Chile

O Circuit Trek Torres del Paine

9 days | 8 nights
Private tour
From 1410USD per person
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Also known as the Full Circuit, the O Trek through Torres del Paine National Park overlaps with sections of the W circuit, with the addition of the Dickson and Los Perros sectors of the park's remote north.

With 9 days of challenging hikes that range between 9 and 22 kilometers each, this Patagonia tour is for the physically inclined and rewards those who conquer it with views of vast glaciers and gemlike lakes that fall nothing short of spectacular.

This Patagonia tour begins at the park's main entrance of Laguna Amarga and ends at Base La Torres, connected by a rugged trail that leads you through thick lengas, coigües, and ñirres forests, past soaring peaks and deep turquoise lakes.

Enveloped by solitude and fresh mountain air throughout, the O Trek allows you to witness the national park's natural attractions of Dickson and Grey Glaciers, the French Valley, and the three iconic granite towers from which this national park proudly takes its name. 127 kilometers in length, the O Trek is the most complete route through Torres del Paine National Park, making this 9 day Patagonia trek the most worthwhile way to experience the region.

Destinations

Patagonia

Trip at a glance

Visits

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK: Amarga Lagoon, Paine Lake, Dickson Glacier & Lake, Los Perros Glacier, John Gardner Pass, Grey Lake & Glacier, Cuernos del Paine, French Valley, Británico Sector, Nordenskjöld Lake, Salto Grande waterfall, Los Vientos Mountain Pass

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 PUERTO NATALES: ORIENTATION MEETING

Morning

Arrive at our office in Puerto Natales at 10 am for a brief orientation, where you'll receive your voucher and welcome kit. You're encouraged to ask us any questions before you embark on your adventure tomorrow.

Afternoon

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Evening

Overnight in Puerto Natales. 

Day 2 TRANSFER TO TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, AMARGA LAGOON

4-6 hours trekking / 13 km / Mid Difficulty / 250m elevation gain / Lodging in Sector Seron

Morning

Arrive at Terminal Rodoviário Puerto Natales at 6:30 am for your 7 am bus departure to Torres del Paine National Park.
Enter the park through the Amarga Lagoon Checkpoint, and board another bus to Cerro Paine Reserve's Welcome Center where you'll be greeted with the three granite peaks of the Torres del Paine and the towering Almirante Nieto Mountain in the distance. 

Afternoon

Begin on your first hike of this 9 day Patagonia tour, and spend the next 4 hours weaving through a vast lenga beech forest, its trunks whimsically draped in a grayish-green lichen known as Old Man's Beard. Come to a verdant valley carpeted by daisies and the meandering Paine River, which you'll hike along until you reach your site for the evening - the Serón Campsite.

Evening

Overnight at Seron Camp. 

MEALS
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner at campsite

Day 3 PAINE LAKE, DICKSON LAKE

6-8 hours trekking / 18 km / High Difficulty / 200m elevation gain / Lodging in Dickson Sector
Morning

Begin today's hike by navigating the slopes of Paine Hill, walking on the banks of the mirror-like Paine Lake which reflects its surrounding majestic peaks. Depending on the weather, you'll be able to observe the Paine Massif and the curious silhouettes of the Cabeza del Indio, Dickson and Escudo. 

Afternoon

Reach Dickson Lake, which now spans the border between Chile and Argentina due to the retreat of the Dickson Glacier.

Evening

Spend the night at Dickson Camp, along the tree-lined shores of Dickson Lake.

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 4 DICKSON & LOS PERROS GLACIERS

4-5 hours trekking / 9 km / High Difficulty / 360m elevation gain / Lodging at Los Perros campsite

Morning

Head southwest today where you'll have the opportunity to witness the Dickson Glacier cleave and tumble down into the lake below of the same name. Make your way through a dense lenga beech forest as Magellanic woodpeckers strike their beaks methodically against the trees, and make sure to stop when you come to a clearing in the middle of the forest, where you'll see ancient glaciers both in front of and behind you.

Afternoon

Reach Los Perros Glacier, which descends from the Paine Massif and revel in the raw beauty of the lake that's fed by this glacier. Continue hiking for an additional 30 minutes before arriving at Los Perros Campsite, where you'll sleep among the trees tonight.

Evening

Overnight at Los Perros Camp.

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 5 GREY GLACIER, JOHN GARDNER PASS

9-12 hours trekking / 22 km / High Difficulty / 620m elevation gain - Highest 1241m / Lodging in Grey Sector

Morning

Today is the toughest portion of this 9-day trek, as you navigate steep climbs and descents across slippery and muddy terrain.
Leave Los Perros early in the morning and embark on a long and steep climb across muddy and sometimes snow-covered trails to reach John Gardner Pass, adjacent to the Southern Patagonian Ice field. Its summit, at a lofty 1241m, is the most extreme part of the O Trek. Reward yourself at its peak by taking in the spellbinding views of the Southern Ice Fields below, a huge expanse of ice displayed in mesmerizing hues of blue.

Afternoon

Begin your descent to Grey Lake against a dramatic backdrop of the Grey Glacier throughout your hike, and reach your campsite for the evening by crossing two suspension bridges over 50 meters in length. Observe the deep gorges below as you make your away across.

Evening

Overnight in Grey Sector.

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 6 PAINE GRANDE SECTOR

4 hours trekking / 11 km / Mid Difficulty / Start Altitude: 130m - Highest Point: 388m / Lodging in Paine Grande Sector

Morning

Spend the day hiking on much gentler terrain today to Paine Grande. This morning, participate in an optional kayak excursion to see the Grey Glacier up close.

Afternoon

The first portion of today's hike encompasses a number of ascents and descents that wind through Antarctic beech, Chilean firebush, and Dombey's beech forests, with views of the snow-dusted Paine Grande Hill throughout.
Enjoy sublime views of Cuernos del Paine as you rest your head at Paine Grande Camp tonight.

Evening

Overnight at Paine Grande Camp. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 7 FRENCH VALLEY

8-9 hours trekking / 20.5 km / High Difficulty / Start Altitude: 100m - Highest Point: 762m / Lodging in Frances Sector
Morning

Check off another iconic sight today as you witness the surreal French Valley and its surroundings.
Begin with a leisurely walk towards the Italiano Campsite where you'll begin your 1.5-hour climb through dense beech forests up to the Francés Lookout Point, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of frosted peaks, dominated by a hanging glacier - the Glaciar Francés.

Afternoon

Head to the Británico Sector through a lenga beech forest, and come to a view of the French Valley framed by the Hills Paine Grande, Cuerno del Norte and Catedral, and Aleta de Tiburón. Take the same trail back until you see Italiano Campsite and head east to Francés Camp, where you'll spend the night.

Evening

Overnight at Francés Camp. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 8 NORDENSKJÖLD LAKE, SALTO GRANDE WATERFALL

4-5 hours trekking / 14 km / Mid Difficulty / Elevation gain 200m / Lodging in Torre Central Mountain Refuge

Morning

Head towards the Central Sector on relatively flat and relaxed terrain this morning, surrounded by views of Cuernos del Paine and the deep turquoise Nordenskjöld Lake throughout your hike. First discovered by Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld, this alpine lake is best known for its unique hues of blues that feed into the stunning Salto Grande waterfall.

Afternoon

Enjoy the buzz of activity at the Central Sector Campsite, and recount your experience over some beer, or indulge in a massage (not included) at the nearby Hotel Las Torres Spa.

Evening

Overnight at Central Sector Camp. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included

Day 9 LAS TORRES, LOS VIENTOS MOUNTAIN PASS

7-9 hours trekking / 19.5 km / High Difficulty / Start Altitude: 126m Highest Point: 870m

Morning

Wake early to visit the park's most iconic site - Las Torres Base Lookout Point. Begin by crossing the Ascencio River and ascending 3 km to Los Vientos Mountain Pass where you'll enjoy stunning views of the valley, lakes, and glaciers below. Continue to the Chileno Mountain Refuge, and enter a lenga beech forest on your way up to La Morrena, the toughest part of today's hike. 

Afternoon

Reach Las Torres Base Lookout Point after 45 minutes on a rocky trail, and contemplate the grandeur of Torres Sur, Central, and North - the peaks of the Torre del Paine that grace countless postcards.

Evening

Your Patagonia tour ends here, as you return to the Central Sector and board a 7 pm bus to Puerto Natales for a 9 pm arrival.

MEALS
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch box included

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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
8 nights in Tent or Refuge

Meals

Full board plan
8 breakfasts + 8 lunches + 8 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shared regular bus transfers

Orientation

Guide
Self-guided or English-speaking local Guide

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • English-speaking guide if booked as 'self-guided'
  • Domestic flights
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks during meals
  • Drinks during trek
  • Tips    

Important notes

We strongly recommend you to get a travel insurance policy that covers hiking up to 15,000 feet (4500m) above sea level.

Trekking packing list:

  • 50 liters backpack
  • 15/20 liters backpack
  • hiking shoes
  • hiking poles
  • full-length hiking pants
  • hiking shorts
  • waterproof pants (x1)
  • long and short sleeves synthetic tops
  • medium-weight fleece jacket
  • sun hat or cap
  • woolly hat
  • water and windproof parka jacket
  • waterproof gloves
  • hiking socks (1 pair/day)
  • sunblock SPF 50+
  • binoculars
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