Torres del Paine Circuit

Full Circuit - CN

The Full Circuit is an 8-9 day hike all around Torres del Paine National Park. You'll witness all the great routes and sites of the shorter 'W Circuit' but also take in the northern part of the park and the incredible Paso John Garner overlooking the Patagonian ice Cap itself.

There's no doubt that the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine is a challenging hike, but the rewards are wonderful. You're walking in the Northern parts of the park that only 5% of people get to see, and the view of the Patagonian IceCap that you'll get as you climb up to the Paso John Garner is truly awe inspiring.

You'll need to be ready for some camping on 3 of the nights. All of the tours below will have this organised for you so you won't need to worry about carrying heavy camping and cooking gear.  The tours are divided into three categories:  Full Circuit treks of Torres del Paine, multi-activity Full Circuits, and special Full Circuits.

You may also want to consider trips in Torres del Paine that are even more off the beaten track.

Full Circuit: The Route

On the Torres del Paine circuit as the name suggests you complete a circuit of the Paine range. The route visits the 3 valleys that you visit on the W trek as well as the quieter northern areas of the park. The areas you visit are:

  • Dickson Lake is a beautiful campsite set with views of the Dickson glacier and a tranquil setting.
  • You will pass through beautiful Lenga forest on your way to the Perros camp above which the Perros glacier hangs.
  • John Garner pass is the most challenging day and a highlight of the circuit trek. You climb to 1200m and get awesome views towards the icecap.
  • The trail descends towards glacier grey and you follow the glacier as it descends to Grey lake. The views of glacier grey are fantastic!
  • The French Valley, with the vast hanging glacier Frances dominating the landscape on your left as you climb. More challenging terrain and wonderful views of the glacier as you hike up the valley until the top where you are surrounded by an amphitheatre of towering pinnacles.
  • You will visit the magnificent mile high granite towers that give Torres del Paine its name either at the start or end of your trek. This is one of the more challenging days of the trek with 800m climb and 7-9 hours of hiking.

Route Map

Full Circuit Route Map - SWO

Elevation Profile

Elevation Full Circuit

Full Circuit Treks of Torres del Paine

The Full Circuit - Hike, Bike, Ride and Kayak

Full Circuit Specials

Key landmarks around the Full Circuit

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