Torres del Paine mountain range, Patagonia
10-day adventure

The O Circuit

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10 days

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The full 'O' Circuit includes all the sights of the popular 'W' Circuit along with all the wonders of the quieter, northern side of the famous Torres del Paine mountain range. This adventure offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in some powerful, natural surroundings. Step away from the chaos of daily life and return to basics in an unrivalled setting. For those wishing for a trek that requires a bit more demand, the 'O' circuit provides a challenge with longer, more strenuous days than it's shorter sibling, but with even more captivating views. With very few hikers on this trail, you will enjoy peace and serenity and explore a unique side of Torres del Paine that many will not see.

Trip highlights

  • Experience the awe-inspiring view of the three iconic granite towers
  • Fill your bottle with pure, fresh water straight from nature's tap
  • Look out at the turquoise glacial crevasses of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field
  • Keep your eyes peeled for great, wide-winged Condors soaring high above you


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  • Day 1

    Puerto Natales

    Welcome to Patagonia! Your guide will pick you up at the Puerto Natales airport and transfer you to Hotel Big Sur. You will then have free time the rest of the day, take a walk around the small, brightly coloured town with it's delightful 'Costanera'. At 6pm, your guide will come to your hotel for a pre-trek briefing to prepare you for embarking on the 'O' Circuit.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    Arriving at Torres del Paine

    This morning we will embark on our 'O' circuit trek. Our transfer will take us to the majestic Torres del Paine National Park. When we arrive at Las Torres, we will pass by the Welcome Center before starting our hike along the peaceful Serón Sector. This will take us through the Enchanted Valley, its name hailing from the unique and “enchanted” forms of granite towers standing tall amidst the shrubbery. Some of the towers yield surprising trees, perched on their crests and wedged in between, home to the impressive Condors soaring overhead. From here, we enter an old, native Lenga tree forest. Notice the trees covered by a special kind of lichen, known as “old man’s beard” (Barba de Viejo), which only grows in the purest of atmospheres. Amidst the shade of the trees lies our campsite for the night.

    • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
    • Max. altitude: 250 m
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    Lake Paine to Lake Dickson

    This long, yet unforgettable day will take us up and down the foothills of the Paine Massif mountain range with magnificent photo opportunities along the way of towering peaks crowned with fluffy, white clouds. To reach Lake Dickson we will descend down to the shore of Lake Paine, it's beautiful, green waters the forefront to a stunning backdrop of the surrounding peaks. A gentle stroll along the flood plains of the meandering riverbed will bring us to a remote campsite at Lake Dickson.

    • Hiking time: 7 - 8 hours
    • Max. altitude: 200 m
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information


This adventure is moderate difficulty. You will be trekking for up to 8 days, occasionally on steep and rocky terrain. You will be averaging 15km walking per day carrying a rucksack, the maximum distance covered on a single day being 20km. There may be as much as 1250m of vertical ascent and descent in a day. You should be fit and healthy with recent experience of walking in a mountainous environment for several days in a row. On steep and possibly loose ground, care should be taken to avoid slips and trips, you may find walking poles useful. The weather in Patagonia is notoriously changeable and you should be prepared to walk in strong winds and heavy rain. If you have any questions about your suitability for this trip please feel free to get in touch.

Food & drink

Whilst camping in Torres del Paine National Park, your meals will be prepared at the campsites using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. You will eat in the dining room at the refuges where you will be camping for your breakfast and evening meals. Picnic lunches will also be prepared for you. 

Whilst staying in the hotel in Puerto Natales, you can choose to eat at the hotel or go out and find a local restaurant.

Chilean cuisine consists mainly of meat. You will find grilled meats available everywhere including tripe, intestines and even udders. Meat aside, the cuisine is a mix of Spanish, native American and Italian influences so vegetarians can always fall back on dishes like gnocchi, pasta and pizza. In the large towns and cities, you will find all dietary requirements are catered for. You may also have the opportunity to sample “Mate”, a Paraguayan tea made from a variety of holly and typical drank from a “bombilla”.

If you have special dietary requirements please inform us when booking your adventure. We can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets and you are welcome to bring along your own gluten free produce.

Whilst trekking, boiled water is available every morning for you to fill your bottles or bladder. We recommend you also bring a water filter or purification system to allow you to refill at refuges or springs. All drinks, including water, are your own responsibility through out the trip. We don’t recommend the use of plastic bottles which will need to be carried out and recycled.


Whilst in Puerto Natales we will stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.  Rooms will be double or twin with en-suite bathroom.  We ensure that the hotel we use is well located to allow you to get out and explore the area.

In Torres del Paine National Park we will be camping.  A 2-man tent is provided per two people along with a foam mattress. Tents will already be set up with mattresses inside...some of them are even raised on special platforms! There will be shared bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot water at all sites except Camping Los Perros (cold water only). Sleeping bags are available to rent for $30, to be paid to your Tour Leader upon arrival. 

Your meals will be prepared at the campsite and you will eat in the refuge 'restaurant' each morning and evening. All crockery and cutlery is provided. Packed lunches will be provided from the refuge kitchens each morning for you to take with you in your backpack.

Wifi is available at the refuges but must be bought on a pre-paid card. This can be purchased at the refuges or mini-markets at the campsites. 


Bag Weight: 15kg.

In Torres Del Paine National Park there is no vehicle access and, as we won't be using porters for this trip, you will be carrying all of your own personal equipment (from Day 2 to Day 9). For this, you will need a backpack of roughly 40-50 litres to carry with you each day.  We recommend that this is no more than 14kg to ensure it is comfortable for you to wear throughout your trek. This can be used as your hand luggage on international and domestic flights. If you wish to bring another bag for items before and after the trek this can be left in secure storage at the hotel for the trekking period. We request that you do not bring a rigid suitcase as they are more difficult to transport.

Note: your backpack for trekking will be for your personal equipment and sleeping bag only and will not include tent or mattress as these will be provided at the sites. 

Personal Porters: If you feel you need additional support in carrying your bag, personal porters are available to hire for $100 per day. A personal porter will be shared between up to three people and this cost will be split between you. Please inform us upon booking if you require a personal porter on your trek.  

Please also be aware that on domestic flights in Argentina and Chile there is a maximum weight of 15kg on all checked luggage.  If your main bag weighs more than 15kg you may be asked to pay excess luggage fees which will be your own responsibility.

How do I get there?

You will need a flight that arrives at Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) in Puerto Natales on or before day 1 of your itinerary. If you are arriving on day 1 and not before you should ensure your flight arrives in the morning before midday. To reach Puerto Natales most will people will need to connect through Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport - Santiago (SCL). 

To reach Santiago from the UK, British Airways have direct flights departing from Heathrow at 21:55 and arriving at 07:30 the next day (local time). The flight time is 14hrs. Air France offer flights from Manchester with a 2hrs 50min stop in Paris. British Airways have flights from Edinburgh with a stop of 1hrs 4min in Heathrow. Indirect flights have a total travel time of roughly 19 hours to reach Santiago.

For travellers from the USA, LATAM have a direct flight from New York to Santiago departing at 19.30 and arriving the next morning at 05:55 (local time). The flight time is 10hrs 25min. LATAM also offer direct flights from Miami with similar times. Indirect flights are available from Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco with LATAM, Delta and Jet Blue.

If you are changing airlines or re-checking your luggage at an airport on route, please ensure you leave a minimum of 3 hours between flights. This will account for any delays on arrival, travel time across airports (this can take longer than you think) and time taken to re-check baggage.

Budget & change

In Chile the currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP). In Argentina the currency is the Argentine Peso (ARS). For the latest exchange rates please visit

We do not recommend the use of traveller’s cheques as they are often impractical.  Bank cards are widely used for most things but it is best to use Visa as Mastercard is not commonly accepted.  Your guide will show you the best places to change currency at the best rate. 

In Puerto Natales,  an average meal for 2 will be around $50 and a 5km taxi ride around $8. Taxis are plentiful and most drivers should have a meter, however if they don't, always remember to settle on a price before leaving. If you prefer to do it a bit cheaper then take to the streets, pretty much everywhere in Puerto Natales is less than a 20 minute walk from the town centre.

Expected budget for meals out on your trip (per person): $50

Our recommended guidance for spending budget per person in Patagonia would be between $100-150 on top of your tips. This will give you ample souvenir spending money.


Tipping is common but not mandatory and should be based on the level of service you feel you have received. 

The amounts below will give you an indication of how much to tip. Please note that these amounts are for the entire group, therefore you should divide them by the total number of people in your party. You will be provided with a Tip Recommendation three weeks prior to departure with recommended tips based on the number of people in your group. 

Guide: $20 US Dollars per day

Driver: $5 – $10 US Dollars per day

As an example: a guide may receive $20 per day x 8 days = $160.  Divided by 10 people in the group = $16 per person.

Formalities & health


As soon as possible after booking your tour, please provide Kandoo Adventures with your passport details (first name, last name, date of birth, passport number, issue date, expiry date) along with a photocopy of the photo page.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your departure date.


United States and UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Chile. On arrival you will be granted a maximum 90 day stay in the country. On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a 'Tarjeta de Turismo - Tourist Card'.

This information may be subject to change, without notice, by the local authorities. It is your responsibility to check the latest travel requirements and information before departure.


The World Health Organisation recommend the following vaccinations for travel to Chile:

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Rabies (for those at high risk)

They also recommend primary course and boosters such as MMR and Flu are up to date.
It is your responsibility to check the latest health information before travelling.


Before you can join any Kandoo Adventures trek, you will need to insure yourself against accident, injury, and illness.

Your insurance must cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and repatriation if necessary. Make sure your insurer knows of your travel plans, and verify that your policy fully covers your trekking and any other activities you will participate in. Specifically, for our adventures in Patagonia, you need to be covered for trekking up to 2000m. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf. You will also need to bring details of your insurance cover to the pre-trek briefing.

We find lots of our customers use the global supplier of travel insurance, World Nomads. Make sure to choose the correct policy for the altitude you are trekking to. Be sure to read the small print carefully for any policy you are considering - different policies provide different levels of cover, so make sure you understand what is and isn't included in your policy.



There is no risk of malaria in any of the regions of Chile. However, if you intend to go travelling before or after your tour, please check the specific health risks for the areas you will be visiting.


You will be exerting yourself over numerous days whilst out trekking. This may be something that your body isn’t used to and as a result, you will have to drink much more water than you normally would. You should drink at least 3 litres of fluids every day while trekking. Even when you do not feel thirsty you have to drink this amount as a minimum, preferably more. Stay on the look-out for signs of dehydration in yourself and your fellow trekkers. The most common symptoms include thirst, dry lips, nose or mouth, headache and feeling fatigued or lethargic.


Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times. However, we recommend bringing any medicine you feel you may need. This could include: -

• Painkillers
• Anti-diarrhoea tablets
• High factor sunscreen for lips and skin
• Moisturising cream (for sunburn)
• Elastic bandage, regular bandages and Blister bandages
• Sanitary products
• Water purifying tablets or filters
• Mosquito repellent

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

Whilst trekking and camping we will provide the following:

  • 2 man tent per 2 people
  • Foam sleeping mattress per person
  • Cutlery, crockery, tables and chairs

Clothing to bring

  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Buff / gaiter
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts (short and long sleeve)
  • Thermal long sleeve shirt
  • Thermal leggings in case of cold nights
  • 2 sweaters - 1 light/1 warm
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Insulated jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell trousers
  • Breathable fast drying underwear
  • Comfortable long trousers (fast drying)
  • Shorts for trekking in warm weather if desired
  • Comfy trainers/shoes for evenings
  • Wool and cotton socks
  • Hiking boots (with ankle support and a slightly ridged sole)

Equipment to bring

  • Warm sleeping bag (rating of 0 degrees C)
  • 2 water bottles (minimum 1 litre or a water bladder)
  • Walking poles (recommended)
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulb
  • 1 duffel bag - for personal items prior to or after trek (flexible and water resistant)
  • 1 daypack - 40-50 litres to carry with you each day
  • Water purification system (charcoal filter, chlorine tablets or similar)
  • Quick drying towel
  • Dry bags – for packing your kit into if your bag is not waterproof
  • Toiletries
  • A container for any toxic rubbish (batteries, sanitary products etc.)

Gear rental

Sleeping bags are available to rent for $30, to be paid to your Tour Leader upon arrival. 

Dates & prices

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24/11/2024 03/12/2024 $3,375 £2,599
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15/12/2024 24/12/2024 $3,375 £2,599
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05/01/2025 14/01/2025 $3,375 £2,599
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02/02/2025 11/02/2025 $3,375 £2,599
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09/03/2025 18/03/2025 $3,375 £2,599
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23/11/2025 02/12/2025 $3,505 £2,699
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14/12/2025 23/12/2025 $3,505 £2,699
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Price includes

  • An expert English speaking Kandoo Adventures guide
  • All accommodation as outlined in your itinerary
  • All transportation as outlined in your itinerary
  • Full board while trekking
  • Camping in Torres del Paine NP with full equipment
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine NP

Price does not include

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not specified on itinerary (Days 1,9 and 10)
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment


If you wish to have additional nights in Puerto Natales prior to or after your trip please contact us and this can be arranged.