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    O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos

    O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos

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    The O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos is a lengthy segment of the world-famous trekking route in Torres del Paine NP that showcases the breathtaking beauty of the park. While out on the trail, you will hike along the shores of Lago Skottsberg and explore the Valle del Francés, before completing the final stretch along Lake Nordenskjöld. Hikers should take note that the length of this route adds an increased level of difficulty. If you are looking to shorten the overall distance, you can utilize one of the alternative campsites along the trail.

    Route Description for O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos

    When it comes to trekking along the O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos segment, the only thing that rivals the overall length of the route is the striking beauty of the landscape. Dramatic mountain peaks, frigid glacial lakes, and pristine river valleys await on this exceptional adventure in Torres del Paine National Park.

    Setting out from the trailhead at Campamento Paine Grande, you will follow along the trail as it leads to the northwest, quickly leaving behind the shores of Lake Pehoé. After an undulating climb, you will find yourself hiking along the edge of Lago Skottsberg as the trail bends further to the northeast under the shadow of Cerro Paine Grande on your left.

    As you round the base of the imposing mountain, the terrain will open up at the entrance of the Valle del Francés. After arriving at a junction, you will follow the path on the left as it leads into the pristine valley, following closely alongside the banks of the Río del Francés. As you work your way north, you will be met by a series of breathtaking viewpoints, culminating with the Mirador Británico.

    After taking in the incredible views, you will turn back along the trail and retrace your steps to return to the opening of the valley. Keeping left at the junction, the path will lead you along the edge of Lake Nordenskjöld to arrive at your final stop for the day: Camping Los Cuernos. Once there, take some time to set up your camp and relax ahead of your next adventure on the O Circuit: Ascencio Valley to Chileno.

    Getting to the O Circuit: Lake Pehoé to Cuernos Trailhead

    The starting point for this excursion is at the Paine Grande Campsite in Torres del Paine National Park.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Campamento Italiano, Francés, Camping Los Cuernos

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    • Route Type:

      One Way

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