Our Torres del Paine tours provide both guided and self-guided options to suit the needs of each traveler. Whether you want a guide to accompany you the whole way and to help with carrying gear, or whether you want to do an independent adventure but need a bit of help planning routes, transport, reserving camping sites, and getting the right food, we can assist and help ensure all of these worries are taken care of for you.
At Keteka, we want you to get an authentic travel experience. More than just seeing another culture, we try to help you immerse yourself in a different way of life. In Torres del Paine, we work with vetted local guides and operators so all our tours are safe, high quality, and have a positive local impact.
The O Circuit covers the same trails as the W Trek, and then also goes around the back half of the park. It takes between 8-12 days to complete, depending on your specific route and fitness level. As you can see in the map above, the circuit takes you in a rough O shape around the park. In addition to the highlights listed above along the W Trek, the O Trek also goes to:
Note that we highly recommend having a guide on the back half of the O circuit – it can be difficult to navigate. We know many travelers prefer to hike without a guide, which is why we offer a “Half and Half” trek – an O Circuit that is guided on the back half, and self-guided on the front half.
The most popular time to visit Torres del Paine is in the summer months of Chile, roughly October to March. Peak season is November to February, and so you will find the trails busier then as well as limited availability in campsites and refugios. If you are planning to travel during these months we strongly suggest you book four to five months in advance in order to secure your place.
The best months to travel are October and March, because they are just at the beginning and end of the season, so weather is still pleasant but there will be fewer people.
Alternatively, for the more intrepid, winter hikes are also available between the months of April and September. Please note that in winter many trails are closed to solo travelers and non-guided groups, so it’s best to consider a guided tour at this time to allow you to make the most of your trip to the park and to ensure your safety in the changing Patagonian weather.
Weather in Patagonia is known to change rapidly and you can experience all four seasons sometimes in one day! While you might set off on a bright and sunny morning, during the course of the day you could see rain, heavy winds, and dramatic changes in temperature. While planning your trip, take this into consideration and make sure to pack clothes that are rain and wind-resistant as well as warm layers for the evening.