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). If you're a solo traveler, OneSeed will try to pair you up with another solo traveler of the same gender, but if this is not possible, you'll need to pay a $150 single supplement to OneSeed Expeditions for your own room.
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
Other items (optional):
Reading material for the trail
Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
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
OneSeed Expeditions includes medical and evacuation coverage in the cost of every expedition through Travelex Insurance. All U.S. and Canadian residents are automatically enrolled. OneSeed Expeditions is unable to provide medical and evacuation coverage to non-U.S./Canadian residents.
It is recommended that you purchase trip cancellation insurance, which is NOT included in your cost. 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. We recommend World Nomads as a provider.
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