Are departures guaranteed?
Yes, all departures are guaranteed! Please wait to make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Fly into the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ), and then take a three hour bus ride to Puerto Natales. A tour representative will meet you at the bus station in Puerto Natales. The buses depart right from the airport, but OneSeed recommends you book your seat on the bus prior to arrival.
What are the accommodations like?
While in Puerto Natales, you'll be staying in local 3-star hotel accommodations. On the trail, you'll be sleeping in single or double occupancy tents with shared bathroom facilities nearby. You are only responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag as OneSeed provides tents and sleeping pads. We recommend at least a 15° bag. You may access the refugio (mountain lodge) facilities near camp as needed for meals, drinks, or relaxing on the outdoor decks with amazing views of the park.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
Due to covid-19, OneSeed will no longer be matching solo travelers to share accommodations. As a result, the single supplement fee of $150 is now required for all solo travelers. This will guarantee you a private hotel room in Puerto Natales and a private tent on the trail.
What is the minimum age to participate?
Individuals as young as 16 years may attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Otherwise, the minimum age is 18 years old to travel alone.
How large is each travel group?
Maximum group size is 10 people.
How should I prepare for my trip?
While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip (the highest point is just under 4,000 feet), daily mileage can range from 6-19 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above-average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. It is always recommended that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you'll be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.
What is the weather like?
The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months in Chile, November to March. During this season, the highs fluctuate around 60°F and the lows can drop down below 40°F. The park is famous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph. Expect to encounter sun, rain, and wind all in one trip.
Are meals included? What is the food like?
For a list of all included meals, see the day-to-day itinerary. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning a high amount of calories. Breakfast may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide, 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 have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. It is recommended any vegan or vegetarian travelers bring extra protein bars. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences, please remember to include this information on the registration form they will send you.
How much extra money should people budget?
This varies depending on your spending habits. You'll need money for meals on day 1, snacks and beverages, plus any personal expenses like souvenirs. While on the trek, there will be limited places to spend money, though snacks can be purchased at the refugios.
Do I need to tip my guide?
Tips are always appreciated if you feel you have received superior service. Suggested amounts are based on per person recommendations:
Head Guide: $6-8/day
Assistant Guide: $2-5/day
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
A suggested packing list follows:
- Change of clothes for in town - to be kept in storage during expedition
- Backpack (for carrying your gear)
- Small lightweight backpack (for day hikes)
- Down jacket
- Fleece jacket or vest (1)
- Synthetic hiking pants (1)
- Waterproof jacket
- Rain pants
- Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
- Synthetic t-shirt (2)
- Wool or synthetic hat
- Waterproof medium-weight gloves
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
- Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
- Daypack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
- Water bottle
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
- Sleeping bag with 40°F rating
- Pack cover
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
Documents and logistics
- 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. (Note: 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)
- Synthetic shorts
- Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)
- Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians and vegans as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
- Outlet adapter
- Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
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 World Nomads as a provider.
Are there special requirements for entry into the destination I am visiting?
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/.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of OneSeed Expeditions. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.