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The Full Circuit of Torres del Paine

This is a challenging 8-9 day adventure with at least 2 nights of camping. You'll hike to all the places the W Circuit covers as well as climbing to the awe inspiring Paso John Garner.

Here you can find best guided trips, read our guide and check the map of key landmarks.

Full Circuit Torres del Paine

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 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 ...

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7 days


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 ...

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9 days


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 ...

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11 days


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 ...

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12 days


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 ...

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10 days


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 ...

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6 days


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 ...

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10 days


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 ...

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12 days


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 ...

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8 days


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 ...

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9 days


Torres del Paine Circuit

A unique entrance to Torres del Paine along the Rio Serrano, on top of visiting a penguin colony, makes this Full Circuit trek extra ...

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14 days


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 ...

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12 days


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 ...

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20 days


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See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.


February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.


March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!


In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>


Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>


At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>


Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>


This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>


In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>


Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.


November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!


Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.

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