Is my departure guaranteed?
OneSeed guarantees all trip departures, so there is no risk of the trip cancelling due to not enough people signing up for a trip date. However, please do not make travel arrangements until you've received confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Fly into Santiago International Airport in Chile (SCL), where you'll be met by a OneSeed staff member and transferred to your hotel for the first night.
What is the difference between the 11-day Epic Patagonia and the 8-day Patagonia W-Trek?
The 11-day Epic Patagonia trip includes transportation and accommodations starting in Santiago, Chile. Whereas, the 8-day Patagonia W-Trek is slightly shorter and start/ends in Puerto Natales, Chile (closest town to Torres del Paine). Besides these differences, both treks follow the same route in Torres del Paine National Park and have similar inclusions (meals, accommodations, etc).
What does the 10% investment to local community (included in my trip cost) go toward?
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.
How physically challenging will the trekking expedition be? What should I expect?
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 the 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 7 hours of trekking. Elevation gain will be gradual and pacing reasonable for people with a bit of hiking experience.
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 many people will be on the trip?
OneSeed maxes out all of their group trips at around 10 people. On average, the Epic Patagonia trips have about 8-9 people, with many being maxed out at 10.
What are the accommodations like?
Pricing is based on double occupancy (shared rooms) in hotels 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).
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
If you are 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 $300 single supplement to OneSeed Expeditions for your own room.
What is the food like?
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, 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. It is recommended that vegan travelers bring extra protein bars. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences, but please notify them in advance.
How much extra money should people budget?
This can be difficult to estimate since everyone has different spending styles. However, for the 6 days on the trail the only thing you'll need to purchase is snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The other 4 days, you may want to allocate money for snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), souvenirs, tips, etc. $15-$20 per day should be enough to cover additional expenses.
What should I pack?
You are responsible only for the 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:
Documents and logistics:
International flights booked and confirmed to Santiago
Flight information submitted
Passport valid through end of trip (*passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
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)
Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition
Backpack (for carrying your gear)
Fleece jacket or vest (1)
Synthetic hiking pants (1)
Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
Synthetic t-shirt (2)
Wool or synthetic hat
Waterproof hiking boots
Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
Sandals (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/ 30°F rating
Reading material for the trail
Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
Bandana or buff (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
What does the included medical/evacuation insurance cover? Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance too?
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.
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.