Paine O Circuit with Oggioni Pass

The Oggioni Mountain Pass is a challenging, unmarked wilderness trail that cuts across from the towers of Torres del Paine into the Dickson Valley and allows the more serious hiker to join up to the John Gardner pass and cover the ground of the traditional circuit via a rarely-travelled route.

8 Days

$2,447

Paine O Circuit with Oggioni Pass - 8 - $2,447

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike over the toughest pass in Torres del Paine - the Oggioni Mountain Pass
  • Continue hiking the rest of the classic Full O Circuit route
  • Marvel at the Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier and the Hanging French Glacier

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Paine O Circuit with Oggioni Pass

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Enter Torres del Paine's Silence Valley

After an early breakfast, you will depart from Puerto Natales towards Torres del Paine National Park. You will hop on a bus and be taken to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga, which is about 2 hours away. You will begin your trek by hiking up Almirante Nieto - a mountain taking you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and Silence Valley. After passing by Refugio & Camping Chileno, you will hike for one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach Campamento Las Torres. You will leave your things at Campamento Las Torres before continuing up a steep moraine.

Finally, you will see the icon of Torres del Paine National Park - Las Torres! After returning to Campamento Las Torres, you will hike to a climber's camp called Campamento Japones. Campamento Japones is the original camping space where the climbing pioneers stopped to get away from the weather and to prepare their climb to the top of Las Torres. You will have dinner and begin to prepare for tomorrow's big day!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Japones climbers camp

Distance: 11km


Day 2: Cross Torres del Paine's Oggioni Pass

Following an early breakfast, you will pack up and begin today's hike. The Oggioni Pass is very unique and off the beaten track - very few visitors to the park take this hike! The trail is only marked by small stone towers left behind by previous hikers. You will begin by following the trail to the back side of Las Torres, but then - as the trail continues straight - you will detour and hike towards a waterfall. You will pass over the waterfall (on a natural stone bridge) and then hike over two glacier moraines.

Finally, you will start climbing uphill. If you have a good map, you will be able to see Oggioni Mountain on the backside of Silence Valley. After making it over the pass, you will walk through a thick forest and from a distance you will be able to see Refugio & Camping Dickson. You will continue walking until you finally reach the refugio. Today is a long day and you will be happy to arrive after such an exciting, as well as challenging, day!

Difficulty:

You should be in very good physical condition for this pass. We recommend people should be able to hike long distances, uphill and downhill. You should also have keen mental strength and a sense of determination to resist tough elements like strong winds and frozen rain or snowfall (even in the summer). Most of the crossing is along moraine and snow (depending on how much snow fall the area received the previous winter). The weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable, and dealing with different levels of discomfort is one of the biggest challenges of Patagonian trekking.

This is a semi technical route where we will reach up to 5,200 ft (3,350 ft of elevation gain)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Dickson

Distance: 12km


Day 3: Rest or Explore!

Today can be used a rest day. It can also be used as a day to explore the surrounding (and very scenic) area of Refugio Dickson.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Camping Dickson

Distance: Flexible


Day 4: Los Perros Valley

After breakfast you will begin hiking! Today the trek is approximately four hours long and it will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues (both of which grew shortly after the glaciers receded). Finally, you will reach a moraine at the foot of Glacier Los Perros. Here you will set up camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Los Perros

Distance: 11km


Day 5: Cross the John Gardner Pass!

You will wake up and have breakfast in a beautiful forest. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters. The trail is very moist and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail. After an hour and fifteen minutes, you will reach the end of the forest and you will finally begin trekking up rockslides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking, you will reach smaller patches of trees all the while gaining a bit of elevation. From this part of the trail, you will be able to see Glacier Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and finally the John Gardner Pass.

From here, you will begin climbing until you reach 1,200 meters. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and Patagonia's Southern Ice field. After catching your breath and taking in the view, you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Campamento Paso for a short rest. From here you will continue hiking for four more hours along an undulating trail with views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. As you are hiking with your guide, you will come to two ravines. These ravines can be safely crossed by using the metal ladders that the park rangers have installed. After crossing the ravines, you will continue hiking until arriving at Campamento Guardas.

This camp is just one hour away from Refugio & Camping Grey. Here, you can take a rest to gaze at the spectacular, up-close view of Glacier Grey. You will continue hiking towards Refugio & Camping Grey where you will be spending the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Grey

Distance: 22km


Day 6: Gaze at Paine Grande and Lake Pehoe

Today will be a spectacular day! You will hike towards Refugio & Camping Paine Grande. The hike is approximately 4 hours in duration. You will walk alongside Mountain Paine Grande, leaving views of Glacier Grey in exchange for Lake Pehoe. You will arrive at Refugio & Camping Paine Grande before dinner. This is where you will be spending the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande

Distance: 11km


Day 7: Explore the French Valley

This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energizing mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along the border of Lake Skottsberg, you will admire the tremendous peaks towering in front of you - Los Cuernos! After about 2.5 hours, you will arrive at Campamento Italiano where you can rest for a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction -- of Lake Nordenskjold, Los Cuernos, and the French Glacier -- are absolutely stunning.

In the back of the valley, you can see various peaks. After soaking up the view, you will hike back down to Campamento Italiano to continue alongside rolling hills as you follow the coastline of, Lake Nordenskjold. You will continue on for another two hours until you reach your lodging, located on the lake. After a relaxing afternoon and a filling dinner, you will go to bed for a deserving nights sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Los Cuernos

Distance: 17km


Day 8: Say good-bye to Torres del Paine National Park!

In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. You will leave the monstrous Cuernos and begin hiking back to entrance of the park. The walk is about four hours in duration and you will arrive at Las Torres in time to take a shuttle back to Laguna Amarga. From there you will take another bus all the way back to Puerto Natales. You will arrive back to Puerto Natales in the early evening - just in time for dinner and a cozy nights sleep in a warm bed. Today you will say good-bye to your guide!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Distance: 12km

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2018
13-Nov-2018 $2,447* Provisional Date
20-Nov-2018 $2,447 Provisional Date
27-Nov-2018 $2,447* Provisional Date
December 2018
4-Dec-2018 $2,447 Provisional Date
11-Dec-2018 $2,447* Provisional Date
18-Dec-2018 $2,447 Provisional Date
25-Dec-2018 $2,447* Provisional Date
January 2019
1-Jan-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
8-Jan-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
15-Jan-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
22-Jan-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
29-Jan-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
February 2019
5-Feb-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
12-Feb-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
19-Feb-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
26-Feb-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
March 2019
5-Mar-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
12-Mar-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date
19-Mar-2019 $2,447* Provisional Date
26-Mar-2019 $2,447 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP1,675,000

1,675,000 CLP is the price per person for groups of 2 people,

1,305,000 CLP is the price per person for groups of 4 people

1,160,000 is the price per person for groups of 6 people

IMPORTANT: In the chance that after two days of attempt the group is unable to make the Oggioni Pass, completing the backside of the circuit will not be possible and the itinerary will be picked up at Grey.

Includes

  • 7 Nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park (tent + sleeping mat included)
  • 8 Guided days of hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Porter(s) for 6 days of hiking (carry food, cooking gear and camping gear)
  • Trip briefing with guide day before trip starts (18:00)
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation to/from Puerto Natales into the Park
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park

Excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales before/after the trek
  • Tip for guide and porters
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

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