Book a guided trip of the O Circuit around Torres del Paine National Park. Get peace of mind, stay safe on the trails, and actually enjoy your time Patagonia. We’ll take care of your Torres del Paine hike logistics so that you can focus on making the most of your time!
Hike the incredible 8-day O circuit in Torres del Paine National park with a local Chilean guide. Enjoy the quiet trails away from the crodw and challenge yourself to 8 days of back-country camping and trekking.
Leave the planning to the experts – this package includes guarantee reservations for campsites, warm meals while on the trail, and bus transportation to and from the park. Plus, you’ll have an experienced guide and porter with you for the full trip.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights of hiking
Start Point and End Point: Puerto Natales
Prices: (tents are charged per 2 people so prices for odd-numbered groups are higher)
– Group of 2: $2,870 USD per person
– Group of 3: $2,964 USD per person
– Group of 4: $2,248 USD per person
– Group of 5: $2,342 USD per person
– Group of 6: $2,022 USD per person
– Group of 7: $2,116 USD per person
Day 1: Trekking to the Towers of Torres del Paine
The trip begins with an early morning departure from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine by bus. The ride is approximately 2 hours and arrives at the park entrance (Laguna Amarga).
After registering at the park entrance and dropping your stuff at the campsite, you will begin the hike up Almirante Nieto, which has incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After a two hour climb, you will arrive at Refugio & Camping Chileno, where you will enjoy lunch.
From there, it is about an hour hike through dense lenga forest and up a steep moraine before you reach the massive granite peaks known as the Torres (Towers). After enjoying the view, you will return to camp, where a warm dinner will be waiting.
– Distance covered: 18 km (11.2 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 8 hours
Day 2: Hiking Along the Paine River
Today is a relatively short 4 hour hike on a mostly flat trail. As you follow the Paine River, you will admire the intensely blue waters of Laguna Azul and the Encantado Valley, which has been formed by centuries of wind erosion. The day ends at Dome & Camping Seron, an old Patagonian cowboy (Baqueano) post where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
– Distance covered: 13 km (8.1 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 4 hours
Day 3: Camp Serron to Camp Dickson
Today’s seven hours of hiking begins with a steady walk uphill, past a small lagoon, from where you will have an excellent view of Lake Paine. As you descend, you will be able to see the mountains that separate Chile and Argentina, as well as the northern flank of mountains of the Paine Massif. You will cross a marsh, walking on boardwalks that the park rangers built. As you progress, you will see the glacier tongue of the Southern Ice Field.
Once you arrive at Camp Dickson, your guide will cook a delicious dinner and set up camp for the evening.
– Distance covered: 18 km (11.2 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 6 hours
Day 4: Hiking through the Ancient Forest
This morning, you will trek through one of the oldest forests in the park, where you will see indigenous trees like Lengas and Coigues. The trail takes you to Perros Glacier, where you will enjoy the striking contrast of bright white snow and dark, ancient rock. After admiring the view for a while, you will set up camp, have dinner, and enjoy a night of breathing crisp and rejuvenating glacial air.
– Distance covered: 11 km (6.8 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 4.5 hours
Day 5: The John Gardner Pass
Today is the most challenging day on the trail. The morning begins with steady climb up a gentle sloping hill. After about an hour and fifteen minutes, you will exit the forest and begin trekking up rock slides towards the John Gardner Pass, working your way up a rocky, glacial terrain. You will reach a point after about forty minutes where you can see Glacier Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, and Punta Puma – a truly breathtaking vista!
From there, you can climb to the summit of the John Gardner Pass (1,200 meters or 3,900 feet), which has incredible views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. After taking in the views, you will begin the steep descent and after about two hours will reach Camp Paso where you can have a short rest.
You’ll continue on four more hours until you later cross a ravine on metal ladders safely installed by park rangers. Eventually you will continue on to Camp Guardas, where you can rest a bit while enjoying up-close views of Glacier Grey! You will end the day with a final push of another hour from Guardas to Camp Grey where you will be spending the night.
– Distance covered: 22 km (13.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 11 hours
Day 6: Hike to Lake Pehoe
In the morning you’ll have some time to go down to the lake and enjoy the views of the immense Glacier Grey or sleep in and rest from yesterday’s immense hike.
Today, the group will hike from Camp Grey to Paine Grande – about 4 hours along Lake Grey and then through a small forest. Be prepared for strong winds coming off of the lake! You’ll also notice the trail filled with more trekkers (as it’s part of the W trail). The day ends at Camping Paine Grande, which is on the shore of the stunning Lake Pehoe.
– Distance covered: 11 km (6.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 3.5 – 4 hours
Day 7: The French Valley
The day begins with a leisurely hike to the entrance of the French Valley. The walk will take you along Lake Scottsberg, from where you can see the impressive Cuernos peaks. After about two and a half hours of hiking, you will arrive at Camp Italiano, where you will get a chance to rest for a bit.
As you ascend the valley, you will have incredible views in every direction, with Lake Nordenskjold, the Cuernos peaks, and the French Glacier all around you. After enjoying these views for a while, you will hike back to Camp Italiano, then continue on for another two hours before arriving at Los Cuernos.
– Distance covered: 17.3 km (10.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 7 hours
Day 8: Say Goodbye to Torres del Paine
After breakfast, you will begin your final hike of the trip, from the Cuernos to the entrance of the park. After a little over 4 hours of hiking, you will reach Las Torres in time to take a shuttle to Laguna Amarga, and from there a bus back to Puerto Natales!
– Distance covered: 12 km (7.5 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 4.5 hours
Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the growing popularity of Torres del Paine, we recommend booking your trip at least 6 months in advance during the peak travel months which fall between December and February. If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel at least 4 months in advance. Many spots are already booked for November and December of 2018.
The price of this tour can change substantially depending on many factors, including type of lodging, start and end points, and number of travelers. Please contact us or email us at email@example.com and we will get you quotes on a customized experience, based on your preferences! Also note that we have to immediately pay 30% of the trip cost to the national park in order to reserve spots, as a result 30% of the trip payment is be non-refundable.
Upon arrival to Patagonia
You should plan to drop by the office at to meet your guide the day before your trip. He/she will discuss the trip in detail, answer any last-minute questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).
Torres del Paine Weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. In the cities it is slightly more predictable, use www.accuweather.com or www.undergroundweather.com to check in advance.
What to Pack
During the Torres del Paine W Trek, you need to have a backpack (rentals available) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (rentals available). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by the tour operator staff.
Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day. Scroll down to see a full packing list!
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that you must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances. We recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance
Three meals a day during your program are included. Food is purchased at local stores and meals are tailored to a preference sheet you fill out before your trip. Meals will include fruits, vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. The porter will also carry some treats such as wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.
Changes in Itinerary
Although the operator will do their very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond their control, including weather and terrain conditions.
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Few are the changes that this land has suffered over the course of Nicolás life, despite it is true that things have changed and that more visitors have arrived over the last 10 years.
Nicolás thinks that’s good, if the development of the area is sustainable. And he contributes to make it sustainable everyday. His Knowledge and passion for this land and its inhabitants has brought him to become a certified Guide spreading their culture and nature gems among travelers from all over the world. he speaks Spanish and English.
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After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.