Half and Half Circuit

8 Days
Hiking
Overview

The views while hiking the Torres del Paine Circuit are unlike those anywhere else in the world. UNESCO named the park a biosphere reserve in 1978 because of its diverse flora and fauna. Hiking the Torres del Paine 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. Throughout the expedition you will hike across mountains, through pampas and forests, and beside glaciers and lakes.

Doing the Circuit is the best way to see all the major highlights of Torres del Paine. You will see the Torres Lookout, the French Valley, the Cuernos, Glacier Grey, Glacier Dickson, Lake Paine, the John Gardner Pass, the Southern Ice Field and many other amazing sites.

 

Sale!

$2,200.00 $2,000.00 (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 John Gardner Pass.

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Las Torres Lookout – Torres Central
Day 2: Las Torres – Seron
Day 3: Seron – 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)
  • 5 Guided days of hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
  • 1 Porter for 5 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: Visit the Famous Towers

Puerto Natales – Las Torres Lookout – Torres Central

Early in the morning you will depart on a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The trip to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga is approximately two hours. After arriving to and registering yourself in the park and dropping your belongings off at your campsite, you will begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.  After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio & Camping Chileno where you will be able to enjoy your lunch before continuing onto the Las Torres lookout. You will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest.  Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the granite peaks known as the Torres.  After admiring the view you will return to Camping Central where you will have dinner and sleep.

Hike: Hotel Las Torres – Las Torres Lookout – Hotel Las Torres
Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles
Average Time: 8 hours

DAY 2: Hike alongside the Paine River

Las Torres – Seron

 Today you will meet your guide and begin with a four-hour hike along a fairly flat trail. As you wind along Paine River, you will admire the deep blue waters of Laguna Azul and the picturesque view of Encantado Valley (a valley surrounded by rock formations created by centuries of wind). When you reach Dome & Camping Seron, an old Baqueano (Patagonia cowboy) post, the land will stretch out before you. This lovely day will end with dinner, after which you will fall asleep under the brightly shining stars.

Guided Hike: Hotel Las Torres – Seron
Total Distance: 13 kilometers / 8.1 miles
Average Time: 4 hours

DAY 3: Enjoy Glacier Dickson and Lake Paine

Seron – Dickson

 Today’s seven-hour hike will begin with a steady walk up a hill and past a small lagoon, where you will reach a lookout with an incredible view of Lake Paine. As you descend the hill, breathtaking views will surround you. You will be able to see the mountains that separate Chile and Argentina, along with the mountains located on the northern side of the park’s Paine Massif. As you continue to hike, you will cross a marsh on boardwalks that park rangers have created. After traversing the marsh, you will begin crossing ancient moraine valleys and you will notice the imposing glacier tongue of the Southern Ice Field. You will continue to Camping Dickson where you will spend the evening.

Guided Hike: Refugio Seron – Refugio Dickson
Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles
Average Time: 6 hours

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 – 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. Your guide will be leaving you early today to catch the first bus back to Puerto Natales. 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.

Hike: Refugio Grey – Refugio Paine Grande
Total Distance: 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles
Average Time: 3.5 – 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 bed for a deserving night’s sleep.

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.

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

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