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Torres del Paine Circuit

Updated on September 12, 2014

What is the Circuit?

Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia Chile is like nowhere else on earth.

The Circuit is the longest, hardest and and most spectacular of its world famous treks. Taking up to ten days, its main attraction is the John Gardner Pass, which flanks the immense mind-blowing Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Full Paine Circuit

The Full Paine Circuit is sometimes taken to include the Torres del Paine W as well as the hike to and over the John Gardner Pass.

Trekking Distances and Times

A list of trekking times for the basic Patagonia Circuit. For the full Circuit, add the W trekking times.

  • Torres Central to Camp Séron: 9 km, 4 hr

    Terrain: flat pampas

  • Camp Séron to Dickson: 19 km, 6 hrs

    Terrain: flat a bit boggy and then deeper bogs - some very deep - before the trail climbs uphill

  • Refugio Dickson to Camp Los Perros: 9 km, 4 hrs

    Terrain: Uphill through woodland with and across a rickety bridge

  • Camp Los Perros to Camp El Paso: 12 km, 6 hrs

    Terrain: Quite steep climb up to the Pass, but steeper and muddier down the other side

  • Camp El Paso to Camp Los Guardas: 6 km, 3 hrs

    Terrain: undulating

  • Camp Los Guardas to Refugio Grey: 4km, 2 hrs

    Terrain: Nearly flat

  • Refugio Gray to Paine Grande Mountain Lodge: 11 km, 3.5 hrs

    Terrain: up and down - mostly down

Torres del Paine Circuit
Torres del Paine Circuit

Getting to the Circuit Start

Travel to Chilean Patagonia and the town of Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.

Buses from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine leave early morning (7am to 8am) and afternoon (around 2.30pm). It's 2 hours 15 mins to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga ($27). From there, you can get a short shuttle to Refugio Torres Central (free if you're staying there).

Puerto Natales
Puerto Natales

Getting Back to Puerto Natales

Catamaran and Bus

The Circuit ends at Paine Grande Mountain Lodge, unless you're doing the full Circuit.

A Catamaran will take you across Lago Pehoe to the Catamaran Dock at Pudeto (30 mins, about $20). From there, a bus back to Puerto Natales takes about 3 hours 15 mins.

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