You can either fly directly to Puerto Natales or fly to Punta Arenas and take a bus to Puerto Natales. Flights to Puerto Natales are infrequent and often expensive so your best bet is to fly to Punta Arenas and then bus to Puerto Natales. Two popular bus companies are PasajeBus and BusSur.
OneSeed provides affordable loans to women living in poverty by investing 10 percent of revenues in trusted local microfinance banks. The unique nature of these expeditions will take you off the beaten path and allow you to explore the communities supported by OneSeed.
This adventure has a difficulty rating of intermediate. Expedition difficulty is determined by number of hours walking per day, elevation gain, trail quality, etc. Intermediate adventures require that you are at least at an average fitness level. Activities will be mandatory and occasionally physically demanding. Experience in this sport is not necessary. This is a great first trek and a perfect fit for people looking for a challenge without daily exhaustion. Typical days (depending on the particular itinerary) range from 3 to 9 hours of trekking. Elevation gain will be gradual and pacing reasonable for people with a bit of hiking experience.
Pricing is based on double occupancy (shared rooms) in hotel and refugios, which are mountain lodges scattered throughout the park. Sleeping arrangements are bunk beds in a dorm-style set-up. Bathrooms and showers are shared. Meals are cooked in the refugios and served in the main room (around the stove, where everyone relaxes after their hike).
Pricing is based on double occupancy (shared rooms) in hotel and refugios (mountain lodges). Due to covid-19, OneSeed will no longer be matching solo travelers to share accommodations. As a result, the single supplement fee is now required for all solo travelers. Please contact our Adventure Team to check on pricing and availability.
Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast at the refugios may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide in addition to fruit, snack bars, and some chocolate. Dinner may include meals like chicken with mashed potatoes, pasta, beef and rice, salad, soup, etc.
While extra snacks are not included, you'll have plenty of food during the trek. Travelers also have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. OneSeed recommends that vegan travelers bring extra protein bars. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences, just let them know in advance.
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below, OneSeed will take care of everything else. This expedition does not include porters so you'll be responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack. Here is a suggested packing list:
Backpack (for carrying your gear)
Fleece jacket (1)
Synthetic hiking pants (1)
Fleece pants or leggings
Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
Synthetic t-shirt (2)
Wool or synthetic hat
Waterproof hiking boots
Yak trax or rubber cleated crampons
Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
Sneakers (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
Sleeping bag w/ 0°F rating
Toilet paper in ziplock bag
Ditty bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
Documents and Logistics:
International flights booked and confirmed to Punta Arenas
Flight information submitted
Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
Photocopy of passport
Medical insurance card
Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills
Reading material for the trail
Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
Pajamas/Loungewear for the refugios in the evenings
Bandana (for dust and wind)
Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend VisitorsCoverage as a provider. In addition, all OneSeed travelers are required to purchase Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance prior to their expedition. You must show proof of insurance prior to your trip and will not be permitted to begin your expedition until completed. You may purchase this coverage through the insurance provider of your choice but it must include emergency medical and emergency evacuation insurance, providing coverage against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also strongly recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. A reputable insurance provider will have customer support agents who can answer questions and help choose the best plan for you.
At a minimum, your coverage must include:
Emergency Accident and Sickness Medical Expense Benefit: $100,000
Emergency Evacuation Benefit: $300,000
The pandemic has added additional complexities surrounding insurance as no policy covers all COVID-19 travel risks. It is the responsibility of the traveler to understand what is and is not covered under their specific policy. Insurance providers often bundle medical and evacuation with trip cancellation & interruption insurance.
We recommend you visit the local government websites where you plan to travel and review the required documentation for entry, current restrictions, and general recommendations for travel within the area. We encourage you to also visit your home country's embassy website if you are traveling to a foreign country. Requirements can change rapidly. Please be sure you stay abreast of the requirements and restrictions for anywhere you plan to visit. You can also enroll in the U.S. government’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and you will be sent updates if the situation in your destination changes. You can find the program link at https://step.state.gov/.
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