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PAINE “O” CIRCUIT + OGGIONI PASS (7 DAYS)

Trek through wilderness along unmarked trails crossing the Oggioni Pass from the Towers of Torres del Paine into the Dickson Valley.

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 Gardner Pass
• Hike the French Valley
• Trek to the Towers Base
• 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. Keep in mind that each member of a guided group will hike at a different rhythm and pace but group members must follow the pace indicated by the guide according to the distance and daylight hours available. 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 the groups’ overall rhythm. We encourage our guests to remember that traveling in a guided group allows for a unique experience – bonding with fellow travelers and interacting with the guide and the destination in which they are visiting.

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Trip length

7 Days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$3.495 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

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Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer to Torres del Paine – Trek to Las Torres Lookout Point & Japense Camp

  • 2 Hour Chile Nativo Transfer
  • 6-8 Hour Hike, 11 km / 6.8 mi
  • Night at Jápones Campsite (BL-D)

We’ll pick you up in Puerto Natales at 7:30AM and travel to Torres del Paine National Park along unpaved roads and past lagoons and pampas; accompanied at times by the guanacos (relatives of llamas), grey foxes, flamingos and black-necked swans that call them home.

Our first challenge is ascending Almirante Nieto – a mountain from which we’ll have a fantastic view of Lake Nordenskjold below and the Asencio Valley. Passing the Chileno Refugio, we’ll continue for an hour through a dense lenga forest pausing to observe how the valley’s beauty unfolds with rich beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. Upon leaving the forest, we’ll continue uphill passing by Las Torres Camp where we’ll leave our packs before continuing through lush forests and our scramble up a gigantic terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s end point) to the Base of the Torres lookout point.

Here, we’ll be rewarded by the impressive sight of the three immense Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 meters 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.

After enjoying lunch and taking pictures, we´ll begin our descent down the moraine back to Las Torres Campsite to collect our backpacks and continue along into the valley following the Ascencio River. After about 1 hour we reach our destination for the day – Jápones Camp (Japanese). This old climbers refugio was the he original base camping area where climbing pioneers stopped to shelter from the weather and prepare for their climb to the top of Las Torres. Here we will set up camp and settle in after enjoying a hearty dinner and early night’s rest in order to prepare for tomorrow’s attempt of crossing the Oggioni Pass.

*Chile Nativo Transfers allow us to continue our commitment to sustainability by minimizing our carbon footprint whenever possible. For this reason, Chile Nativo Transfers are semi privarte, sharing among our clients who are coming in or out of the park.

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Day 2

Trek the Oggioni Pass to Dickson Valley

  • 6-8 Hour Hike, 12 km / 7.4 mi
  • Night at Dickson Campsite (B-BL-D)

Following an early breakfast at camp, we’ll pack up and start today’s first attempt to cross the Oggioni Pass down to the Dickson Valley. Today we will be trekking through untouched, rugged wilderness along unmarked paths. Our guide will take us past a waterfall and over a stone bridge before we hike over two glacial moraines where we begin our ascent to the Oggioni Mountain on the situated behind the Silencio Valley.

Once successfully over the pass, we’ll hike through a thick forest leading us to a beautiful view of the Dickson Valley and campsite in the distance. Hiking down, we arrive to our campsite where we rest and celebrate this challenging hike together. A plentiful dinner will be served in order for us to recuperate our spirits and energy.

Please Note: today’s hike is very difficult and you must be in very good physical condition to cross the Oggioni Pass. We recommend people should be able to hike long distances, both uphill and downhill and individuals should also have keen mental strength and a sense of determination to resist tough elements like strong winds and frozen rain or snowfall (even in the summer). Most of the crossing is along moraine and snow (depending on how much snow fall the area received the previous winter). The weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable, and dealing with different levels of discomfort is one of the biggest challenges of Patagonian trekking. This is a semi-technical route where we will reach 1,585m/5,200ft (1,020m/3,350ft of elevation gain).

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Day 3

Rest or Explore Day in Dickson

  • Night at Dickson Campsite (B-BL-D)

Today can be used a rest day or in case of bad weather on day 2, today will be the second attempt to cross the Oggioni Pass. Today can also be a day to explore the beautiful area around Refugio Dickson and the Lake.

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 the senses, filled with beautiful sights and textures.

Often touted as one of the most beautiful sections of this wilder side of Torres del Paine, we’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 our trail crosses the river via suspension bridge and arrives at the base of our 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 us to today’s destination, Los Perros Campsite.

Tonight’s campsite is the only one on 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.

We’ll begin along a clear trail through forests, then make our way through swamp-like section before beginning our ascent to the John Garner Pass. At this Pass, 1200 meters 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 we come closer to Grey Glacier we may see an ice calving (where chunks of ice break off a glacier’s edge). Tonight we’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)

Our morning begins slowly, resting and stretching around camp. Depending on your energy levels, 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, we’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.)

*Optional Excursions Must Be Booked In Advanced – Ask Our Trip Specialists About Either Activity!

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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 Chile Nativo Transfer (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 we will be able to leave our packs behind and trek lightly.

We 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, we’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 (3,050 m / 10,006 ft.); 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.

We’ll take our time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. Our return hike is along the same track, and the catamaran will take us back across Pehoe Lake to meet our transfer who will take us safely back to Puerto Natales.

*Chile Nativo Transfers allow us to continue our commitment to sustainability by minimizing our carbon footprint whenever possible. For this reason, Chile Nativo Transfers are semi privarte, sharing among our clients who are coming in or out of the park.

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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)
  • Porters to Carry Camping Gear and Food
  • Catamaran to Cross Pehoe Lake
  • Guide (English-Spanish languages), Guide to Passenger Ratio is 1:6

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
  • Gratuities for Guide & Porters

Trip length

7 Days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$3.495 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

Lodgings

Camping Jápones

Jápones (Japanese) is a remote climbers campsite situated north of the Base of Towers trail continuing into the Ascensio Valley. This campsite serves as a shelter and base for rock climbers who come to climb the towers. This backcountry campsite is only available to those who have a special permit from CONAF and who are traveling with a guide. There are no restroom facilities and only an iconic makeshift refugio constructed from old pioneer climbers which serves as a refugio for cooking meals and sheltering from inclement weather.

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

Program prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience.

PRICES FOR SEASON 24/25: (valid until April 2025)

2 Guests in Group: USD$ 4.695 per person
3 Guests in Group: USD$ 3.995 per person
4-8 Guests in Group: USD$ 3.495 per person

 

  • PBC + Oggioni

    7 Days

  • December 22, 2024 / December 29, 2024
  • 7 SPACES AVAILABLE
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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: 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

PRIVATE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST TO PLAN YOUR TREK!

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$ 25 per guest, per way

– Private Porter Service for 5 Days: TBC *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


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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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