3 weeks Patagonia + seeking trekking partner
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM Last Post By: mptolemy
Oct 8, 2012 2:12 PM
3 weeks Patagonia + seeking trekking partnerHey guys,
I will finally be visiting the South of Chile from Dec 2 or so till dec 20th more or less (flight not booked yet)
I have been doing my homework and came down to the following shortlist on what to see:
1. Torres Del Paine circuito
2. Perito Moreno
I hope 3 weeks give me time to see it all and the weather does not unnecessarily postpone the start of the circuito treck. However, I have nothing planned out yet, and do have some open questions regarding the trip:
a) anybody around for beginning of december to join me for the circuito?
b) if worse comes to worst: would the circuit be possible to manage by myself (female, sportive, average hiking experienced), is the track indicated well enough? (did some really easy to fiend tracks in NZ)
c) considering the dates of travel, do i need to book shelters of the circuito up in front? I figured that there are refugios on the W track yet not on the full circuito, right?
d) Can I gear up in Puerto Natales (sleeping bag, food & maybe ultra light tent?) or better Punta Arenas?
e) i will be flying to Buenos Aires at the end of the trip - any suggestions on where to depart from (el Calafate vs. Punta Arenas) ?
f) How cold does it actually get down there at this time of year?
Thanks for helping me out!
Oct 8, 2012 2:19 PM
1The first thing you have to do is book your flight. Do you mean your international flight? That is one of the busiest times of the year for destinations in South America. Then book your Punta Arenas flight. Once you have that and your dates you need to book a space in the refugios you need in TdP as soon as possible.
You can find all you need in Puerto Natales.
It makes more sense to fly El Calafate to BA. From Punta Arenas you would have to change plane in Santiago.
Oct 8, 2012 4:00 PM
I did circuit W just few weeks ago, was a breathtaking experience! I'm sure you'll get more with circuit O!
b/ I wouldn't recommend it. Circuit O will take probably 7-8 days, depends on your speed (or for me, I like to take my time to take pictures). And based on the information, there's one trail in Circuit O considered as a 'hard' one. Personally, I'd say the trail itself is not extremely hard, but still be better if you someone with you. Plus it's gonna be 7-8 days! Just saying.
c/ I'm not really familiar with the refugio as I camped myself. And I went there during the low-season.
d/ Puerto Natales is the only place you can gear up. Punta Arenas is more just a transit.
f/ The weather is getting better at this time of the year. On December, I can imagine it'l be much much better!! More sun, more daylight and much warmer!
Best luck and safe trip!
Oct 9, 2012 4:01 AM
I'm going to be in Patagonia the same period as you, and was looking for company to do the Tdp full circuit. The Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy were the other 2 places I had on my list, and I hope to visit Ushuaia to. I heard it should be pretty eazy to gear up in Puerto Natales.
When where you thinking about doing the tdp?
Oct 9, 2012 4:44 AM
4Hey people, thanks for the quick replys.
first things first: the international flilght :) of course... I do have one on hold, planning to book this week. I just wanted to do this last feasability check with you guys here on the forum!
@ ronivon, awesome that you are around :)
I am still pretty flexible since I haven't booked anything yet.
Since I plan on flying into Punta Arenas, and TdP is the MUST SEE on my list, i wanted to go for the circuit in the very beginning of my trip. So I guess (if weather allows) around 4th or 5th of December
send me a message and we can discuss...would be awesome if this could work out!
Oct 11, 2012 10:11 AM
I'm also going south on December and I am also looking someone to join me. Although I'm doing a different route than you. I'm starting from Valdivia and then Osorno. From there to Puerto Natales around the 13th of december. Maybe we could get together somewhere. I hope so, because travelling together is always funnier than alone :)
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