Patagonia Paine Circuit
- Classic trekking at the `end of the earth` in Patagonia
- Complete circuit of the Torres del Paine
- Crossing the John Garner Pass
- Blue lakes and tumbling glaciers
- Full support, no backpacking
Located at the southern tip of mainland South America, the rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and particularly for the incredible Torres del Paine. At its heart is the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer's admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world's great trekking challenges, the 130 kilometre circuit of the Torres del Paine Massif. Involving 6 days of hiking, by way of several lakeside camps and the remote John Garner Pass, this is the ultimate Patagonia trekking holiday: enhanced by excursions on foot to the most spectacular viewpoints in the Ascencio and Frances valleys. Our Patagonia holiday itinerary now includes a day's hike along the northern edge of Lake Nordenskjold, which effectively completes the whole circuit of the Torres del Paine. A support team means you are free to devote your energies to enjoying what has been voted the most dramatic mountain region on the planet!
Is this holiday for you?
During the course of this relatively short adventure holiday in Patagonia, we cover a total distance just over 130 kilometres (including the 2 side trips that we make into the Frances and Ascencio valleys). This equates with an average daily trekking distance of 19 kilometres. There are a couple of long walking days. Having arranged porter support, group members will not need to carry more than a normal day-pack at any stage of the trip. The circuit trek around the Torres del Paine Massif is well-established and there are good trails for most of the route. However, on the north side of the range and especially whilst crossing the John Garner Pass, there are some sections of rugged pathway, negotiating slippery forested terrain and marshland. Altitude is not a factor on this holiday.