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Trekking Torres del Paine – Guided O Trek (8 Days)

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!

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Torres del Paine 8-day O Circuit with an Experienced Guide

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

Itinerary

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

Have questions about this tour? Need a more custom itinerary? No problem! Just email us at info@keteka.com or contact us and we’ll be happy to help

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Experienced guide for all 8 days of hiking
  • Tents & sleeping mat
  • Trip briefing with guide before trip starts
  • Porter for 5 days (who will carry food, cooking gear, and camping gear)
  • All meals excluding breakfast on the first day & dinner on the last day
  • Bus to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance – we recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Sleeping bag

Trip Add Ons

  • Bus between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales: 10,000 Chilean Pesos per person
  • Bus between El Calafate and Puerto Natales: 22,000 Chilean Pesos per person
  • Lodging in Puerto Natales:
    • B&B: 30,000 Chilean Pesos per person
    • Boutique hotel: 50,000 Chilean Pesos per person
    • Luxury hotel: 70,000 Chilean Pesos per person
  • Ice hike on Glacier Grey: 110,000 Chilean Pesos per person
  • Kayak excursion on Lago Grey: 75,000 Chilean Pesos per person
  • Private transfers to/from the National Park are also available upon request

Torres del Paine FAQs and Important Notes

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 info@keteka.com.

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.

Tour Price
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 info@keteka.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!

Tour Insurance
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

Tour meals
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.

Packing List

Upper body:

  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick-dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick-dry short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves

Lower body:

  • Quick-dry hiking socks
  • Quick-dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick-dry/breathable windproof pants
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Quick-dry/breathable shorts
  • Light trekking boots or gym shoes

Other necessary items:

  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for Apr. – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with sunscreen
  • Sports watch
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera
  • Basic first aid kit (self-guided trips)

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Kyle Wiggins

Nicolás

Did you ever wonder how would have been to be born in one of the wilder places on earth? Nicolás, a professional Guide in the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia can tell you about it. He was borned in the Chilean Patagonia during the 80’s and he has lived here all his life.

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.

Nicolás loves Rock Climbing and since he was a teenager, he explored the Landscapes of Patagonia from its Sheer Rock Walls, expecting one day, to be able to show them to visitors.

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    I trekked the complete Torres del Paine circuit with a group of friends in January 2007 led by David. It was a truly unbelievable experience and one I would recommend to anyone. The Torres del Paine National Park feels truly unspoilt and for the entire trek we saw no form of motorised transport not even planes in the sky! The scenery is breathtaking and different every day. We trekked through forests, beside glaciers, over moraine fields and through shrub land full of calafate bushes. We camped in designated campsites each night where you could (usually) get a welcome beer!
    There is no doubt that the thing that really made the trek was David´s leadership. He knows the park inside out and was full of fascinating information. He was always ready to point out interesting local plants and animals and explain the geological processes that produced the unique geography of the region. In addition he was fully attentive to our whole group despite the fact that we were a large group with a considerable variation in fitness and ability levels. So despite some interesting weather conditions we always felt we were in very good hands.
    Most of all he is simply an extremely nice guy and we struck up a friendship during the trek which we have maintained over the many thousand miles between Patagonia and Scotland.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    I hiked the Paine circuit with David in March 2009. As things turned out, that was a really fortunate decision on my part. David absolutely knows the territory and is knowledgeable and capable in the craft of guiding. He introduced me to the flora and fauna of the area, much of which was totally unfamiliar, and was a very pleasant companion on the trail. Also, when special arrangements needed to be made in the course of the hike, he handled them very efficiently. His 11-day Paine Circuit trip hits all the high spots, offers flexibility in handling the most difficult stretch of the trip (between Camp Perros and the Gray refugio), and also features a don’t-miss-it half-day ice hike on the Gray Glacier.
    Those considering a “W” trip should really take a few extra days and do the entire Paine circuit. The circuit is so much more than the peaks you see from the front side — it’s the forests and glaciers and Montana-like valleys and the relatively uncrowded trails of the back side. Plus, the view of the Gray Glacier from John Gardner Pass is truly special.
    David also offers planning and logistics services for those who don’t necessarily want to do a pre-scheduled trip but who need help putting the pieces together from a distance to create their own custom self-guided trip. I think this would be an extremely valuable service for self-directed adventurers, especially those looking at a Paine Circuit hike or other hike within the Torres del Paine park, given the relatively confusing and incomplete nature of the public information sources which have to do with lodging in the park. Drawing on David’s knowledge and connections, I’m sure you’d end up profiting from the service and saving a lot of hassles in the process. Again, thanks for a wonderful hike.
    Rick

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

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    (Translated from German)
    … a must for all hikers and nature lovers! I decided to take part in the Circuito because of the sporting challenge and, on the other hand, not only to check out Torres, Cuernos and Gray tourist attractions, but also to explore the remote part of the park. What is more suitable for this than a trekking organizer who attaches importance to small groups and individual care? On a recommendation from a friend I contacted David and learned from the beginning by email his willingness to help. During the trek, David took care not only of the organization, but also enriched my trip with his incredible knowledge of the flora and fauna, history, politics, culture … Chile in general and Patagonia in particular. In addition, I was lucky enough to have the whole 10 days of trekking nice weather – all in all a great experience I will remember for a long time.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much for the great arrangements in Patagonia. I have been on a lot of hikes all over the world and the arrangements here were among the very best. The guide, Nico, was really great. He was knowledgeable, agreeable, and sensitive to our limits. It was also evident that he is extremely proud of the work he is doing and of the landscape of Patagonia.
    He gave us a great experience. The food was good, always fresh and welcome at the end of the day. Outside of the hike itself the arrangements were also very nice. We really liked the lodgings you selected for us. We could not have asked for a better experience. Even the weather conspired to give us a perfect hike.
    Thank you very much.
    Tom

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Laura and David made us feel very welcome in Puerto Natales when we arrived and set us up in a wonderful hostel in town. We felt very well taken care of and David did a great job coming up with a Plan B itinerary at the last moment when there was an unexpected weather forecast (tons of snow!). When my brother got sick on the first two days of the trip, Nico, help create a “Plan C” on the fly that accommodated my brother and still kept in line with what type of trip we wanted. We couldn’t have been happier. If you’re looking for fantastic backpacking conditions – go to Torres del Paine. No bugs, perfect temperature, no bears or other worrisome animals, and you don’t even have to treat your water! Having backpacked a lot, I was amazed at the perfect conditions for hiking and camping in the park. I just loved it. Leaving from Puerto Natales is also wonderful – it’s a really fun, welcoming town in which to stay on either side of your trip with backpackers from all over the world! Patrick and I can’t thank you enough – Luke, Chloe, Laura, David & Nico – for helping organize a trip of a lifetime!
    Amanda and Patrick Corbett

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