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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 in the past. Most hikers are doing it in 4 days, 3 nights now as the trail is well cairned and signed.
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 & bushwhacking may be needed
- 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
- Brian Spurling was there in 2017. He found it expensive compared with the other great Patagonian hikes.
- ferry Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams US $167 (£130) / person (30 hrs)
- Ushuaia to Navarino US $167 (£133) / person (30 min boat, 50 min bus)
- flight Ushuaia to Navarino one way might cost you US $150
- the standard Dientes Circuit trek as described in Lonely Planet Trekking in the Patagonian Andes is 53.5km (33mi) plus sidetrips
- we recommend minimum 4 days, 3 nights in the tent (and an extra day in case of bad weather)
- 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
Though it’s no problem to do the Circuit independently, it’s easiest 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 … or,
- Ferry from Punta Arenas … or,
- Flight from Punta Arenas
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.
Best Trekking Guidebooks
- Lonely Planet Trekking in the Patagonian Andes 2009
We LOVE that 2009 guidebook. But certainly wish LP would update. It’s not easy to find a copy these days.
Best Travel Guidebooks
- Lonely Planet Chile (get the most up-to-date edition)
- Footprint Patagonia (get the most up-to-date edition)
- 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
- The Big Outside – UNKNOWN PATAGONIA: THE DIENTES CIRCUIT
- 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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