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What to Pack? Trekking in Patagonia

What should I pack? Did I pack too little? Did I pack too much? These are questions that swim through our heads while preparing for any trek and here is what you need to have in mind for trekking in Torres del Paine. It’s important that while you are packing for your trip, you remember that you will be the one carrying your own backpack. A 35 – 40 liter rucksack should provide you with the right amount of space to carry what you will need for the W trek and 40 – 45 liter for the O Circuit. Be careful not to over-pack, because lugging around a heavy backpack could make your Patagonian adventure a lot less enjoyable.

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Physical Training for Trekking in Patagonia

While trekking in Torres del Paine is not particularly strenuous, we do suggest you take some time to prepare yourself physically so that you have an enjoyable trek. A little preparation goes a long way. For the Classic W Trek, you will trek about 5 to 8 hours a day. For the O Circuit, you can count on trekking anywhere between 4 to 10 hours a day. Fortunately, Torres del Paine provides low altitude treks so there is no need to worry about altitude sickness. The trails are relatively flat, but can be steep in some areas.

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