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Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trek

Full Circuit Torres del Paine

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Torres Del Paine Full Cuircuit Trek.

Please Note: We are not a tour operator, but we can put you in touch with our recommended partner, see tour recommendation below.

As this is a very long and detailed article on the Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trek, we recommend using the quicklinks below to navigate to the sections that interest you most. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page for future reference.

Route Overview

One of the greatest and undiscovered treks on our planet, the Torres del Paine Full Circuit is a vibrant mix of stunning landscapes and unrivalled views.

Located on the southern tip of South America, the Torres del Paine National Park was made a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and hosts some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Americas. Home to spectacular glacier, emerald lakes, ancient forests and tranquil rivers, the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine is fast becoming one of the most popular treks in South America.

The trek is 130km long and hikers generally take 7 to 9 days to complete it, although more experienced trekkers often do it in under 5 days! However, the John Gardner pass is often closed due to bad weather and it is always advised to add a few extra days in to your itinerary to accommodate this. When the pass is closed the best option is to hike back to Campamento Los Perros and stay there for another night or two.

The Full Circuit takes hikers on the standard 'W' Trek before continuing around the backside of the park to Refugio Dickson. Trekkers then climb and over John Gardner Pass before descending back down to Campamento Grey.

The circuit is considered a fairly good entry level trek as the elevation remains relatively flat and trekkers generally stay near sea level. Therefore, unlike some of the more famous treks in Nepal, altitude sickness is not an issue on the circuit. The trail is very well signposted, making it near impossible to get lost. Water can be found throughout the circuit and ranger stations are dotted along the route. The only concern along the route is the weather. Patagonia is famously windy and produces frequent storms that often make trekking quite dangerous. Always be aware of the weather forecast and, if travelling with a guide, follow their lead and advice.

Please Note: As of 2016, the CONAF has now limited the amount of people who can hike the Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trail to 80 persons per day. Visitors must reserve a place if trekking solo without an operator and you’ll need to take the trail in a counterclockwise direction. It is also advised to book campsite early as they book up exceptionally quickly, particularly the free camp sites!

Regional Map

The Torres Del Paine Full Circuit is situated within Chile near the southern tip of South America.

The park itself is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas.

Route Map

The best map we have found for the Torres Del Paine Full Circuit is the Torres del Paine Waterproof Trekking Map by Sergio Zagier. 

The map provides a compressive satellite relief, contour lines, shelters, timed trails, camping and inns.


Tour Recommendation

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Below is a detailed Torres Del Paine Full Circuit itinerary. Please note that this is a typical Torres Del Paine Full Circuit itinerary. There are sometimes great differences in trek length depending on weather and trekking experience. The itinerary provided is the standard 8 day trek option.

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Day 1: Puerto Natales - Campamento Serón (12 km)

Day 2: Campamento Serón – Refugio Dickson (18km)

Day 3: Refugio Dickson – Campamento Los Perros (11 km)

Day 4: Campamento Los Perros – Paso (12 km)

Day 5: Campamento Paso – Refugio Grey – Paine Grande (21 km)

Day 6: Valle del Frances – Los Cuernos (22,5 km)

Day 7: Los Cuernos – Campamento Torres (20 km)

Day 8: Torres – Puerto Natales (10 – 15 km)


Video Overview

A beautiful video overview of the Torres Del Paine Full Circuit by Backpacker Steve.

The video is very detailed and is 12:29 long.

Recommended Guidebook


The one guide book that stands above all other is Trekking Torres del Paine: Chile’s Premier National Park and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park by Rudolf Abraham. The guide book covers eight major trails within the park including the Full Circuit and the ‘W’ Trek. Maps, tips and detailed information is provided for each trek and the book is a must for trekkers hiking solo.

Other guide books available include ‘Fodor’s Chile: with Easter Island & Patagonia (Travel Guide)’, ‘Backpacking in Chile: Travel Guide & Trekking Guide for Independent Travelers’ and ‘Torres del Paine (Chile) 1:50 / 100,000 Trekking Map, GPS, waterproof’ by Trekking Chile.

Tour Recommendation

Get a trekking quote from our recommended tour operator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have provided detailed answers to the most frequently asked questions on the Torres Del Paine Full Circuit Trek.

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