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Absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a must-do with all the amazing views all along! It’s a long trek but it’s not difficult as there’s no altitude. My favorite trail so far!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail during spring time and first summer period, then unfortunately it gets pretty dry and hot. Regular rocks during last 1km to mountain peak (outdoor clothes are only important if you take the last quarter).

hiking
1 month ago

Tough but very worth the ascent. Check seasonal regulations to make sure the summit is open, and start early! You'll have to comply with timing regulations, as they usher everyone off the summit at 2pm (may change seasonally).

amazing. well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Varied trail. Last parts are a bit tough, scrambling up and over rocks. But, the pay-off is totally worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Whoa.

Absolutely stunning - multiple little lakes at the top - all different - very remote - the views on different sides of the ridge are absolutely breathtaking and all very different - went through multiple patches of diverse vegetation - climate can change on a dime - be prepared - lots of wind in some areas - one of the most beautiful hikes I have done in my life.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this one in late March this year. Words cannot described.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

One of the best trekking tracks in Central Chile. It's hard for beginners and completely enjoyable for everyone. You might get "puna" (altitude sickness) but if you walk slowly and with rithm, all fine. By all means get your walking sticks, as you should do in Chilean Andes all the time. Start from the La Parva chair lift (another beautiful adventure) and you are on the go!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Glad we made it out alive. Rode/carried fully loaded mountain bikes up to plaza de mulas while biking from Buenos Aires to Caracas in the 1988. Felt a little queasy and since already May and no one else on Mountain decided to turn back, just in case a storm came, but amazing views.

backpacking
muddy
rocky
snow
5 months ago

End of April 2019. In 5 Days. For those of you who worry about doing it at the end of the season, it is still possible. I was in Mendoza and heard that the circuit was about to close 10 days later, so I rushed to Puerto Natales in order to do the trek and was the last one that started it, on the 26th of April. But, be aware that if you do it at that period, there is less campsites open and available. Indeed, on the O sector of the trek, only Dickson and Los perros were available and open. On the W trek, only Grey, Paine Grande, Frances, El Chileno and Central were open. I booked Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, Paine Grande, Frances and Central. Vertice is the company that manages the first three and they gave me discount prices because it was the end of the season. The campsites were great, with nice and friendly staff, good common areas. Fantastico Sur manages the others and I paid way more for way less. Their staff was very rude and you can feel that everything is about money for them. Welcome center - Dickson : shuttle dropped me off at 10.30 - arrived at 19.30. Sunny day, almost clear blue sky, amazing woods, lakes and peaks especially one where around 20 condors were flying above me (magical!). I met some nice people that were doing the O as well but from Paine Grande. we had some nice talk before heading to bed. Really cold night, not much sleep. Dickson - Los Perros : left at 12.15 arrived around 17.00. I decided to start a bit later to rest from the day before and also because it was a short walk. I went with the people I met. long steep walk for 40min before a nice chill walk through the rest of the day in the middle of the supposedly oldest wood of the circuit. Nice fall colors again and little rivers. the trail ends on a small glaciar lake. Because of the cold night we had, I asked if we could stay in the eating room to sleep and the guy said no problem. Went to bed early. Los Perros - Paso Jhon Gardner - Camp Grey: 7.30 - 18.30. I left after the others because I wanted to have a proper breakfast. It is advised to leave early to make the pass and then continue until Grey because it's a long long walk. Catched the others 30min after departure, we walked together until the base of the pass, and from there it's really each one to himself. I did it straight away, I didn't think it needed some breaks, it would have slowed me down. Once you are at the top, the views are amazing! Waited 30min for the others, took some pictures and continued because it was quite cold and windy! the next part was the most awful for me because it's mostly only going down until Camp Paso which means bad for the knees and not a lot of views because it's through the woods and you can't see the glaciar Grey properly. From camp Paso, it's up and down again, with a few nice bridges and lookouts until camp Grey. The refugios was great. Camp Grey - Paine Grande: 8.30 - 11.30 the others had to take the catamaran so they left 30min before me, I took my time to have a correct breakfast. I carched them an hour and a half later to finish with them their O Trek. Through them I could see the differences between starting from Paine Grande or Welcome Center. I wouldn't recommend to start from Paine Grande because it's way too expensive and also you don't finish your trek with the Torres as a reward! When they left, I spent the afternoon resting, eating etc. Be careful of the Foxes ! they seem friendly but they are just interested in your stuff.. Paine Grande - El chileno: 9.00 - 18.30 the most challenging day for me because once I reached campo Frances after doing the France valley, it was 12.30 only. I asked to the staff if I could continue to the next refugio in the same day and to El Chileno instead of Central (so I have a better chance to be there for sunrise than initially planned), they said that it was okay. So I did, the walk was alright until the last part where the trail splits in two to go to Central or El chileno and starts to be steep again. Not that hard especially but with all the walk I did the past couple of days and that day especially, I burned myself out a little. I was so relieved to arrived at El Chileno. Once there I discovered how it was a money machine: you can't cook your stuff anywhere, they just have hot water and not for free. So basically you have to pay your food, and it's not cheap. I managed to ask to the chef to cook some rice for me, fortunately. Horrible night !! I woke up in the middle of the night with two mices running on my head, they made several holes in my tent because they were looking for food. Be extra careful with your food ! El Chileno - Torres : 6.45 - 8.30 I don't count this part in the circuit because it's almost nothing. The last climb wasn't that hard just be ready for the freezing cold temperatures up there while you wait for the sunrise. Advices : - Go to Erratic Rock for their 15.00 information session, very helpful and you can find some other people to do the trek with, if you want. - Pack light and accordingly - Take a really good sleeping bag and a good tent (I had only a summer bag and a liner, it was obviously not enough,but didn't want to buy or rent) Overall opinion: Best trekking experience so far!! Fall is an amazing time to come to Patagonia. The weather is more steady and predictable, and I was very lucky to have mostly sunny days! Less people than summer of course. Exhausted but happy to have completed in less days than expected, it was a nice challenge! I'm in El Chalten now, and I'd recommend it if you liked the O trek, here it's very similar (even better in my opinion). Good luck and enjoy!

If there is one thing you absolutely must do in your lifetime is this trail! No guide needed as the trail is easily marked. We went in March. Perfect timing. Off season. Less people. Start with the catamaran. End at the hotel. Absolutely do the early morning dark hike to the towers. Prepare for the elements. Layers and a wind breaker. I fared well with a base layer top, one jacket and one wind breaker. If u go to the towers. Bring extra layers and gloves and a beanie. One for the books!

Did the hike about 3 weeks ago. It was wet and cold and the trail was muddy with lots of stream crossings. . Much of the trail is through the forest of southern beech trees ( there are no conifers in Patagonia ), which were turning spectacular red, orange and yellow during the Patagonia autumn season. As we climbed we had great views of a river through a canyon below. Easy climb for most of the hike until the last mile, which is through a steep boulder field. Unfortunately, the towers were fogged in due to the weather, but it was super clear the next morning when we had great views from afar. . Patagonia is famous for rapid weather changes so be prepared. Always pack rain gear, pack cover and plenty of layers for warmth.

This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Pretty tough as a novice up to the base of towers. But in general totally doable if you are in moderate shape. Hiking boots a must! We got great weather two of the four days - the days with the lookouts! I missed the grey glacier due to ankle injury but heard it was phenomenal. Stayed in the Refugio’s - one night in a provided tent and one in the dorm. Ended up staying on the other side of the park for the first night in a hostel with amazing views. By far the best experience! So beautiful! Well marked - if you stay on the trail! You can drink water straight from the glacier without any filters just be sure you can see the top of the waterfall! JUST DO IT

Best 9 days 8 nights of my life. If you gotta do Torres Del Paine might as well do the O circuit.

Wonderful bucket list accomplishment. Hard, but totally doable. So much to enjoy from beautiful miradores, river crossings, suspension bridges, condors and foxes. A must do for all adventurers. Campsites were great. You can’t get lost. No guide needed. Comraderie abounds. We backpacked—slept in a tent 7 nights cozy as bugs. Weather was great mid March. 1 day of rain. Unforgettable experience.

This is one of the world's most beautiful trails... AND it's accessible to those that aren't willing to "rough it" Backcountry style as the campsites have all the amenities you would want. For those of us that like the isolation and quiet of Backcountry it is a little to busy and built up though.

I feel guilty giving other trails a 5-star rating. This truly is as good as it gets. It was really busy at christmas. I highly recommend starting on the west end of the hike. The views are wonderful and the Torres are the grand finale. Can’t say enough good things, just be patient as this trail has become famous via social media.

Absolutely amazing. Worth every step

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

beautiful place! would not recommend to anyone that isn't in really good shape, or to anyone who is afraid of heights. the last several miles are rock hopping and scrambling without any shade at all

Another day of amazing weather and surprisingly manageable crowds.

Sunny and warm with temperatures in 50-60 range, perfect weather!

Breathtaking views!!! Love every bit of W trek.

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

The single most beautiful trail I have ever hiked in all my 45 years of backcountry backpacking. Getting to the trailhead is extremely difficult. We took a ferry to Chile Chico And then hired a local outfitter to simply drive us to the trailhead. (We hiked from north to south) The trail Involves crossing Rivers at least 50 times. We hiked in late March so none of them were above our thighs. But the water was freezing cold. We saw 3 people on this trail. We saw zero litter. No a single twist tie. We did not hear a single engine. Nor Airplane. Nor other person. We walked the 16 miles of the x-83 into Patagonia National Park and then connected to some trails to Cochrane. Stunning. Full trip Report his here: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/new-patagonia-national-park-chile/ Video here: https://youtu.be/TcBlI9CMWYw

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