Torres del Paine Big Circuit 7 days

This is the most famous trekking route of Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. Hiking an average of seven hours daily in a circuit covering over hundred kilometers, in this trekking in Patagonia you’ll encounter Granite Mountains, endless glaciers, turquoise colored lakes, and the most impressive views of the Southern Ice Field. You have the chance to do an ice hike on the Glacier Grey and climb a glacier wall with technical equipment.
This adventure will carry you through a windy world of unexpected weather changes, and provide you with a chance to enjoy a variety of wildlife.

Highlights:
• Lodging 6 nights at comfortable campsites inside Torres Del Paine National Park
• Trek the complete route of TDP NP
• Torres, Seron, Dickson, Los Perros and Grey campsites
• Grey Glacier Ice climb as optional and John Garner Pass
• Optional Ice Hike or climb wall of Glacier Grey

Day 01

Day 1: PUERTO NATALES – BASE OF THE TOWERS

At 8.30 we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We left our bags in the Refugio and pick up our pack lunch. We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. At this point we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850 M) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to the camp.
(2 hours by transfer, 7-8 hours round-trip hiking, 18 KM)  (Night at Camping Torres)
/ Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

Day 2: CAMPING TORRES – CAMPING PERROS
We will begin this day early morning, and weather permitting, to enjoy an impressive view of the Tower’s peaks painted with orange light. We will start our walk through a very old tall deciduous beech forest with the chance to see a woodpecker or fresh puma tracks. We follow a well-marked trail, slightly sloping, that will lead us to an excellent viewpoint of Paine Chico Mountain in the distance, to finally arrive at the Serón camp site where we will set up our camp and enjoy a good dinner.
(4-5 hours, 9 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Serón Campsite)

Day 03

Day 3: CAMPING PERROS – CAMPING SERON
This is the easiest span but especially interesting for flower lovers who, depending on the season, will see orchids, calceolarias, violets and oxalis. We will go around Paine Lake along a flattish path with views of many mountains, including Cerro Escudo (The Shield) and Cerro Cabeza del Indio (Indian Head Mountain -the profile of an Indian is observed in the rocks). Lastly we will arrive at the beginning of the Paine River, from where we will be able to see the incredible Cerro Cubo (Cube Mountain) and Dickson Lake.
(6-7 hours, 18.5 KM) (Night at Camping Dickson)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 4: CAMPING SERON – CAMPING LOS PERROS
At this point we will start one of the most beautiful sections of the park, walking through some of the oldest beech forests, along an undulating path, following Los Perros River, with breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls and exuberant vegetation. We will cross a hanging bridge over Los Perros River to arrive at the terminal moraine of the hanging glacier, giving birth to a lagoon with sedimentary waters. Half an hour from this point is Los Perros campsite where we will stay overnight.
(5 hours, 9 KM) (Night at Los Perros Campsite)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Day 5: CAMPING LOS PERROS – CAMPING GREY
This is the most difficult day of the whole circuit, but at the same time has a dramatic beauty worthy of the effort. We will head up on a pronounced path through forests to arrive at a swamp area, keeping us busy for a couple of hours. We will continue ascending, maybe finding some snow, until coming to the John Garner pass at 1200 mts above sea level. From here we have an outstanding view of the Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Field, with its many unclimbed peaks. We will head off alongside the glacier, on an up and down path through fallen trees, contrasting with the exuberance of the Nothofagus forests, walking underneath the Cordon Olguín with its huge thick granite walls. If lucky enough we will see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before ending up on a beach of sedimentary sand where we will camp.
(9-10 hours, 22 KM) (Night at Camping Grey)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 06

Day 6: CAMPING GREY – CAMPING PAINE GRANDE
Today we enjoy a leisure morning, around the camp or in front of the Glacier Grey looking for some ice calving from the huge glacier wall! We have lunch in the Refugio before we start a hike to the Pehoe Lake.
(3 ½ hours walk, 11 KM) (Night at Camping Paine Grande)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 07

Day 7: FRENCH VALLEY – PUERTO NATALES
After a good breakfast we commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the south-west side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a view point, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch. We will take the same path back to Pehoe Lake, and then cross the lake by catamaran at 18:30 hrs and take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales.
(6-7 hours, 17 KM, 35 minutes by catamaran, 2 hours by transfer)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
-Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
-6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
-Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
-Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)
-Guide ratio 1:5 guests

-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Sleeping bag and mattress
-Dinner on Day 7
-Porters to carry personal belongings, which include sleeping bag and mattress, (available upon request, cost of USD $ 500 for 5 days with a maximum of 15K per porter, usually good to share one in between two hikers))
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
-Gratuities for guide & porters

Check below some regular departures and contact us for a private departure

-OCT 16/22 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 14/20 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-DEC 24/30 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-DEC 25/31 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-JAN 03/09 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-JAN 21/27 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-FEB 13/19 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The scheduled indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered

LODGING
Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas

WEATHER
The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must be taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The wind-chill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.