Circuit for Avid Hikers

8 Days
Hiking
Overview

Hiking the Torres del Paine Avid Circuit takes you around the Paine Massif and lets you explore portions of each unique environment. This multiple-day expedition is designed for serious trekkers and is the most difficult trek in Torres del Paine. You will see the Torres Lookout, Oggioni Pass, the French Valley, the Cuernos, Glacier Grey, Glacier Dickson, Lake Paine, the John Gardner Pass, the Southern Ice Field and many other amazing sites.

The Oggioni Pass is rarely crossed by visitors to Torres del Paine. The second day of this adventure takes you along an unmarked trail and over the Oggioni Pass, where you will be able to look down on the John Gardner Pass, Glaciers Grey and Dickson, and the Southern Ice Field.

 

$2,375.00 (per person/based on 4*)

*Final cost depends on the number in your group. Additional cost for single. Contact us with any questions.

Travel Plans:

 

Description

Difficulty: Advanced

Highlights: Views of Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field, the many lakes of Torres del Paine, the hanging glaciers of the French Valley, the granite towers which are the namesake of Torres del Paine, the rarely seen Oggioni Pass, the John Gardner Pass.

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Japones

Day 2: Japones – Paso Oggioni – Dickson

Day 3: Dickson

Day 4: Dickson – Los Perros

Day 5: Los Perros – Grey

Day 6: Grey – Paine Grande

Day 7: Paine Grande – Los Cuernos

Day 8: Los Cuernos – Puerto Natales

THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES:

  • 7 Nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park (tent + sleeping mat included)
  • 8 Guided days of hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Porter(s) for 6 days of hiking (carry food, cooking gear and camping gear)
  • Trip briefing with guide day before trip starts (18:00)
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Bus to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Shuttle to and from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres area
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park

THIS ITINERARY DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Land transportation not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Sleeping bag

*You’re required to carry personal trekking gear (what is on the packing list)

Upper body

  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat, beanie
  • Light gloves

Lower body

  • Quick dry hiking socks
  • Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
  • Shorts
  • Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes

Other necessary items

  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower Shoes, flip flops
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Enter Torres del Paine’s Silence Valley

Puerto Natales – Japones

After an early breakfast you will depart from Puerto Natales towards Torres del Paine National Park with your guide. You will hop on a bus and be taken to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga, which is about 2 hours away. You will begin your trek by hiking up Almirante Nieto – a mountain taking you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and Silence Valley. After passing by Refugio & Camping Chileno, you will hike for one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach Campamento Las Torres. You will leave your things at Campamento Las Torres before continuing up a steep moraine. Finally, you will see the icon of Torres del Paine National Park – Las Torres! After returning to Campamento Las Torres, you will hike to a climber’s camp called Campamento Japones. Campamento Japones is the original camping space where the climbing pioneers stopped to get away from the weather and to prepare their climb to the top of Las Torres. You will have dinner and begin to prepare for tomorrow’s big day!

Guided Hike: Hotel Las Torres – Las Torres Lookout – Campamento Japones
Total Distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles
Average Time: 6.5 hours

 

DAY 2: Cross Torres del Paine’s Oggioni Pass

Japones – Paso Oggioni – Dickson

Following an early breakfast, you will pack up and begin today’s hike. The Oggioni Pass is very unique and off the beaten track – very few visitors to the park take this hike! The trail is only marked by small stone towers left behind by previous hikers. You will begin by following the trail to the back side of Las Torres, but then – as the trail continues straight – you will detour and hike towards a waterfall. You will pass over the waterfall (on a natural stone bridge) and then hike over two glacier moraines. Finally, you will start climbing uphill. If you have a good map, you will be able to see Oggioni Mountain on the backside of Silence Valley. After making it over the pass, you will walk through a thick forest and from a distance you will be able to see Refugio & Camping Dickson. You will continue walking until you finally reach the camp. Today is a long day and you will be happy to arrive after such an exciting, as well as challenging, day!

Guided Hike: Campamento Japones – Paso Oggioni – Refugio Dickson
Total Distance: 12 kilometers / 7.5 miles
Average Time: 9 hours

 

DAY 3: Rest or Explore

Dickson

Today can be used as a rest day. It can also be used as a day to explore the surrounding (and very scenic) area of Refugio Dickson. In the chance that the pass is not made on day 2 then today will be reserved for a second attempt.

DAY 4: Feel small in an old forest

Dickson – Los Perros

After breakfast you will begin hiking! Today the trek is approximately four hours long and it will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues (both of which grew shortly after the glaciers receded). Finally, you will reach a moraine at the foot of Glacier Los Perros. Here you will set up camp.

Guided Hike: Refugio Dickson – Campamento Los Perros
Total Distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles
Average Time: 4.5 hours

DAY 5: Cross the John Gardner Pass

Los Perros – Grey

You will wake up and have breakfast in a beautiful forest. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters. The trail is very moist and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail. After an hour and fifteen minutes, you will reach the end of the forest and you will finally begin trekking up rockslides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking, you will reach smaller patches of trees all the while gaining a bit of elevation. From this part of the trail, you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and – finally – the John Gardner Pass. From here, you will begin climbing until you reach 1,200 meters. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and Patagonia’s Southern Ice Field. After catching this breath-taking view, you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Campamento Paso for a short rest.  From here you will continue hiking for four more hours along an undulating trail with views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. Before reaching Campamento Grey you will cross several of the parks famous suspension bridges, ultimately bringing you to some close-up views of Glacier Grey. Once you reach Grey you will have time to shower and rest before enjoying a nice hot meal in the Refugio.

Guided Hike: Campamento Los Perros – Paso John Gardner – Refugio Grey
Total Distance: 22 kilometers / 13.7 miles
Average Time: 11 hours

DAY 6: Hike to Lake Pehoe

Grey – Paine Grande

After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a four-hour hike along Lake Grey and then through a small forest.  Most days this section of the park is very windy due to the openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field.  In the afternoon you will arrive to Camping Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Guided Hike: Refugio Grey – Refugio Paine Grande
Total Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
Average Time: 4 hours

DAY 7: Explore the French Valley

Paine Grande – Los Cuernos

This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energizing mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along the border of Lake Skottsberg, you will admire the tremendous peaks towering in front of you – Los Cuernos! After about 2.5 hours, you will arrive to Campamento Italiano where you can rest for a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction — of Lake Nordenskjold, Los Cuernos, and the French Glacier — are absolutely stunning. In the back of the valley you can see various peaks. After soaking up the view, you will hike back down to Campamento Italiano to continue alongside rolling hills as you follow the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold. You will continue on for another two hours until you reach your camp, located on the lake. After a relaxing afternoon and a filling dinner, you will go to sleep for a deserving night’s rest.

Guided Hike: Refugio Paine Grande — French Valley Lookout —Refugio Los Cuernos
Total Distance: 17.3 kilometers / 10.7 miles
Average Time: 7 hours

DAY 8: Say good-bye to Torres del Paine National Park

Los Cuernos – Puerto Natales

 In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. You will leave the monstrous Cuernos and begin hiking back to entrance of the park. The walk is about four hours in duration and you will arrive at Las Torres in time to take a shuttle back to Laguna Amarga. From there you will take another bus all the way back to Puerto Natales. You will arrive back to Puerto Natales in the evening – just in time for dinner and a cozy night´s sleep in a warm bed.  Today you will say good-bye to your guide!

Guided Hike: Refugio Cuernos – Hotel Las Torres
Total Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
Average Time: 4.5 hours

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