Daily Itinerary - O Circuit

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TREKKING CIRCUIT

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Lake Dickson

Lake Paine Dickson Sector

Serón Sector

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Perros Sector

LAS TORRES

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Mount Cerro Paine

Options: 8 to 9 days (more nights can be added). Accommodation: Camping, Mountain Hostel or Hotel Las Torres (different combinations possible according to the sector).

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Take in all the Park has to offer by hiking the full O Circuit, which includes all the sights of the popular W Circuit and all the wonders of the northern side of the famous mountain range. With very few hikers on this trail, you will enjoy peace and serenity and explore a unique side of Torres del Paine. This adventure offers an intense connection with nature. Some of the highlights include strolling through daisy fields, crossing rivers, and climbing the astonishing John Garner Pass, with the grand finale, Las Torres Base Viewpoint, on the last day. This hike will push you to your limits, but the experience is incomparable and the raw beauty truly breathtaking.

Chileno Sector

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Central Sector

FRANCÉS VALLEY

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Grey Lookout Los Cuernos Lookout Lake Grey Francés Sector

Cuernos Sector John Garner Mountain Pass Lookout

Grey Lookout

Lake Nordenskjöld

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Paine Grande Sector

Lake Pehoé Británico Lookout

Las Torres Viewpoint


Day 1: Puerto Natales - Trekking to Serón Sector

Before the adventure begins, you will get an email with information to help you fully prepare for your Torres del Paine trip. Our sales executives will contact you about the Welcome Kit and vouchers. The day your trip begins you will take the 7:00 a.m. bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park, which takes about 2 ½ hours. When you arrive at Las Torres, you will pass by the Welcome Center before starting your first hike to the Serón Sector, which will take you through the Enchanted Valley and an old native lenga tree forest. You will notice that the trees are covered by a special kind of lichen, known as “old man’s beard” (barba de viejo), which only grows in the purest of atmospheres.

Lake Grey

JOHN GARNER MOUNTAIN PASS

FRANCÉS VALLEY Dickson Sector

LOS CUERNOS

Lake Dickson

LAS TORRES Mount Almirante Nieto Francés Sector

Cuernos Sector

Chileno Sector 4-6 hours 13 kms

Medium-level of difficulty

Total altitude: 250 amsl

Mount Cerro Paine

Overnight in Serón Sector (camping only)

Lake Paine Lake Nordenskjöld

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Las Torres Hotel

Serón Sector Central Sector

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Welcome Center

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Day 2: Trekking to Dickson Sector

LOS CUERNOS Los Perros Glacier

JOHN GARNER MOUNTAIN PASS

LAS TORRES Los Perros Sector

This long, yet unforgettable day will take you up and down the foothills of the Paine Massif mountain range with magnificent photo opportunities along the way, crowned with fluffy white clouds. To reach the Dickson Sector you will descend down to the shore of Lake Paine to a beautiful green location with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, the campsite and Mountain Hostel.

Mount Cerro Paine Dickson Sector

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Lake Dickson

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6 - 8 hours 18 kms

High-level of difficulty

Total altitude: 200 amsl

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Serón Sector Lake Paine

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Overnight in Dickson Sector


Day 3: Trekking to Los Perros Sector

Make the most of the shorter trekking day ahead, by waking up early and enjoying the silence by the riverside, while contemplating the clouds passing over the snowy mountain peaks. Once you have absorbed the surrounding scenery, with its hanging glacier, you will be ready to continue on your adventure, taking you through a lenga forest, home to the handsome Magellan woodpecker. On the last stretch of the trail, you will be surprised by Los Perros Glacier hanging above a serene grey lagoon. In the Perros Sector, the meal service is provided with lunch boxes and there is no restaurant service.

Lake Grey

GREY GLACIER

JOHN GARNER MOUNTAIN PASS FRANCÉS VALLEY Los Perros Glacier

Los Perros Sector

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High-level of difficulty

Total altitude: 369 amsl

Overnight in Los Perros Sector (camping only)

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Lake Dickson

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Dickson Sector


Day 4: Trekking to Grey Sector

FRANCÉS VALLEY Dickson Sector

Los Perros Glacier

Today will be the hardest and, at the same time, the most rewarding day of the Circuit. You will leave Los Perros campsite early and zigzag through the forest’s humid terrain. You will then ascend a steep, winding, rocky section to reach John Gardner Pass. Once you get there, you will see before you the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which will take your breath away in an instant, with its irregular peaks and turquoise glacial crevasses.

Los Perros Sector

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JOHN GARNER MOUNTAIN PASS

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9-12 hours 15 kms

High-level of difficulty

Starting altitude: 620 amsl Highest altitude: 1.241 amsl

Grey Sector

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Lake Grey

GREY GLACIER

Overnight in Grey Sector


Day 5: Trekking to Paine Grande Sector

This is the part of the Circuit where the “O” meets the “W”. After a few very intense days, today you will enjoy a relaxing walk in the foothills of the mountain, amongst Antarctic beech trees (ñirre), Dombey’s beech (coigüe) and the Chilean firetree (notro). This short, yet gratifying trek will fill your senses and the views of Mount Paine Grande, with the highest peak in the region (3,050m) and its hanging glaciers are just incredible. Once you arrive at the campsite, you can kick-back and rest or take a leisurely walk along the shore of Lake Pehoé’s turquoise waters.

GREY GLACIER LOS CUERNOS Glaciar Francés

VALLE DEL FRANCÉS

Grey Sector

Francés Sector

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Cuernos Sector

Grey Lookout

Lake Nordenskjöld

Lake Grey

4 hours 11 kms

Medium-level of difficulty

Starting altitude: 130 amsl Highest altitude: 388 amls

Overnight in Paine Grande Sector

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Paine Grande Sector

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Lake Pehoé

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Day 6: Trekking to Francés Valley

The day begins with a wonderful hike into the Francés Valley. Along the way you will enjoy the peace and quiet of pure nature, be surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and feel totally immersed in wild vegetation. You will savor in the serenity of the forests and the glacial streams, where you can fill your bottle with pure, fresh water. And you will marvel at the majestic Los Cuernos Mountains, looming overhead. The grand finale of this trek is like no other, a lookout with incredible views of the Francés Glacier and the rest of the Paine Massif Mountain Range.

GREY GLACIER LOS CUERNOS Francés Glacier

FRANCÉS VALLEY

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Grey Lookout

Francés Sector

Cuernos Sector

Lake Nordenskjöld

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Paine Grande Sector 8-9 hours 20,5 kms

High-level of difficulty

Starting altitude: 100 amsl Highest altitude: 762 amsl

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Lake Pehoé

Overnight in Francés Sector


Day 7: Trekking Central Sector

You will begin by walking along the Arriero River, which offers great places to relax and refill your bottle with fresh running water. You will be drawn to the beauty of these enormous summits looming over the turquoise lake below and will want to capture the incredible scenery forever in a photo. Lake Nordenskjöld is surrounded by amazing geographical contrasts, home to many birds, so we recommend you look out for condors overhead. You will then continue along the base of the magnificent Mount Almirante Nieto and its hanging glaciers.

TORRES DEL PAINE

FRANCÉS VALLEY

Mount Cerro Paine LOS CUERNOS Chileno Sector

4 - 5 hours 14 kms

Medium-level of difficulty

Total altitude: 200 amsl

A night in Central Sector

Francés Sector

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Lago Lake Nordenskjöld Nordenskjöld

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Día 8: Las Torres Viewpoint

The day begins with a slowly ascending hike through the Patagonian pampas and begins to steepen as you enter the Ascencio Valley, until you reach Los Vientos Mountain Pass - with its spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and lakes. You will continue hiking, past the Chileno Mountain Hostel and through a native lenga forest before approaching the final stretch of your adventure. This part of the hike takes about an hour and is over rocky terrain, lined with enormous boulders. Awaiting at the end is the most awe-inspiring view of the three iconic granite towers and glacial lagoon.

TORRES DEL PAINE

Mount Almirante Nieto

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High-level of difficulty

Starting altitude: 126 amsl Highest altitude: 870 amsl

Chileno Sector

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Las Torres Hotel Welcome Center

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