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Self-Guided O Circuit Torres del Paine 10 Days

    What's Included?

  • Return Bus tickets between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National park
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales (Breakfast Included)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Seven nights in Torres del Paine National Park (Camping)
    *
  • All camping equipment when required (Tents, sleeping bags, and pads)
  • All meals as described on the itinerary


This Classic O Circuit Trek takes you through the entirety of the Torres del Paine national park, making the full loop that this region is famous for. This trek circumnavigates the entire range and starts with a fabulous view of the Torres del Paine, as you make your way to the base of the infamous three towers. Complete the toughest day of your journey, the John Garner Pass (1200m/3900ft), from where we have outstanding views of Glacier Grey and the vast Southern Ice Field, one of the largest ice caps outside of the arctic regions. Descending from the pass, we follow alongside Glacier Grey to its terminus at Lago Grey where you can see giant icebergs calving directly into the lake. Finally, make your way along Lago Nordenskjold, and hike the French Valley, before ending the complete loop of the Circuit. With it's high granite pillars and it's spectacularly brilliant blue lakes, the O Circuit can be counted as one of the best treks in the world.
 
*Refugios are available at an additional cost.
**Single supplement room $169 per night.

Day 1 - Arrival Puerto Natales & Welcome Briefing

Welcome to Patagonia. Our driver will pick you up at the airport or bus station when you arrive and transfer you to the hotel. Get some rest or enjoy the free time to explore. In the evening, a member of our team will review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.

No meals included

Day 2 - Puerto Natales - the Base of the Towers - Sector Torres

Hiking time is 8 hours. Distance 16km/10Miles and Elevation Gain of 700m

Our adventure begins early with a two-hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Upon arriving at the national park, we will go through formalities at the park?s entrance and then change buses. After a short 20 minute drive, we will arrive at Refugio Torres where we will grab our packed lunches. From Refugio Torres, we will hike alongside the Ascencio River until reaching the base of the world-famous pillars of granite that give the park its name. After eating lunch, we will head back to the Torres Sector where we will be spending the night.

Lunch/ Dinner included

Day 3 - Sector Torres to Camp Seron

Hiking time is 4 to 5 hours. Distance 14km/8Miles and Elevation Gain of 300m

After breakfast, we will set off from Sector Torres. Our trek will be steadily uphill as we make our way through one of the oldest beech forests and alongside the Paine River. We will take a well-deserved break at Paine Chico Viewpoint. Our next stop will be Camp Seron where we will be camping for the night.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner included

Day 4 - Camp Seron to Sector Dickson

Hiking time is 6 to 7 hours. Distance 18km/11Miles and Elevation Gain of 250m

Our trail winds around the backside of the park today and provides us with reasonably easy trekking. This section of the park is more remote and visited by fewer trekkers, leaving you to enjoy the empty trails and untouched wide-open grasslands. We will pass by Paine Lake and walk alongside the Paine River until we reach Refugio Dickson, where a hot dinner and shower will be waiting for you.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner included

Day 5 - Sector Dickson to Camp Perros

Hiking time is 4 hours. Distance 12km/7Miles and Elevation Gain of 400m

Today's trek will follow Los Perros River through a beech wood forest and pass under Los Perros Glacier. Los Perros Glacier Lookout Point will supply us with brilliant views of the glacier and the lake beneath it. Our camp for the night, Camp Perros, is just a short distance from here. Get a good night's sleep, because tomorrow will be the most challenging day of our trek.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner included

Day 6 - Camp Perros to Sector Grey

Hiking time is 8 hours. Distance 17.3km/10.7Miles and Elevation Gain of 400m

Today's trek is a difficult one, as we trek up and over John Gardner Pass, the highest point on our trek (1200m/3900ft). Count on experiencing Patagonia's infamously strong winds at the top of the pass but it will be well worth it as we will be rewarded with striking views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field down below. We will descend until we reach Grey's Lookout Point where you will be able to see the massive glacier up close.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner included

Day 7 - Sector Grey to Sector Paine Grande

Hiking time is 4 hours. Distance 11km/6Miles and Elevation Gain of 100m

Today's hike is relatively easy as our trail meets up with the W trek. From Refugio Grey, we will trek south alongside Lake Grey spotting floating icebergs along the way. We will pass by the Duck's Lagoon, and continue until we reach Paine Grande Refugio located next to the strikingly blue Pehoe Lake. We will arrive in time for a hot lunch.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner included

Optional: Ice Hike Grey Glacier $289 per person or Kayak Tour Grey $189 per person

Day 8 - Sector Paine Grande to Sector Frances

Hiking time 8 to 9 hours. Distance 19km/12Miles and Elevation Gain of 690m

From Refugio Paine Grande we will trek northeast alongside Scottsberg Lake. Prepare yourself for stunning views of Mt. Paine Grande and we head towards the French Valley. In the valley, we are able to see the French Glacier to our left and the massive Cuernos del Paine to our right. We will find respite at the French Valley Lookout Point where we will have lunch while spotting avalanches and hanging glaciers. After lunch, we will continue up the valley until reaching the British Lookout Point. Afterwards, we will descend back through the valley to Camp Frances.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

Day 9 - Sector Frances to Puerto Natales

Hiking time is 6 to 8 hours. Distance 18km/11Miles and Elevation Gain of 150m

The trail today follows around the base of the famous Mt Almirante Nieto (2750 m / 8759 ft) and along the shores of Nordenskjold Lake. The open country and miniature windswept forests and interspersed grasslands give one a good feel of what a vast portion of Patagonia is like. The hike itself to the welcome center is moderate, and a great way to end your trek. From here, our transportation will take us back to Puerto Natales. (End of our services)

Breakfast/ Lunch included

Day 10 - Depart Puerto Natales

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. According to your flight time, we will pick you up at your hotel for your transfer to the airport.

Breakfast included

    Exclusions

  • Guide
  • Internet at the Refugios
  • Personal expenses
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Trekking Poles
  • Porters ($125 per day)
  • Torres del Paine National Park Tickets (Book Here)
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Patagonia, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions.

    On the Trail Daypack

  • Extra layers
  • Windbreaker
  • Poncho
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
  • Small Lock(s) for day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack


    Clothing: Base, Middle, and Outer Layers

  • Moisture-wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (1) Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (1)
  • Underwear (3 to 4)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants (Winter Treks)
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gore Tex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your daypack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens (Winter Treks)
  • Gaiters (optional)


    Footwear: Shoes and Socks

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes Hiking socks (6)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


    First Aid Kit and Toiletries

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers' diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant...)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel


    Paperwork and Money

  • Passport (needed at entry gate for registration) Spending Money around $200


    Other Items

  • Portable Solar Charger Journal, pen and paper
  • Drybags
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
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