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One of the best hikes in the world
Also known as:
- Isla Navarino Circuit
- Circuito Dientes de Navarino
- The Teeth of Navarino
- world’s most southerly major hike?
- circumambulate the jagged spires of Cordon de los Dientes
- out of Puerto William, Chile, on Isla Navarino (pop. 2,262 last time we counted)
- recommended 5 days, 4 nights
Why We Like This Hike
- great views, most of the trek is above the treeline
- vista over the islands making up Cape Horn (about 150km south)
- condors, guanaco & beaver may be seen
- it’s close to Paine & Fitz Roy, our favourite hikes in Patagonia
- no risk of altitude sickness
- extreme weather is your greatest concern
- prepare for howling winds & unexpected snowfall
- hypothermia is a risk
- scrambling, route finding & even bushwhacking may be needed
- fortunately painted stones & cairns mark the main route
- you need a strong tent & good tie-downs to survive the wind
- Dec to March are the best months to hike
- for safety you should register with the police or at the Gobernacion Maritima Police office in Puerto Williams
- benzina blanca (stove fuel) might be hard to find. Check the hardware shop next to the supermarkets.
- there is no official rescue service. Be responsible for your own safety.
- campsites do not provide much shelter
- views often obscured by cloud
- as your feet get very wet, you will be cursing the introduced beavers
- conversational Spanish is needed
- Unknown. Leave a comment if you’ve got a recent budget for this adventure.
- the standard Dientes Circuit trek as described in Lonely Planet Trekking in the Patagonian Andes is 53.5km (33mi) plus sidetrips
- we recommend minimum 5 days, 4 nights in the tent
- plenty of water & many good campsites to choose from
- moderate difficulty if the weather cooperates
- a difficult slog if it’s pounding rain
- clockwise direction starting from Puerto Williams is highly recommended
- you will need to walk or hitchhike back to town
- could extend the walk connecting to the Lago Windhond trek
The easiest and safest way to do Dientes is with a guide. We’ve not used any of these services:
You need to get to and from remote Puerto Williams. A few options:
- Boat from Ushuaia
- Ferry from Punta Arenas
- Flight from Punta Arenas
Hotels and hostels in Puerto Williams have all the information you need to organize the trek.
The only gear store stocks some types of stove fuel, knives, tents, sleeping bags, etc. You can also rent a GPS there that has the circuit route uploaded.
Small supermarkets have basic food supplies.
Still, the more food and gear you can bring with you, the better.
Hotels and hostels in Puerto Williams have all the information you need to organize the trek. Register for the adventure at the police station. There is no Ranger or trail maintenance once you get out there.
Best Trekking Guidebooks
- Lonely Planet Trekking in the Patagonian Andes 2009
We LOVE that 2009 guidebook. But certainly wish LP would update.
Best Travel Guidebooks
- Enduring Patagonia – Gregory Crouch
- In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin
- Baja to Patagonia – Larry Rice
- Nowhere Is a Place: Travels in Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, Jeff Gnass
- Patagonia: Wild Land At The End Of The Earth – Tim Hauf, Conger, Jr. Beasley, Gregory Crouch
A simple map of the trek can be purchased in Puerto Williams. Look for a brochure, Circuito Dientes de Navarino, which includes a 1:120,000 map with trekking routes.
Best Web Pages
- walkopedia – Dientes Circuit
- Victory Cruises – Dientes
- treehugger – Plans to “Totally Eradicate” Tierra del Fuego’s Invasive Beavers
Best Trip Reports
- Nick & Jenni – Isla Navarino – the Dientes Circuit 2007
- sebastian68 – Dientes de Navarino – Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, Chile 2010 | map & trip report | photos
- Patricia – A Taste of the Dientes Circuit (PDF)
- The Hiking Life – Dientes Circuit, Isla Navarino, Chile 1997
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