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 crowd 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
Miscellaneous: tents are charged per 2 people so prices for odd-numbered groups are higher
Prefer to do some of the hike without a guide? We also have a great Half & Half option, which is self-guided on the front half of the trek, and guided on the back half!
Day 1: Hike alongside the Paine River
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 arriving to and registering yourself in the park, you will begin with a four-hour hike along a fairly flat trail. As you hike along Paine River, you will have the chance to admire the deep blue waters of Laguna Azul and the picturesque view of Encantado Valley (a valley surrounded by rock formations created by centuries of wind).
When you reach Dome & Camping Seron, an old Baqueano (Patagonia cowboy) post, you will be able to enjoy the stunning view of the land stretching out before you. This lovely day will end with dinner, after which you will fall asleep under the brightly shining stars.
– Seron Total Distance: 13 kilometers / 8.1 miles
– Average Time: 4 hours
Day 2: Enjoy Glacier Dickson and Lake Paine
Today’s seven-hour hike will begin with a steady walk uphill and past a small lagoon, where you will reach a lookout with an incredible view of Lake Paine. As you descend the hill, breathtaking views will surround you.
You will be able to see the mountains that separate Chile and Argentina, along with the mountains located on the northern side of the park’s Paine Massif. As you continue to hike, you will cross a marsh on boardwalks that park rangers have created.
After traversing the marsh, you will begin crossing ancient moraine valleys and you will notice the imposing glacier tongue of the Southern Ice Field. You will continue to Camping Dickson where you will spend the evening.
– Distance covered: 18 km (11.2 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 6 hours
Day 3: Trek through an ancient Lenga and Coigue forest!
After breakfast, you will continue hiking along the circuit. Today the trek is approximately four hours long and it will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues (both of which grew shortly after the glaciers receded).
Finally, you will reach a moraine at the foot of Glacier Los Perros where you will set up camp.
– Distance covered: 11 km (6.8 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 4.5 hours
Day 4: The John Gardner Pass
This is the most challenging day of the trek. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters (218 yards). The trail is very moist and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail. After an hour and fifteen minutes, you will reach the end of the forest and you will finally begin trekking up rock slides towards the John Gardner Pass.
After forty more minutes of hiking, you will reach smaller patches of trees while gaining a bit of elevation. From this part of the trail, you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and – finally – the John Gardner Pass. From there, you will begin climbing up to 1,200 meters (3937 ft). An astonishing view of Glacier Grey and Patagonia’s Southern Ice Field will be waiting for you.
You will then begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Campamento Paso for a short rest. From there you will keep on hiking for four more hours along an undulating trail with views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. Before reaching Campamento Grey you will cross several of the parks’ famous suspension bridges, ultimately bringing you to some close-up views of Glacier Grey. Once you reach Grey you will have time to shower and rest before enjoying a nice hot meal in the Refugio.
– Distance covered: 22 km (13.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 11 hours
Day 5: Hike to Lake Pehoe
After a restful night and an energizing breakfast, you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a four- hour hike along Lake Grey and then through a small forest. Most days this section of the park is very windy due to the openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. In the afternoon you will arrive to Camping Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.
– Distance covered: 11 km (6.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 3.5 – 4 hours
Day 6: Explore the French Valley
This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energizing mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along the border of Lake Skottsberg, you will have the chance to admire the tremendous peaks towering in front of you – Los Cuernos!
After about 2.5 hours, you will arrive to Campamento Italiano where you can rest for a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction — of Lake Nordenskjold, Los Cuernos, and the French Glacier — are absolutely stunning. In the back of the valley you will also be able to see various peaks.
After soaking up the view, you will hike back down to Campamento Italiano to continue alongside rolling hills as you follow the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold. You will continue for another two hours until you reach your camp, located on the lake. After a relaxing afternoon and a filling dinner, you will go to bed for a deserving night’s sleep.
– Distance covered: 17.3 km (10.7 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 7 hours
Day 7: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold
In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos and walk for four hours towards Refugio & Camping Chileno, located in the Asencio Valley.
Along the way, you will pass by Lake Nordenskjold and begin your hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you. Finally, you will arrive to Camp Chileno where you will have dinner and sleep.
– Distance covered: 11 km (6.8 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 4.5 hours
Day 8: Say Goodbye to Torres del Paine!
This morning you will continue your walk up Almirante Nieto, by hiking about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres.
After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Chileno to pick up your belongings and hike to the foot of Almirante Nieto. There, you will first catch a shuttle to the park entrance and then catch a bus back to Puerto Natales, where you will say goodbye to your guide.
– Distance covered: 15.5 km (9.6 miles)
– Approximate hiking time: 6.5 hours
Other necessary items:
To reserve spots in the refugios / campsites, we must pay a 30% non-refundable deposit to the national park, so 30% of your booking is non-refundable at time of booking. The other 70% is fully refundable up to 60 days before the start of your tour. If you have any questions about cancellations, please email us at email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you quotes on a customized experience, based on your preferences!
Upon arrival to Patagonia
You should plan to drop by the office 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.
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.
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.
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.