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What’s included

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • All internal flights and domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Santiago and Punta Arenas, on twin share basis
  • All meals in Patagonia except for dinner on day 12. Breakfast in Santiago plus dinner on day 2.
  • 9 nights camping with all camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work and porter your bag
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free, high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Opportunity to join a Mountain Kingdoms pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile Great Treks of the world

Walking & Trekking

Chile, Chilean Patagonia | Walking & Trekking

Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  14 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days
Walks on: 1 day

Flight inclusive from £3,975,
Land only from £3,125

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One of the greatest treks in the world, around the spectacular peaks and spires of the Paine massif.

Highlights

  • Our trek completes the entire circuit of the Torres del Paine
  • This is a fully supported trek, leaving you just to carry a small day sack
  • On trek, you will have high quality tents and equipment
  • Good paths and campsites with no altitude issues make for a superb trekking experience
  • A city tour of the vibrant latin city of Santiago is included

Reviews          

This is an amazing 8 day trek in the national park. The scenery was spectacular. The flora was amazing and the trip was a bird lovers paradise. Well paced and well supported. The ECO camp is a real treat. The staff very helpful. Highly recommended!
Dr B, Sussex

Thoroughly enjoyable. Schedule well thought out and well paced.
Dr R, Dorset

A really excellent experience with stunning scenery and the weather could not have been better.
Mr & Mrs S, Bradfield

Small group, nice atmosphere, caring guide, in depth knowledge of the trip from staff at the MK office, easy to talk to, patient and accessible. A very enjoyable trip. I shall continue to recommend your company to my friends.
Ms C, Cardiff

Liked-minded group. Our guide was helpful and cheerful. We liked the way we had our own porter for our kit and tent. We saw more animals/birds/plants than we ever thought we would. We appreciated that there were no extra costs.
Mr & Mrs S, Cornwall

An excellent holiday - trekking for softies, really well organised.
Mr B, Dorset

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You won’t forget your close-up view of the three stunning granite columns of the Torres del Paine. These massive rock faces inspire trekkers and climbers alike and it is easy to see their magnetic appeal. We have made this trip as varied as possible so you see some of Patagonia’s gems. You begin the trip by flying in to the modern, lively capital City of Santiago where you take a guided tour. You then fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to a camp in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Your trekking begins with a day walk to a spectacular lookout point where you can see the Towers of Paine in their full glory across the Ventisquero Torres. The circuit trek itself then begins in earnest the next day, with a feast of views of awe-inspiring glaciers, rushing rios, granite peaks and snow-clad summits, as you walk through a mixture of daisy meadows, lenga forest and moraine. Your trek reaches a high point of 1,180 metres as you cross the John Garner Paso and you have the amazing sight of the tremendous Glacier Grey as you descend from the pass.

The paths are good and there is a well-developed infrastructure in the park with well-maintained campsites (most with showers and toilets) refugios and small stores for buying drinks and snacks.  All camping equipment and your personal luggage will be carried for you, by a mixture of horse, boat and vehicle, as appropriate.  All you will need to carry on your trek is your day sack.

This is a superb, fully supported camping trek, covering the complete circuit of the Torres del Paine.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  14 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days
Walks on: 1 day

Max. Altitude: 1,180m/3,872ft, John Garner Pass, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: All meals in Patagonia except for dinner on day 12. Breakfast in Santiago plus dinner on day 2.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
(This is the itinerary for our Nov 19 and Feb 20 departures. Others may vary and can be downloaded below). Fly to Santiago. City tour.
3
Fly to Punta Arenas. Transfer to camp in Torres del Paine NP.
4
Day walk from Las Torres to Torres Del Paine Mirador (Lookout) and back to Las Torres.
5-7
Trek to Los Perros via Seron and Lago Dickson.
8
Trek across Paso John Garner, 1,180m/3,872ft, to Lago Grey.
9-10
Optional glacier trek. Continue circuit trek via Pehoe to Mirador Frances and then on to Los Cuernos
11
End trek at Las Torres.
12-14
Transfer to Punta Arenas. Fly to London via Santiago.
Leader: Local leader, Patagonia
Local leader, Patagonia

We use expert, English-speaking local guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful.


  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Fly overnight from London to Santiago in Chile.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Santiago. Gropu airport transfer. Afternoon city tour.

    Flights from the UK usually land in Santiago in the morning. Upon arrival at Santiago airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    This afternoon you will enjoy an escorted tour of the City. You will walk to the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square surrounded by some of Chile’s finest architecture. In the square, you will often find street photographers with old fashioned cameras, pavement artists, shoe polishers and a large number of “British” doves, reputed to have been imported by a homesick Englishman. You will also see equestrian statues of Pedro de Valdivia, founder of Santiago and Simón Bolívar, the South American liberator. On the western side of the square stands the Cathedral, whilst on the northern side is the Correo Central, the present Post Office building. A short walk leads you to the impressive Tribunales de Justicia, which houses the Supreme Court which was once the Congreso Nacional (House of Parliament.)

    Following the pedestrianised Paseo Ahumada, you will reach the Palacio La Moneda, one of Santiago’s most famous landmarks and considered by Chileanos to symbolise not only their democracy, but their independence too. Before finishing your tour in the cosmopolitan Lastarria district, there’s time to take in the views from the hilltop Cerro Santa Lucía – where Pedro Valdivia first founded Santiago in 1541. There will be a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers before retiring for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Plaza Torremayor Or Similar, Santiago
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Punta Arenas. Drive to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales - 4 hours.

    You will make an early start this morning, transferring to the airport for the 4 hour flight to Punta Arenas. (Planes often fly via Puerto Montt, but as this is just a 20 minute touchdown you will stay on the plane). Try to request a seat on the left hand side of the plane, because, good weather permitting, you will have some excellent views of the Patagonian Andes and see the Torres del Paine which you will be trekking so close to in a few days' time. You will also have a bird's eye view of many stunning lakes and glaciers. It is interesting to contrast the lush scenery around Puerto Montt with the dryer landscape close to Santiago.

    You will be met at Punta Arenas Airport and driven to Torres del Paine National Park (380km/240miles) During "southern" summer the sun sets at around 11pm, so you should have plenty of time and light to admire the Patagonian steppe, with its guanaco and snow-peaked mountain horizon. Along the way you will make a couple of stops, firstly at Puerto Natales for lunch, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - "Last Hope Sound". Here you will probably notice the change in temperature and Punta Arenas is renowned for the wind that can whip through the town. The second stop is at Cueva de Milodon, a giant prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. Having completed the formalities at the entrance to the National park, you'll arrive at camp in time for dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Las Torres Camp
  4. Day 4 - Walk from Las Torres to Torres Del Paine Mirador (Lookout) and back to Las Torres – 22km, 8 Hours.
    torres del paine trek flying in to paine.

    You will have breakfast in camp before setting off for your day's trek. Today is a fairly long, but very rewarding day and if the weather is clear you will have some spectacular views of the 3 impressive granite towers of Paine. Walking from the camp you head for the Hostería Las Torres and pick up the main path leading up the Ascencio Valley. The trail is on a good path for the first 2-3 hours, with a traverse of moraine and boulders required just to reach the final viewpoint. If the sun is out and there isn’t too much wind, it can be very hot, so ensure you drink lots of water (there are many opportunities to fill up your bottle from streams).

    As you traverse high above the rushing Rio Ascencio you will have fine views of Lago Nordenskjold, behind you. After about 1½-2 hours walking you reach the Refugio Chileno, a very pleasant and well-kept refugio which sells drinks and snacks. It is also a good place for a water refill, although you will have several opportunities to fill your water as you continue upwards along the stream. Walking on, through the lenga forest and past a sign for the Torres campsite you reach the moraine (glacial debris). An hour or so of careful ascent now brings you face to face with the Torres del Paine. You can perch on the large boulders here and enjoy your lunch whilst taking many shots of the dramatic three towers – marvelling at the awesome feats of those climbers who have actually ascended these inspiring giants. Senses suitably sated you head back down the Ascencio Valley, following your outward route.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Las Torres Camp
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Camping Seron – 13km, 4-5 hours.

    Today you begin your trek on the main circuit. It is a fairly easy, relaxing first day on a very good path throughout, with a fairly steady hill to climb and descend. Along the undulating terrain you will find the indigenous plant the calafate. If you eat the tasty calafate berry, local legend says that you will return to Patagonia. The last 1-2 hours of your trek are through flat, daisy-filled meadows, alongside the gushing Rio Paine. Eventually you arrive at the campsite and a small friendly refugio. You may be lucky enough to sample some of the refugio cook’s excellent bread. If there has been much rain and the river is high, one of the river crossings may potentially be wet: there are 2 good bridges and one reasonable one.

    The picnic tables at the campsite are a good place to sit and pass around some traditional 'mate'. This tastes like strong green tea. The loose tea is poured into a small drinking pot and filled with boiling water. A long silver straw, which looks like a spoon with a strainer as a base, is planted in the bottom and then each person sips their fill and the pot is refilled and passed to the next person.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Lago Dickson – 18km, 7 hours.

    Quite a long day today, but one of only moderately graded walking with one large hill to ascend and much flat and undulating terrain. You leave the campsite, walking on flat terrain through more daisy filled meadows for about an hour where, if you are lucky, you will see condors circling ahead. As you reach the highest point on the trail, there is a good rest spot in the lee of the wind. As you turn the corner and begin descending you have a great view of Lago Paine. You descend with Lago Paine on your right and here you can see the Paso John Garner which you will be crossing in a couple of days’ time. After about 3½-4 hours walking, you reach a good lunch spot with a stream where you can fill up your water bottle. After this the terrain is fairly flat and as you continue walking along the long, broad valley you start to have good views of Dickson Glacier. Approximately one hour before you reach camp Dickson, the flat terrain becomes quite marshy and you will need to walk across some strategically placed logs to avoid getting wet and muddy feet. However, if the weather has been very dry, it is unlikely that this will be too bothersome. Finally, after a long day you arrive at a high point where you can look down and see the refugio and campsite – a very welcome sight.

    A half hour’s walking will now bring you to your campsite and a very well-earned rest. The refugio has showers, toilets and a store where you can buy snacks, soft drinks, postcards, beer and wine. However, make sure you have your insect repellent handy as mosquitoes are often found at this campsite.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Los Perros – 14km, 4½-5 hours.
    torres del paine trek lago paine c sole.

    You will have a pleasant gentle walk today through lenga forest with views of gushing waterfalls, the rushing Rio de Los Perros and magnificent glaciers. You leave the campsite and head towards the forest, flat at first and then you climb for about half an hour. After about an hour’s walk in total you arrive at a pleasant lookout point where you can see Perros Glacier and Dickson Glacier. The walk continues on gently undulating terrain through the lenga forest. About half an hour to an hour before you reach the campsite, you cross a log suspension bridge and climb up for a while before reaching a lookout point with a view of Los Perros Glacier and large lumps of ice in the lake below it.

    A walk of 20 minutes or so through the moraine from this point brings you to your campsite, situated in the forest. There is a store, two showers, toilets and a reasonably sized shelter for cooking/eating. Impressively, there are also some recycling bins.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Trek across Paso John Garner, 1,180m/3,872ft, to Lago Grey – 24km, 9-11 hours.

    After yesterday’s easier day you should be well rested and prepared for today’s crossing of Paso John Garner, 1,180m/3,895ft, the high point of the trek. It is a challenging, but rewarding day, with very spectacular views from the pass of the long Glacier Grey, and peaks behind. After breakfast, either in the shelter, or al fresco, you leave the campsite and after a few minutes cross the stream on a log bridge. You now wind your way up through the forest on quite boggy terrain. This can be hard going if there has been much rain – gaiters are advised. After an hour or so you reach a lovely open spot by the river, perfect for a 10 minute rest, snack and photo opportunity.

    You then begin the hour or two climb on moraine to the pass, picking your way over the rocky terrain. As you approach the pass you have great views of the glacier leading from Cerro Amistad to your right. Crossing the pass you have incredible views of Glacier Grey and the snow-capped peaks behind, including ‘the 3 brothers.’ If the weather is clear and without too much wind, which is rare, then this is a perfect place to stop for lunch and many photographs.

    You begin descending by traversing the hillside to your left on a reasonable path. After half an hour or so from the top of the pass, the descent enters the forest and becomes steep and quite difficult – all your concentration will be required to avoid a stumble here. A trekking pole will help. After an hour or so, the descent becomes less steep and hence easier, although do be on the lookout for trekkers dislodging loose stones from above. Eventually the ground levels out and where there are some slightly awkward spots there are ladders and ropes to help. An hour or so beyond Campamento Paso you cross the river on a log bridge and climb a log ladder to a small plateau. You then continue traversing the hillside high above the glacier before arriving at another viewpoint and good rest spot. Another 3 hours trekking brings you to today’s final destination - Campamento Grey situated on the beach beside Lago Grey – an exceptionally scenic and fine camping spot. There are hot showers, toilets, a store, a refugio and an ice hiking centre here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Optional glacier trek - 3 hours, or gentle walk/time at leisure. Trek to Pehoe – 11km, 4-5 hours.
    torres del paine trek lago grey glacier.

    After yesterday’s big day there is time for a relatively leisurely morning or there is the option of a glacier trek (this is payable locally and has a maximum age requirement of 65 in accordance with the National Park authorities).

    For those not opting for the glacier trek there is the opportunity for an early morning walk to the Mirador to see the glacier and floating icebergs in all their glory is well worth the effort. This short round trip takes approximately ¾-1 hour from the campsite. However, you may prefer to relax on the rocks and gaze at the lake and watch boats and inflatables cruise up towards the glacier.

    Continuing on the circuit, today’s walk is fairly short, reasonably gentle and very scenic. You leave the campsite and head uphill through the forest. The terrain is undulating and on a good path. There will be fantastic views to your right of Lago Grey and the glacier as you look behind. There are several lookout points for potential rest/photo stops. After about 3-4 hours trekking you come to a lovely lake, Lago Los Patos, in which you can swim if you are hardy enough to brave the cold water. It is an exceptionally photogenic lake, with the hills and snowy peaks behind. From the lake it is about ¾–1 hour’s walking downhill to Pehoe. You will start to see the stunning turquoise water of Lago Pehoe as you descend. The campsite has good facilities with showers, a store, toilets, a cooking room and close by refugio. Enjoy a trek down to the lake and don’t forget to look behind at the truly majestic Cuernos (horns) de Paine.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Mirador Frances and Los Cuernos – 26km, 7-8 hours.

    Another spectacular day’s walking lies ahead today as you take a detour off the circuit path and follow the Valle Frances deep into the Paine massif. You leave the campsite and walk along a good path uphill for half an hour or so. As you look behind you will see the stunning aqua blue Lago Pehoe and snow-smattered peaks in the distance beyond. Eventually the trail levels out somewhat and you have another scenic lake to view – Lago Stottsberg - on your right. The trail meanders high above and at a distance from the lake where you have the dramatic sight of the Cuernos de Paine before you. All of these rock-faces have been climbed, without fixed protection – an impressive feat when you gaze up and see how sheer they are.

    After about 2½-3 hours walking you arrive at a bridge and after crossing this you arrive at Campamento Italiano, a campsite situated in the trees. We take the path northwards here, away from the main circuit trail. Heading into French Valley this path becomes slightly steeper and rockier. There is also one section where a couple of fixed ropes help you over a slightly steep and potentially slippery part. Not long after you leave Campamento Italiano, a massive torrent appears on your left with fantastic views of Paine Grande. At a viewpoint for this, you can sit and marvel at this awesome rock-face and you will undoubtedly witness at least one avalanche from its slopes. It is quite a mesmerising spectacle.

    For those who are tired, it would be wise to either descend at this point, or await anyone wishing to carry on ahead. A further 1½-2 hour walk from here, uphill on a rocky path, partly through forest, leads to Campamento Británico. It is worth it however for the panoramic view you have of the Cuernos and surrounding rock towers at the Mirador (about ½ hour uphill from Campamento Británico) From the Mirador you can see ‘the Fin’ which climbers attempt from both sides. From the Mirador, from left to right you can see: Paine Grande Mount, Castillo, 1,421m/4,662ft, Cota, 2,000m/6,562ft, Catedral, 2,200m/7,218ft, Co. Aguja de los Quirquinchis, Paine Negra, Aleta de Tiburon, 1,717m/5,634ft, Gemelos, 1,998m/6,555ft, Trono Blanco, 2,197m/7,208ft, Paine Catalina, 2,100m/6,890ft, Cabeza Del Indio, 2,230m/7,317ft.

    You return the same way to Campamento Italiano, where you regain the main circuit trail and walk eastwards for a further couple of hours alongside Lago Nordenskjold to your campsite next to the Refugio Los Cuernos.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Las Torres – 13km, 8 hours.

    Your final day on trek sees you return to Las Torres and complete your circuit of the Torres del Paine massif.

    After breakfast you take to the trail, which once again leads you parallel to the shores of Lago Nordenskjold. Heading eastward you have great views across the Park’s central lakes and can take in a different perspective of Paine “horns.” You arrive back at Las Torres by mid-afternoon; your circuit of the entire massif now well and truly complete.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Las Torres Camp
  12. Day 12 - Transfer to Punta Arenas - 380km.

    This morning you make an early start for the 380km/240mile drive back to Punta Arenas. Located on the Magellan Strait it is a pleasant place in which to spend the last night of your holiday. Although its importance as a port diminished after the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, Punta Arenas continues to play an important role in the wool trade as the principal export centre and for providing services and amenities to the many farmsteads of the region. You are free to explore the town this afternoon, perhaps looking for some last minute souvenir or picking out a nice restaurant for dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Isla Rey Jorge or Similar, Punta Arenas
  13. Day 13 - Group transfer to airport for flight to the UK via Santiago.

    You will be transferred from your hotel in Punta Arenas to the airport for your flight to Santiago. You will need to transfer to the international departure terminal for your flight from Santiago to the UK.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  14. Day 14 - Arrive back in London.

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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2019

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • All internal flights and domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Santiago and Punta Arenas, on twin share basis
  • All meals in Patagonia except for dinner on day 12. Breakfast in Santiago plus dinner on day 2.
  • 9 nights camping with all camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work and porter your bag
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free, high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Opportunity to join a Mountain Kingdoms pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunches on days 2, 13 and 14. Dinners on days 12 and 13.
  • Airport departure taxes, except UK Departure Tax
  • Optional glacier trek on Day 9 (payable locally - age restriction applies)
  • Tips


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 6 reviews)

Torres del Paine Circuit - Private Departure          

This is an amazing 8 day trek in the national park. The scenery was spectacular. The flora was amazing and the trip was a bird lovers paradise. Well paced and well supported. The ECO camp is a real treat. The staff very helpful. Highly recommended!

Torres del Paine - lots of wildlife          

Liked-minded group. Our guide was helpful and cheerful. We liked the way we had our own porter for our kit and tent. We saw more animals/birds/plants than we ever thought we would. We appreciated that there were no extra costs.

Stunning scenery          

A really excellent experience with stunning scenery and the weather could not have been better.

Excellent holiday          

An excellent holiday - trekking for softies, really well organised.

Well-planned itinerary          

Thoroughly enjoyable. Schedule well thought out and well paced.


Extend your holiday

Chilean Lake District & Chiloe Island

Chilean Lake District & Chiloe Island
  • Enjoy walks amidst the glorious scenery of the Chilean Lake District
  • Take a ferry to Chiloe Grand Island to get up close to a penguin colony
  • Walk the Tepual Trail at Chiloe Nationa Park
  • Visit some of the cultural sights of the region before returning to Santiago
  • Stay in good quality hotels throughout

More Details

On this seven day extension you enjoy several walks amidst the glorious scenery of the Chilean Lake District including Vincente Perez Rosales NP and Alerce Andino NP. You also take a ferry to Chiloe Grand Island to get up close to a penguin colony and visit some of the cultural sights of the region before returning to Santiago. Please contact us for more details.


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