What to Pack?
I am really not the kinds who travel light. But hiking in Patagonia taught me one thing “ Sometimes less is good”. There are so many things to consider while packing that I will have a separate blogpost for that , but for now , I can advise you one thing – Pack minimal but be ready for every season. The weather in Patagonia is no joke and no one can guarantee that it will be all sunny all the time. I saw a day going from beautiful sunrise to thunderstorms followed by torrential rain in matter of hours. So always have your waterproof gear ready and dress in layers. I stayed in refugios so I did not carry any camping equipment but here are some must haves for the W trek –
A lightweight waterproof hiking bag.
2 hiking pants in case one gets wet.
1 night dress
3-4 t-shirts ( you will get very sweaty)
Undergarments as needed
Warm jacket/clothes (preferably in layers)
Sunscreen( Buy something with high SPF as UV index in Patagonia is quite high)
Floaters/Crocks – you will need something open to relax your feet after a tiring day.
Light weight and easy to dry towel
Cameras and iphone(with charger)
Hiking poles ( they are optional but I found them extremely helpful)
First aid kit ( must keep some muscle relaxants and blister tapes)
Zip lock bags to store passport , electronics and essential documents
Trash bags to compartmentalize my stuff and keep them dry
Trail mix and some snacks as needed while hiking.
What to expect while hiking?
Sometimes its not about the destination but the journey and trekking in Torres De Paine is exactly about the journey. Right from the point when you embark the catamaran to Paine Grande , you will be mesmerized to see Patagonia with its utmost glory. Everyday will have a highlight starting from Glacier grey to Valley De Frances and finally the Towers. Other than these “IT” points , you will walking along glaciers , with streams of water and view of Lago Norddenskjok along the way.