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The O-Circuit in the Torres del Paine National Park

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The O-Circuit in the Torres del Paine National Park

Hiking Collection by komoot

9

Tours

47:30 h

85.8 mi

13,375 ft

A landscape that takes your breath away. A climate that makes you feel the harsh elements. And a trek that is one of the most beautiful and secluded in the world. The so-called "O-Trek", in Torres del Paine National Park, is named after its round shape. And within this epic circle, you’ll find nine days of unspoilt Patagonian scenery.

As you hike, each day surprises you with new Highlights. The trail leads you uphill, downhill and across miles of flatland. You’ll hike through sun, wind, fog, snow and rain, and you should be prepared for absolutely everything—all with the exception of boredom, of course. The landscape will change as quickly as the weather, and the views afforded along this adventure will be some of the most incredible you’ll ever see.

So, pack your tent and your hiking boots and drop some supplies in your backpack. It’s time to set off on a hike that, though demanding, will leave you with unforgettable memories that you’ll struggle to describe for a lifetime.

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    Difficult
    05:28
    12.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The bus ride to the Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales is a feast for the eyes. After about three hours driving through almost unpopulated area you arrive at the Porteria Laguna Amarga. The starting point for your incredible trip on the O-Trek.Check in at the Porteria Laguna Amarga and off you go. The first stage takes you straight up to the Campamento Seròn. Your first campsite on the trek. Welcome to no man's land.

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  • Difficult
    06:33
    11.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,075 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Get ready to meet the famous Patagonian winds. Whether you like it or not, today you will probably make the first acquaintance with them.Hold your hat tight on the way up and down the plateau. Right at the beginning of today's stage, you can carry your luggage uphill before you reach the drafty plateau.As compensation, there are wide views over open steppe landscape. Mountain tops that mark the border with Argentina show themselves in the distance. Gigantic.

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    7.12 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,350 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day three on the O-Trek offers you new views. A lot of forest, water and wilderness await you when you dive into the valley of the Rio Los Perros.Even if the campsite Dickson invites you to linger and the stage is not very long, you should leave before lunch. Then you have enough time to enjoy the surroundings.On …

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    4.89 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Getting up early is worth it. Then you usually have stable weather. Have a good breakfast and go to the highest point of the O-Trek: the John Gardener Pass. A breathtaking day is waiting for you.Do not underestimate today's stage, because right at the beginning there is a steep rise of two to three hours ahead of you. After …

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    5.00 mi
    1.7 mph
    275 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Eight kilometers for the stage from Campamento Paso to the next camp sounds like child's play. Pustekuchen - here is an adventure playground waiting for you.The section next to the Gray Glacier has it all. The glacier will magically attract your eyes. At the same time the erosion-prone terrain with bridges and ladders demands all your concentration.Therefore, plan …

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    8.93 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you can take it easy: a short stage is on the plan. Unless you're in a hurry or a fox. Then you run up to the free Campamento Italiano for about two and a half hours in addition.Together with you, the ice blocks move on Lake Gray. Absorb the mood of the lake and the image of the floating, shimmering pieces of ice. It's a special day again.

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  • Difficult
    08:06
    14.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this stage one highlight chases the next. From now on the Cuernos are in your field of vision. It is hardly painterly. Be curious to see what's coming.High-potential hikers can experience completely new perspectives with an additional detour to the Mirador Birtannico in the Valle del Francés. Drop off your luggage at the Campamento Italiano.If you are …

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    10.4 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,400 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you think you have already seen everything, let yourself be surprised again - by fantastic natural spectacles. A hiking day that has it all lies in front of you.At the beginning of the day, enjoy the beautiful, almost flat path along the Lago Nordernskjöld. After about four hours, you turn off to ascend to the Torres del Paine. Three granite towers that raise their peaks majestically. You must not miss this sight.

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  • Difficult
    06:18
    10.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Last day in Torres del Paine National Park. Finally, add an absolute highlight as a souvenir: the sunrise at the foot of the Torres del Paine.Get up early to see the sun light up the Torres towers. Absorb the mood in you and then take it with you on your descent into the valley.Again you will walk through …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    85.8 mi
  • Duration
    47:30 h
  • Elevation
    13,375 ft

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