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Hiking the O Circuit in Torres del Paine

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Matías Garcés, Outdoor Index
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It takes at least 4 persons for this tour to run. If you’re eager to get on this tour and don’t want to wait around worrying if the minimum number will be reached, you can book this tour for 4 persons.

Once you make the payment, your guides will confirm the date of your reservation within a maximum of 4 business days. In case there is no availability, your guides will offer you the nearest secure date. If the proposed date does not work for you, your guides will offer you a full refund.

Kayaking tour

On Day 6 of the tour, your guides can arrange an optional half-day kayaking tour amidst spectacular glacial landscapes. Let us know if you’d like to go!

Ice hiking (full-day)

On Day 6 of the tour, your guides can arrange an optional full-day ice hiking tour amidst spectacular glacial landscapes. Let us know if you’d like to go!

Porter service

This trip has no luggage transfers. If you’d like to hire a porter who will be carrying your luggage, you can add that now to your booking. The maximum weight per porter is 15 kg.

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Deposits

When booking a trip, you can either pay for it in full or reserve your spot with a 30% deposit. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

Cancellations

Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. You can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

Basic
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.
Flexible
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.
Super Flexible
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
People
1 Person
Date(s)
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Duration
7 day
Guide(s)
Matías Garcés, Outdoor Index
Reserve deposit (30%) $0
Second Payment Amount: $0
  • Embark on a 7-day hiking adventure along the renowned O Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park! This tour offers a wonderful blend of lodging in refuges or camping out, allowing you to see the best of both worlds. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from dense forests and turquoise lakes to glistening glaciers and glacial valleys. There will be an expert guide by your side, making sure you don’t miss out on gems of Torres del Paine, and they’ll also arrange your meals and accommodations—making this trip a worry-free experience.

    • Welcome to the spectacular Patagonia! Make sure to reach Patagonia at least a day prior to your adventure as you’re heading out tomorrow early in the morning. Meet your guide in Puerto Natales and go through a briefing. All your last-minute questions about the tour will be answered!

    • Have hearty breakfast and head to the Puerto Natales Bus Terminal, where you’ll meet your guide and your team at 7 am. Make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early so you don’t miss the bus to Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy breathtaking scenery of Patagonia as you travel to Laguna Amarga’s main entrance where you will need to register with the park ranger, CONAF.

      From there, Transporte Las Torres will take you to the welcome center and then it’s just a 5-minute walk to Estancia Cerro Paine where you’ll register and begin your trek. Follow the trail through Ascencio Valley and its lush forests, and once you ascend through a field of large rocks, you’ll reach the iconic Mirador Base Las Torres. It’s that world-famous view of three granite towers and a turquoise lake at their feet. Have your lunch there before returning to Torre Central Refuge for a warm dinner after a long day of hiking.

      Meals: Lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 8-10 hours
      Distance: 14 miles / 22.5 km
      Accommodation: Central Refuge

      Base at the Torres del Paine
    • Today is one of the easiest days on the O Circuit, but the views are just as incredible. The trail goes through a vibrant green forest and continues along a mellow slope that descends towards endless pastures. Continue hiking the relatively flat path towards the Serón campsite and enjoy the sound of crystal clear streams. After setting up the camp, get some rest and enjoy dinner at a small but cozy dining room of Serón.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 4-5 hours
      Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
      Accommodation: Camping Serón

      View from a tent in Torres
    • A long hike begins through undulating hills and humid swamps into the heart of the park. Snow-capped peaks, blue lakes, and vast expanses of grassland provide the perfect backdrop for exploring the north side of the park. Enjoy imposing views of the Dickson Glacier, Cerro Cubo, and other rugged peaks marking the border between Chile and Argentina. Once you reach the Dickson area, you can either relax at the refuge or take a walk along its rocky shoreline.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Distance: 11 miles / 18 km
      Accommodation: Dickson Refuge

      Dickson lake in Patagonia
    • Today you dive into the most remote area of the park. Feel the wind blowing through the bushes and listen to the sound of Magellanic woodpeckers. Bordering the Los Perros River, go up a large moraine where you’ll be left speechless when you see another picturesque mountain as a backdrop, the Los Perros Glacier, and its greenish-blue lagoon. Continue along a rocky path before reaching the Los Perros campsite, where you’ll spend the night. Get some rest, as there’s a long day ahead of you.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 5 hours
      Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
      Accommodation: Los Perros Camp

      Torres del Paine landscape
    • This is one of the most demanding and most rewarding days of the O Circuit. Make your way through gnarled tree roots and large mud puddles under the green canopy of the trees. Leave the forest and begin ascending over loose rocks until reaching the highest point in the Paine Circuit, the famous John Gardner Pass at 1,200 m (4,000 ft) above sea level. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field will leave you impressed as well as its marvelous resplendent carpet. Descend by the side of a giant wall of ice and continue walking to Camping el Paso, crossing exciting suspension bridges before arriving at the Grey Shelter for a dinner and well deserved rest.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 10-12 hours
      Distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km
      Accommodation: Refuge Grey

      John Gardner Pass
    • Have a hearty breakfast at the lovely Grey Refuge before admiring the incredible landscapes of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the icebergs of Grey Lake some more. Ascend through a mountainous forest until reaching the (sometimes very) windy viewpoint of the Grey Glacier. Keep going until you reach the Laguna de Los Patos, where you’ll begin your descent through a narrow and windy valley that takes you directly to the Paine Grande Refuge.

      There’s an optional Grey Glacier kayaking or ice hiking, you can add it to your adventure upon checkout.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 4-4.5 hours
      Distance: 7 miles / 11 km
      Accommodation: Paine Grande Refuge

      Grey Lake in Torres del Paine
    • Depart early in the morning for a whole day of hiking towards the heart of Torres del Paine. Walk through arid ground along the shore of Lake Skottsberg. After several hours of walking, you’ll arrive at El Italiano campsite where the ascent towards the Valley begins. Climb through rocky terrain and follow the edge of treetops until reaching the Plató (French lookout). You’ll be rewarded with landscapes of Los Cuernos, turquoise glacial lagoons, and hanging glaciers that fall in the form of waterfalls on the east face of Paine Grande. You’ll hear the roar of falling ice and water, and it’s a point where avalanches can commonly be seen. After a quick stop, descend and start the return to the Paine Grande Refuge where you’ll take the Catamarán Hielos Patagónicos and return back to Puerto Natales.

      Meals: Breakfast and lunch
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Distance: 12.5 miles / 20 km

      French Valley in Torres del Paine
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 7-day O Circuit guided tour in Torres del Paine
        • Round-trip transportation Puerto Natales — Torres del Paine
        • Meals as per itinerary
        • Accommodation — 6 nights in mountain refuges (6-8 people per room) and/or camps
        • Sleeping bag and pillow for refuges
        • Tent, sleeping bag, and mat in each camp
        • Ticket for the catamaran
        • Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine
        • Briefing talk

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to and from the starting point
        • Travel and accident insurance
        • Accommodation in Puerto Natales prior to or after the tour
        • Porter for your luggage — optional, but can be added to the listing
        • Kayak in front of the Grey Glacier — optional, can be added at checkout
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • In order to join this O Circuit hike in Paine del Torres, you need to be in excellent shape. A great thing about this adventure is that there are no issues with altitude, but still keep in mind that you will be hiking for 7 days in a row, with some days being long and challenging—but the incredible views will make you forget about the difficulty! Daily distances range from 5.6 to 14 miles (9 to 22.5 km), with some days being very long and challenging.

      Some days are longer, while some days you’ll only hike for 4-5 hours. Still, this tour is more than just a leisurely stroll so make sure you’re in good enough shape to join it.

      Looking for a shorter adventure in the spectacular Paine del Torres? Check out this 5-day W Trek in Torres del Paine!

    • The weather in southern Patagonia is very changeable, and you can experience all four seasons in one day. It’s crucial to be prepared for any type of weather, especially strong winds and high solar radiation. The list below outlines the basic equipment necessary for a day of excursions in Torres del Paine National Park:

        • 40L backpack (with rain cover)
        • Small daypack for shorter trips
        • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
        • Water-resistant jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
        • Fleece or sweatshirt
        • First layer of merino wool or breathable material
        • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts
        • Comfortable hiking boots (not brand new)
        • Cell phone (with camera)
        • Sandals (for bathing and resting)
        • Headlamp
        • Lock for your tent
        • Quick-drying towel (lightweight)
        • Cold-resistant hat and gloves
        • Sun hat
        • Sunscreen
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional, but recommended
        • Binoculars (for experienced users)
        • Reusable water bottle (1 liter is sufficient, clear bottles are recommended)
        • Ziploc bags (for waste disposal)
        • First aid kit (with bandages, adhesive bandages, and anti-inflammatory patches)
    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For the O Circuit guided tour in Torres del Paine, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. The maximum group size is 6.
        • It takes a minimum of 4 persons for the tour to run.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      O Circuit guided tour can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to Puerto Natales, the starting point of your tour, most people fly into Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) serving Puerto Natales. Once you land there, you have a 10-minute drive to the city.

      Another option is to fly into Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ), the airport serving the Punta Arenas area. Once you’re there, you have several options to reach Puerto Natales. You can take a bus which takes 3-4 hours, you can rent a car, or arrange a private transfer.

      You will meet your guide on Day 0 in Puerto Natales, which is when you’ll meet your guide and go through a briefing. Let us know if you need any help arranging transportation and/or accommodation prior to and after the tour.

    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Chile, please refer to Chile’s Foreign Travel Advice.

      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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