Preparing for your Trekking Adventure in Patagonia

Did you recently sign up for a Trekking tour in Patagonia, or plan to hike the W-Trek in Torres del Paine National Park?
We know that you want to start this once in a lifetime trek well-prepared and in order to support you with the preparations of your trip we have put together a Packing List of recommendable items to pack for your adventure.

As a start you should know that Patagonian weather is unpredictable and when packing for a trip to Patagonia you should prepare to experience all 4 seasons in one day. Expect rain, sun, wind, snow, heat and cold. It is recommended to dress in layers to be able to adapt easily for changing climate conditions during the day. Clothing should be wind resistant and generally quick-dry clothing is recommend instead of using cotton. To avoid blisters and walk comfortably recently bought hiking boots should be broken-in beforehand.

The below list is for hikers participating in an organized trekking tour and does neither consider camping equipment (tent, mat or sleeping bag) nor food. Once signed up for one of our hiking adventures in Patagonia, you will received a personalized packing list, adapted to the tour you booked.

If you are on a longer trip, and have extra luggage you won´t be able to take on your hike, you can usually leave it at our local partner´s office in Puerto Natales.

1. Clothes

  • Hiking boots (waterproof and broken-in)
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof hiking pants (zip-off convertible style pants)
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Breathable, quickdry hiking shirt (Long-sleeved & Short-sleeved)
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Regular synthetic underwear
  • Wool blend hiking socks
  • Fleece or wool hat with ear-cover
  • Waterproof/fleece/woolen gloves & gaitors
  • Sun hat with brim (and ties to stop it blowing off )
  • Buff
  • Fleece or wool scarf
  • Sleep Wear
  • Change of comfortable cloths for evenings in the mountain huts (refugios)
  • Sandals or similar footwear to wear inside the mountain huts (refugios)

2. Trekking Equipment

  • Backpack with raincover (to transport personal belongings)
    We recommend a 35-40 Liter Backpack for tours without porter service. If your trekking tour includes porter service bring a smaller daypack to transport your water, camera and food as well as layers or other personal items you might need during the day.
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Refillable water bottle or hydration system
  • Trekking poles (optional)

3. Other Essentials

  • Toiletries and personal Medical kit
  • UV sun protection (minimum 30 SPF) including face and lips
  • Microfiber travel towel (quick drying)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp with batteries
  • Padlock for lockers at mountain huts

4. Optionals

  • Binoculars
  • Camera, chargers, spare batteries & spare memory
  • Phone, charger & powerbank
  • Adapter
  • Reading materials
  • Duct tape
  • Ear Plugs
  • Small selection of your favorite hiking snacks

5. Money & Documentation

  • Passport with Chilean entry forms (immigration card)
  • Copy of health and travel insurance and air tickets
  • US Dollars or Chilean Pesos

Did you not yet book your Torres del Paine Trekking tour?
Take a look at our 4 most popular W-Trek packages and find the best option for you.

Do you have questions related to Trekking in Patagonia or struggle finding space for your trip?
Our Travel Specialists will be happy to help you!

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