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The O Circuit in Torres del Paine – 2022/23 season

The O circuit in Torres del Paine National Park is an incredible hiking adventure. The scenery on the route is fantastic: turquoise lakes, waterfalls, bizarre mountains, stunning viewpoints, a massive glacier, and diverse wildlife. The route takes hikers to the highlights as well as to some off-the-beaten-track parts of the park. Backpacking in Torres del Paine you get an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful places in South America. I could easily say that the O trek is one of our favorite long-distance treks in Patagonia.

The route overview

  • Distance – 120 km/74 miles.
  • Required number of days – 7-8 days.
  • Starting and finishing point – Central campsite (Laguna Amarga entrance).
  • Highest point – John Gardner pass – 1220m/4000ft. 
  • Permits – no special permits are needed.
  • Advanced campsite booking is required for the circuit. 
  • Accommodation – camping, refugios, hotels. 

If you don’t have enough time to do the O Circuit you can walk the W trek that takes 4-5 days or do a couple of day hikes in Torres del Paine.

Scenery on the O Circuit in Torres del Paine
The Nordenskjold Lake, O Circuit, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Besides Torres del Paine there are plenty of other incredible National Parks to visit in Patagonia.

What is the O Circuit?

The O trek is a circular hiking route around the Cordillera del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. The route includes the W trek and a remote route through the backside of the park. The circuit connects the popular areas of Torres del Paine with the remote parts of the park.

How hard is the O Circuit in Patagonia?

It’s a moderately difficult trekking route that goes through some remote areas of Torres del Paine National Park. The most challenging part of the O route is a 900-meters ascent to John Gardner Pass. It’s not a high-altitude technical route only for experienced hikers but being in good physical shape and having previous hiking experience is advisable. On average you walk 6-8 hours a day with a backpack.

How long is the O Circuit?

The total distance of the O Circuit in Torres del Paine is 120 km/70 miles. You need between 7 and 9 days to complete the route.

Where does the O trek start?

The O circuit starts at Hotel Las Torres (Central campsite). The nearest park entrance is Laguna Amarga. The circuit can be walked only counterclockwise (from Central campsite to Serón to Dickson etc.).

How to buy entrance tickets to Torres del Paine?

According to the official website you have to buy your entrance tickets to Torres del Paine online. It used to be different you could pay the fee at the entrance. I’m not sure if it’s still possible for this reason I’d recommend rather booking your tickets online. We’re planning to visit Torres del Paine again this year (2022) and will update you on that.

Tickets should be booked at least 24 hours before your visit.

The entrance fee for the O Circuit (more than 3 days in the park) is 49$US for adults, and children under 12 years old – free.

You can show your tickets on the screen of your mobile phone or print them.

Torres del Paine park rules

In the 2022/23 hiking season the O circuit is open from 1st November

Hikers are allowed to camp only at designated campsites. Wild camping is not allowed in the park.

Campsites on the route must be booked beforehand.

Take a printed booking confirmation, a passport, and a migration card with you on the trek.

Open fires are not allowed in Torres del Paine.

Using a camping stove is only allowed at the campsites.

Drinking water can be found throughout the park (rivers, creeks, streams), it’s said to be of good quality. We didn’t use any filters or purification. 

You can get more information on Torres del Paine at a daily free talk at the Erratic Rock hostel/gear shop. The talk is usually at 3 pm.

If you’re looking for adventurous and off-the-beaten-track things to do in Patagonia traveling the Carretera Austral might be just what you need. The southern route through Chilean Patagonia offers many exciting activities in the most beautiful corners of the region.

Travel insurance. The O-circuit is a multi-day trek with some parts through remote and difficult to access areas of the National park so having travel insurance for this route is a good idea. Any outdoor activity involves the risk of getting an injury, losing or breaking gear, and other unexpected situations that can spoil your trek. It’s always advisable to have travel insurance that can cover you in case something goes wrong. We recommend our partners World Nomads. They work all over the world and specialize in outdoor activities like hiking. You can buy travel insurance online while traveling it takes a couple of minutes. Their policy is very flexible it can cover the entire trip or only the hiking part of it. Get a quote right now! Note! Always make sure you carefully read the Terms and Conditions part.

If you like hiking and wilderness you might enjoy exploring trekking routes in El Chalten, Argentina. There are several day-hikes and multi-day routes that can be done independently.

How to book the campsites on the O trek?

The campsites on the O-trek belong to three different companies. CONAF (the National Forest Corporation) – free campsites Paso and Italiano. Vertice Patagonia paid campsites: Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, and Paine Grande. Las Torres Patagonia (Fantástico Sur) paid campsites: Central, Serrón, Francés, Los Cuernos, and Chileno. Paid campsites have better facilities and are easier to book. They have more camping spots than the free campsites.

There is a new online booking service (Booking Patagonia) that you can use to book all the campsites. We haven’t used them yet but it seems that the prices of the campsites and other types of accommodation are the same as on the Vertice and Las Torres websites. The service is recommended on the official CONAF website so I believe it’s legit, it’s just very new and I couldn’t find any reviews.

CONAF campsites Vertice Patagonia campsitesLas Torres Patagonia campsites
PasoDicksonCentral
ItalianoLos PerrosSerón
GreyFrancés
Paine GrandeLos Cuernos
Chileno
Campsites on the O Circuit in Torres del Paine

The campsites in Torres del Paine can be booked online through the CONAF, Vertice Patagonia, and Las Torres Patagonia websites. You have to have your booking confirmation printed or on your mobile to show at the park entrance.

The two free CONAF campsites (Paso, Italiano) can’t be booked online there is no information on when (and if) they’ll reopen. The CONAF office in Puerto Natales, Manuel Baquedano st. 847. You can inquire about campsites there. Even when the free campsites were open it was very difficult to make a reservation. For these reasons, our suggested itinerary for the O Circuit includes only paid campsites.

All Vertice Patagonia campsites are open and can be booked through their website. Important! For the O Circuit, it’s impossible to book a separate campsite with Vertice Patagonia. It’s only possible to make a reservation for 3 or 4 campsites together. For e.g. you can book Dickson, Los Perros, and Grey or Dickson, Los Perros, Grey, and Paine Grande. It means that even if the free campsite Paso (between Los Perros and Grey) is available for booking it doesn’t make sense to stay there. It’s better to walk from Los Perros to the Grey campsite (you have to book and pay for both anyway). In 2022/23 hiking season Dickson and Los Perros on the Circuit are open from 1st November.

Las Torres Patagonia (Fantastico Sur) campsites are open and can be booked online. According to their website in 2022, Cuernos and Seron campsites will be open and available for booking from 1st November (the same day as the O Circuit). Chileno is a very popular campsite because it’s the closest to the Mirador Las Torres. I’d strongly recommend booking it a couple of months in advance, especially during the peak season. The rest campsites (Central, Chileno, and Frances) open in September.

For more information check our post on the campsites in Torres del Paine. There you’ll find updated information (2022/23 hiking season) on each campsite, a map of the campsites, booking tips, and more.

O Circuit Torres del Paine map

A map of the O Circuit in Torres del Paine
A map of the O Circuit and the campsites along the route. 1 – Central; 2 – Serón; 3 – Dickson; 4 – Los Perros; 5 – Paso; 6 – Grey; 7 – Paine Grande; 8 – Itlaiano; 9 – Francés; 10 – Los Cuernos; 11 – Chileno

The O circuit in Torres del Paine – a 7-day itinerary

Day 1. Central Campsite – Serón campsite, 13 km

Bus Puerto Natales – Laguna Amarga; bus Laguna Amarga – Central campsite (Hotel Las Torres), 3 hours. Central campsite – Serón campsite, 13 km/8 miles, 3 hours

Cost: bus Puerto Natales – Laguna Amarga – CLP 20 000/US$20 (return), entrance fee – US$45, bus Laguna Amarga – Hotel Las Torres – CLP 4000/US$5 (one way), camping at Serón – US$25 (per person double occupancy, single occupancy – US$37 per person).

Highlights

Challenges

  • It would be an easy walk if it wasn’t for heavy backpacks loaded with gear and food for 7 days.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National park.

9.30-9.45 – get off at the first stop Laguna Amarga; register, and pay the entrance fee, get a map. Tip! Try to be among the first people at the office otherwise you’ll wait in a queue for a while.

10.00 – catch a bus to Hotel Las Torres. Confirm departure time at the office.

10.15 – get off the bus at Hotel Las Torres, the starting point of the O trek, and begin the walk towards the Serón campsite. Stop for lunch/snack at Las Torres or on the way.

13.30-14.00 – arrive at Serón campsite, pitch your tent, walk around, and chill.

ALpacas swimming at Laguna Amarga, O circuit, Torres del Paine
Laguna Amarga entrance, the beginning of the O Circuit in Torres del Paine National park, Chile

Day 2. Serón campsite – Dickson campsite, 18km

Serón – Guarderia Coiron – Dickson campsite, 18km/11 miles, 6 hours

Cost: camping at Dickson – US$10.

Highlights

  • Our friends saw a puma in the morning just a few hundred meters from the campsite.
  • Paine Lake
  • Dickson Lake

Challenges

  • Walking through an open windy area between Serón and Coirón.

7.00 – get up, make breakfast, and pack.

8.00 – start walking towards Dickson.

10.30 – arrive at Guardería Coirón – 8,5km. Here you show your permit (booking) and register in the park book. You can have lunch here – there are tables and benches.

11.00 – continue the walk to Dickson – 9,5km.

14.00 – arrive at Dickson campsite.

A reception building at Dickson campsite, O trek, Torres del Paine
Dickson Campsite is the second stop on the O Circuit

Day 3. Dickson campsite – Los Perros campsite, 12 km

Dickson campsite – Los Perros campsite*, 12 km/7,4 miles, 4h30min.

*As I already explained in the paragraph about the campsite in Torres del Paine it’s possible to book only 3 campsites together (Dickson, Los Perros, and Grey). You can’t book only Dickson and only Dickson and Grey. You have to stop at Los Perros even if the free campsite Paso (the next after Los Perros) is open and available for your dates. For the 2022/23 season, there is no information is the Paso campsite will be open.

Cost: camping at Los Perros – US$10.

Highlights

  • Los Perros lake and glacier

Challenges

  • An ascent from the Dickson campsite.

8.00 – Today you can take it easy it’s a short walking day. You can get up later and enjoy breakfast, slowly pack, and start walking.

9.00-9.30 – start walking towards Los Perros campsite – 12km/7,4 miles, 4,5 hours. The ascent starts from Dickson and continues all the way to Los Perros. It’s not as steep and challenging as the next day’s ascent over the John Garner Pass.

13.30-14.00 – arrive at Los Perros campsite. You have plenty of time to pitch your tent, make food, enjoy the scenery, and rest.

Day 4. Los Perros campsite – Grey campsite, 15 km

Los Perros campsite – John Garner Pass – Paso campsite – Grey Campsite, 15 km/9,3 miles, 8-9 hours

Cost: camping at Grey campsite – US$10.

Highlights

  • Views of the Grey Glacier from John Garner Pass
  • Grey glacier
  • Grey lake
  • Suspension bridges

Challenges

  • John Gardner pass – a steep and long ascent, about 900m
  • A steep descent from Paso to Grey campsite

7.00 – get up, have breakfast, and pack. It’s better to start early to arrive at the Paso checkpoint before 3 pm. Prepare gloves and beany – it’s very windy on the top of the pass.

8.00 – start the ascent from Los Perros to John Garner pass – 900 m up.

10.30 – arrive at the top of John Garner Pass. Spend some time enjoying the view over the Grey Glacier.

11.00 – start descending to the Paso campsite.

13.00 – arrive at the Paso campsite. Rest, have snacks, and enjoy the views.

13.30 – continue walking towards the Grey campsite – 7 km/4,3 miles, 4 hours, a steep descent.

17.30 – arrive at the Grey campsite.

Grey Glacier, John Gardner pass, O circuit
Grey Glacier from John Gardner Pass, is one of the highlights of the O circuit

Day 5. Grey campsite – Francés campsite, 18,5 km

Grey campsite – Paine Grande* – Italiano campsite – Frances campsite, 18,5 km/11,4 miles, 6,5 hours

*You can extend the suggested itinerary by one day and stay at Paine Grande. This way you’ll split one day in two; Grey – Paine Grande (11 km/6,8 mi) and Paine Grande – Francés (7,5 km/4,6 mi). It might seem unnecessary but if you want to walk to the Mirador Britanico it’s a better option. To walk to the Britanico viewpoint and back to the Francés campsite takes between 5 and 6 hours, 13 km with a very steep ascent.

Cost: camping at Francés campsite – US$25 (per person double occupancy, single occupancy – US$37 per person).

Highlights

  • Pehoé Lake
  • Skotsberg lake
  • French Valley

Challenges

  • Several ascents and descents on the way from Grey to the Paine Grande campsite

7.00 – get up, make breakfast, and pack.

8.00 – start walking to the Paine Grande campsite – 11 km-6,8 mi, 3,5 hours.

11.30 – arrive at the Paine Grande campsite. Rest, have lunch/snack.

12.00 – continue walking toward the Italiano campsite, 5,5 km/3,4 mi, 2,5 hours.

14.30 – arrive at the Italiano campsite. Rest, continue walking towards the Francés campsite, 2 km/1,1 mi, 30 min.

15.00 – arrive at the Francés campsite.

Lago Skottsberg, hiking the O circuit
The Skottsberg lake scenery on the way to the Italiano campsite

Day 6. Francés campsite – Chileno campsite, 18,5 km

Frances campsite – Los Cuernos – Chileno campsite*, 18,5 km/11,4 miles, 6 hours

*If Chileno campsite is not available for booking you can camp at the Central campsite, it’s about 14,5 km from the Francés.

Optional. In the morning before continuing to the Chileno campsite you can go up to Mirador Francés and maybe to Mirador Britanico. Leave your backpacks at the campsite and take only valuables. It’s quite a walk, about 12 km return all the way but you can turn around at Mirador Francés which is about 6 km return. It’s a steep ascent to the viewpoint.

Cost: camping at Chileno – US$25 (per person double occupancy, single occupancy – US$37 per person).

Highlights

  • Nordenskjold lake

Challenges

  • Several ascents and descents on the way to the Chileno campsite

7.00 – get up, have breakfast, pack

8.00 – start walking to Los Cuernos – 5km, 2 hours.

10.00 – arrive at Los Cuernos, there is a shop and restaurant here, you can stop for snacks and rest.

10.30 – start walking to Chileno campsite – 15km, 5,5 hours.

15.30 – arrive at Chileno, pitch tent, walk around, and rest. If you want to see the sunrise at Mirador Las Torres better go to bed very early you’ll have to get up at 4.00-5.00 to walk all the way up in time.

Important!!! In the 2022/23 hiking season due to the high risk of forest fires you’re not allowed to use camping stoves at the Chileno campsite. You can buy ready-made food at the campsite restaurant, bring something that doesn’t require cooking, or pre-cook your meals in advance at the previous campsite.

Mirador Las Torres, Patagonia, Chile
Mirador Las Torres is the most iconic scenery in Torres del Paine National park

Day 7. Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres -Central campsite, 14 km

Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Chileno campsite – Central campsite, 14 km/8,6 miles, 5h30min. Bus/ walk Central campsite – Laguna Amarga, 7 km, 2 hours. Bus Laguna Amarga – Puerto Natales, 2,5 hours

Cost: bus Hotel Las Torres – Laguna Amarga – CLP 4000/US$5, bus Laguna Amarga – Puerto Natales – CLP 20 000/US$20 (both ways, paid on the way to).

Highlights

  • Sunrise at Las Torres – definitely one of the main highlights of the trek.

Challenges

  • Very early get up
  • A long and steep ascent to Mirador Las Torres
  • A long and steep descent to the Central campsite

4.00-5.00 (depending on the sunrise time) – get up, start going up to the Mirador – 4km, 2h15min. Leave your stuff at the campsite, and take only valuables and a camera.

6.15-7.15 – arrive at the Mirador. Enjoy the sunrise, walk around, take photos, and snack.

8.00 – start descending back to Chileno – 4km, 1h30min.

9.30 – arrive at Chileno, pack your stuff, and start going down to the Central campsite (Hotel Las Torres) – 5,5km, 1h30min.

11.00 – arrive at Hotel Las Torres, catch a bus to Laguna Amarga (confirm the departure time at the hotel) or walk – 7km, 2 hours.

14.00-14.30 – get on a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales. Check the bus timetable at the park office.

16.30-17.00 – arrive in Puerto Natales.

The cost of hiking the O Circuit in Torres del Paine

Transport. Bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine  – CLP 20 000/US$20, return. Bus Hotel Las Torres – Laguna Amarga, return – CLP 8000/US$10 (each way paid separately).

Entrance fee. US$45

Accommodation. Camping with your own gear – US$105 (6 nights). 3 nights at Vertice Patagonia campsites (3xUS$10); 3 nights at Las Torres campsites (3xUS$25). If you stay at fully-equipped tents or refugios you’ll pay between US$50 and US$100 per person per night.

Food. Make your own food – between US$8-10 per day per person. Eating at the campsite restaurants – between US$19 (Vertice Patagonia)/US$24 (Las Torres) for breakfast and US$32/US$44 for dinner. You can get a full board (breakfast, box lunch, and dinner) for US$62/US$88 per person. Meals at Las Torres campsites are more expensive than at the Vertice Patagonia campsites.

Gear rental (optional) – rent camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking stove, etc.) in Puerto Natales will cost you between CLP 13 000/US$16 and CLP 20 000/US$25 pp. per day, depending on what you rent. To rent a 2-men tent at the campsites costs between US$32 and US$39 per night, a sleeping bag from US$22, a camping mat – US$9-US$10. A good thing about renting camping gear at the campsites is that you don’t carry it with you from place to place, which makes your backpack much lighter. 

Total: the most budget hiking option for the O Circuit (camping with your own gear, cooking for yourself) – US$250 (+US$30 for extras) per person for a 7-day trek.

Check here the current conversion.

Pehoe lake and Paine Grande campsite, hiking in Torres del Paine
Stunning Pehoé Lake and Paine Grande campsite, the end of the fourth day on the circuit

How to get to the O trek?

The O circuit starts at Hotel Las Torres (Laguna Amarga entrance), to get there from Puerto Natales;

Step 1. Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Laguna Amarga). It takes about 2 hours. Price CLP 20 000/US$20 return. Keep your bus ticket for the way back.  

Bus Puerto Natales – Torres del PaineBus 1Bus 2Bus 3
Leaves Puerto Natales bus station6.45 am7 am12 pm
Arrives at Laguna Amarga8.45am9 am2 pm
Buses from Puerto Natales to Laguna Amarga, Torres del Paine

Step 2. Get off at the Laguna Amarga entrance.

Step 3. Take another bus from Laguna Amarga to Hotel Las Torres (the starting point of the O), the departure time is linked to buses from Puerto Natales. Price CLP 4000/US$5, one way, takes 10 min. As an option, you can walk this stretch, about 7km, 2 hours.                      

Getting back from Torres del Paine (Hotel Las Torres) to Puerto Natales

Step 1. Take a shuttle bus from Hotel Las Torres to Laguna Amarga – CLP 4000/US$5 or walk this stretch. Check for departure time at the hotel reception.

Step 2. Take a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales.   

Bus Torres del Paine – Puerto NatalesBus 1Bus 2Bus 3
Leaves Laguna Amarga2.30 pm7 pm7.30 pm
Arrives in Puerto Natales4.30 pm9 pm9 pm
Buses from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales

The best time for hiking the O circuit in Patagonia

The O Circuit in the 2022/23 season is open from 1st November still 31st March. You have a 5-month period to decide when is the best time to visit Torres del Paine.

Patagonian summer from December to February is the warmest time with maximum day temperatures averaging 20°C and night temperatures between 9°C and 12°C. November, December, and January get quite a lot of wind –  the biggest problem for hiking and camping in Patagonia. February is the least windy summer month. It’s the same with rain out of all summer months February gets the least rainfall.

From the weather point of view, February is one of the best months for trekking in Torres del Paine. The main drawback of hiking in February – the parks are crowded, it’s one of the busiest months for the park with most visitors coming here. It means you must book campsites long in advance to make sure you get a spot on planned dates. If the campsites on the route are fully-booked you can do one of the alternative multi-day treks in Patagonia e.g. Cerro Castillo Circuit or hike to O’Higgins Glacier if you want to explore a more off-the-beaten-path route.

Places to stay in Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is probably the best place to be based before and after the trek. It’s the closest town to the park, tourist infrastructure here is quite good – many hotels and hostels, a couple of gear shops, rental places, restaurants, tour companies, and one or two supermarkets. You can get there by bus or hitchhiking from different places in Patagonia.

In Puerto Natales, you can find hotels, hostels, campsites, restaurants, supermarkets, gear rental places, pharmacies, ATMs, and an information office.

We have a detailed post on hiking and camping gear for Patagonia where you can find more information.

Recommended books and guidebooks

In the last couple of years regulations in Torres del Paine changed a lot if you buy a trekking guide make sure it’s an updated edition.

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Shannon

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Planning on hiking the course April 9–7….according to your article the campsites aren’t open past March 31st??? Can we still camp and hike the loop??

Stingy Nomads

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Hello Shannon. The campsites on the O circuit are closed from April which means you can't do the trek. You're not allowed to wild camp in Torres del Paine. To enter the park and stay for more than one day you need a confirmation of accommodation booked for the duration of your visit. You can still do the W trek in that section of the park campsites are open in April. Cheers

Michele

Wednesday 26th of October 2022

Thank you for your blog post, it is very useful, i am trying to book the camping spot for the i circuit but in both Frances and los cuernos there is no availability for the simple spot, just the luxury one for 120 dollars. I've tried different dates in different months.... always the same!!! Do u have any idea or suggestions? Thank you

Stingy Nomads

Thursday 27th of October 2022

Hello Michele. Thank you for the comment. It happens sometimes that there is nothing available and then if you check later there are actually open spots. Have you tried booking through booking Patagonia https://www.bookingpatagonia.travel/#/? If it's a glitch on the Las Torres website it might work better. I just checked with them for random dates at the end of November and there was availability. I don't know when you want to go I can't check for your dates. I hope you find a spot. Good luck

Fauno Augusto

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Hi! Based on your experience, would you be able to tell me how many gas canisters will be necessary to bring for the 7-8 nights in the park? for one meal at each campsite I gess..

I hope you are enjoying your stay in my country in the beautiful city of Lagos :)

Obrigado!

Stingy Nomads

Friday 21st of October 2022

Hi Faune. We had one gas canister of 450 grams on the O circuit in Torres del Paine we made one meal for 2 people every day and boiled water for coffee every morning. It should be enough for 1 person as well just use it wisely. You can buy them in one of the gear shops in Puerto Natales. Cheers

Linda Vienneau

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Thank you for sharing your detailed itinerary of your trip! My daughter and I are starting our planning for November 2024 and getting my hands on all the information I can get! Question: I love my homemade dehydrated meals; At the airports, would you know if there are any restrictions on the contents? Or store bought dehydrated meals? We are travelling from Canada. Second question: A friend of mine left from Lago Grey or Grande Paine to start the O circuit quite a few years ago; is that still an option? I can't seem to find any information.

Linda

Shannon

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

@Linda Vienneau, there are no restrictions for dehydrated camp meals…I took a bunch with me camping in France/Switzerland/Austria and no problem in my carry on luggage. Obviously can’t bring a stove/fuel and must check your tent poles and hiking poles into checked luggage

Stingy Nomads

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Hello Linda. Thank you for the comment. As far as I know you can bring dehydrated meals with you to Chile. I would be cautious with bringing meat products though but the rest should be find. I'm quite confident that vacuum packed store meals are fine to bring. You'll be able to buy similar products (probably different brand) at gear stores in Puerto Natales. Nowadays hikers start the O Circuit from Hotel Las Torres (Central campsite). The rules and regulations in Torres del Paine change every year. You can start planning your visit now but I would definitely recommend making final touches to your itinerary in 2024 as some things might change by then. Cheers

Anke

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Hi, Thanks for all the wonderful information, really helpful! I was wondering if you can do the O circuit without staying at the free camping spot Paso (since they are not open for the season 22-23). You think it's doable hiking from Los Perris to Grey in only one day? For a little indication: hiking experience in Swiss, France, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia,...and did some mountains of 4000-5000m. But 11hours between Los Perros and Grey...it's really a lot in the mountains! ;) I'm looking forward to you answer. Greetings!

Stingy Nomads

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Hello Anke. Thank you for the comment. 11 hours it's the maximum time one can take to walk from Los Perros to Grey on the O Circuit including stops. If you're an avid hiker you'll be done in 7 hours or so. The most difficult part is the ascent to John Gardner Pass from there it's mostly decent all the way to Grey Campsite. Currently, it's the standard itinerary for the O circuit. If it was impossible or risky hikers wouldn't be allowed to walk this stretch in one day. Good luck

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