8 Days
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Chile, Patagonia

Patagonia: Torres del Paine ‘O’ Circuit Trek

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular parts of the Patagonia region and the southern Andes. Located at the southern tip of the Americas; the park is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and one of the most visited in Chile. Torres del Paine lies between the Andes Mountains and the Patagonian Steppe in southern Chile giving on to the Atlantic coast. It is an area of great scenic beauty; with many ridges, crags, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and lagoons.

Following then; this itinerary will cover the striking pointed peaks and massive glaciers of the Paine Massif & Southern Patagonia Ice Field; along what is popularly known as the “O” route based on its circuit shape.

Then, in just over a week, you’ll trek through almost 80 miles (128.75 km) of trails and stay at a variety of lodges, shelters (refugios) or camping overnight.

This tour is best suited for trekkers with hiking experience; or physically-fit adventurers who are willing to practice hiking trails with occasionally demanding conditions. Crowds of trekkers/travelers are more prevalent during the high season. Following then; this also overlaps with pleasant summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere.

Spend just over a week discovering the awe and stunning scenery of Torres del Paine.
Climb the John Gardner Pass for a section of the park that is rarely visited.
Explore famous landmark sites such as Las Torres, Glacier Grey, Las Cuernos, Dickson Glacier.
Walk alongside the magnificent lagunas of Nordenskjold, Pehoe and Grey.
Encounter numerous flora and fauna, including grazing wild guanaco.

All camping Equipment (incl. sleeping bags)
Professional bilingual guide
Campsites or Refugio Reservations
Full meal service at refugios (B,L,D)
Cabaña in Puerto Natales (Night before and Night on the final day)
Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organized as part of the trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organized as part of the trip)
Transfers – (FYI: The bus journey from Puerto Natales lasts about two and a half hours (112 km)) Approx. $22-24 USD per person for a Round Bus Trip. Private transport is available for $125 USD additional per person, from groups of 2+.
Park entrance fees to be paid for in cash at park entrance


Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide/cook, porter to carry camping equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Chile. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.


Patagonia Pack

El precio original era: $ 680.00.El precio actual es: $ 612.00.

From lightweight baselayers to midweight fleeces, this pack focuses on layering your gear perfectly so you stay protected and warm on your Patagonia adventure.

Fabric: 100% Alpaca Wool. Sourced, Sheared, & Sewn in Perú
*All packs can be mixed with women’s & men’s items



Alpaca Wool Long Sleeve Shirt: 160 Ultralight
Alpaca Wool Leggings: 300 Lightweight
Alpaca Wool Base Layer: 300 Lightweight Half-Zip
Alpaca Wool Hoodie Jacket: 420 Midweight Full-Zip
Alpaca Wool Beanie: 160 Ultralight
Alpaca Wool Neck Gaiter: 160 Ultralight
Unisex Alpaca Wool Gloves: 300 Lightweight

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Alpaca Wool

Alpaca wool outperforms merino, offering superior warmth, moisture-wicking, and breathability, keeping you protected on any adventure. Additionally, alpaca wool is sustainable, as alpacas have a low environmental impact and their wool is biodegradable.


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Joel (Lux) - 'O' Circuit Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile & El Chaltén, Argentina

febrero 22, 2024

Overall, the trip was very nice and James was helpful and responsive! I started with the O Trek in Torres del Paine in Chile together with the friendly guide Fransisco/Pancho and the amazing cook/porter Teo from Peru. Afterward, I had a few very nice day hikes with the guide Martin in El Chaltén, Argentina.

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Joel Theisen

Lan (USA) - El Chaltén, 'Mountain Escapes', Argentina

enero 15, 2024

Walking on the Glaciar Río Túnel Inferior, was an amazing experience – Huemul Circuit

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Lan Ly

Ben (UK) - El Chaltén Mountain Escapes, Patagonia, Argentina

diciembre 16, 2023

I agree with Ally, this was an amazing trek and it was even better than I had imagined it would be! Edu is an amazing guide, fun to chat with when walking, and very knowledgeable about everything Patagonia has to offer. He adapted quickly to the minor weather challenges we faced and ensured we saw everything planned! Additionally, Teo is an amazing chef. His ability to craft delicious 2-course meals at every stop is incredible and is something I wish I could do even when I have a full kitchen at home! Always with a smile, he carried a massive pack for the entire trip to ensure that we enjoyed delicious meals, and was always willing to laugh with us at our poor attempts at speaking Spanish.

A 5-star trek and I will make sure to get my reviews in on those websites to ensure this company can continue to grow and give others the amazing experience that we had.

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Ben Armstrong

Simon (UK) - El Chaltén Mountain Escapes, Patagonia, Argentina

diciembre 16, 2023

It was a fantastic experience, we trekked in el chalten for 5 days. The guides Ed and Teo were very experienced, and the food was exquisite. It was one of a lifetime experience. Highly recommend.

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Simon Podowski

Ally (UK) - El Chaltén Mountain Escapes, Patagonia, Argentina

diciembre 16, 2023

I will write a review on Google as well. But wanted to say that I have nothing but amazing things to say about the tour! It was a great route. And I cannot speak more highly of Eduardo and Teo. Eduardo is a very knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic guide. And Teo’s food was so delicious! It was always a treat to come back to camp and enjoy a warm, delicious & somehow different meal each time! 5 Star Trek, would recommend very highly!

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Ally Armstrong

Angela (UK) - 'O' Circuit Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile & El Chaltén, Argentina

diciembre 16, 2023

Although the organization is a bit messy, it was eventually a great experience in Patagonia. James has been helpful when there are any unclarity or questions. The ‘O’ trek and El Chaltén have so much to give. The guides are fantastic. They do all they can to make sure I’m safe but also, they’re a lot of fun!

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Angela Yip

Susann (GER) - 'W' Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile

mayo 16, 2024

The trip went well and Francisco was a great guide, thank you for organizing the tour with him!

Only thing that got me a little by surprise is that we were not doing the W Trek as advertised as some of the routes were closed for winter. It would have been good to know that in advance as it might have influenced my decision to take the tour or meet my expectations as the reason, I was taking it was a pretty personal one and hence I was quite disappointed when I heard. Francisco did make it a really good tour though and Torres del Paine national park is beautiful.

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Susann Reuter (GER)

Daniel & Rod (AUS) - 'W' Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile

mayo 16, 2024

This was an important Father & Son trip for us. ¡Yes! We are very happy with our trek in Patagonia. Francisco was very friendly and a great guide too with profound knowledge & awareness of the park and its environment. Many thanks for organizing our dream trek 🙂

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Daniel & Rod Teggelove (AUS)

Valerie (CAN) - Patagonia: Torres Del Paine ‘W’ Trek, Chile

abril 7, 2024

Yes, amazing time. Francisco is the best 🙂

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Valerie Langlois (Canada)

Rolando (USA) - 'O' Circuit Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile

marzo 7, 2024

It was a very rewarding experience! The itinerary was very detailed and I knew what to expect each day. Unu Raymi Expeditions delivered & I will definitely use them again 🙂

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The day before you start your adventure, you will arrive in Puerto Natales. You have to be at 6.30 in the morning at the Rodoviario de Puerto Natales (bus station; Spain 1455), to take the bus leaving at 7:00 am to the Torres del Paine National Park (PNTP). Your entrance to the park will be through the Laguna Amarga Lodge, where you will show your ticket and then take the approach bus to the Welcome Center of the Cerro Paine Reserve where you can enjoy the impressive silhouettes of the Torres del Paine and the Almirante Nieto Massif . Once there, start your first trekking. This will lead you through a huge forest of lichens called "old man's beard". Once you have crossed the forest you will contemplate in the distance an extensive valley covered by margaritas flanked by the Paine River on the right, who will accompany you during the second half of your trek until you reach the Serón campsite, where you will dine and stay
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 9.6 miles (15.5 km)
  • Hiking time: 6.5 hours
This will be a long and unforgettable day of trekking. The first part of the trail will take you up and down, surrounding the hillsides of Cerro Paine where you will feel the strength of the wind. There, you will begin to descend to continue bordering Lake Paine, which on clear days works as a mirror of the summits that surround it. If the weather is in your favor, you will be able to see the northeast summit of the Paine Massif, including silhouettes and peculiar shapes such as "Cabeza del Indio", "Escudo", "Cube" and Dickson. The night will be in the Dickson Sector, located next to the glacial lake at the edge of the Southern Ice Field that gives it its name to the sector.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 8.1 miles (13 km)
  • Hiking time: 4 hrs
Today you will begin to move towards the south west. Along the way you will see the Dickson glacier falling into the lake of the same name. You will enter a beautiful lenga forest, where you will see Magellanic woodpeckers beating the lengas. In the middle of the forest you will find a clearing. Stop there to look forward and backward, because in front of you and behind you you can see glaciers, awesome! Further on, you will also pass through the Los Perros glacier, with incredible views towards its lake. Half an hour after the walk, you will arrive at Camp Los Perros, located in a quiet and ancient forest. In the Perros Sector the food service consists of rations of the trek, there is no restaurant service.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 11.2 miles (18 km)
  • Hiking time: 6 hrs
It is likely that today is the most exhausting and at the same time most spectacular day of your trip. Attention: there will be slippery roads, swampy terrain and steep climbs and descents. The departure from Los Perros must be very early. The first part of the way is through a swampy land and then start a steep and long climb to the windy Paso John Garner. Once up, the overwhelming view will make you feel very small. In front of you will have one of the huge tongues of the Southern Ice Field, full of cracks and ice of the strangest nuances of blue and green. A landscape in which you do not know where the glacier ends and where the clouds begin. Once you catch your breath, start the long descent between rocks, to continue skirting the Grey Glacier, which will accompany you all the way to Lake Grey. A few kilometers after arriving at the site "El Paso", you will cross two impressive suspension bridges over 50 meters long that pass over huge gorges with a fantastic view of the Grey glacier, an image that is hard to forget. Tonight we will stay in Sector Gray
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 6.8 miles (11 km)
  • Hiking time: 4.5 hrs
The first part of the road will be between many ups and downs. Crossing forests of ñirres, cohigues and notros, and with the majestic Cerro Paine Grande (the highest summit of the Massif with 3050 masl) and its hanging glaciers on your left, you will reach the Paine Grande Refuge. There you can stop for a while to have lunch and enjoy the amazing view from the place to the Cuernos del Paine. Then, you will continue your way towards the French Sector now with horns in front, Lake Pehoé on your right and another face of Cerro Paine Grande on your left. After a quiet but long walk you will reach the French Sector where you will dine and sleep.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 13.7 miles (22 km)
  • Hiking time: 11 hrs
This day you will visit another of the most emblematic and magical places of the Park, the impressive Valle del Francés. The trekking will begin with a gentle walk towards the Italian camp. Here, you will start to climb the valley and after an hour and a half of ascent, you will reach the "French Lookout". Here you will see very closely one of the hanging glaciers of Cerro Paine Grande and, with some luck, you will be able to witness an ice fall (avalanche). With that impressive sight circling in your head you will continue advancing through a forest of lengas, up to the British sector. Get ready, it is probably the only time in your life that you see such a show: the magnificent Valley of the French, floated by its colossal mountains and granite walls whose unique shapes and colors will leave you breathless. The return will be by the same path, passing through the Italian Camp, until reaching the French Sector.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping or Refugio
  • Hiking distance: 6.8 miles (11 km)
  • Hiking time: 3.5-4 hrs
With the spectacular Cuernos del Paine on the left, and the colors of Lake Nordenskjöld on the right, you will walk towards the Central sector. This day the walk will be calmer, there will be no big slopes and the journey will be shorter and faster than the previous days. A few kilometers to reach the Central Sector, you will have left behind the Cuernos to skirt Mount Almirante Nieto (2,670 masl), a massif with a temperamental climate. At night, and as in the rest of your adventure, you can live the relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere in the Central Sector; Take a well deserved beer and share with other hikers experiences and anecdotes. If you feel tired after so many days of hard walking, you can stop by the Hotel Las Torres Spa to get a well-deserved massage, or try a roast lamb on the stick (these activities are not included in the program)
Today you'll be up early to visit one of the most famous landmarks of the park, the Mirador Base Torres. During the first part you'll walk through the pampas, crossing the Ascencio River and then climb about 3 km until you reach the 'paso del vientos'. Here you'll enjoy incredible views of the valley, lakes and glaciers that surround. Continuing until you reach the Chilean Refuge and then enter a forest of lengas and reach “La Morrena”, where the hardest part of the trekking begins. After 45 minutes of arduous ascent along a rocky path, you'll reach the spectacular Mirador Base Torres where you can enjoy the majesty of the South Towers (2,850 masl), Central (2,800 masl), and North (2,600 masl). After contemplating the spectacular scenery, you'll return to the Central Sector where at 7:00 p.m you'll take the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales..
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hiking distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)
  • Hiking time: 4.5 hrs
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