Base Torres del Paine
Circuito O Camping
Paso John Garner
Puentes colgantes y Glaciar Grey
Glaciar Grey
Cerro y Cuernos del Paine

O Circuit (8 days)

November 2021 to March 2022
Operative tour

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


Price

  • Program based on double occupancy for residents in Chile for season 2021-2022: CLP$ 359,000 per person.
  • Program based on double occupancy for non-residents in Chile for season 2021-2022: USD$ 669 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$ 64,000/USD$ 92.

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$ 10,300 for residents in Chile and US$ 47 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$ 120,000 per person.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: CLP$ 70,000 per person.
  • Full board meals for 6 of the 7 nights (breakfast, box-lunch and dinner):
    • Residents in Chile:
      • Normal: CLP$ 340,000 per person.
      • Christmas and New Year: CLP$ 358,000 per person.
    • Non-residents in Chile:
      • Normal: USD$ 480 per person.
      • Christmas and New Year: USD$ 511 per person.

Included:

  • Breakfast (day 2 and day 3, and day 5 to day 8): coffee, tea, milk, bread, eggs, jam, juice and fruit.
  • Breakfast (day 2 and day 3, and day 5 to day 8): cold sandwich, cereal bar, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit.
  • Dinner (day 1 and day 2, and day 4 to day 7): menu of the day with first and second course, dessert and water.

*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.

Restrictions

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

What to bring

  • A 40-liter backpack for the entire circuit.
  • A 20 to 25-liter backpack for short hikes.
  • 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.

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 6:45 am in Puerto Natales Bus Station.
End: Day 8 at 10:00 pm in Puerto Natales Bus Station.

Day 1: Transport to the Torres del Paine National Park – Serón Camping (9 km or 5.5 miles, 4 horas). The program starts at 7:00 am in the Puerto Natales Bus Station, to take a bus to the Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will enter to the Torres del Paine National Park. After that, you will take another transport to the Central area, where you must register. After seeing the Torres del Paine from the beginning point, if the weather allows it, you will go deep into the Patagonian landscape going up by a slope, the first test of the trek. You will have a view of the surrounding valleys and the Paine Mountain, while you advance already following the Paine River until reaching the Serón camping, where you will be staying the first night.

Day 2: Serón Camping – Dickson Camping (18.5 km or 11.4 miles, 6 hours). After breakfast, you will take the parallel path to the Paine River, to get closer to the Paine mountainside. You will go up by a steep track to the highest part that you will have to traverse during the day, and in which you will have a privileged view of the surrounding mountains, besides the Paine Lake. After that, you will walk by the side of the mountain, following the river. You will have time to stop in the guardería Coirón for lunch and catch your breath, before keep walking by the pampa with views of the granite walls. After that, you will see the Dickson Glacier, image that marks the end of the trek for the day. We will reach the Dickson camping, on the side of the lake with the same name, the source of the Paine River.

Day 3: Dickson Camping – Los Perros Camping (9 km, 4 to 5 hours). You will begin early to take the route marked by the Los Perros River. You will go a couple of hours through a nothofagus forest to a small bridge to cross the river. Here, you will begin to climb up a moraine until identify the Los Perros Glacier, which is on one side of the lake with the same name. From this place, you just need to walk a couple of more minutes to the camping, where you will have dinner and rest to face the next day challenge.

Day 4: Los Perros Camping – John Garner Pass – Grey Camping (22 km or 13.6 miles, 10 to 12 hours). We recommend beginning the trek of the day 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 headlamp, because the walking will begin before the sunrise. You will go up by a steep track in the middle of the forest and, while you go forward, you will see the first lights over the park. You will continue the way to the John Garner Pass, the highest point of the trek, at 1,200 meters (3,937 ft.) of altitude that will test your strength and that you must make 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 most amazing images of the Torres del Paine National Park that you will be able to take advantage of before beginning to descend through another forest. You will have to pass by the guardería El Paso, where you can have lunch, and then continue to the hanging bridges in the way boarding the Grey Glacier. You can take pictures and visit some privileged points to see the lake and the glacier, before reaching the Grey camping, where you will have dinner and rest.

*Depending on the weather conditions, the CONAF park ranger might forbid the climb of the John Garner Pass and you would have to go back to the Los Perros camping.

Day 5: Option Grey Glacier Ice Hike or Kayak – Paine Grande Camping (11 km or 6.8 miles, 4 to 5 hours). This day, during the morning, you will have the possibility go to the base from where you will be able to make one of the two available optional activities:

  • Grey Glacier Ice Hike: 15-minutes Zodiac boat trip to the Nunatak Island from where starts this 1-hour hike through the Grey Glacier with crampons, ice ax, harness and helmet.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: kayak navigation through the small icebergs around the glacier and, if the weather allows it, near 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 camp to collect your things and start a much more relaxed trek than the day before, because the way to the next camping is much less demanding. You will walk by one side of the Grey Lake, path which will show you the last images of the glacier and icebergs, passing by the Los Patos Lagoon, before entering a small valley from where it is possible to see the Pehoé Lake. You will arrive at the Paine Grande camping, from where you will have a great view of the Paine Grande Mountain and the Los Cuernos del Paine.

Day 6: Paine Grande Camping – French Valley – Los Cuernos Camping (22 km or 13.6 miles, 8 to 10 hours). The general recommendation is to start early, because we are talking about a long walking distance. You will pass by one side of the Skottsberg Lake, continuing the track to the Italiano Camping, getaway to the Francés Valley. You will enter a Patagonian forest, to go to the Francés lookout, that gives a view of the different mountains around the valley, besides the Francés Glacier. If you have time and energy, you can continue towards the Británico lookout, point from where you will have another perspective inside the Torres del Paine National Park itself. You will go back by the same track to the Italiano camping, from where you have to go to the Los Cuernos or Francés camping, depending on availability.

Day 7: Los Cuernos Camping – Torre Central Camping (11 km or 6.8 miles, 5 to 6 hours). After breakfast, you will begin the trek of the day boarding the Nordenskjöld Lake, identifying different vegetable and animal species, besides beginning to see the Almirante Nieto Mountain, and maybe identify its glacier. The destination will be the El Chileno camping, place in which you will have dinner and rest to face the last trekking day.

Day 8: Torre Central Camping – Las Torres Base – Puerto Natales (20 km or 12.4 miles, 9 to 10 hours). During the last day of activity is considered the trek towards the Base of the Torres del Paine, the most famous place inside the park. To reach this place, you will have to get up very early to go to an old bridge that crosses the Ascencio River, passing by the El Chileno camping and enter to a typical Patagonian forest. You will get to the moraine, which you will have to climb for about 45 minutes to arrive to the Base of the Torres del Paine lookout, grand finale for all the effort to complete the Paine Circuit. There, you can take pictures, enjoy your box lunch and rest a moment, before beginning the return by the same track that you made. You will arrive at the Central area, same place from where you begin the trek, to board the connecting transport and then the bus that will take you to Puerto Natales.

Map

Cancellation and rescheduling policy

Changes for personal reasons

  • You will be able to reschedule without any cost or cancel with full refund until 31 days before the beginning of the program.
  • With less than 31 days before the beginning of the program, it will not be possible to make changes, cancellations nor any refund.

Changes for reasons related to COVID-19

  • In the event of you cannot travel for reasons related to COVID-19, which implies the closure of borders; cancellation of land and/or air transport; contagion by COVID-19 (presenting the proper medical certificate that proves it); quarantine in Torres del Paine city and/or Torres del Paine National Park closure, your will be able to reschedule your booking to make your trip until April 2022. There will be no refund because of the reasons previously identified.

Changes for reasons of force majeure

  • There will be no refund because of accidents, road closures, natural disasters, demonstrations, strikes or any other case of force majeure not related to COVID-19 produced before or during the program that make impossible making part or the whole program. In case one or several of these things happen, the local supplier will give a letter to be presented with the insurance company of the traveler, so we recommend you taking out a travel insurance that covers accidents and cancelations for reasons of force majeure.

FAQ

  • How far in advance should I book the program?
    This program is highly demanded, and its places are limited, due to the current restrictions of capacity in the campsites as part of the COVID-19 health protocols. Because of this, we recommend you booking as far in advance as possible. Availability is subject to changes every minute.

  • How can I make the circuit in a self-guided manner?
    In the self-guided manner (without guide), you will go in an individual and independent way walking by the tracks of the park. This way is possible because all tracks of the park are duly marked and because, before beginning the program, you will receive a tutorial about the circuit and a map of it.
  • Which are the accommodations characteristics in camping?
    In a camping program you will sleep every night in a double private tent (sleeping bag and sleeping pad included), with shared bathroom (hot shower). It is important to notice that the tent will be ready to be used in every accommodations place, that is to say, you will not have to carry, put up nor take down the tent.
  • What happens if I book and then I cannot make the circuit because of reasons related to the pandemic?
    You can find our policies in the section “Changes and cancellations policy” of this activity.

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