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Torres del Paine Circuit

Hike around the Paine Massif on the “O” Circuit

Sunrise in Torres del Paine
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Encircling the entire Paine Massif, the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, the Paine or “O” Circuit is world-famous for its views and challenging sections, offering the ultimate outdoor endurance challenge for trekkers and adrenaline junkies. Stopping at all the popular W Trek sights such as the base of the Torres, French Valley, and Grey Glacier, the Paine Circuit ups the ante by taking trekkers through the John Gardner Pass, renowned for its views, to the Dickson Glacier, and more. Think you’re up to the test? Let’s find out!


Day 1:

After pick-up from your Punta Arenas hotel or the airport (with the alternative option to start your trip from El Calafate in Argentina), you’ll be driven to EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park, with stops in Puerto Natales for lunch and a stop at the Cueva de Milodon. After dinner, you’ll spend the night in your own EcoCamp Dome, getting ready for the trek to start tomorrow.


Day 2:

Day 2 Paine Circuit
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Starting from EcoCamp, we hike along the bank of the Rio Paine, stopping to enjoy the views of Lago Paine and the surrounding landscapes, on the way to Camp Dickson, our stop for the night. At Camp Dickson, we can see the Dickson Glacier and parts of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.


Day 3:

Day 3 Paine Circuit
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From Camp Dickson, we head along the Los Perros river through the most remote and wild part of the trek, passing the Los Perros Glacier and through a beech forest to get to Laguna Los Perros, stopping at Camp Los Perro for the night.


Day 4:

Day 4 Paine Circuit
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From Los Perros, we head up through the John Gardner Pass, the highest point of the circuit and a true challenge for any trekker, but well worth it for the amazing views of the Grey Glacier, Grey Lake, and the landscapes spread out below us at the foot of the Paine Massif. We stop at Camp Grey for the night.


Day 5:

Day 5 Paine Circuit
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From Camp Grey, we walk along the eastern side of Grey Lake, with the option of a kayaking excursion in the morning. Passing through Calafate bushes, we head down toward shallower, dry valley toward Lake Pehoe, where we’ll stop for the night.


Day 6:

Day 6 Paine Circuit
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Today, we head up into the heart of the Paine Massif again to visit the French Valley (Valle Frances), trekking to the far end of the valley by the French River, surrounding by the famous geological mountain formations the valley is famous for. We spend the night at Camp Frances.


Day 7:

Day 7 Paine Circuit
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Today, we head along the Los Cuernos Trail in front of the Paine Massif, walking alongside the aquamarine waters of Lake Nordenskjold, admiring the flora and fauna and learning about the various wildlife and plants that call the park home. We end the day and spend the night at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Day 8:

Day 8 Paine Circuit
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After breakfast, we hike up through the Ascencio Valley along what is arguably the park’s most famous trek, to the base of the Torres. Passing through forests and tackling a huge moraine of rocks, we reach the ultimate prize: the iconic lookout at the base of the three granite spires for which the park is named. We return the way we came to EcoCamp for the night.



Pat 025 - Pat 017 - Patagonia Torres del Paine 9 Day Circuit - Trekking Chart

Data / Day Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Trail Name arrive
Seron - Dickson Dickson - Perros Perros - Gardner-Grey Grey - Pehoe Valle del Frances Trail Los Cuernos Trail Las Torres Trail leave
Starting Point EcoCamp Patagonia Camp Dickson Camp Perros Camp Grey Camp Pehoe Camp Cuernos EcoCamp Patagonia
Finishing Point Camp Dickson Camp Perros Camp Grey Camp Pehoe Camp Cuernos EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp Patagonia
appx. Walking Time 11 hrs 5 hrs 12 hrs 5 hrs 8 hrs 7 hrs 10 hrs
Distance 29 km / 18 miles 9 km / 5 miles 22 km / 14 miles 11 km / 7 miles 25 km / 15 miles 16 km / 10 miles 21 km / 13 miles
max Altitude Point 300 m / 984 feet 500 m / 1640 feet 1200 m / 3937 feet 400 m / 1312 feet 686 m / 2250 feet 244 m / 800 feet 914 m / 3000 feet