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Full Circuit Patagonia

Spend a full week backpacking in Patagonia and complete the “O” Trek circling Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Chile.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike to the base of the famous rock towers on the edge of an emerald lake

  • Cover up to 80 miles on foot with less crowds in the northern area of the park

  • Visit the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier that skirts Grey Lake

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking us how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales
Day 2: Puerto Natales to Refugio Dickson
Day 3: Refugio Dickson to Perros Campsite
Day 4: Perros Campsite to Refugio Grey
Day 5: Refugio Grey to Refugio Paine Grande
Day 6: Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Los Cuernos
Day 7: Refugio Los Cuernos to Refugio Las Torres
Day 8: Refugio Las Torres to ‘The Towers’ to Puerto Natales
Day 9: International departures

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Chile. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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I traveled to Patagonia, Chile this past November and the accommodations, food, guides, and trek truly exceeded my expectations. The company took care of all the planning for transportation and stays so it was great to not have to worry over about the details.
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Our guide and assistant guide were the absolute best on our hike through Torres del Paine. They were extremely knowledgeable about the park, were fun companions during the hike, very helpful with everything we needed, and made sure we had an amazing experience.
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Very organized tour! Our guides, Jorge & Mauricio, were excellent. They were experts not just on trekking, but on the whole area of Patagonia and Puerto Natales since they live and work there. They went out of their way to make each of us feel comfortable, and were so helpful in every aspect.

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DAY 1:  ARRIVE IN PUERTO NATALES 

Arrive at the Puerto Natales bus station by 6pm where you will be greeted by your OneSeed guide and taken to our partner lodge. Review the welcome packet and complete a gear check. The rest of your evening is yours to explore Puerto Natales.

Peak Altitude: 492 ft (150m)

Inclusions: transport from bus station in Puerto Natales; hotel accommodations

 
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Day 2:  Puerto Natales to Refugio Dickson

After an early breakfast, board the bus and head 2 hours to Torres del Paine National Park. Today is a long but relatively flat hike. Trek alongside the Paine River and Lake. Enjoy stunning views of Paine Massif, Indian Head, and Dickson. After a long day, enjoy a delicious meal at Refugio Dickson where you will be staying for the night.

Peak Altitude: 1,247 ft (380m)

Total Hiking: approximately 19 miles (30.5 km) / 10 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; bus transportation; park entry fee; refugio accommodations

 
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Day 3: Refugio Dickson to Perros Campsite

Continue the hike westward in the direction of the Patagonia Ice Cap. Catch views of Perros Glacier before reaching the Perros campsite for the evening. Take an optional afternoon hike to Puma Glacier or spend some time to resting at the campsite.

Peak Altitude: 2,296 ft (700m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) / 4.5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; tent camping accommodations

 
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Day 4:  Perros Campsite to Refugio Grey

The morning begins with a push up to John Garner Pass, but the hike is well worth the views from the top. Catch your first glimpse of Grey Glacier, which extends around 100 square miles! Follow the glacier down to Refugio Grey where a hot shower will be waiting for you. Enjoy a warm meal and a glass of wine with your fellow travelers.

Peak Altitude:  3,937 ft (1200m)

Total Hiking: approximately 10 miles (16 km) / 11 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; refugio accommodations

 
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Day 5: Refugio Grey to Refugio Paine Grande

A 4­-hour hike leads you to Refugio Paine Grande in the morning. Enjoy views of the aqua­ colored lake and take the afternoon to explore the area or rest your legs.

Peak Altitude: 1,575 ft (480m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4-5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; refugio accommodations

 
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Day 6: Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Los Cuernos

Head out from Paine Grande and through Torres’ old­ growth forest. Once your arrive at the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. See an impressive viewpoint of the French Valley and Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara, two of the famous horned peaks. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles from the French Glacier round-trip further into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park. Return the way you came and spend the night at Refugio Los Cuernos.

Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 7-8 hours trekking OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; refugio accommodations

 
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Day 7: Refugio Los Cuernos to Refugio Las Torres

Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif.

Peak Altitude: 1,017 ft (310m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 7-8 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; refugio accommodations

 
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Day 8: Refugio Las Torres to Puerto Natales

Get an early start today. Start the trek with day packs as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to Refugio Las Torres, pick up your packs, and board the bus back to Puerto Natales. Celebrate the successful completion of the Torres del Paine ‘Full Circuit’ at dinner with your guide.

Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)

Total Hiking: approximately 12 miles (19.3 km) / 8 hours trekking (*daypack only)

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / farewell dinner; hotel accommodations; bus transportation

 
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Day 9: DEPARTURES FROM PUERTO NATALES

A OneSeed representative will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight home or to the local bus station.

Inclusions: breakfast; airport or bus station shuttle


NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • snacks during trek (there is plenty of food provided and you can purchase snacks at your lodge)

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to expedition start date

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Puerto Natales

  • 5 nights refugios accommodations on trail (shared rooms & bathrooms)

  • 1 night tent camping accommodations on trail (at Perros)

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek

  • farewell dinner in Puerto Natales

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • guide services

  • all ground transportation in Chile

  • airport / bus station transfers on Day 1 and Day 9

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Puerto Natales during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Torres del Paine National Park.

Packing System: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Chile.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Chile here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)

  • Small lightweight backpack (for day hikes; see example here)

  • Down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)

  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Waterproof medium-weight gloves

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)

  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)

  • Sleeping bag with 40°F rating

  • Pack cover

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Documents and Logistics

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Camera

  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)

  • Synthetic shorts

  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)

  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)

  • Outlet adapter

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet
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CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months in Chile, November to March. During this season, the highs fluctuate around 60ºF and the lows can drop down below 40ºF.

The park is infamous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph. Expect to encounter sun, rain, and wind all in one trip.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

  • If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days, but you will need a Tourist Card (free upon arrival). Please keep your passport and tourist card with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Check the latest Chile entrance requirements on the US Embassy website.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

The water along the trail is safe to drink, whether that's straight from the tap or off a glacier.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast at the refugios may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide, fruit, snack bars, and some chocolate. Dinner may include meals like chicken with mashed potatoes, pasta, beef and rice, salad, soup, etc.
  • While extra snacks are not included, you will have plenty of food during the trek. Travelers also have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. We do recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email info@oneseedexpeditions.com.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

  • On the trail, you will be sleeping at refugios which are basic mountain lodges with shared mixed gender dorm-style bunk beds or single or double occupancy tents and shared bathroom facilities. Refugios are simple but comfortable spots to rest your head and even have a glass of wine after a long day of trekking. Some offer bedding while others do not, which is why we still recommend bringing a sleeping bag.

How many people will be on my expedition?

  • We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition.
  • We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.
  • If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.
  • All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

  • You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. Some days you will be able to leave your large pack at the refugio and only carry a daypack if you are returning to that refugio.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

  • You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Puerto Natales. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.
  • Please keep in mind you are only allowed one carry-on (17.5 lb limit) and one checked back (50 lb limit) for your domestic flight from Santiago to Patagonia. Carry on must be within 21.5 x 13.5 x 10 inches.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

  • While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip, daily mileage can range from 6-19 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

  • The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 3,937 ft. Trekking at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

  • Weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a slightly more comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain or snow. It never hurts to prep for both!
  • Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Torres del Paine National Park.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

  • We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

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