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Trekking Circuito O Torres del Paine

The Big circuit goes around the Paine Massif including the “W” circuit. This circuit cannot be made sleeping from Refugio to Refugio, so you need to carry a tent. There are some companies that organize group tours with guides and porters.

BIG CIRCUIT SECTIONS

Las Torres Hotel – Seron Camp
You will walk through a Lenga forest along the Paine River, with some uphill and downhill until you get to el Seron Camp. Very nice views of the Paine Mountain.

Difficulty Medium
Difference in height 10 m
Distance 9 km
Time 5 hrs.

Seron Camp– Dickson Refugio
This is an easy section. You will walk around Lake Paine, with nice views of Escudo, Cabeza de Indio and Cubo mountains. It ends at Dickson Lake.

Difficulty Medium
Difference in height 20 m
Distance 18,5 km
Time 6-7 hrs.

Dickson Refugio – Los Perros Camp
One of the most beautiful section, you will walk through an old Lenga forest, and pass through a hanging bridge over Los Perros River. At the end the path goes up a moraine until you reach a lagoon full of icebergs and the camp.

Difficulty Medium
Difference in height 360 m
Distance 9 km
Time 5 hrs.

Los Perros Camp – El Paso Camp

This is the most demanding section. Most of the trail is an uphill walk and you must pass through a marsh, were it is very difficult not to cover in mud your feet. The trail keeps going up, it might be possible to pass through some snow until you reach the John Garner pass at 1,200 m of altitude, from here you will get the best views of the Southern Ice Field and Glacier Grey, a good award for all the effort. From here starts the steepest downhill walk in the circuit, in-between a Lenga forest and the Grey Glacier until you get to El Paso Camp.

Difficulty Demanding
Difference in height 630 m
Distance 12 km
Time 5-6 hrs.

El Paso Camp – Grey Refugio
The trail continues along the Grey Glacier through a Lenga forest with nice views of Olguin Mountain until you get to Grey Lake, if you are lucky you will get to see an Iceberg falling from the glacier. This section ends at the Refugio.

Difficulty Medium
Difference in height 490
Distance 10 km
Time 5 hrs.

Grey Refugio– Paine Grande Lodge
This walk has nice views of the Grey Lake and its icebergs, you will walk through Lenga, Coigue and Ñirre forests, pass nice lagoons until you reach Pehoe Lake.

Difficulty Medium
Difference in height 50 m
Distance 11 km
Time 3,5 hrs.
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