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Complete guide to the O circuit in Torres del Paine, Chile

Complete guide to the O circuit in Torres del Paine, Chile

The O circuit in Torres del Paine is an actual climbing journey that gives unimaginable surroundings and average bodily problem. You get a chance to discover one in every of the most distant and delightful areas of South America. The trek is a superb mixture of untamed expertise and good infrastructure; the route is well-marked, there are a number of ranger stations on the method and designated campsites with primary amenities.

O trek information

  • Distance – 120 km/74 miles.
  • Required variety of days – 6-Eight days.
  • Beginning and ending level – Lodge Las Torres (Laguna Amarga entrance).
  • Highest level – John Gardner cross – 1220m/4000ft. 
  • Permits – no particular permits wanted, park entrance payment is paid at the gate. Campsites reserving is required for multi-day hikes. 
  • Lodging – campsites, refugios (hostels) and lodges. 

Sensible info for the O trek

  • Park entrance payment might be paid solely in Chilean pesos, no different currencies or bank cards are accepted.
  • The O circuit is closed from 1st of April to 30th of September. 
  • The O trek might be walked solely counterclockwise.
  • Hikers are allowed to camp solely at designated campsites – wild tenting is prohibited in the park.
  • Campsites on the route have to be booked beforehand.
  • Take printed reserving affirmation and passport with on the trek.
  • Open fires aren’t allowed in Torres del Paine.
  • Utilizing a tenting range is allowed solely at designated areas at the campsites.
  • Consuming water may be discovered all through the park (rivers, creeks, streams), it’s claimed to be good high quality. We didn’t use any filters or purification. 
  • You’ll be able to get extra info on Torres del Paine earlier than the trek attending every day free speak at 3pm at Erratic Rock hostel/gear store.
  • Most of the trails have closing time should you arrive at the begin of a path after the indicated minimize off time you gained’t be allowed to proceed strolling any additional.

Grey glacier, the O trek, Torres del PaineGray glacier from a view-point, the O trek, Torres del Paine

Greatest time for trekking

Patagonian summer time from December to February is the warmest time with day temperatures between 12°C and 15°C when night time temperature is between 9°C and 12°C. November – January and March get various wind –  the largest drawback for climbing and tenting in Patagonia. February is the least windy summer time month. It’s the similar with rain out of all summer time months February will get the least rainfalls. Out of climate viewpoint February is certainly the greatest month for trekking in Torres del Paine. The primary disadvantage of mountaineering in February is crowds, it’s the busiest month for the park with the most guests coming right here. It means you have to ebook campsites lengthy in advance to be sure to get a spot on deliberate dates. For extra particulars on seasons and climate in Torres del Paine go right here. 

Extra info on different trekking routes in Torres del Paine yow will discover in our posts W trek guide and Day hikes in Torres del Paine.

Guided or unbiased trek

Unbiased trek


  • It’s less expensive.
  • It’s extra adventurous.
  • The route is well-marked and straightforward to comply with; distances, names, altitude profile and so on. you don’t want a guide to present you the means. 
  • In season there are various hikers on the path even in the event you stroll alone you gained’t be lonely.


  • You’ve to plan the hike, guide campsites, purchase meals and so forth.
  • You’ll be carrying a heavy backpack for every week.
  • Setting a campsite by your self; pitching tent, cooking, packing/unpacking after an extended strolling day. We love doing it however for some individuals it’s extra ache than enjoyable.

Guided tour


  • Straightforward – no preparations, bookings, gear rental and so forth. your tour firm will do every little thing for you.
  • Strolling with a day-pack, your baggage can be transferred from campsite to campsite.
  • No cooking, pitching tent, packing and so forth.


  • Fairly a bit costlier.
  • Takes away the adventurous a part of the hike.

Value of the O circuit, Torres del Paine

  • Transport – bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine  – CLP 15 00zero/US$23*, return. Bus Lodge Las Torres – Laguna Amarga (non-compulsory), return – CLP 6000/US$10 (every method paid individually).
  • Entrance charge – CLP 21 00zero/US$32 in season, CLP 11 00zero/US$17 – off season (Might to September). 
  • Lodging – campsites – between CLP 5000-13000/US$Eight-20. Observe! There are two free campsites on the O-trek; Italiano and Paso. Refugios (hostels) – between US$60 and US$80 per mattress. Resorts between US$130 and US$350 for a double room. 
  • Meals – cooking your personal meals – US$Eight-10 per day per individual; consuming at the park eating places – between CLP 11 00zero/US$17 and CLP 16 00zero/US$25 per meal.
  • Gear rental (optionally available) – to lease tenting gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking range and so forth.) in Puerto Natales will value you between CLP 13 00zero/US$20 and CLP 20 00zero/US$30 pp. per day, relying on what you lease. Word! You’ll be able to lease tenting gear (tent, mat, sleeping bag) at the paid campsites in the park however it’s costlier than in Puerto Natales. To lease tenting gear at Vertice Patagonia campsites will value you per day; tent (2 individual) – CLP 20 00zero/US$30; sleeping bag – CLP 14 00zero/US$21; sleeping mat  – CLP 5000/US$7,5. A advantage of renting at campsites is that you simply don’t carry tenting gear from place to place which makes your backpack considerably lighter. 

* Verify right here present conversion.

Guided O circuit excursions begin at US$2000 per individual it consists of  lodging (often extra snug choice e.g. Eco camps or resorts), transportation, guide, park entrance payment, ferry ticket, baggage switch, all meals, gear (sleeping bag) if wanted. It’s fairly a bit costlier than unbiased trek nevertheless it’s rather more snug and straightforward.

Packing for Torres del Paine

You’ll find full packing listing (together with gear comparability) for mountaineering and tenting in Torres del Paine right here ↓↓↓

O trek distances and occasions

  • Laguna Amarga – Lodge Las Torres (the start line) – 7km/four,Three miles, strolling – 2 hours or by bus – 15min.
  • Lodge Las Torres – Serón campsite – 13km/Eight miles, Three hours
  • Campsite Serón – Campsite Dickson – 18km/11 miles, 6 hours
  • Campsite Dickson – Campsite Los Perros – 11,8km/7,Three miles, four,5 hours
  • Campsite Los Perros – Campsite Paso – 8km/5 miles, 6 hours, John Gardner move, steep ascend.
  • Campsite Paso – Campsite Gray – 7km/four,Three miles, 5 hours, steep descent
  • Campsite Gray – Paine Grande – 11km/6,Eight miles, Three,5 hours
  • Paine Grande – Campsite Italiano – 7,6km/four,7 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Mirador Britanico – 5,5km/Three,four miles, Three hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Campsite Frances – 2km/1,2 miles, 30 min.
  • Campsite Italiano – Refugio Los Cuernos – 5,5km/Three,four miles, 2.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Lodge Las Torres, 11km/6,Eight miles, four.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Campsite Chileno – 15km/9,Three miles, 5,5 hours
  • Lodge Las Torres – Campsite Chileno – 5,5km/Three,four miles, 2 hours
  • Campsite Chileno – Campsite Torres – Three,2km/2 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Campsite Torres – Mirador Las Torres – zero,8km/zero,four miles, 45 minutes
  • Mirador Las Torres – Lodge Las Torres (descend) – 9,5km/6 miles, Three hours

Map of the campsites on the O circuit, Torres del Paine, PatagoniaMap of the campsites on the O trek, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Campsites on the O circuit

The campsites on the O-trek belong to three corporations; CONAF (the Nationwide Forest Company) – free campsites – campsites Paso, Italiano and Torres (closed for 2018/19 season); Vertice Patagonia – paid campsites – Dickson, Los Perros, Gray and Paine Grande; Fantástico Sur – paid campsites – Serron, Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Frances and Chileno.

Paid campsites have higher amenities and are simpler to e-book as there are extra tenting spots than at the free campsites.

Reserving campsites on the O circuit

All the campsites could be booked on-line; ebook CONAF ( as for August 2018 their reserving system shouldn’t be working but); ebook Vertice Patagonia; e-book Fantastico Sur. Don’t overlook to print your reserving affirmation and take it with.

If CONAF on-line reserving system nonetheless doesn’t work you possibly can ebook free campsites Paso and Italiano at their workplace in Puerto Natales, Manuel Baquedano st. 847. 

CONAF, free campsites

Fantastico Sur, paid campsites

Vertice Patagonia, paid campsites

How to get to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales

The O trek begins at Lodge Las Torres (Laguna Amarga entrance), to get there from Puerto Natales;

  1. Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Laguna Amarga). It takes about 2h30mn. Worth CLP 15 00zero/US$23 return pp. Hold your bus ticket for the approach again.  
  2. Get off at Laguna Amarga entrance, go to the park workplace to pay the entrance paymentCLP 21 00zero/US$32 and get a map.
  3. Take one other bus from Laguna Amarga to Lodge Las Torres (the start line of the O), the departure time is linked to buses from Puerto Natales. Worth CLP 3000/US$5, takes 10 min. As an choice you possibly can stroll this stretch, 7km, 2 hours.                      

Coming back from Torres del Paine (Lodge Las Torres) to Puerto Natales

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Lodge Las Torres to Laguna Amarga – CLP 3000/US$5 or stroll this stretch. Examine for departure time at the lodge reception.
  2. Take a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales.                                       

O circuit trekking map, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, ChileO circuit trekking map; strolling route and bus route from Lagina Amarga to Lodge Las Torres.

Obtain O-trek-Torres-del-Paine map. 

Day 1. Puerto Natales – Serón campsite, 13km

Puerto Natales – bus – Laguna Amarga – bus – Lodge Las Torres – Serón campsite, 13km/Eight miles, Three hours bus + Three hours stroll

Value: bus Puerto Natales – Laguna Amarga (return) – CLP 15 00zero/US$30, entrance payment – CLP 21 00zero/US$32, bus Laguna Amarga – Lodge Las Torres – CLP 3000/US$5 (a method), tenting at Serón – CLP 13 00zero/US$20.



  • It might be a simple stroll if it wasn’t for heavy backpacks loaded with gear and meals for 7 days.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Nationwide park.

9.30-9.45 – get off at the first cease Laguna Amarga; register, pay entrance payment, get a map. Tip! Attempt to be amongst the first individuals at the workplace in any other case you’ll wait in a queue for some time.

10.00 – catch a bus to Lodge Las Torres. Affirm departure time at the workplace.

10.15 – get off the bus at Lodge Las Torres, the start line of the O trek and start the stroll in the direction of Serón campsite. Cease for lunch/snack at Las Torres or on the approach.

13.30-14.00 – arrive at Serón campsite, pitch your tent, stroll round, chill.

Day 2. Serón campsite – Dickson campsite, 18km

Serón – Guarderia Coiron – Dickson campsite, 18km/11 miles, 6 hours

Value: tenting at Dickson – CLP 5000/US$Eight.


  • Our buddies noticed a puma in the morning just some hundred meters from the campsite.
  • Paine lake
  • Dickson lake


  • Strolling by way of an opened windy space between Serón and Coirón.

7.00 – rise up, make breakfast, pack.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Dickson.

10.30 – arrive at Guardería Coirón – Eight,5km. Right here you present your allow (reserving) and register in the park e-book. You’ll be able to have lunch right here – there are tables and benches.

11.00 – proceed the stroll to Dickson – 9,5km.

14.00 – arrive at Dickson campsite.

Lake on the O circuit, Torres del Paine A small lake on the approach between Serón and Dickson campsite. The O circuit

Day Three. Dickson campsite – Paso campsite, 20km

Dickson campsite – Los Perros campsite – John Gardner move – Paso campsite, 20km/12,Three miles, 10 hours.*

*You possibly can cut up today into two; keep at Los Perros campsite one night time and subsequent day proceed over the cross to Paso.

Value: tenting at Paso – free.


  • Los Perros lake and glacier
  • View over Gray glacier from Gardner cross


  • John Gardner cross – steep and lengthy ascend, about 900m.

7.00 – rise up, fast breakfast, packing. It’s necessary to begin the day early first, as a result of it’s a really lengthy strolling day and second, as a result of the path between Los Perros and Paso campsites closes at 14.00 for those who arrive after that point you’ll have to keep at Los Perros.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Los Perros campsite – 12km/7,5 miles, four,5 hours, the ascend begins from Dickson and continues all the approach until the prime of the cross.

12.00-12.30 – arrive at Los Perros campsite. When you’re fantastic with time you’ll be able to cease for lunch right here and proceed after, in the event you arrived after 13.00 we’d recommend stroll previous the rangers workplace first after which cease someplace for lunch to be sure to’ll be allowed to proceed. From  Los Perros the ascend is getting steeper, you begin climbing John Gardner cross – 900m up.

14.30-15.00 – arrive at the prime of John Gardner move, spend a while having fun with the view over Gray glacier – it’s implausible. Put together heat garments; gloves and beany – it’s very windy on the prime.

15.30 – begin descend to Paso campsite.

17.00-17.30 – arrive at Paso campsite. It was a troublesome strolling day with superb surroundings!

Grey glacier, John Gardner pass, Torres del PaineGray glacier from the prime of John Gardner move, the O circuit

Day four. Paso campsite – Paine Grande, 18km

Paso campsite – refugio/campsite Gray – Paine Grande, 18km/11 miles, Eight hours

Value: tenting at Paine Grande – CLP 6000/US$9.


  • Gray glacier
  • Gray lake
  • Two suspension bridges
  • Pehoe lake


  • Steep descend to Gray campsite
  • A number of ascends and descends on the means from Gray to Paine Grande campsite

7.00 – rise up, have breakfast, pack.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Gray campsite – 7km/four,Three miles, four,5 hours, steep descend.

12.30 – arrive at Gray campsite, have lunch, relaxation.

13.30 – proceed strolling to Paine Grande – 11km/6,Eight miles, Three,5 hours.

17.00 – arrive at Paine Grande, pitch your tent, relaxation.

Pehoé lake, Paine Grande campsitePehoé lake, Paine Grande campsite, Torres del Paine

Day 5. Paine Grande – Italiano or Frances campsite, 20km

Paine Grande – Italiano campsite – Mirador Frances – Mirador Britanico (in good climate) – Italiano campsite or Frances campsite, 20 km/12,four miles, Eight hours

Value; tenting at Italiano – free, tenting at Frances – CLP 13 00zero/US$20.


  • Skotsberg lake
  • French Valley
  • Mirador Frances
  • Mirador Britanico


  • Steep ascend to Mirador Britanico from Italiano campsite
  • Steep descend again from the Mirador to the campsite

7.00 – rise up, make breakfast, pack.

Eight.00 – begin strolling to Italiano campsite – 7,6 km, 2,5 hours.

10.30 – arrive at Italiano campsite, depart your backpack at the workplace, take the beneficial stuff, stroll to Mirador Frances – 2km, 1 hour, ascend.

11.30 – arrive at Mirador Frances, relaxation, have lunch. If the climate is sweet proceed strolling to Mirador Britanico (nice views) – Three,5 km, 2 hours, steep ascend.

13.30 – arrive at Mirador Britanico, relaxation, take pleasure in the view.

14.00 – begin taking place to Italiano campsite – 5,5 km, 2-Three hours, descend all the method again.

16.30 – arrive at Italiano. Should you keep at Frances it’s about 2 km extra – 30 minutes stroll.

Nordenskjold lake, the O circuit, Torres del PaineNordenskjold lake, the O circuit, Torres del Paine

Day 6. Italiano/Frances campsite – Chileno campsite, 21km

Italiano/Frances campsite – Los Cuernos – Chileno campsite, 21km/13 miles, Eight hours

Value: tenting at Chileno – CLP 13 00zero/US$20.



  • A number of ascends and descends on the method to Chileno campsite

7.00 – rise up, breakfast, packing.

Eight.00 – begin strolling to Los Cuernos – 5km, 2 hours.

10.00 – arrive at Los Cuernos, there’s a store and restaurant right here, you possibly can cease for snack and relaxation.

10.30 – begin strolling to Chileno campsite – 15km, 5,5 hours.

15.30 – arrive at Chileno, pitch tent, stroll round, relaxation. If you would like to see the dawn at Mirador Las Torres higher go to mattress very early you’ll have to rise up at four.00-5.00 to stroll all the approach up in time.

Nordenskjold lake, the O trek, Torres del PaineSurroundings alongside the Nordenskjold lake on the method to Chileno campsite

Day 7. Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Puerto Natales, 14km

Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Lodge Las Torres – bus or stroll – Laguna Amarga – bus – Puerto Natales, 14km/Eight,6 miles, 5h30min.

Value: bus Lodge Las Torres – Laguna Amarga – CLP 3000/US$5, bus Laguna Amarga – Puerto Natales – paid (for those who bough return ticket).


  • Dawn at Las Torres – undoubtedly one in every of the principal highlights of the trek.


  • Very early rise up
  • Lengthy and steep ascend to Mirador Las Torres
  • Lengthy and steep descend to Lodge Las Torres

four.00-5.00 (relying on dawn time) – rise up, begin going up to the Mirador – 4km, 2h15min. Depart you stuff at the campsite, take solely valuables and digital camera.

6.15-7.15 – arrive at the Mirador. Take pleasure in dawn, stroll round, take pictures, snack.

Eight.00 – begin descending again to Chileno – 4km, 1h30min.

9.30 – arrive at Chileno, pack your stuff, begin taking place to Lodge Las Torres – 5,5km, 1h30min.

11.00 – arrive at Lodge Las Torres, catch a bus to Laguna Amarga (affirm departure time at the lodge) or stroll – 7km, 2 hours.

14.00-14.30 – get on a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales. Verify bus timetable at the park workplace.

16.30 – arrive in Puerto Natales.

Sunrise at Mirador Las TorresDawn at Mirador Las Torres, the O circuit, Torres del Paine

Lodging in Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the greatest place to be based mostly earlier than and after the trek. It’s the closest city to the park, vacationer infrastructure right here is sort of good – many inns and hostels, a few gear outlets, rental locations, eating places, tour corporations and one or two supermarkets. Buses from a number of locations in Patagonia, each Chile and Argentina, go right here.

What you’ll find in Puerto Natales;

  • Motels
  • Hostels
  • Campsites
  • Eating places
  • Bars
  • Supermarkets
  • Outlets
  • Farmacies
  • Gear rental locations
  • ATMs

In the event you’re in search of a price range lodging – Refugio Hoshken is an effective choice. They’ve dormitories and double rooms with shared toilet. It’s a pleasant, clear and social place – nice for solo vacationers. The hostel has wi-fi, scorching bathe, shared kitchen, heating, good backyard, laundry service and so on. Breakfast is included in room charges.

If you would like to keep in a quiet place, have extra privateness and don’t pay an excessive amount of Hostal Treehouse Patagonia is a spot for you. They’ve double rooms with personal toilet, rooms usually are not massive however neat and comfy and have; wi-fi, heating, massive snug beds, hairdryer, communal kitchen and so on. Continental breakfast is included.

For those who’re not on a decent finances and would really like to verify into a comfortable place after climbing for every week in Torres del Paine – Toore Patagonia is a superb place to think about their bungalows look very inviting and have good amenities; personal toilet, absolutely outfitted kitchen, wi-fi, massive mattress, heating and so forth. The surface backyard with BBQ is a superb place to loosen up and have fun the finish of the trek with wine.

Gear rental costs in Puerto Natales

Really helpful books and guidebooks

In the final couple of years laws in Torres del Paine modified so much for those who purchase a trekking guide be sure it’s an up to date version.

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