle bus that will drop you off at the Visitor’s Center. Register with the Cerro Paine Reserve and follow the trail signs for Camping Serón.
Even though considered one of the easier days on the Paine Circuit, the trail to Serón offers many breathtaking views of the untamed side of Torres del Paine National Park. Set off through a vibrant green carpet of enchanting beech trees before following a gentle slope downwards into the never-ending field of grassy Patagonian plains. Continue the relatively flat trail over crystal-clear streams to Camping Serón. After getting situated at your campsite, take some time to enjoy the sweeping countryside before you. Dinner will be served inside of Seron’s small, yet very cozy dining room.
Day 2: Trek to Refugio Dickson.
Distance: 11.4 miles / Time: 6-7hrs / Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Dickson / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Head out on a long hike through rolling hills and wet marshlands into the park’s interior. Snow-capped mountains, pastel-blue lakes and grassy fields will be your backdrop as you explore the northern side of the park. Be amazed by the imposing views of Glacier Dickson, Cerro Cubo and other jagged peaks marking the division between Chile and Argentina. Check-in and spend the evening walking the rock-strewn shores of Lake Dickson all before a delicious meal inside the Refugio.
Day 3: Trek to Camping Los Perros.
Distance: 5.5 miles / Time: 5hrs / Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Camping Los Perros / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Take in the crisp, organic, earthy smell as you enter a sea of ancient beech trees. Today’s peaceful forest hike will take you deeper into the park through vivid greens and lush vegetation. Feel the wind whistling through the branches and listen carefully for the drumming sound of a Magellanic woodpecker. Border the Los Perros river until ascending up a giant moraine where you’ll be left speechless by another picturesque mountain backdrop. Be amazed by the Los Perros Glacier and the cyan-blue glacial lagoon below. Continue on a rocky trail before arriving to Los Perros Campsite, your home for the night. Rest up, you’ve got a long day tomorrow!
Day 4: Trek to Refugio Grey via the John Gardner Pass.
Distance: 13.6 miles / Time: 10-12hrs / Level of Difficulty: Difficult / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Grey / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Brace yourself for the most demanding, yet very rewarding day on the Paine Circuit. After an early breakfast at the campsite, you’ll begin by navigating your way over gnarly tree roots and large pools of mud underneath a canopy of deep green beech trees. Break out from the forest and begin your climb up rocks and scree (and sometimes snow) until reaching the highest point in the Paine Circuit, the famous John Gardner Pass (1,200 meters). Embrace the wild Patagonian winds as you are awe-inspired by the dominating Southern Patagonia Ice Field and the mottled mat of white and dazzling blue below you. Descend alongside of a giant wall of ice and follow the trail through Camping El Paso and past the exhilarating suspension bridges before arriving to Refugio Grey for dinner and a well-deserved rest!
Day 5: Trek to Refugio Paine Grande.
Distance: 6.8 miles / Time: 4-4.5hrs / Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Paine Grande / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at Refugio Grey before starting out for more spectacular views of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and the iceberg marked Grey Lake. Trek upwards through a hilly forest until reaching the sometimes (very) windy Glacier Grey viewpoint. Continue hiking until reaching Laguna de Los Patos, where you’ll begin to descend into a narrow, windy valley that takes you directly to Refugio Paine Grande.
Day 6: Explore the French Valley.
Distances: Mirador Frances: 10.5 miles (Refugio Los Cuernos) 8 miles (Refugio/domos Frances) / Time: Mirador Frances: 6-7hrs (Refugio Los Cuernos) / Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult / Accommodation: Refugio/Camping Los Cuernos OR Refugio/Camping Frances (depending on availability) / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Get an early morning start for an all-day hike to the core of Torres del Paine Park. After breakfast, request your packed lunch and prepare for a day of jaw-dropping Patagonian landscapes. Travel through barren landscapes and by bordering the enchanting blue waters of Lake Skottsberg. After approximately 2.5hrs of hiking, you’ll arrive to the Italiano Ranger Station where you’ll begin your journey up the valley.
Climb through a massive boulder field and follow a tree-lined ridge until reaching the French plateau (Mirador Frances). Here, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Los Cuernos (the Horns), turquoise glacial lagoons and gorgeous blue hanging glaciers cascading down the east face of Paine Grande (3,050mts). If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the thundering sound of water and ice crashing down, as it is a common spot to witness avalanches. Take some photographs and enjoy your packed lunch all before descending back to the Italiano Ranger Station.
Find your backpack and hike to Refugio Frances or Refugio Los Cuernos. Take it easy for the evening and enjoy a delicious meal at your lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Refugio Torre Central.
Distance: 7.4 miles (from Refugio Los Cuernos) 9 miles (from Refugio Frances) Time: 4-6 hours (depending on your starting point) / Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Torre Central / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Whether starting your hike at Refugio Los Cuernos or Refugio Frances, you’ll navigate over pristine streams, admire the hanging glaciers off of Mt. Almirante Nieto (2,670 mts) and search for condors as you border the mesmerizing green-blue waters of Lake Nordenskjold. Follow the well-marked trail eastward until you reach Refugio Torre Central, where you’ll unwind for the evening.
Day 8: Trek to the Base of The Towers- Return to Puerto Natales.
Distance: 13.6 / Time: 8-10hrs / Level of Difficulty: Difficult / Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch.
Today’s trek follows the Ascensio Valley as it snakes through windswept hills and gigantic beech forests. During the final ascent, you’ll traverse through an immense boulder field until reaching one of the most iconic mountain viewpoints in the world, the Base of The Towers. At a height of 900 meters above sea level, marvel at the sheer granite walls of the (north, central, south) towers and the brilliantly turquoise glacial lake below. Take some photographs and have lunch before following the same trail downwards to Refugio Torre Central and the Visitor’s Center.
At 7:00pm, you’ll board the “Las Torres” shuttle bus that goes to Laguna Amarga. Here, you’ll switch to the public bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales. Approximate arrival time to Puerto Natales: 10:00pm.More...
- Difficulty : Demanding.
- Equipment : Recommend equipment for low tempetures.
- Important : Recommend travel insurance.
- Notice : Not recommended for children under 10 years old.
- A lot of weight? : We offer luggage storage in Puerto Natales for those who wish to leave items behind while on their hike.
- Important : All excursions and itinerary are subject to weather conditions.
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park.
- Meals according to your itinerary + packed lunch on day 1. Food restrictions will only be honored with previous notice.
- Lodge accommodations are mixed-dorms with a maximum of 6 people. You will receive a bed with sheets, a comforter and a towel.
- Camping accommodations include an already-pitched tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
- Public bus transportation to and from the park + shuttle bus ticket to the Visitor’s Center.
Our program begins and ends in Puerto Natales. From there, the bus will take us to the National Park to begin our walk.
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