Bushwhacking the Oggioni: Paine's hidden pass

Get away from the crowds and discover the hidden Oggioni pass. Great for those who are keen for adventure and want to enjoy some trekking off the beaten track in Torres del Paine. This is a semi-technical challenging trek, not suitable for beginners.

7 Days

$2,590

Bushwhacking the Oggioni: Paine's hidden pass - 7 - $2,590

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek to the base of the towers for awe inspiring views and continue to Japanese Campsite
  • Hike out of the Ascension Valley and into the Dickson Refuge
  • Into the Silence Valley a privileged place with a great view of the west faces of Torres del Paine
  • Cross the Oggioni Pass into allowing you to view Torres del Paine National Park in a way that few people get to see
  • Trek the John Gardner pass with the best views of the Patagonian Ice Field
  • Navigation on Lago Grey

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Bushwhacking the Oggioni: Paine's hidden pass

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales

Meet with the guide in our headquarters in Puerto Natales to check your itinerary, personal equipment, ask any questions etc. 

Accommodation: Kau Lodge (Double Room)


Day 2: Torres del Paine

Public transportation to Torres del Paine - arrival at Las Torres Hotel. Our first trek goes up to the lookout of the Towers, to about 700 Mts. One of the highlights of the park is the base of the towers themselves. Seen from up close, next to a beautiful green lagoon with a vertical rock face towering more than 1000 metres directly upward, it is, quite simply awe inspiring. We continue our trek up to Japanese Campsite, a climber's base camp. 

Length of hike: 6 - 7 hours, 9 miles

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Japanese Campsite - No facilities


Day 3: Dickson Lake

The pass to the east of Cerro Oggioni offers a semi-technical route out of the Ascencio Valley and into Dickson Refuge. From there, it's a few kilometers of bushwhacking to find the main trail of the circuit and then on to Dickson Lake. The Oggioni Pass is crossed around a dozen times per year by some guides and few brave visitors to the park. It's not a climbing route, but is beyond the scope of most trekkers. Most of the crossing is along moraine and snow. This place can get really windy, with winds coming off the Dickson Glacier. 

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:

  • We go off the beaten track
  • We will reach up to 5,200 ft (3,350 ft of elevation)
  • We will divide the group into smaller groups of 2- 3 people to progress in areas with some level of difficulty

Length of hike: 12 miles, 10 - 11 hours

Accommodation: Dickson Campsite (Facilities: shower, bathroom)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Off the beaten track

Day walk by a moraine of granite into the Silence Valley. It is a privileged place with a great view of the west faces of the Torres Del Paine. The Shield and Fortress are the bigger granite walls in Paine that have captured the attention of mountaineers for decades.

Length of hike: 8 miles, 4 - 5 hours

Accommodation: Japanese Campsite - no facilities 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Oggioni Pass

The pass to the east of Cerro Oggioni offers a semi-technical route out of the Ascencio Valley and into Los Perros Campsite. The Oggioni Pass is crossed around a dozen times per year by some guides and few of brave visitors to the park. It's not a climbing route, but is beyond the scope of most trekkers. Most of the crossing is along moraine and snow. This place can get really windy, with winds coming off the Dickson Glacier; in this case we will use ropes for extra security.

The trek leads us 'off trail'; up and over steep slopes, showing us views of Torres del Paine National Park that few people see. We push forward through thick forest, crossing wild creeks, and up rocky steep slopes. From there, it's a few kilometers of bushwhacking to find the main trail of the circuit and then on to Los Perros Valley. 

Length of hike: 15 miles, 11 - 12 hours

Accommodation: Los Perros Campsite (Facilities: bathroom)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Grey Glacier

The longest day, but with the best view of the Patagonian Ice Field. After John Gardner's passage (1350 metres) you will see Grey Glacier and its 17km stretch of ice, a real highway. The descent is relatively steep down to the Grey Glacier, among little coigue trees, and then up to Paso Camp. Over the next few hours we will go through extensive native forests: seeing lengas, coigues, notros and other tree species endemic to our park. We spend the night at Grey Campsite with a tremendous view of the Grey Glacier and the calving ice. 

Length of hike: 15 miles, 10 - 12 hours

Accommodation: Lago Grey Campsite (Facilities: shower/bathroom)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Free Morning

At 1300hrs, we take the Grey Glacier boat from Lago Grey Lodge to Lago Grey Hotel (2 Hours). This is a beautiful way to say goodbye to Torres del Paine, visiting the front of the glacier by water (2 hours). The navigation ends at Lago Grey Hotel, where a private van will pick us up to take us to Puerto Natales. 

Accommodation: Kau Lodge (Double Room) 


Day 8:

Depart for onward travel.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price displayed is for a group of 4 people. 

The price for a group of 2  people is USD $3200 per person, and for a group of 6 people is USD $2350 per person.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,590 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • Certified Local Guide (1)
  • Porter (1 X 2 customers)
  • Public Transportation to the Park Entrance and shuttle to Las Torres Hotel 2 Nights at Kau Lodge
  • Private shuttle from Lago Grey Hotel to Puerto Natales
  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner (describe on the itinerary)
  • All Camping Fees
  • Logistic included (transportation, permits, and communications)

Excludes

  • Park entrance fee (Torres Del Paine Paine) Insurance
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Everything not mentioned in the itinerary

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