O Circuit I Paine Grande Trek I 8 days/ 7 nights I Torres del Paine

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A hike of a lifetime in a wild place at the end of the world

The O Circuit takes all the sights of the popular W Circuit, and then kicks it up a notch. This hike includes all the wonders the northern side of the park has to offer, letting you experience a whole new Torres del Paine. With very few hikers, peace, solace, and serenity reign powerfully in the mountain breeze.

While the W sections of the hike can include overnights at mountain hostels, the O portion has sections that can only be camped. Your intense connection with nature during these days will bestow you with moments, wild lands, and drastic photo-ops that are seen by few people. Some of the highlights include traversing daisy fields, crossing rivers, and climbing the astonishing John Garner Pass.

The O Circuit gets its name from the way it “closes” the W Circuit. This hike will push your limits, but the self-satisfaction and pure amazement at the raw terrain will undoubtedly make it all worth it.

What will you see?

Las Torres

Amongst the most famous mountains in the world, these three towering, granite peaks soar in the blue sky at 2850m / 9350ft, 2800m / 9200ft, and 2600m / 8500ft. Molded by pure glacial force, these are the breath-taking towers that give the Park its name.

Los Cuernos

These three mountains put up a fight with the Las Torres Mountains over prettiest in the Park. Standing at 2600m / 8500ft, 2400m / 7900ft and 2200m / 7200ft, the different types of rocks that make up this massif create a stark, beautiful, and multi-colored contrast. A 700m / 3000ft wide slab of granite crosses the middle of these uniquely shaped mountains.

Francés Valley

This lookout in the middle of the W Circuit boasts unmatchable views. To the west, you can gaze at the Cuernos, Espada, Hoja and Máscara mountains. To the east, the Francés Glacier overhangs Mount Paine Grande. To the north, the jagged Fortaleza and Aleta de Tiburón (shark’s fin) peaks stand out against the sky. As if that wasn’t enough, the valley is immersed in a Nothofagus forest filled with many species of trees and vegetation that produce a variety of flowers and change colors during autumn.

Paine Grande

Made up of four summits, Paine Grande is recognized as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The highest peak towers at 3050m / 10000ft, making it the tallest mountain in the Macizo Paine Range and also the technically hardest mountain to climb in the entire Torres del Paine National Park.

Glaciar Grey

This is the largest glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, measuring 6km / 4mi wide, 30m / 100ft tall and 19km / 12mi long. Its floating icebergs and glacial moraines are just as picturesque as the glacier itself, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Ice Field. To see this gorgeous ice formation up close, you can take a boat ride, a kayak tour or an ice-hiking excurision.

Glacier Dickson

Revealed after a steep and exhausting ascent, this glaciar provides a tremendous and rejuvenating view. It originates from the Southern Ice Field but has unfortunately experienced significant shrinkage over the last few decades, resulting in an expansion of its lake below.

Lake Dickson

A welcome sight revealed after a steep climb, this lake is part of the Southern Ice Field and flows into the Paine River. Fed by the Dickson, Cubo and Frias glaciers, in 1998 shrinkage of Dickson led to an expansion of the lake, which now flows over 17km / 10.5mi long and crosses the border of Chile and Argentina.

Glaciar Los Perros

This hanging glacier comes from the Olguín Mountain Range, not the Southern Ice Field, which explains its name of Glacier Olguín on the southern side. Unfortunately, this glaciar has experienced the largest shrinkage over the last 20 years.

John Garner Mountain Pass

One of the most memorable and spectacular views in the Park. Found at 1200m / 3900ft, this mountain pass is one of the highest trekking points in Torres del Paine and overlooks the immensity of Grey Glacier. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Southern Ice Field.

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How is the Circuit?

What does it include?

Fully Equipped Camping Experience

Day 1: Regular Transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, lodging at Serón Sector.
Day 2: Hike to Dickson, lodging at Dickson Sector.
Day 3: Hike to Los Perros, lodging at Los Perros Sector.
Day 4: Hike to John Gardner mountain pass and Grey Lake, lodging at Grey Sector.
Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande, lodging at Paine Grande Sector.
Day 6: Hike to Francés Valley, lodging at Francés/Cuernos Sector.
Day 7: Hike to Central Sector, lodging at Central Sector.
Day 8: Hike to Torres Base and transport back to Puerto Natales.

Based on double occupancy– 2 people, 1 tent:

  • USD $ 1,520

Single suplement: 

  • USD $ 125

Notes:

  • Self-guided circuit available from November 1st 2022
  • The published rates and dates are valid from April 2022 until april 2023.
  • f you would like this option with a group, please book through the form at the bottom of this page.
  • DuringChristmas Eve and New Years Eve an extra of USD $78 is charged per dinner.
  • If you wish to book this program with a private guide, complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  • To make use of bars and restaurants, a valid Mobility Pass issued in Chile is required.
  • This program DOES NOT INCLUDE any type of food in Los Perros Sector. It operates an external service minimarket that sells basic foods and drinks.
  • 1 8 day Epic Trekking Circuit
  • 2 7 nights in fully equipped and ready set-up Camping (mountain standard tent, sleeping bag, liner and sleeping mat)
  • 3 All Meals
  • 4 Transport to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 5 Park Entrance Fee
  • 6 A hike of a lifetime

Mountain Hostel Experience

Day 1: Regular Transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, lodging at Serón Sector.
Day 2: Hike to Dickson, lodging at Dickson Sector.
Day 3: Hike to Los Perros, lodging at Los Perros Sector.
Day 4: Hike to John Gardner mountain pass and Grey Lake, lodging at Grey Sector.
Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande, lodging at Paine Grande Sector.
Day 6: Hike to Francés Valley, lodging at Francés/Cuernos Sector.
Day 7: Hike to Central Sector, lodging at Central Sector.
Day 8: Hike to Torres Base and transport back to Puerto Natales.

Based on 6 people per room:

  • USD $ 1,900

Note:

  • Self-guided circuit available from November 1st 2022
  • The published rates and dates are valid from April 2022 until april 2023.
  • Mountain Hostel: Each room has 6 beds.
  • French Domes: Each room has 8 beds.
  • f you would like this option with a group, please book through the form at the bottom of this page.
  • DuringChristmas Eve and New Years Eve an extra of USD $78 is charged per dinner.
  • If you wish to book this program with a private guide, complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  • To make use of bars and restaurants, a valid Mobility Pass issued in Chile is required.
  • This program DOES NOT INCLUDE any type of food in Los Perros Sector. It operates an external service minimarket that sells basic foods and drinks.
  • 1 8 day Epic Trekking Circuit
  • 2 Lodging in Mountain Hostel with bed and sleeping bag)
  • 3 Includes one night in Central at the beginning of the circuit
  • 4 All Meals
  • 5 Transport to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 Park Entrance Fee
  • 7 A hike of a lifetime

Mountain Hostel & Hotel

Day 1: Regular Transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, lodging at Serón Sector
Day 2: Hike to Dickson, lodging at Dickson Sector.
Day 3: Hike to Los Perros, lodging at Los Perros Sector.
Day 4: Hike to John Gardner mountain pass and Grey Lake, lodging at Grey Sector.
Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande, lodging at Paine Grande Sector.
Day 6: Hike to Francés Valley, lodging at Francés/Cuernos Sector.
Day 7: Hike to Central Sector, lodging at Hotel Las Torres.
Day 8: Hike to Torres Base and transport back to Puerto Natales.

Based on double occupancy

  • USD $ 2,160

Single suplement:

  • USD $ 490

Notes:

  • Self-guided circuit available from November 1st 2022
  • The published rates and dates are valid from April 2022 until april 2023.
  • Mountain Hostel: Each room has 6 beds.
  • French Domes: Each room has 8 beds.
  • f you would like this option with a group, please book through the form at the bottom of this page.
  • DuringChristmas Eve and New Years Eve an extra of USD $78 is charged per dinner.
  • If you wish to book this program with a private guide, complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  • To make use of bars and restaurants, a valid Mobility Pass issued in Chile is required.
  • This program DOES NOT INCLUDE any type of food in Los Perros Sector. It operates an external service minimarket that sells basic foods and drinks.
  • 1 8 day Epic Trekking Circuit
  • 2 Lodging in Mountain Hostel with bed and sleeping bag)
  • 3 Includes one night in Central at the beginning of the circuit and the last night in Hotel Las Torres.
  • 4 All Meals
  • 5 Transport to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 Catamaran from Paine Grande
  • 7 Park Entrance Fee
  • 8 A hike of a lifetime

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