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INDEPENDENT PAINE BIG “O” CIRCUIT (7 DAYS)

The perfect trip for backpack lovers. Trek the loop around the Paine Massif!

Overview

The Paine Big Circuit, also known as the O Circuit, is for bold trekkers searching for a truly entrancing Torres del Paine experience. On this 7-day endurance trekking and camping adventure, you’ll camp in remote areas and hike more than 100 km along one of the world’s classic trails, continually accompanied by granite mountains, countless glaciers, untamed weather, otherworldly lakes and spectacular views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Trip Highlights

• Immersive, Week-Long Trek
• Hike the Untamed Side of Torres del Paine
• Ascend the John Garner Pass
• Hike the French Valley
• Trek to the Base of the Towers
• Countless Panoramic Landscapes
• Hike Among Mountains, Lagoons, Glaciers & Rivers
• Optional Kayak or Ice Hike on Grey Glacier!
• See Wild Flora & Fauna

Please Remember:
This program requires a certain physical ability in order to complete the trek successfully. Each day’s trek will have a minimum number of kilometers or miles which must be covered. Hiking times are estimated and could be more or less given trail and weather conditions and your walking pace.

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Trip length

7 Days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$2.095 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

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Itinerary

Day 1

Bus Natales – Laguna Amarga + Shuttle to Central Sector – Las Torres / Base Torres /Camp Torres

  • 2 Hours by Public Bus
  • 30 Minute Shuttle Transfer

By 6:45AM you must be at the Bus Terminal in Puerto Natales where you will board the 7AM public bus which will take you straight to Torres del Paine National Park.
The route passes lagoons and pampas; accompanied at times by the guanacos (relatives of llamas), grey foxes, flamingos and black-necked swans that call them home.
At Laguna Amarga, the main entrance to the Park, you will show your QR code park entrance which is included in your program, then board a shuttle bound to your Refugio (Las Torres Sector).
Here, you’ll leave your backpack at your accommodation and take your packed lunch (provided during your trek briefing in Puerto Natales held the day prior).
Now you’re ready to begin the Big Circuit Trek’s first highlight: the hike to the Towers lookout. Your first challenge is the ascent to the Towers base lookout point, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. Here, take a moment to stop and observe the first glimpses of this gorgeous valley, complete with beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls.
Then, continue uphill and through lush forests before prepare to ascend a gigantic terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s end point).
At the top, you’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 meters (2,953 ft.) above sea level, the three granite spires appear to burst dramatically out of the rocky landscape, while at their base a green-blue lagoon provides a counterpoint of stillness. Rest a while, take photos and have lunch.
Once ready, your descent is along the same path, taking you back to Las Torres where dinner will be served in your refugio and where you will rest your first evening.

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Day 2

Trek from Camping Las Torres to Serón – Trekking Through Lush Beech Forests

  • 4-5 Hour Hike, 9 km / 5.6 mi
  • Night at Serón Campsite (B-BL-D)

Enjoy breakfast at Refugio and request your packed lunch before setting out for the day.

Your path takes you through a very old forest of beech trees where you may hear woodpeckers or find fresh puma tracks.

Today’s 9 km hike (5.6 miles) is the Circuit’s easiest and takes you along a well-marked, slightly sloping trail. Along the way, an exceptional view of Paine Chico Mountain will accompany you.

Your destination is Serón Campsite, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy a replenishing dinner.

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Day 3

Serón to Dickson – Accompanied by Wildflowers & Craggy Peaks

  • 6-7 Hour Hike, 18.5 km / 11.5 mi
  • Night at Dickson Campsite (B-BL-D)

Depending on the season, today’s leg shows off the Park’s gorgeous floral delights, as orchids, calceolarias, violets, and oxalis flower.
Circling Paine Lake, several impressive mountain views will appear, such as Cerro Escudo and Cerro Cabeza del Indio (in which the profile of an Indian is seen as if carved into the rocks).
At the beginning of the Paine River, you’ll see the curved peak of Cerro Cubo, as well as Lake Dickson (a lake straddling Chile and Argentina).

Tonight, you’ll set up camp at Dickson Campsite.

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Day 4

Dickson to Los Perros – Alongside Mountains, Rivers & Glaciers

  • 5 Hour Hike, 9 km / 5.6 mi
  • Night at Los Perros Campsite (B-BL-D)

Today is a day to please your senses, filled with beautiful sights and textures.

Often touted as one of the most beautiful sections of this wilder side of Torres del Paine, you’ll hike through ancient beech forests, wander undulating trails, and follow Los Perros River.

Mountains, waterfalls, and lush vegetation will never be far away, as the trail crosses the river via a suspension bridge and arrives at the base of a second terminal moraine; this time belonging to Glacier Los Perros, a hanging glacier that feeds the crystalline lagoon at its base.

A final half-hour hike takes you to today’s destination, Los Perros Campsite.
Tonight’s campsite is the only one along the Circuit without hot showers and standard bathroom facilities such as flushing toilets.

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Day 5

Los Perros to Grey via the Famous John Garner Pass

  • 10-11 Hour Hike, 22 km / 13.6 mi
  • Night at Grey Campsite (B-BL-D)

The most strenuous day of the Paine Circuit has arrived, bringing demanding trails and variable weather conditions.

Of course, your efforts will be more than rewarded with some of Torres del Paine’s most heart-stirring landscapes, experienced by very few visitors to Torres del Paine.

You’ll begin along a clear trail through forests, then make your way through a swamp-like section before beginning your ascent to the John Garner Pass. At this Pass, 1,200 meters (3,937 ft.) above sea level, Patagonia’s famous winds are strong, and the views across Grey Glacier and of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field’s still unexplored peaks are astonishing.

The trail now takes you alongside the glacier, ascending and descending through forests of fallen trees and beneath the imposing, almost muscular granite walls of Cordon Olguín. As you come closer to Grey Glacier, you may see an ice calving (where chunks of ice break off a glacier’s edge). Tonight, you’ll recharge at Grey Campsite.

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Day 6

Grey to Paine Grande – *Optional Morning Activities at Grey Lake (must be booked in advance)

  • 3.5 Hour Hike, 11 km / 6.8 mi
  • Night at Paine Grande Campsite (B-BL-D)

Your morning begins slowly, resting and stretching around camp. Depending on your energy levels, you can choose from several options this morning.

Walk to the Grey Glacier’s lookout point and watch for ice calvings on its massive walls; complete an ice hike with the aid of crampons; or kayak on Grey Lake, paddling around icebergs and in front of the glacier.

Later, you’ll have lunch at the Refugio and hike to Pehoe Lake. (Ice hike and kayaking expedition at an additional fee, advance booking required, please contact our Travel Specialists.)

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Day 7

Trek the French Valley and Transfer to Puerto Natales

  • 7-8 Hour Hike, 17 km / 10.5 mi
  • 35 Minutes by Catamaran
  • 2 hour Bus Drive (B-BL)

Today’s destination, the French Valley, is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. This is a return hike, so you will be able to leave your pack behind and trek lightly.

You start by walking around Paine Grande, the highest peak in Torres del Paine, through native Patagonian firebush and evergreen beech forests.

At the suspension bridge over the French River, the arresting hanging glacier atop the valley will come into sight. From here, you’ll walk for another hour, ascending 300m (984 ft.) through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the lookout point (the “Plateau”).

Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s-eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050 m); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara, and the main and north “horns” of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape.

Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. Your return hike is along the same track, and the catamaran will take you back across Pehoe Lake to meet your Bus, that will take you safely back to Puerto Natales.

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INCLUDED

  • All Transportation Indicated in the Schedule
  • All Meals Indicated in the Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 Nights Lodging at Mountain Campsites
  • 4 Season Tent (double occupancy tent)
  • Catamaran to Cross Pehoe Lake

NOT INCLUDED

  • Any Additional Nights
  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Sleeping Bag and Mattress
  • Porters to Carry Personal Belongings (private portes are available for a daily fee and must be booked in advance)
  • Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks Except the Ones Included in the Menus

Trip length

7 Days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$2.095 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

Lodgings

Camping Central

Located at the beginning of the W Circuit in Las Torres sector 250 meters from Refugio Torre Central. Camping features shared bathroom facilities with hot water and shampoo/conditioner dispensers are available. Towels are not provided. Guests sleep in 4 season tents. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sleeping liner.

Camping Seron

Located at 4 hours trek from Las Torres sector, it is the eastern side of the National Park and at the beginning of the Paine Massif Circuit. It features shared bathroom facilities and showers.

Our guests sleep in 4-season tents, MSR and Hilleberg (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy.

Camping Dickson

Camping Dickson features an exceptional location on the edge of Lake Dickson with wonderful views over the mountains. It is a must-stay-spot for the Paine Massif Circuit. Camping features shared bathroom facilities and hot shower. (Hot water available from 6pm to 9pm)

Our guests sleep in 4-season tents, MSR and Hilleberg (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy.

Camping Los Perros

The most basic campsite of Paine Massif Circuit. It is located in the beautiful southern beech forest. Facilities are limited, camping only features one cold shower.

Our guests sleep in 4-season tents, MSR and Hilleberg (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy.

Camping Grey

Just outside of the Refugio is a designated camp are surrounded by Lenga trees.Camping Grey is also part of the W Circuit and Paine Massif Circuit. Shared bathrooms with hot shower and shampoo/conditioner dispensers are available. Guests sleep in MSR or Hilleberg 4-season tents with a sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Towels are not provided and guests are encouraged to bring their own sleeping liner.

Camping Paine Grande

Located on the edge of Lake Pehoé, with beautiful views to Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande Mountain, Camping Paine Grande is the starting or ending point for Glacier Grey and French Valley trails, as well as part of the W Circuit and Paine Massif Circuit. Guests sleep in 4 season tents. Shared bathrooms with hot showers are available. Towels are not provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sleeping liner.

Dates & Prices

From November 1 to March 31

2 pax USD$ 2.095 USD$ 2.095 per person
Single Tent Supplement: USD$ 300 per person

FAQ's

Q: Where do I keep my luggage that I won´t need during my trek while I am hiking in the park?
A: The majority of the hotels and hostels will store luggage for their guests who are staying with them prior to and after their travels in the park. If not, we will happily store your luggage securely in our office until you arrive back from your trek and will deliver this to your hotel where you will be staying in Puerto Natales. We ask that you come to our Office between the hours of 09:00 – 13:00 or 15:00 – 19:00 to drop these off if you are not able to make it to the briefing the day prior to your trip.

Q: Do I need to carry my own camping gear during this trek?
A: Guests who participate in the Paine Big Circuit trek are required to bring and carry their own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. If you wish to rent these items from us, you may do so in our office. The cost is USD$ 12 per night for both items (USD$ 70 total). Tents are provided for guests and will be setup each night upon your arrival to the campsites. Tents are double occupancy and will be shared among guests of the same group and same gender. If you do not want to share a tent with another group member, you will be required to pay a single-supplement fee. Porters will carry the tents from campsite to campsite and guests are not required to carry their own tent along the trek.

Q: What is the Single Supplement and who must pay this?
A: For the health and safety of our guests, any guest who is not willing to share a double tent with another passenger in their group during trips with nightly camping accommodations, a single supplement is available for a private, single tent.

Q: Are porters included in this program who will carry our belongings?
A: We bring porters to carry the group’s shared equipment (such as tents, food and cooking utensils). However, each guest must carry their personal belongings including their sleeping bag and camp mattress. If you want to avoid carrying too much weight you can pay for a private porter. These porters carry a maximum of 15 kilos in a dry bag provided by Chile Nativo, a service which is usually good to share between 2 – 3 people and must be booked for 5 days. A dry bag will be delivered in the campsite or refugio upon your arrival.

Q: Should I tip my guide? If so – how much is appropriate?
A: Tipping can be a delicate subject and many different nationalities have different tipping cultures. Tips or propinas in Chile, are viewed as a reward for good service. When tipping, a good guide and guide assistance who does the job well, has good English and provides a great service, can expect 10 – 15 USD per person per day. It is usual to leave your driver or chauffeur a tip too. Normally around 5 USD per person.  Please find below a tipping guide:

  • Guides USD$ 10 to USD$ 15 per person, per day; to be given to your guides directly.

  • Staff (waiters, chefs,Housekeeping USD$5 per person, per night

  • Drivers:  USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your drivers.

  • Porters: USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your porter

These amounts are merely a source to help you or give you a general idea of what is normal or typical. Of course, tipping is always at the discretion of the group members as to what they deem appropriate for the service they received.

Q: What time will we arrive back to Puerto Natales on the last day?
A: On the last day of this trek, your group will arrive to Puerto Natales between 21:00hrs – 22:00hrs and you will therefore need to stay the night in Puerto Natales.

Add-Ons & Upgrades

OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

– Private Transfer to/from Punta Arenas Airport/Puerto Natales: *Price depends on total number of guests
– Public Bus Punta Arenas to/from Puerto Natales: USD$ 20 per guest, per way
– Private transfer to Torres del Paine Day 1 USD$240 (1 guest); USD$130 per person (2 guests); USD$75 per person (3 guests)
– Private Porter Service for 5 Days: USD$ 825 *If you want to avoid carrying too much weight you can pay for a private porter. Our porters carry a maximum of 15 kilos in a dry bag which we provide to you. This service is usually good to share between 2 – 3 people and must be booked for 5 days (Day 2 to 6).

UPGRADES: (must be booked in advance)
On some days, alternatives to camping are available *subject to availability
– Day 1: Upgrade to Refugio Torre Central: Comfortable mountain lodge, with 6 beds per room (bunk beds)
– Days 3, 5, & 6: Upgrade to Refugio Dickson, Grey, Paine Grande: Comfortable mountain lodge, with up to 6 beds per room (bunk beds)
– Day 6: 5 Hour Ice Hike on Grey Glacier USD$ 240 per person -OR- 2.5 Hour Kayak Excursion on Grey Lake USD$ 180 per person

Reviews

Camilo is legend! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable – I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

Paine Big Circuit, Lukas Winegarner, USA

We enjoyed our trip a lot. The fact that there were very few visitors in the park, made the experience extra special. The tents provided by Chile Nativo were of great quality which we really appreciated, especially during the nights where there was a lot of wind. Our porters always made sure to have everything prepared at our arrival and packed up after we left. We really enjoyed their company. Big respect to them for the job they did! Camilo was hands down the best guide we have been hiking with over the past years. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to hike Torres del Paine with him. Besides being an amazing guide, he is an all round great person. He genuinely cares about his team, guests and porters alike and even finds time to support people on the trail when they need help.

His love for Torres del Paine, the mountains and nature in general is very obvious and added an extra dimension to the hike. It means he is super knowledgeable about a huge range of topics not because he has to study these topics as a guide, but because he is interested in them and is passionate when talking about them.

Camilo has friends everywhere he goes and he seems to know everybody. After spending some days with him it’s obvious why. He is a great person that you can rely on, and to top it all off, he did an amazing job as a cook!

I would also like to give special thanks to Johana and Camilo for noticing that Saskia would have her birthday during the trip and for making sure to prepare a surprise for her to make the day even more special.

If we have the opportunity to return to Puerto Natales in the future it would be to go on another hike with Camilo.

Paine Big Circuit, Bas Q., CHILE

We had a great time and Chile Nativo was very patient and helpful in getting us back home when the borders started closing.

Paine Big Circuit, Andersen, USA

I want to thank you all for helping me achieve a lifelong dream to explore the most beautiful place in the world. I specifically want to thank Camilo for being an outstanding guide. He exceeded all of our expectations throughout our experience. He is obviously knowledgeable and highly experienced in all things Patagonia. He was patient and made me feel comfortable and confident on the trail, which meant a great deal as I am not as fast as usual being five months pregnant.

He gave quick and fun anecdotes about the surrounding areas (what peak that is, what bird that was, what trees these are, and the history of the region), which we loved. He was attentive and proactive to any pains we had (7 days of hiking without heavy training caused some aches), and had packed a lot of first aid that helped.

He went above and beyond with making us feel comfortable at camp, making us pre-dinner dishes and making sure we knew where and when we needed to be. He really was a “rockstar” of a guide. He’s amazing.

Gratefully,

Paine Big Circuit, Jess & Phil, USA

Natural, neat, native! Our guide Camilo was fantastic. His passion for the park and the people in the region was clear. He was able to adjust between English and French and Spanish with ease. He spoke honest from the heart. Good cook too. The little things like extra coffee and mustard were spectacular.

Paine Big Circuit, Keegan V., USA

I believe that Chile Nativo is very professional and has a lot of experience with trekking. It was very nice having guides and staff at Chile Nativo being fluent in English so I was able to get my questions answered.

Paine Big Circuit, Chris S., USA

Exceeded my expectations! Food was delicious and plentiful, scenery was spectacular, the hike itself was challenging and rewarding. Loved the way it was structured – getting kms into the legs without a pack on day 1, short distance with the pack on day 2, then longer day 3 and easier day 4 ready to gear up for the pass. Loved every minute of it!

Paine Big Circuit, Susie, Australia

Nice itinerary, excellent & knowledgeable guide and porters who were very good with group and assisted with all requirements. Very happy with overall experience! Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Paine Big Circuit, Karel L., South Africa

Chile Nativo’s service from booking to final drop off was fantastic! Really great value. We were a small group of 6 trekkers and you provided great tents and gear. Our guide, Armando, was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the park. With 20 years guiding experience he was still very professional and engaged with our group and clearly very passionate about the area. It’s a fantastically beautiful place! I would definitely recommend Chile Nativo to anyone looking for a quality, authentic Torres del Paine trekking experience.

Mary Garden, USA

The hiking was challenging but absolutely worth it. The scenario was outstanding and the reason we chose to go to Patagonia. The guides, Pablo and Fran, were simply amazing and made the whole experience so memorable. I have done several hiking trips, and this was the first one that I have used a guide service. I am so glad I did.

Tim N., USA

Excellent! more than met our expectations and then some. Our guides Mauricio and Fernando were very personable, always safety first, very knowledgeable about the area. They answered all questions enthusiastically, they were good cooks and they kept us informed always of what was ahead. Excellent guides and would highly recommend them.

Trina H., USA

I can’t say enough good things about Mauricio, Gerardo (our guides) and the Chile Nativo organization. We had a wonderful trip – everything felt extremely well organized and I always felt safe and taken care of. Our guides were able to make the trip feel special and to deal with our group that contained a wide variety of personalities. They also did a great job explaining the park and our trek to us and helping us to learn about Patagonia.

Lee E., USA

Amazing! We went on the trip for our honeymoon and could not have wished for more! The guides were excellent, especially Fernando!! His knowledge and personable nature and patience were excellent!

Evelyn S., Australia

Excellent trek, enjoyed every minute of it. There were many companies doing this same trip but I’m so glad I picked this one! Everything was smooth with making the reservation,itinerary details laid out, I felt taken care of.

Ana R., USA

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SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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