El Chalten Travel Tips, Useful Information, Climate & Food - Explora

El Chaltén, Argentina

Travel tips

R: Required / O: Optional / (*) Most of the suggested equipment can be found in our lodge stores

explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters and give them a water bottle.

WHAT TO BRINGTRAVESÍA EL CHALTÉN
HeadBASEBALL CAPR
HAT TO PROTECT FROM THE COLDR
Hiking clothing1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOMR
2nd layer: FLEECER
3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKETR
4th layer: DOWN JACKETR
T-SHIRTSR
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTSR
THIN FLEECEO
TREKKING PANTSR
TREKKING SHORTSO
GlovesLINER OR WIND STOPPERGLOVESR
FeetTREKKING SOCKS (LONG)R
LINER SOCKSR
MOUNTAIN BOOTSR
TREKKING BOOTSR
SNEAKERSO
Special for horseback ridingRIDING GLOVESO
RIDING PANTSO
RIDING BOOTSO
Other accesoriesBATHING SUITR
SANDALSR
BUFF OR NECK GAITERR
SUNGLASSESR
SUNSCREENR
SMALL BACK PACK (25 L)R
CAMEL BACKO
HEAD LAMPO

Climate

Being located in the heart of Patagonia, at low altitude and close to the sea, Torres del Paine National Park possesses a microclimate with pleasant daytime average temperatures, which in summer (Dec-Mar) range from 12 ºC to 24 ºC and in winter (Jun-Sept) range from 2 ºC to 16 ºC.

The climate in El Chaltén is quite similar to Torres del Paine, though slightly colder. Throughout the year, the average daytime temperatures can range from 2 ºC to 23 ºC.

Just as in Chile as in Argentina, the weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. The winds can cause the four seasons of the year to appear to happen in one day.

Travesia El Chalten, an adventure travel for hiking trips or wildlife observationHow to get here

From Chile: Upon arrival to the airport in Santiago, you must take a connecting flight to Punta Arenas, lasting about four hours. There you will be greeted by our staff and transported to explora Patagonia on a trip that lasts approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

In addition to the airport, we can pick you up from different locations in the city of Punta Arenas.

From Argentina: Upon arrival to the airport in Buenos Aires, you must take a connecting flight to El Calafate, lasting about 4-5 hours. There you will be greeted by our staff and you will begin a journey of 220km to El Chaltén, lasting about 3 hours.

We recommend arriving to El Calafate before 5:00 P.M. in order to arrive to El Chaltén in time for dinner and to plan your next day’s exploration.

Safety

The journey is conducted in special vehicles, well equipped with sattelite communications, in groups up to 6 people accompanied by an expert guide, a cook, and support staff.

In explora we do not work with freelance guides. Our guides have been carefully selected and trained in our Guide School. They are extremely well versed in the areas where we will explore and they all have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, which guarantees the knowledge and skills necessary to provide assistance to people in remote locations. In all of our journeys we travel with a complete first aid kit.

Requirements

It is necessary to have health and fitness suitable for a journey that takes place in difficult conditions where we can face situations of high altitude or large temperature fluctuations. A spirit of adventure, good humor and flexibility in the face of unforeseen events is also recommended.

Food

High quality meals appropriate to the experience are served during the journeys, tended by the resources available in each area. At times the circumstances of these explorations do not allow you to eat much nor heavy.

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