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O Circuit (8 days)

Operative tour
November 2022 to March 2023

Self-guided Trek through the Torres del Paine O Circuit (Paine Circuit). Includes accommodations in camping and transport from/to Puerto Natales.


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.

Price

  • Program based on double occupancy for residents in Chile: CLP$ 429.000 per person.
  • Program based on double occupancy for non-residents in Chile: USD$ 839 per person.


Supplement

  • Single: In case that a booking be for one person, three, five, seven, nine or eleven people, the full price will include a supplement of CLP$ 55.000/USD$ 100.

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

  • Transport:
  • Round-trip transport by bus from Puerto Natales to the Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Accommodations in camping, in private double tents (includes site, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad)*:
  • 1st night in camping Serón.
  • 2nd night in camping Dickson.
  • 3rd night in camping Los Perros.
  • 4th night in camping Grey.
  • 5th night in camping Paine Grande.
  • 6th night in camping Los Cuernos or camping Francés.
  • 7th night in camping Torre Central or camping El Chileno.


*The campsites confirmed for every night of your program will depend on the availability they have during the date of your trip. Because of this, the program could be confirmed with the Base of Torres del Paine Trek at the beginning instead of the end of the itinerary, moving that way all nights of accommodations in a day (1st night in Central, 2nd night in Serón, 3rd night in Dickson… and 7th night in Cuernos.)

Not included

  • Porter.
  • Guide.
  • Meals (optional).
  • Round trip connection transport between Laguna Armaga and Las Torres Area (CLP$ 6,000 per person*).
  • Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park (CLP$ 10.500 for residents in Chile and US$ 49 for non-residents in Chile*).
  • 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.


*Prices subject to change without notice.

Optional services

  • Grey Glacier Hike: CLP$ 140.000 per person.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: CLP$ 80.000 per person.
  • Full board meals for 6 of the 7 nights (breakfast, box-lunch and dinner, starting with the dinner of the first dat and ending with the box-lunch of the last day*):
  • Residents in Chile:
  • Normal: CLP$ 350.000 per person.
  • Christmas and New Year: CLP$ 370.000 per person.
  • Non-residents in Chile:
  • Normal: USD$ 510 per person.
  • Christmas and New Year: USD$ 546 per person.


*If you select the optional service, you have to consider that in Perros Campsite they don’t offer dinner for day 3, nor breakfast no box lunch for day 4. You will be able to rent a kitchenette and buy food directly in that place.

What to bring

  • A 40-liter backpack for the entire circuit.
  • A 25-liter backpack for full day treks to the Base of Torres del Paine and French Valley (you can leave your big backpack in El Chileno and Italiano camps, and then pick it up on the way back).
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
  • Fleece clothing (Polartec or similar).
  • Thermal clothing (base layer).
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Plenty of batteries (there are no electrical sockets to charge batteries).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and resting).
  • Flashlight.
  • Lock.
  • Winter hat and gloves for the cold.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Bottle for water.
  • Ziploc bags (to stores garbage).
  • Trekking poles.
  • 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.

Itinerary

*This is only a reference itinerary, because it might have modifications according to the places of confirmed accommodations and the definitive times of transports.

 

Start: Day 1 at 7:00 am in Puerto Natales Bus Station.

End: Day 8 at 9:30 in Puerto Natales Bus Station.

 

Day 1: Departure from Puerto Natales and Serón Trek (9 km, 5.6 miles, 4 hours).

The program starts at 7:00 am in the Puerto Natales Bus Station to take the bus to the Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will enter the Torres del Paine National Park. After that, you will be able to take another ground transport to the Welcome Center, where you will have to register. After one of the best views of the Torres del Paine you can have from the starting point, if weather is good enough, you will enter the Patagonian landscape through a slope, the first test of the hike. You will have views of the surrounding valleys and the Cerro Paine, while you continue on the side of the Paine river until reaching Serón Campsite, where you will stay this first night.

 

Day 2: Dickson Trek (18.5 km, 11.5 miles, 6 hours).

After breakfast, you will take the route parallel to the Paine River, to get closer to the Cerro Paine side. You will go up by a steep track to the higher part that you will have to tour during the day, and in which you will have a privileged view of the surrounding mountains, besides the Paine Lake. Then, you will walk by the sides of the mount, parallel to the river. You will have time to stop in the Guardería Coirón for lunch and recover energy, before keep walking through the fields with views of granite walls. After that, you will see the Dickson Glacier in the distance, which means that that's the end of the hike for today. You will reach Dickson Campsite, near the lake with the same name and from the Paine River begins.

 

Day 3: Perros Trek (9 km, 5.6 miles, 4 to 5 hours).

You will start early to take the route marked by Los Perros River. You will go a couple of hours through a nothofagus forest to a small bridge to cross the river. There you will start going up the moraine until identifying the Los Perros Glacier, which is on the side of the lake with the same name. From that point, you will be a couple of minutes from the Perros Campsite, in which you will stay to face the challenge of the next day.

 

Day 4: Grey Glacier Lookout Point Trek (22 km, 13.7 miles, 10 to 12 hours).

The recommendation is start walking between 6:30 am and 7:00 am, so you will have to get up very early to begin the adventure. This morning will be necessary the use of a headlamp, because you will start walking before dawn. You will begin a demanding walk up in the middle of the woods and, while you go forward, you will be able to see the first lights of the sun over the park. You will continue the road to the John Garner Pass, the higher point of the trek at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) of altitude that will test your strength and that, needless to say, you must do very carefully. Once in the pass, you will have the first view of the Grey Glacier and the beginning of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the characteristic images of the Torres del Paine National Park, which you will see for a while before descending through another forest. You will pass by the Guardería El Paso, where you can have lunch before keep walking to the suspension bridges, the road that borders the Grey Glacier. You will be able to take pictures and visiting some privileged points to admire the lake and the glacier, before reaching the Grey Campsite where, rightfully, you will get some rest.

 

*Depending on the weather conditions, the CONAF park ranger might forbid going up through the John Garner Pass and you would have to go back to Perros Campsite.

 

Day 5: Optional activity in the glacier and Paine Grande Trek (11 km, 6.8 miles, 4 to 5 hours).

This day, during the morning, you can go to the base from where you can make one of the two optional activities available:

 

  • Grey Glacier Ice Hike: 15-minute navigation by Zodiac boat to the Nunatak Island, from where starts the 1-hour hike with crampons, piolet, harness and helmet on the Grey Glacier.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: kayak navigation between the small icebergs surrounding the glacier and, if the weather is good enough, close to the Nunatak Island, to have another perspective of the glacier. Wetsuit, jacket and waterproof boots, kayak gloves, kayak skirt, kayak vest and life vest included.

 

After this experience, you will go back to the campsite to collect your things and start the trekking to arrive to the next camping, walking that is much less demanding that the one the day before. You will border the Grey Lake, path in which you will have the last views of the glacier and the small icebergs, passing by the Los Patos Lagoon, before entering a small valley from where you can see the Pehoé Lake. You will get to the Paine Grande Campsite, from where you will have a great view of the Cerro Paine Grande and the Cuernos del Paine.

 

Day 6: Francés Valley Hike (22 km, 13.7 miles, 8 to 10 hours).

The general recommendation is starting early, because it is a long distance that you have to walk. You will pass by the border of the Skottsberg Lake, following the track to the Italiano Campsite, which is the entrance door of the Francés Valley. You will go into a Patagonian forest, to leave to the Francés Lookout Point, which gives you access to the views of different mountains surrounding the valley, besides the Francés Glacier. If you have time and energy, you will be able to go on to the Británico Lookout Point from where you will have another perspective inside the same Torres del Paine Park. The way back is by the same path until Italiano Campsite, from where you have to go to the Cuernos Campsite.

 

Day 7: Central Trek (11 km, 6.8 miles, 5 to 6 hours).

After breakfast, you will start walking going over by the Nordenskjöld Lake, identifying different vegetal and animal species, besides seeing the Almirante Nieto Mount, and maybe identifying its hanging glacier. The destination will be the Central Campsite, place where you can rest to face the last day of walking.

 

Day 8: Base of Torres del Paine Hike and arrival to Puerto Natales (22 km, 13.7 miles, 8 to 9 hours).

The last day of activity is considered for the Base of Torres del Paine hike, the great image of the park. To reach this place, you will have to get up very early and go to the old bridge that crosses the Ascencio River, pass by the Chileno Campsite and enter to a typical Patagonian forest. You will get to the moraine, which you will have to climb for about 45 minutes until getting to the Base of Torres del Paine Lookout Point, finishing touch for all the effort in completing the Paine Circuit. There, you will be able to take pictures, enjoy your lunch and rest a moment before starting the return through the same path you just made. You will arrive to the Welcome Center, same place from where you started the trek, to board the connection transport and the bus that will take you to Puerto Natales.

Map

Cancellation and rescheduling policy

Until 31 days before starting the program

 

  • You will be able to reschedule without cost or cancel your booking with full refund, regardless of the reason.

 

Within 31 days previous to the starting date of the program

(bookings made less than 31 days in advance included)

 

  • Refunds and reschedules are not made, regardless of the reason (excluding reasons related to COVID-19).
  • Only for reasons related to COVID-19, such as border crossing closures, quarantines or infection with COVID-19 (proved by a positive PCR), until 24 hours before starting the program you will be able to transfer the quotas of whom will not be able to travel to other people or modify the starting date of those that will not be able to travel to do it until April 2024.

 

There are no refunds no reschedule in case any of the following situations may prevent making part or the entire program: natural disasters, fires, flooding, road cuts, accidents, strikes, demonstrations, flight cancellations, lost luggage, and personal or health problems (not related with COVID-19) of the passenger.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How far in advance should I book the program?

    This program is high demanded, and its places are limited. That's why our recommendation is booking as far in advance as possible. Availability is subject to changes up-to-the-minute.

  • How is it possible to make the circuit in a self-guided (without a guide) manner?

    This program is self-guided (without a guide), so you will go on your own walking through the tracks of the park. This way is possible due to all tracks in the park are duly marked and that before starting the program we will send you all the details and a map of the circuit.

  • What are the characteristics of the accommodations in campsite?

    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 the tent will be set up in every accommodation place, that is you won't have to carry, set nor disassemble the tent.

  • What does the full board service include?

    Breakfast include coffee, tea, milk, bread, eggs, jam, juice and fruit. Box lunch usually is a cold sandwich, cereal bar, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit. Finally, dinner includes menu of the day, with first course, second course, dessert and water.

  • Are there vegetarian, vegan or celiac food alternatives?

    Yes. All meals can be adapted for vegetarian, vegan or celiac people, considering that all food are prepared in the same kitchen and might be contact with other food. When booking you must specify your food restrictions in the “additional comments” section.

  • Is there cell phone reception during the circuit?

    In much of the circuit, no. Only in some specific spots in the park (usually at the beginning and end of the circuit), it is possible reaching places for having some signal.

  • Is there internet access in the accommodations?

    Yes. In every accommodation there is satellite internet (paid with credit card, from CLP$ 4.000 for 1 hour).

  • What type of sockets have the accommodations?

    Yes. In common areas of the accommodations there are sockets, which work until 00:00 am (time in which power is cut off). Because there are just a few sockets, there's not always availability, so our recommendation is bringing a power bank with you.

  • Is there drinking water in the accommodations?

    Yes. All accommodations have drinking water that comes from the natural springs of the park.

  • Are there hot showers in the accommodations?

    All accommodations have hot showers, except for Perros Campsite.

  • How's the weather in the area?

    During the whole year, even in summer, weather is ever-changing. In a single day you can have sun, clouds, rain and wind. So, our recommendation is be prepared for all kind of weather.

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