Paine Circuit Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile
Spanning over 75-miles through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, the Paine Circuit Trek (also known as “the loop”) winds you through the most iconic mountains, valleys and peaks of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. The hike takes about seven days to complete, with rest days in between, and includes some of the park’s biggest highlights – John Gardner Pass, the Grey and Dickson Glaciers and the famous Torres del Paine “horns” or towers. Although beautiful, the hike is extreme – with steep, almost 90-degree uphill climbs on rocky footpaths. For many, the icy river crossings, slippery snow cover, and unpredictable weather (it’s said you can feel all four seasons during this trek) is too much to handle.