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O Circuit Patagonia

Hiking the O Circuit in Torres del Paine and discovering the wildest Patagonia

8 days
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O Circuit Patagonia tour information

location_onPuerto Natales
timer 8 days
chat Spanish / English

Starts

Puerto Natales bus station at 6:30 a.m.

Ends

Puerto Natales bus station at 10:00 p.m.

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The O Circuit is the most complete trek you can do in Torres del Paine National Park. Get ready to cover a total of 79 milles in 8 days in a self-guided way through perfectly marked trails.

Following the O Circuit Patagonia you will also pass through the most iconic points of the W circuit, such as the Base Torres Viewpoint, Los Cuernos, Valle del Francés, or the Grey Glacier. But you will also reach the north side of the Paine Massif, the hidden face of the Park, the less known and less traveled part. The connection with nature is assured with this all-inclusive tour 🌲.

Ready to hike the O circuit Torres del Paine and get lost in the wildest Chilean Patagonia? Prepare your backpack, read on and discover the complete itinerary:

Tour itinerary

todayWelcome Kit - Puerto Natales

O Circuit Welcome Kit

A few days before the start of your adventure you will receive an e-mail with all the technical information you need to prepare for your trip to Torres del Paine. In addition, our staff will coordinate with you the delivery of your welcome kit and park access tickets when you arrive in Puerto Natales.

And now the Patagonian adventure begins!

o circuit torres del paine map trails

todayDAY 1 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Camping Serón

Difficulty: Medium - 13 Km (4 - 6 hours)
Cumulative altitude: 250 m
Accommodation: Camping Seron

Puerto Natales - Bus station

On the first day of the circuit you will have to go to the bus station in Puerto Natales to take the bus to Torres del Paine at 7:00 am. This bus will take you to the Laguna Amarga gate, the entrance to the National Park. There you will have to register as a visitor and enter the park.

porteria laguna amarga entrance to the torres del paine national park

Welcome Center

From the same entrance of the park (the Laguna Amarga gate) you will take a second bus, which in just a few minutes will take you to the Welcome Center of the Cerro Paine Reserve. Get ready to start enjoying the spectacular views of Torres del Paine and the Almirante Nieto Massif from there.

torres del paine views of almirante nieto massif from cerro paine reserve welcome center

Start of the trek O Circuit Patagonia

That same day you will hike a route of 6 to 8 hours to Camping Serón, remember that it is important to control the times.

A few meters from the Cerro Paine Reserve you wiil find the Refugio Central, there you will have to enter and pick up your lunch-box 🥧 to have lunch that day. Once you have the food, put it in your backpack, and you can start the first trek of the large circuit of Torres del Paine!

trekking sector seron torres del paine o circuit

Trek to Camping Seron

Shortly after starting the route you will cross a huge lenga forest covered with lichens, also known as "old man's beard". Halfway, you will pass through a spectacular valley covered with daisies 🌼. Be amazed by the views of the Paine River, and ride along it until you reach Camping Serón.

The first night of the circuit you will sleep in a camping site, as there is no shelter in this sector of the park. The campsite is equipped with everything you need and your tent will already be set up upon arrival. You will have access to showers, and dinner, breakfast and lunch the next day are included in the tour.

paine river views and waterfall during the o circuit patagonia

todayDAY 2 Trekking to Dickson

Difficulty: High - 18 Km (6 - 8 hours)
Cumulative altitude: 200 m.
Accommodation: Camping or Refugio in Sector Dickson

Breakfast Camping Seron

The day starts with a breakfast at the campsite. Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. every day. Remember that each day at the end of breakfast you have to pick up your lunch-box to eat it throughout the day.

camping seron views in the middle of valley in torres del paine

Cerro Paine route

The first part of the route begins by skirting the slopes of Cerro Paine. This section is considered of high difficulty due to the strong winds that can be reached in this area. It will be a route composed of small descents and ascents.

map trekking seron to dickson torres del paine

Paine Lake - Paine Massif

The second part of the route begins with a descent to Paine Lake. There you will see a unique landscape, as its waters reflect the surrounding mountains forming a postcard image.

If the day is clear, you will even be able to see the northeast summit of the Paine Massif, along with shapes such as the Indian Head, the Shield, the Cube and Dickson. Will you be able to tell them apart? 🗿

paine lake and paine massif landscape during trekking o circuit in torres del paine

Arrival at Dickson Camp

Finally, you will arrive at the Dickson Sector campground, which has both a camping area and a Refugio. As always, you will be able to shower, dine and rest.

The Dickson camp is located at the foot of the glacial Dickson Lake and next to the Campo de Hielo Sur. And from Howlanders we let you in on a little secret 🤫: this is the camp with the best views of Torres del Paine National Park 🤩.

landscape of torres del paine as seen from the dickson campsite

todayDAY 3 Trekking Los Perros

Difficulty: High - 9 Km (4 - 5 hours)
Cumulative altitude: 360 m
Accommodation: Camping Los Perros

Starts Los Perros Trekking

After breakfast and picking up your lunch-box you will start the trek to Los Perros. This is the shortest and fastest route of the 8 days of the O Circuit Patagonia.

In 5 hours you will have finished the trek, so it is a day to enjoy with more calm and appreciate the landscapes, one of the best in all Chilean Patagonia.

mapa circuito o torres del paine trekking los perros

Dickson lake

During a section of the route you will border Dickson lake with the glaciers in the background, breaking off small pieces of ice that fall into the lake. Little by little, you will leave the lake behind and enter a huge lenga forest.

torres del paine dickson glacier

Lengas forest

Through the forest you will find one of the endemic species of the region, the Magellanic woodpecker. On the way, spend some time enjoying one of the best areas for observation. It is located in a small clearing in the Lengas forest, where you can see all the glaciers that surround the area.You won't regret it!

green lengas forest during o circuit torres del paine

Camping Los Perros

Little by little you will enter the Los Perros sector, with its imposing glacier in the background. Finally, you will arrive at Los Perros Camp, located in the most isolated area of the park and difficult to access. This sector of the park also has no shelter, so this third night of the circuit you will also sleep in a campsite.

🔔Season 2021-2022🔔

This season there will be no food service in the Perros Sector. So dinner on day 3, and breakfast and lunch on day 4 are not included in the tour. A mini-market has been set up for you to shop, but possibilities are limited. In case you need to cook, you will have to carry the utensils.

o circuit patagonia campamento los perros torres del paine in the middle of lengas forest

todayDAY 4 Trekking to Grey Sector

Difficulty: High - 22 Km (9 - 12 hours)
Initial altitude: 620 m.
Maximum altitude: 1 241 m.
Accommodation: Camping or Refugio in Sector Grey

John Garner Pass - Campo de Hielo Sur

This is the most challenging and spectacular day. The route is the longest of all the O Circuit Patagonia. 22 Km and high difficulty.

We recommend that you calculate your time well and leave early, as the route can take up to 12 hours. The first part of the route is an ascent until you reach John Garner Pass. On this stretch, be prepared to feel the strong Patagonian wind. The best reward? The tongues of the Southern Ice Field melting into the clouds ⛅.

trekking sector grey map o cicuit

Grey Glacier

The trek continues with a long descent on rocky terrain. You will skirt the Grey Glacier until you reach its lake and access the area known as "El Paso".

There you will cross the two suspension bridges of more than 50 m long with spectacular views of the glacier itself. Finally, you will arrive at the Grey sector camp, where you will have dinner and rest.

grey glacier with a traveler standing in front of the glacier in torres del paine o circuit

todayDAY 5 Trekking to Paine Grande sector

Difficulty: Medium - 11 Km (4-5 hours)
Initial altitude: 620 m.
Maximum altitude: 1 241 m.
Accommodation: Camping or Refugio in Sector Paine Grande

Glacier Grey Kayak

If you are still tired from the previous day, don't worry. This day's route is much shorter and one of the easiest of the O circuit. Our recommendation: take the morning off and enjoy the glacier. You can even do the kayaking activity on the Grey glacier.

👉This activity is not included in the price, if you want to do it you just have to select it as an extra during the booking process.

kayak in glacier grey torres del paine activity

Paine Grande Trekking

After enjoying the morning on the Grey Glacier it is time to get going for today's route.

The most surprising thing about today's trek is that you will constantly have the imposing Cerro Paine Grande by your side. In addition, you will see the hanging glaciers and the highest peak of the Paine Grande Massif, with an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level.

paine grande trekking in torres del paine o circuit patagonia

Lake Pehoé - arrival in Paine Grande sector

During today's route, you will also cross a forest of ñirres, cohigues and notros until you finally arrive at the Paine Grande sector. This sector is located in front of Lake Pehoé and next to the Cuernos del Paine. Get ready to sleep tonight in the largest camp of the circuit in Torres del Paine.

woman standing in front of pehoe lake in torres del paine national park

todayDAY 6 Frances Valley

Difficulty: High - 20,5 Km (8 - 9 hours)
Initial altitude: 100 m.
Maximum altitude: 762 m.
Alojamiento: Camping or Refugio in Sector Frances

Route to the Italian Camp

The first part of the route is quite smooth, until you reach the Italian camp. Once there, we recommend you to take advantage of the guarderia (nursery) to leave your backpack and have a lighter climb.

💬 Guarderia
The guarderias (nurseries) in Torres del Paine are located at strategic points along the route and are places where you can leave your backpack so as not to carry it and pick it up on your return, as the trail will pass through the same point again.

campamento italiano in torres del paine national park during the o circuit

Mirador Valle Francés

Crossing the sector Francés makes the trek more challenging. But it will be worth climbing the slope, just for the views that await you in the Mirador Valle Francés. When you arrive, you'll have the privilege of seeing large ice slides from the glacier.

lanke and frances valley views in torres del paine o circuit

Hike to the Mirador Británico

At this point of the trail you must make a decision.

If you feel up to it and still have hours of sunshine ahead of you (this is very important), we encourage you to continue the ascent to the Mirador Británico. A steep slope awaits you, but with the reward of unimaginable views.

On the other hand, if you are already tired or there is not much time left before the sun goes down, we recommend that you skip this part of the circuit and start the way back.

mirador britanico views during the o circuit torres del paine

Return to Sector Frances

Once you start your return and pick up your backpack (if you have left it at the nursery 🎒), you will continue a few kilometers until you reach the French Sector, where you will spend the night in one of the most welcoming shelters of the route.

☝ Sector Frances - Sector Cuernos
In the Frances Sector there are two camping/refugio areas, barely separated by two kilometers: the French Sector and the Cuernos Sector. Both are very similar options and are assigned based on availability.

frances camping during the o circuit torres del paine with howlanders

todayDAY 7 Sector Central

Difficulty: Medium - 14 Km (4 - 5 hours)
Cumulative altitude: 200 m
Accommodation: camping or Refugio in Sector Central

Cuernos del Paine trek - Nordenskjöld lake

Take it easy on this seventh day of torres del Paine O Circuit. Since it is a shorter and easier trek, you don't have to leave early. Enjoy the flat path and the views of the Cuernos del Paine on one side and Lake Nordenskjöld on the other one.

trekking sector central map torres del paine o circuit

Sector Central

When you arrive at the Central Sector you will notice that both the campsite and the refuge are bigger, since it is the entrance door to the W trek. We suggest you enjoy the wide common areas of the refuge and have a drink at its bar.

You can also enjoy the spa or the restaurant of the Hotel Las Torres (not included), located very close to the refuge, and where you will have a 20% discount.

camping sector central in torres del paine

todayDAY 8 Base of Torres del Paine hike

Difficulty: High - 19,5 Km (7 - 9 hours)
Inital altitude: 126 m.
Maximum altitude: 870 m.

Ascencio River Valley - Paso de los Viento

Get ready for the most expected trek of all visitors to Torres del Paine National Park, the Mirador Base Torres.

The route begins by crossing the Ascencio River Valley and at a few hundred meters starts a 3 km climb to enjoy a beautiful view of the lakes and valleys offered by Paso de los Vientos.

hike to towers torres del paine trail

Lengas forest - La Morrena

From this point you’ll begin the descent, passing through the area of the Refugio Chileno. Where you’ll cross the greenish Lengas Forest until you reach La Morrena.

Again you’ll be able to leave your rucksack in a 'guarderia' so you don’t have to ascend loaded up to the spectacular Mirador Base Torres.

lengas forest in torres del paine o circuit travelers doing trekking

Mirador Base Torres

Climbing the rocky path that reaches the Mirador is the hardest stretch of the day, both for the slope and the final stretch, a path of stones. But don’t worry! When you get there you’ll see that the effort is worth it.

In the Mirador Base Torres you’ll be able to enjoy the views of the famous towers that gave their names to the National Park.

mirador base torres o circuit with a man enjoying the views

Return to sector Central

After having discovered one of the most impressive landscapes in Patagonia, you’ll return again to the Central Sector by the same route but in descent, which makes it much easier.

When you arrive at the “refugio” you’ll pick up your backpack to take the bus. The transfer leaves at 7:00 p.m. and will take you to Puerto Natales, where you’ll arrive at 10:00 p.m. to put an end to this incredible adventure in Torres del Paine O Circuit.

puerto natales views returning of o circuit torres de paine tour

Tour details

Included

  • Access ticket to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Transfer by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip)
  • 7 nights in accommodation in CAMPING or REFUGIO*
  • Meals (breakfast + dinner and lunch in lunchbox) except as indicated in "not included".
  • Welcome kit (towel + liner + refillable bottle + notebook + map)
In the REFUGIO you will always share a room with the same group of 6 travelers. In camping you will have a tent for you.

Not included

  • Additional activities
  • Drinks in the bar of the “refugios”
  • Dinner day 3, breakfast and lunch day 4
On the days that meals are not included, you will have a small food store available.

error_outlineImportant information


In order to access the Torres del Paine National Park it will be mandatory to present the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. Request yours at: https://www.c19.cl/. This documentation is nominative and not transferable.

SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


Free cancellation! If you cancel 45 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, no refunds will be given. In some cases, free date changes will be offered until April 2023. The cases to qualify for the change of dates are the following: 1- In the event of a situation of COVID19 re-emerging in Chile or the traveler's country of origin that implies the closure of borders, total quarantine, or cancellation of land and/or air transfers. 2- In the event of contagion of the traveler (presenting a medical certificate that proves it) If you do not request a change of dates or not show up at the beginning of the tour, no refunds or rescheduling will be made. Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

What to bring to O Circuit Patagonia

The climate in Torres del Paine changes a lot, the seasons when you can do this trek are spring and summer, therefore you will have less rain and temperatures can range between 5 and 25 degrees. In this zone, the climate can vary quickly which means during the same day you can suffer from cold, heat and even strong winds. For that reason, it’s important to take good equipments and many layers of clothes to be able to regulate your temperature. We recommend that you take with you:
  • Passport + immigration card (the document given when stamping the passport)
  • Cash (USD) as no card payments are allowed in the area and there are no exchange houses or ATMs.
  • Medium trekking backpack (40 liters aprox.)
  • Long/Short Sleeve T-shirts (one for each day)
  • Long hiking trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Cap or hat
  • Mountain shoes (if possible waterproof boots)
  • Resting shoes
  • Raincoat/waterproof poncho
  • Sandals (for showers)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Flashlight and battery (especially useful in campsites)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Walking sticks

Where does the tour O Circuit Patagonia start

The 8 day Torres del Paine O Trek starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. And from Punta Arenas take a bus to Puerto Natales (3:15 hours). If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect directly to Puerto Natales in a 5 hour trip. Check out the requirements for entry into Chile at: https://chile.travel/planviajarachile.

O Circuit Patagonia tour reviews with Howlanders

4.5
Overall rating
Guide
3.9
Quality-price ratio
4.5
Transportation
4.8
Accommodation
4.8
Advice
4.5
John
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Everything went smooth - from booking all the way to doing the hike. The refugios were nice, the food was good and I felt like I was looked after well!

Jeremy
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Fantastic experience. Well organized. Everything went smoothly and help was always just a phone call away. Thank you!

Hiroaki Suzuki
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Overall, the tour is satisfactory. Logistic such as transport, accomodation and porter was very good. The company should assign the staff who can provide accurate information on the travel conditions. There was an important discrepency on how the porter works with the client, berween her oral explanation at the time of payment and the written explanation received later. This discrepancy has not caused any problem on the ground as the trail was easy to follow and not dangerous. On this, it was very useful that I could talk with the Director who actually walked the trail. I recommend that the company let the sales persons havz real expeiences in walking the trekking course which she or he sell et to the clients.Last not least, the porter was excellent. I was impressed how he handled the problem caused by his injury during the trekkin. He swiftly contacted the company and asked flexibly the support of his friends, so that his injury did not cause any inconvenience to his clients. His name is Juan Fuentes. He also speaks English and French. He could be a good guide, too.

Alice Bates
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Booking the O-trek seemed like a confusing process, going through Howlanders took the stress out of this for us. The trek itself was amazing and the accommodation, meals and refugios were better than expected. Would definitely recommend.

Questions & Answers

What COVID-19 sanitary measures are mandatory in Torres del Paine?
During your stay in Torres del Paine, the use of masks in closed areas, transport, toilets and viewpoints will be mandatory. On the trails, the use of a mask is not obligatory as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers.

The number of travelers per group cannot exceed 25 people. And it is recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

Do I have to wear the mask while doing the Torres del Paine O Circuit?
The use of masks will not be mandatory while hiking the trails of Torres del Paine National Park as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers. It is also recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

What documents do I need to bring to access Torres del Paine National Park?
To enter Torres del Paine National Park you must present your valid passport, the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. You can request yours at https://www.c19.cl/. You must also present the tickets and all the documentation that will be given to you the day before at the Puerto Natales office.

In addition, if you are a foreign traveler not resident in Chile, you must present the migratory card that you are given when you enter Chile.

Do I have to take my entire luggage to the O Circuit?
No, from Howlanders we recommend you to take only what is necessary for the trek and leave the rest of the luggage in the cloakroom of your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Unfortunately, it is not possible to store your luggage in the office.

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