Guide to Torres Del Paine O Circuit

Torres Del Paine is the figurehead for Patagonia. The three towers loom over the glacial pool at their feet, while hundreds each day venture up to gaze upon their majesty. It is simply stunning, but sometimes the remainder of the park is left out. The whole region is worthy of this reputation. It is a land that inspires you to wander through the places once thought only in stories. A place where pumas roam, Huemel deer frolic and condors soar. The weather may have a touch of schizophrenia, but the landscape captures the soul. The outdoorsman in you beckons, so here is a Guide to Torres Del Paine O Circuit. A place you’ll never forget.

A Guide to Torres Del Paine
Mirador Las Torres

Guide to Torres Del Paine O Circuit

When To Go

Planning when to trek is always the first step. High and low season both have their advantages and disadvantages. The ideal time to trek Torres del Paine O Circuit would be in the summer of the southern hemisphere. Starting in October, the park begins to defrost. November to February would be the high season with December and January being the absolute peak. Things begin to dwindle towards the end of February and March as the weather changes quickly back into winter. Myself, I prefer somewhere in the transition phase from high to low.

The O Circuit is open only from November 1 until March 31 while the W Trek is open from October 1 until April 30. Torres Central opens September 1.  Accommodation is closed in winter, but I do believe the park itself is open for the explorer wanting that winter experience.


The key to a smooth trip is advanced planning. Not often will I say this, but Torres Del Paine is a different beast. So much so, that it has become impractical to book if you don’t think a year in advance. Not impossible, just more of a hassle. If a day hike is all that is planned, then this is of no concern. Otherwise, it is time to pick a route and seek reservations.

The W trek or the O circuit? The W is the most popular, while my recommendation is the O. Why? Being the most popular area in Patagonia, there is no doubt hundreds of trekkers each year. This being said, the O circuit provides a more extensive experience with views and terrain you won’t want to miss. Secondly, it allows for the chance to break away from the masses and feel like this landscape is yours and yours alone. Decision made, let’s talk campsites.

Something to keep in mind

CONAF (The National Forest Corporation) has a ‘rule’ of only being allowed to skip one camp per day. Personally, I skipped Refugio Dickson as well as Campamento Paso.  I met a few folks who claimed to have skipped two camps in a day. There is always a loophole to the ‘rules’, but this is an extremely long day. I don’t recommend this push for enjoyment factors more than anything.



There are three companies that own and operate the camps throughout Torres Del Paine. Each campsite is different with different accommodations on offer. Commonly these are

  • Campsite (equipment required)
  • Fully Equipped Campsite on a raised platform (tent/bag/mat)
  • Refugio

Personal budget and the camping/trekking experience you desire will be the deciding factors. All prices below in this section are per person and in USD. The single occupancy supplement only applies to those trekking solo.

Fantastico Sur

Refugio Torres Central

Entering the park from the most common direction, Torres Central is the first site and base camp for Torres Del Paine (the 3 towers). While the amount of campers are limited, the area is a wide open patch of land in which you simply find a free spot and set up. The site is full of energy and excited trekkers.

  • Camping – 21 USD + 11 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Platform with Rented Gear – 49 USD + 14 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Dorm in Refugio – 116 USD

Refugio El Chileno

Located halfway between Torres Central and the Torres Del Paine viewpoint, this is an unnecessary campsite. The benefit of El Chileno is that it is dramatically closer for the sunrise hike to the 3 towers.

  • Camping – 21 USD + 11 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Dorm in Refugio – 116 USD


Campamento Francés/Refugio Los Cuernos

I didn’t personally stay in this area, but it is a common spot to sleep if reservations at Campamento Italiano are unattainable. Located close to the base of the French Valley on route to Refugio Torres Central and located a short 45 minute walk apart.

  • Camping – 21 USD + 11 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Platform with Rented Gear – 49 USD + 14 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Dorm in Refugio – 116 USD
  • Cabanas (Los Cuernos) – 340 USD
  • Dome Hut (Frances) – 116 USD

Campamento Seron

This was one of my favourite sites. Heading counter clockwise from Torres Central, it is the first campsite on the O section of the circuit. A wide open space with ample room to set up along with a large tent for preparing meals. Also, there are platforms along with meals included if you desire.

  • Camping – 21 USD + 11 USD single occupancy supplement
  • Platform with Rented Gear – 49 USD + 14 USD single occupancy supplement

*Save 5 USD in refugios and fully equipped campsites if you bring your own sleeping bag.

While I recommend planning and packing your own food, packages are available at a high cost. Half Board includes dinner upon arrival and breakfast. Full Board also includes a packed lunch for the following day. See website for food prices.

Be sure to check the Fantastico Sur website for any recent changes that may occur.


Refugio Paine Grande

Paine Grande is the second starting point for either the W or O trek. With a large hotel at the waterfront of Lago Grey, there are rooms available as well as a restaurant to fuel up at. Boardwalks connect quality cook shelters in this picturesque chalet. With trekkers beginning or ending their trek, the vibe here is enthralling, much the same as Torres Central.

  • Camping – 10 USD
  • Camping with rented gear (bag/tent/mat) – 67 USD
  • Dorm in Refugio (Single Bed) – 54 USD + optional bed kit 31 USD
  • Dorm in Refugio (Armed Bed) – 85 USD + optional bed kit 31 USD

Refugio Grey

Very similar to Refugio Paine Grande with its hotel, restaurant and campsite, this is the common stop for those coming over the pass from Los Perros. Those with a more leisurely pace doing the “W” trek will stay here opposed to the return trip from Paine Grande to Glacier Grey.

  • Camping – 10 USD
  • Camping with rented gear (bag/tent/mat) – 67 USD
  • Dorm in Refugio (Single Bed) – 37 USD + optional bed kit 48 USD
  • Dorm in Refugio (Armed Bed) – 85 USD + optional bed kit 48 USD

A Guide to Torres Del Paine

Campamento Los Perros

My other favourite campsite next to Seron. This site had the actual feel of camping to it. Surrounded by the tall peaks, isolated in a quiet forested glen, it was cozy in the middle of nowhere. A cabin to prepare meals and relax after the strenuous day, it had that backwoods, lumberjack, off-grid feel to it.

  • Camping – 9 USD
  • Camping with rented gear (bag/tent/mat) – 66 USD

Refugio Dickson

Simply passing through here, it is a wide open area with a ranch like atmosphere. A small restaurant with a few cabins and horses grazing around, the usual options apply.

  • Camping – 9 USD
  • Camping with rented gear (bag/tent/mat) – 66 USD
  • Dorm in Refugio (Single Bed) – 37 USD + optional bed kit 48 USD

As before, I recommend packing and preparing your own food, but Vertice has food options at a high cost. Small convenience shops carry the basics for cooking as well as a cold beer or glass of wine at inflated prices. Check the website for current food packages.

Be sure to check the Vertice website for any updates or changes that may occur.


Campamento Paso

Paso is the hardest reservation to get and the most unnecessary. Unfortunately, many book this in advance and rudely don’t cancel when plans fall through, not to mention the small size of the site. It can definitely be beneficial if you have a bad set of knees, but if it’s the only campsite you miss reservations on, don’t fret. It works as a perfect rest stop before hiking onward to Grey.

  • Camping – FREE

Campamento Italiano

Directly at the base of the French Valley, this is another campsite with reservations disappearing quick. This is the ideal middle campsite when traversing from Paine Grande to Torres Central.

  • Camping – FREE

Here is a link to the English translated CONAF website. Use this as a tool while planning as well.

Without Booking Reservations

I’m not generally that organized. At least not a year in advance kind of planning. I showed up in Puerto Natales with no plans other than I was trekking the O circuit. Luckily, with a slow, open ended style of travel I had some leeway. Speed walking between the offices, I managed to book consecutive reservations throughout the circuit.

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This came with some variables. I had to wait around for 4 days until I could begin, but Puerto Natales is far from the worst place to be ‘stuck’. Not only can the direct region be explored, but oftentimes people will go to Punta Arenas or El Calafate for a couple days awaiting the trek to commence.

Another thing to be wary of when booking last minute is that all campsites in the circuit may not be available. Reservations can still be made, but skipping over a campsite can induce a very long and strenuous day. This happened to me a couple times and while manageable, I was cursing myself from Seron to Los Perros in between awe-inspired gasps.

*There was a lot of hearsay about a fine being implemented for those who trek without reservations and show up late to avoid being turned away. Don’t be one of them.

Torres del Paine

For an in depth map, click the link here. Map of Torres del Paine

Accommodation in Puerto Natales

There are numerous hostels in Puerto Natales, but with such an influx of trekkers they can book up quick in the peak season. Last Hope Hostel is my personal recommendation for before and after trekking. Comfortable rooms, free breakfast, WiFi and a living room setting on the upper floor.

Price: 16 USD (12, 500 CLP)

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How to Get There

To Puerto Natales

Plane: The closest airports are Punta Arenas, Chile and El Calafate, Argentina. From here a bus will be required.

Bus: From Punta Arenas small downtown terminal, it is a short 3 hour scenic ride looking out at the rugged plains that surround Torres del Paine. It will drop you at the main terminal in Puerto Natales. It is a short 15 minute walk to the center of town and the majority of accommodations, rental companies and reservation offices are there.

Price: 23 USD (20,000) CLP

From El Calafate, it is still about a 3 hour bus ride, but this solely depends on the border crossing. It is a small, inefficient building so I recommend crossing in the morning as it seemed to be relatively quick and painless in the early hours.

Price: 23 USD (20,000 CLP, 1100 ARS)

Don’t miss the famous view in town of the remnants of an old dock reaching into the water.

To Torres Del Paine National Park

The main bus terminal in Puerto Natales that will be your point of arrival into town, is also the gateway to Torres del Paine. Unless arranging personal or private transport, this is it. Tickets can be bought at most hotels, hostels or the terminal itself. The buses leave from the early morning to mid-afternoon, but your departure will depend on your particular plans. Most people, myself included, join the unorganized chaos in the morning. The rat race of Torres del Paine.

Price: 17.5 USD (15,000 CLP) – open ended return ticket

Upon boarding, organizers will inquire about your exit plans. This isn’t set in stone as I left a night early, but it gives them an idea of how many trekkers to expect returning to Puerto Natales on any given day.

There are two main starting points and this will be based on your personal itinerary. Initially everyone will be brought to the main entrance of the park. Buses empty and everyone is herded into a small building where the park entrance fee is collected and a short park orientation video is viewed.

Price: 24.5 USD (21,000 CLP)

Once officially signed into Torres del Paine National Park, you have a few options.

  • For a small fee, mini buses will take you to Refugio Torres Central
  • Walk the extra distance. Day hikers may not have this option as there is a time limit to make the return bus.
  • Re-board the bus and it will stop at the boarding point for the catamaran. This will bring you to Paine Grande, the other common start/finish point for both the W trek and O circuit.

Catamaran Price: 21 USD (18,000 CLP) one way, cash only.

Packing List

Every packing list will differ as everyone has different necessities, requirements, essentials and points of comfort for along the way. This is what I brought for my trek along the Torres Del Paine O Circuit and found it quite sufficient. If you feel I’ve missed a key item, please let me know below!


Trekking Boots – This is vital. Sounds obvious, but be sure to check for wear and tear as this can seriously affect the trek. Quality trekking boots should be broken in, but not so much that they show significant wear and tear. Mine were heavily used and did not treat my feet with the affection I thought I gave them. More on this later… my scenario.

Microfiber shirt|2-3 shirts – I carried 3 shirts as I am too cheap for a thermal microfiber shirt. 2 shirts were for trekking in that I would switch between to allow maximum dry time in between wears. 1 extra shirt was for the end of the day after a shower or from inevitably being rained on.

Sweaters – Same idea here. One sweater for trekking in during the extra cold and windy days. The second sweater, while bulky it provided much needed warmth and dryness at night.

Pants – Once again, one pair for trekking in, waterproof is a good idea here and the other for changing into.

Socks – These you can’t really have too many of. I brought 5 pairs of socks and was consistently drying socks around the clock to keep my feet somewhat dry. Once again, spending the extra money on proper socks is beneficial to help prevent your feet from sweating for the long days cooped up in boots.

Rain Jacket – Self-explanatory. Unless you have a horseshoe hidden somewhere, this will definitely be utilized.

*In short I had at least two pairs of clothing. Having the proper trekking clothes isn’t vital, but taking it from someone who was too cheap to buy it then compared to now. It’s worth the investment.

Toiletries/First Aid – This will vary depending on the individual. Many don’t bother with showers while some can’t go without.

  • Travel shampoo/soap (environmental)
  • Toilet paper
  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Basic First Aid – antibacterial cream, bandages, no adhesive sterile pads, tensor bandages, blister pads, lip balm
  • Baby powder for chafing
  • Afterbite/bug spray
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses



Tent – Set up the tent ahead of time to ensure all the pieces are there and there is no present issues.

Mat – Here you can go one of two ways. A basic thin sleeping mat is widely available, while the other option is a thin blow up mattress.

Sleeping bag – An obvious addition, but be sure to get one that is good for cold temperatures as it can get quite cold at night.

Hiking poles – Not a vital addition, but this was my first time with them and I will never go back. Taking pressure off the knees on descents alone is worth it. Ask for instructions on how to properly use them if you’re unfamiliar.

Head lamp – Handy for those washroom breaks at night. The stars are the only light if it’s clear.

Cooking supplies – This can vary based on personal diets

  • plastic bowl
  • knife/spoon
  • small pot
  • pocket rocket
  • small canister of fuel
  • bag for garbage to be carry out

I recommend Rental Natales as a company with reliable gear. The owner is not only passionate about Torres Del Paine and camping, but has designed new gear to make the experience that much better.

The price for gear rental (tent, mat, sleeping bag, poles) was 100 USD (85,000 CLP) for 7 days as I received it a day early in preparation for an early departure.

Guide to Torres del Paine
Edible Chaura Berries along the path


This can vary greatly based on dietary needs/preferences and whether or not food packages were purchased from the campsites/refugios.

This is just the rendition of what I brought along for 6 days.

Breakfast: 1 loaf bread(2 slice per day), 500 g muesli, powdered milk, 50g nescafe, 1 packet jam

Lunch (on the go snacks): Granola bars (1 per day), toast crackers/artisan honey (bought in Pucon), nuts/dried fruit, cookies, 3 small cans liverwurst.

Dinner: 3 premade dehydrated meals, .5 kg lentils, salt/spices for dahl, 3 cans tuna (made tuna lentil dahl every other night to mix it up.)

Extras: Chia seeds I added to my water bottle and 2 snickers for a treat after the roughest days.

There are a few stores in town for groceries. Unimarc is the most popular, but has huge, slow moving lines at most hours. Search out the couple other supermercados for much of the same supply.

Dehydrated meals can be bought in multiple shops, but have a pretty high price tag on them. There convenience speaks for themselves and is a great option for many.

There is a nut/dried fruit store (Supermercado Don Bosco) that I would recommend for purchasing a mixture to your liking. My personal favourite snack while trekking.

Food is available along the way at an inflated price.

For more information, check out my post Camp Cooking 101.


Detailed Torres Del Paine O Circuit Itinerary

Day 1 – Puerto Natales to Torres Central to Campamento Seron

Distance:  13 km, 3 – 5 hrs

The path here is a great introduction to the park and for the legs. Reasonably flat in comparison to much of the park, you’ll pass by beautiful mountain scenery with views of the Rio Paine. Much of this section was quite meadow-y mixed with overgrown wild pasture with horses grazing in front of stunning backdrops.

Arriving in camp mid to late afternoon, it leaves plenty of time to set up your tent, have a hot shower (maybe cold), and make yourself dinner in the enclosed cooking area. Enjoy the evening and rest up. It doesn’t get easier!

Day 2 – Campamento Seron to Refugio Dickson

Distance:  18 km, 5 -7 hrs

I suggest starting no later than 10 am, but 9 am would be ideal. This is the longest stretch of the O Circuit unless combining days together. It starts off with a constant set of steep ups and downs, while the wind can be fierce as it’s known to be in Patagonia. The mountainscapes are unbelievable as you follow the Rio Paine to one of its sources, the glacial fed Lago Dickson.

Gaurderia Coiron sits about halfway between the two campsites and is the only checkpoint on the Torres Del Paine O Circuit that I am aware of. Here, they check your reservations going forward and will send you back if they can not be provided. This is also the perfect spot to sit down and have some lunch.


Day 3 – Refugio Dickson to Campamento Los Perros

Distance: 12 km, 4 – 5 hrs

Once leaving the cleared ranch-like area that Refugio Dickson sits on, you head straight into the forest. Along muddy paths, creeping up in elevation gradually, the path breaks out to viewpoints above the trees with mountain top glaciers on the horizon.

Nearing the campsite, there is a rocky ascent and trail markers show you’re close. Reaching Laguna Los Perros, there is an amazing hanging glacier looming over the water. From here it is a short walk around the north end of the lake into camp. Get some sleep for the big climb in the morning.


Day 4 – Campamento Los Perros to Refugio Grey

Distance:  15 km, 10 – 12 hrs

Eat your wheaties, this is a tough morning! An early start is required to take on the John Gardner Pass. This is one of the highlights to trekking the ‘O’ circuit and is a steep incline up the mountainside 900 meters.

Conquering the pass, you are rewarded with stunning views of Glacier Grey. While the wind can be strong, I personally suggest having a snack and taking in this breathtaking view.

Heading down to Campamento Paso it can be quite rough on the knees as it is equally steep on the way down as up. Hiking poles come in quite handy here in particular. Paso is a difficult location to get accommodation in, but makes for a lunch stop and rest on the knees before continuing to Refugio Grey.

There are two bridges that provide great viewpoints over Glacier Grey between Paso and Grey. This is where the O Circuit trekkers reunite with the W route. Many W trekkers hike to the viewpoints before returning to Grey or Paine Grande for the night.


Day 5 – Refugio Grey to Refugio Paine Grande

Distance: 11 km, 3 – 4 hrs

This day finally allowed a bit of a sleep in or more relaxed morning. The walk follows along Lago Grey as the glacier disappears behind you. The route is a series of slightly precarious rocky climbs and descents until the resort-like wilderness retreat of Paine Grande appears on the edge of Lago Pehoe.

This can be a place to treat yourself if you feel like indulging in an expensive meal at the restaurant, but if you’re cheap and on a budget like myself the camp facilities are very nice here as well. If leaving from here, be sure to be quick to the ferry and jump in line as it arrives. It can fill up potentially leaving you stuck for another night. Not the worst thing, unless travel plans become an issue.


Day 6 – Refugio Pain Grande to Campamento Italiano to Mirador Britanico

Distance: 7.5 km, 2 – 3 hrs (+10 km to Mirador Britanico)

Frances Valley or the French Valley is disputably the most beautiful and also harsh areas of the Circuit. I’ve heard many stories of very rough weather, the incline is steep, but the pay off worth it.

Once you reach Campamento Italiano, you can leave your bag at the park ranger office while continuing on to the Mirador (viewpoint). Gather your belongings on the descent and deservedly rest for the evening. It is a short 2 km (30 minutes) to continue to Campamento Francés if necessary.

Day 7 – Campamento Italiano to Torres Central (or Campamento El Chileno)

Distance: 16.5 km, 6 – 8 hrs (an extra 4 km, 1 hr to Chileno)

The path meanders along Nordenskjold Lake on a well beaten path. After completing the rest of the circuit, it will seem quite effortless in comparison. If climbing to El Chileno, there is quite an ascent to finish off the day, otherwise a relaxed hike down to Torres Central.

Day 8 – Torres Central to Mirador Las Torres

Distance: 9.5 km, 4 – 5 hrs ( descending is about 3 hrs)

or Campamento El Chileno to Mirador Las Torres

Distance: 4.5 km, 2.5 hrs ( descent the same)

If looking to reach Mirador Las Torres for sunrise a very early start is required. From Torres Central, 2:30 or 3 am would be necessary, or 4 – 5 am from El Chileno depending on your pace. This is the most popular, well known section of Torres del Paine. The sunrise hike will eliminate the crowds, as well as reward you with a view to remember as the sun kisses the peaks. Be sure to bring a headlamp or torch!

The ascent is pretty constant, only getting steeper as you approach the Mirador. It finishes with a rocky ascent before clambering over the crest to see the three peaks. Stunning and beautiful, it is easy to tell why it became as famous as it has.

Descending goes against the grain of the hoard still climbing which takes some patience. Get on the last bus heading back to Puerto Natales. A good shower I’m sure is in order and meal as a reward for completing the Torres Del Paine O Circuit.

A Guide to Torres Del Paine
Glacier Grey

Alternate Routes

There is more than one way to tackle Torres Del Paine. As an option, you could hike to the Mirador Las Torres on the first day of arrival instead or as well as the final day. This would push everything back a day leaving for Campamento Seron on the second morning.

“W” Route

The most common route that can be done 4 to 5 days. Torres Central to Paine Grande or vice versa, it can have heavy foot traffic much of the way. Especially in high season.

“Q” Route

Thirdly, completing the Torres Del Paine O Circuit with Paine Grande as the start and finish allows for the option of completing the “Q”. From Paine Grande, there is a path that follows the edge of the lake the catamaran crosses. This will take you to a bus pick up point as well if you just haven’t gotten enough yet!

Be sure to include the additional cost of the catamaran both ways if this is your point of entrance and exit to the National Park without completing the “Q”.


Post Trek Dinner

Returning from the Torres Del Paine O Circuit, or a trek of any sort deserves some sort of reward. Myself, I wanted nothing more than a fine meal and a shower. There is quite a few options in town, but these are my recommendations post trek.

Baguales – A micro brewery and a burger bar. Post trek dinner really doesn’t need much else. Cold, refreshing beer to wash away the soreness and a juicy, medium cooked burger is reward enough for this job well done!

El Asador Patagonico – A little more upscale and expensive way to finish your time in Puerto Natales. With an asador fire on display and Patagonia lamb slow roasting over it, a carnivorous, more authentic Patagonian feast in a nice treat.

El Living – If arriving early back in town or taking a rest day, this cafe is a perfect, quaint spot. A mix of tables and couches, coffee and sandwiches, it’s a great comfy place to relax and while away an afternoon.

Cost Breakdown for Torres Del Paine O Circuit

*These values are a very close approximation as to what to expect.

Fantasico Sur: Torres Central, Seron = 42 USD (single supplement 22 USD)

Vertice: Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, Paine Grande = 38 USD

CONAF: Italiano = Free

Entrance Fee: 25 USD (21,000 CLP)

Bus: 18 USD (15,000 CLP), this is a return, open ended ticket.

Catamaran: 22 USD (18,000 CLP), one way, cash only

Gear: 100 USD (80,000 CLP)

Total: 245 USD

*I didn’t include food in this budget as this can be quite subjective with different preferences. The price of gear may vary based on renter and the gear required/desired. Also, if Campamento Italiano is booked, accommodation must be found in Campamento Francés or Refugio Los Cuernos.

Extra Tips | Rules

Erratic rock is a small company that offers free talks daily at 3 pm with tips and tricks while preparing for your trek. It’s not a long discussion, but may provide some useful insight into the region you’re about to explore.

Be sure to pack your bag properly with weight distribution. Not only for your own comfort, but winds can be strong and paths sometimes narrow. Sadly, it is not unheard of for people to be taken off balance and have terrible, if not fatal falls.

*Trail closing time* – Something to keep in mind while trekking is that the trail does close at certain times. If you are arriving late into a campsite with intentions on pushing further, park rangers may hold you back. This almost happened to me at Refugio Dickson as I continued on to Los Perros for my reservation.


My Route

This is just a quick overview of my personal time trekking the Torres Del Paine O Circuit in mid-February.

Day 1

Arrived at Torres Central. Hiked to Mirador Las Torres and the weather was poor unfortunately.

Day 2

I was going to attempt a sunrise hike back to the Mirador, but rain prevented an early departure. The sky cleared later in the morning and sure enough I climbed again. Rewarded for my tenacity, I continued on to Campamento Seron making for a long day.

Day 3

Waking early, I tried to wait out the rain. Leaving later than planned, it became a late and the longest day for me. Skipping Dickson was a necessity due to my reservations, but I wouldn’t recommend it if it isn’t necessary. Seron to Los Perros is a strenuous day.

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Glacier Grey

Day 4

This was my personal favourite day on the O circuit. A challenging morning ascent to the pass and taking in the majesty of Glacier Grey from above. Continuing down, it is quite a steep descent. Tough on the knees, reaching Campamento Paso definitely called for a rest and refuel. From here, I made my way to Refugio Grey.

Day 5

Grey to Paine Grande is a short day in comparison, but be sure to enjoy the stunning scenery that is surprisingly vastly different from the opposite side of the park.

Day 6

I was supposed to hike up the French Valley on my final day, but I bailed here due to a terrible situation on my feet. Warning!!! Looking at the picture at the bottom is at your discretion (kind of gross), but reason enough to make sure you take care of your feet. They are what’s getting you from point A to B after all. Keep dry! Quality boots! Blister prevention!

I can’t stress this enough as my enjoyment was cut in half unfortunately and made my final day not worth the trouble and pain. I could have made it through, but I was dealing with this for a couple days where I had no choice but to keep moving. Now the choice was mine and I knew I wouldn’t enjoy myself. I thought my boots were fine, but were too worn for this use and dug horribly into my heels. Also, I didn’t react quick enough to blister prevention. Dry boots can be hard to maintain and not always in your control, but do your best.

A Guide to Torres Del Paine

Guide to Torres Del Paine O Circuit Conclusion

I’m confident in saying the three towers of is the most popular viewpoint, day hike and most taken picture in all of Patagonia. So much so, that it is now a single file line much of the day walking as fast as the slowest person. Sadly, this is a reality of travel and tourism, but this led it to be my least enjoyed hike throughout Patagonia. I’m not undermining the magnitude of it’s sheer natural beauty, but to get the most out of the spectacular park definitely take on the O circuit. This will lead to views that will feel like your own and will be an experience that will stay with you forever.



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