O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno
Trekking the O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno is a scenic adventure in Torres del Paine National Park that will prepare you for your final day along the world-famous trail. While out hiking, you will enjoy stunning views of Lake Nordenskjöld, before skirting around the base of Monte Almirante Nieto to enter the Valle Ascencio. As the trail leads up to the well-known Mirador Las Torres, it will likely see a higher volume of foot traffic than other parts of the O Circuit.
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Route Description for O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno
Featuring a good mixture of lake and mountain views, the Ascencio Valley to Chileno segment of the O Circuit Trail is an outstanding adventure. As the second last stage of the famous long-distance route, this segment is a bit short on overall distance, instead preparing you for a spectacular final day of climbing. Even still, you will gain 685 m of elevation over the course of roughly 13.0 km, providing a decent challenge and some beautiful views.
Setting out from the previous night’s camp at Los Cuernos, you will follow the trail east as it climbs uphill. Here, you will be hiking parallel to the shoreline of Lake Nordenskjöld and will enjoy some epic views across the surface of the large lake.
Keeping left at a series of junctions, the trail will begin to bend to the north as you traverse the lower slopes of Monte Almirante Nieto. Here, the route will steepen and you will enter Ascencio Valley, now following a path that runs parallel to the Río Ascencio below.
After following the river for a short distance, you will descend into Campamento Chileno, where you will rest for the night. The following day, you will set out on the final leg of the O Circuit in order to Climb to Mirador Las Torres.
Getting to the O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno Trailhead
The starting point for the O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno can be found within Torres del Paine National Park at Camping Los Cuernos.
O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno Elevation Graph
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