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O Circuit (8 days)

November to April

If you cancel your booking until 45 days before the beginning of the activity, we will refund 100% of the advance you paid for the booking.

Free cancellation

You can reschedule your booking without any additional cost until 45 days before the beginning of the activiity.

Free rescheduling

Self-guided trek by the O Circuit (Paine Circuit) of the Torres del Paine. Includes accommodations in refugio and camping, and transport from Puerto Natales.


Price

  • For Chileans and foreign residents in Chile, based on double occupancy: CLP$ 1,045,000 per person.
  • For non-resident international vivistors in Chile, based on doucble occupancy: US$ 1,699 per person.

Supplements

  • Single: In case that a booking be for one person, three or five people, the full price will include a supplement of CLP$ 23,000/US$ 32.
  • Christmas or New Year: In case that your booking considers the night of December 24th or 31st in the program, the price per person will include a supplement of CLP$ 23,000/US$ 40.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

Included

  • Transportation:
  • Round trip transportation, in a shared bus, between Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Connection transportation by bus from Portería Laguna Amarga to the welcome center.
  • 5 nights of accommodation in refugios, in shared rooms with bunks (include sleping bag) and 2 nights of accommodation in camping in private double tents (include site, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad)*:
  • 1st night in camping Serón.
  • 2nd night in Refugio Dickson.
  • 3rd night in camping Los Perros Campsite.
  • 4th night in Refugio Grey.
  • 5th night in Refugio Paine Grande.
  • 6th night in Refugio Los Cuernos.
  • 7th night in Refugio Torre Central.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast, except the first day (coffee, tea, milk, bread, jam and fruit).
  • Box lunch, except the first and last day (cold sandwich, juice, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit).
  • Dinner, except the last day (menu of the day with first and second course, dessert, and water).
  • Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park.

*The order of the accommodations is subject to modification, depending on availability.

Not included

  • Porter.
  • Guide.
  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales.
  • Health insurance.
  • Medical care in case of an accident.
  • Evacuation assistance because of bad weather or reasons of force majeure.
  • Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age required of 16 years old to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

What to Bring

  • A 40 liters backpack for all the circuit.
  • A 20 to 25 liters rucksack for during the day treks.
  • Waterproof jackets and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
  • Warm clothes (Polartec o similar).
  • Thermal clothing (first layer).
  • Short and long sleeved shirts.
  • Trek shoes.
  • Enough batteries (electric energy is produced in a sustainable way, so there are no sockets to charge batteries).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and rest).
  • Headlamp.
  • Lock.
  • Towel.
  • Hat and gloves for the cold.
  • Hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Bottle for water.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
  • Trek poles.
  • Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.

Itinerary

Beginning: Day 1 at 6:45 am at the Bus Station of Puerto Natales.

End: Day 8 at 10:00 pm at the Bus Station of Puerto Natales.

Day 1: Transportation to the Torres del Paine National Park and trekking to the Serón Campsite (9 km, 4 hours). The presentation time in the Bus Station of Puerto Natales is at 7:15 am, to leave the city at 7:30 am towards the Torres del Paine National Park. You will be at the Portería Laguna Amarga, where you can buy your entry ticket to the park. After that, you will catch another vehicle to go to the welcome center, where you will have the briefing before beginning the trekking. Then, you will begin the trek through the moraines of old glaciers, along a Nothofagus forest. The track will lead you by the Cerro Paine hillside until reaching the Serón Campsite, where you will spend the first night.

Day 2: Trekking Serón Campsite to Refugio Dickson (18.5 km, 6 hours). The day will begin early with the breakfast, to start the trek that will take you by the Cerro Paine hillsides. You will round the Paine Lake, following the river with the same name, having wonderful views of the Patagonian landscape. In a point even, it will be possible to see the northwest summit of the Paine Massif. In hours of the afternoon, you will reach the Refugio Dickson, where you will have dinner and rest for the next day.

Day 3: Trek from Refugio Dickson to Los Perros Campsite (8.7 km, 4 to 5 hours). You will begin the hike after breakfast following the Los Perros River. You will go through a Nothofagus forest to the lake where you can see Los Perros Glacier, just before getting to the campsite. Once you have leaved your stuff, you will have dinner and then you will be free to rest.

Day 4: Trek from Los Perros Campsite to the Refugio Grey (22 km, 10 to 12 hours). As the trek from today is challenging because of the distance and elevation, the recommendation is to begin at 6:30 am, unlike the previous days. You will go up to the John Gardner Pass, where you will have an amazing view of one of the areas of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. From there, you will begin a descent through the forest until reaching the area from where you continue to the Grey Lake, to the refugio with the same name than the lake, place where you will rest during the third night.

*Depending on the weather conditions, the CONAF ranger could forbid the climb to the John Gardner Pass and it would be necessary to go back to the Refugio Dickson.

Day 5: Trek from the Refugio Grey to the Refugio Paine Grande (11 km, 3 to 4 hours). The trek will be boarding the Grey Lake, having amazing views of the place, specially from the viewpoints installed for this. You will get to the Refugio Paine Grande, where you will have dinner.

Day 6: Trek from the Refugio Paine Grande to the Francés Valley (15 km, 7 to 8 hours). You will begin the trek of the day, passing by the Scottsberg Lagoon, in direction to the Campamento Italiano. Here, you will be able to leave your big backpack and take just the necessary things to the Francés Valley. In this place, you will make a stop in the viewpoint of the Francés Glacier and maybe you will see some avalanche from the Paine Grande Mount. Then, you will be able to continue to the Británico Viewpoint for having another perspective of the landscape in the Torres del Paine National Park. After a break, you will begin the return to the Campamento Italiano, and then to the refugio Los Cuernos, in the Nordenskjöld Lake shore.

Day 7: Trek from the Refugio Los Cuernos to the Refugio Torre Central (11 km, 4 to 5 hours). This day's walking is boarding the Nordenskjöld Lake and a view of Los Cuernos. In addition, you will pass under the hanging glaciers of the Almirante Nieto Mount, while you go to the Refugio Torre Central. Here you will spend the last night of the trek.

Day 8: Trekking from the Refugio Torre Central to Base Torres and return to Puerto Natales (20 km, 8 to 9 hours). You will have breakfast early in the morning to begin the trek of the day and having one of the most spectacular views of the circuit. The trek will take you by a demanding slope, with a view of the surrounding lakes and the hanging glacier of the Almirante Nieto Mount. You will pass by the Refugio El Chileno, before going into an ancient forest to reach the base of the moraine. From this point, you will go up for 45 minutes until reaching the Base Torres Viewpoint, from where, if the weather allows it, you will have a privileged view of the South Tower, Central Tower and North Tower. After the view, the pictures and the well-earned rest, you will go back by the same track to take the road to the welcome center, to catch the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales, ending the activity.

Map

There is high demand for this tour and there are limited spots available. Spots for some dates run out months in advance, so we recommend planning your trip as far in advance as possible.

Cancellation and rescheduling policy

  • You will be able to reschedule without charge or cancel with full refund until 45 days before the beginning of the program. After that period, it will not be possible to make changes nor cancellations.
  • There will be no kind of refund due to road closures, natural disasters or any other case of force majeure, produced before or during the program that turn impossible making part of the whole program. In case one or several of these things happen, the local supplier will give a letter to be presented with the travelers' insurance company, so we recommend taking out insurance for this.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 OUTBRAKE, which implies the closure of borders; total quarantine; cancellation of land and/or air transfers; or due to contagion by COVID-19 (presenting the proper medical certificate that proves it), the reprogramming of the trip will be accepted until April 2022, outside the cancellation deadlines established in this change and cancellation policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the infrastructure in every refugio?

    All refugios have the same level of infrastructure. They have mixed gender rooms, with 4 to 8 beds each (2 to 4 bunk beds) and have heating 24 hours a day. Bathrooms are segregated (men and women) and have warm water in showers and basin 24 hours a day.

  • Is there WiFi and sockets in the refugios?

    Yes. The WiFi service in the refugios is not included in the program's price, but you can pay for it directly in every refugio. Depending on the speed and time, its price goes from US$ 4 per 30 minutes. On the other hand, the sockets to charge electronic devices are available in the common areas of the refugios. Because the number of sockets is limited, our recommendation is to bring charged power banks as well.

  • Which are the transport options to get to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas and El Calafate?

    The companies Bus-Sur, Buses Pacheco, and Buses Fernández offer the transport service by regular bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, while the companies Bus-Sur, Turismo Zaahj, and Cootra make the transport service by regular bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales. To check the prices, availability, and frequency of these services you have to check the information published in the websites of the informed companies.

  • What is the difference between a program with accommodation in refugios and a program with accommodation in camping?

    In a program with accommodations in refugio you will sleep in a shared room (bunkbeds), with shared bathroom (hot shower), while in a program with accommodations in campsite you will sleep in a double private tent (sleeping bag and sleeping pad included) with shared bathroom (hot shower). Notice that for this second mode the tent will be set up in every accommodation place, that is you won't have to carry, set nor disassemble the tent.

  • What is the difference between a guided program and a self-guided program?

    With a guided program you will be making the circuit in the company of a professional guide, who will give you support to achieve a good physical performance during the trek, and will give you information about the different places that you will visit along the circuit. On the other hand, with a self-guided program you will be doing the trek alone and in a independent way, walking by the tracks of the park. This second form is possible because all the tracks of the park are properly marked, and because before beginning the program, you will have a briefing of it and you will receive a map with all the details.

  • Can I leave part of my luggage in Puerto Natales while I make the circuit?

    Yes. You can leave all the luggage that you will not be using to make the circuit in the left-luggage service in the Puerto Natales Bus Station. This service costs CLP$ 2,000 per bag, per day.

  • It is necessary to bring water to make the circuit?

    No, it is not necessary to bring water from Puerto Natales, because there are available sources along the way, whether it be in the refugios and camping, or natural water sources during the trek.

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