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.
Full Circuit Treks of Torres del Paine
The Classic Full Circuit
Camp under the stars in small, guided groups whilst completing the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine in just 7 days. A great value trip with superb customer-feedback, this is for those on tight schedules and budgets, or who…
9 Day Torres del Paine circuit
Combine your rugged camping adventure around the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine with a night of luxury in a warm and cosy, eco-friendly yurt. In addition, direct transfers between the airport and the Park give you the peace…
Paine Circuit: 130km
Trek the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine over 8 days using mountain refugios for 4 of the nights, and hotels in nearby Puerto Natales on transfers both to and from the airport. OPTIONAL: 2-3 day kayak…
Extended Paine Circuit: Ice Hike & Hidden Valleys
This version of the Full Circuit includes an Ice Hike on Grey Glacier, & a day trek into one of the Hidden Valleys. Unlike many itineraries, it includes mountain refugio accommodation as well as camping, & includes all of your…
Paine Circuit 10 days
Trek the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine over 8 days. Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and brief you over dinner in nearby Puerto Natales on the first evening, stopping there overnight so that you’re fresh…
The Full Circuit - Hike, Bike, Ride and Kayak
Bike and Hike Torres del Paine Adventure
Hike in some incredibly unusual parts of Torres del Paine including Paso Oggioni and Silencio Valley before cycling in the northern part of the park along Lago Paine (only 5% of visitors make it out here). This trip includes bus…
Multi-Activity Full Circuit of Paine
Mountain-biking over the flatter stretches of Torres del Paine’s “Full Circuit” allows you to cover ground more quickly, providing time to venture slightly off the beaten track. You still, of course, get to hike to the famous Towers of…
12 Day Multi-Activity Adventure in Two National Parks
Trek, horse ride and kayak to the most secluded and least known parts of this fantastic park. A unique and challenging way to see Torres del Paine - see the Towers, tackle a little known mountain pass, trek the…
Full Circuit Specials
Paine Circuit Half and Half
A great way to get the best of both worlds from your Full Circuit in Torres del Paine. Enjoy the independence & economy of hiking the W self-guided, but have a guide to support you in the more remote/challenging northern…
The Avid Hikers' Circuit
The Oggioni Mountain Pass: a remote and challenging route and not for the faint-hearted, you could be among the few to explore this gem of Torres del Paine. This is the avid hiker's Full Circuit, short-cutting the flatter…
Patagonia Mountain Circuit Walk Holiday
Trek the full circuit of Paine at a leisurely pace and with full porter support, giving you time to explore a little off the beaten track, go trekking on a glacier, and fully appreciate the beauty around you. This trip…
Lake District and Torres del Paine
Hike the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine, with a preparatory week in the Chilean Lake District, climbing not one but two volcanoes; all with an expert Chilean mountaineering…