Glacier Ride

Patagonia / Torres del Paine Chile: (IT-CHRT30)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/chile_torres_del_paine_glacier.aspx

Introduction
Patagonia / Torres del Paine Chile

This ride continues to be one of the most spectacular wilderness rides available. The combination of fast, exciting riding and the spectacular scenery of Torres del Paine make it one of the world’s ultimate riding destinations. Riders will witness two of the most beautiful and immense glaciers in the Park, Dickson and Grey, with an optional boat trip to the very face of the Glacier at Grey. Camp in some of the most beautiful wilderness and ride among the magnificent granite peaks of the Paine mountain range.

Fully catered and serviced, the camping is comfortable and relaxing in roomy dome tents. Riders can unwind at the end of their riding day while the guide and cook prepare their snacks and the evening meal. This all comes washed down with ample supplies of Chilean wine. The views from the tents are always outstanding and we continue to strive to find the best campsites in the entire Park – both in terms of their stunning location and their lack of tourist crowds.

As with the Estancia Ride, the riding is incredible by the day, consisting mainly of unique trails through Torres del Paine’s dramatic scenery, with no shortage of huge granite peaks, soft grassy valleys with flower-filled meadows, exciting river crossings, ancient southern beech forests, jewel colored lakes with bobbing icebergs, and towering valley glaciers.

This ride was the first original lengthy horseback tour in the Torres del Paine National Park and there's still no other quite like it in comparison. With its fast-paced and challenging riding on fit Criollo horses, it's no pony trek for novices. Riders will canter side by side across the wide open pampas towards the huge mountain peaks and immense glaciers of Patagonia, truly a once in a lifetime experience!  Because of this, riders often keep in touch with each other years after their horseback trek. There is something unforgettable about the shared experiences enjoyed on this ride – it is something unique to the average camping experience. Riding group reunions crop up all over the world and we get messages from clients years after their visit.

Accomodation

Overview
Our camping trips are fully supported with meals being prepared for guests and luggage being carried by pack horses, vehicles or porters. On camping rides, guests typically set up their own tents although with the dedicated team love to surprise our clients, and camp including the guests’ tents are often prepared in advance when circumstances and timing allow. If you require assistance with the putting up of tents and we will organize this, but please give us advance notice!

Accommodation:
Camping - campsites have been chosen with much care and are all very different, very special and very beautiful. Some are wilderness sites with no facilities We use comfortable 3-man tents which are roomy, comfortable and able to withstand the sometimes high winds in the area. Accommodation is based on twin-share. If you require single accommodation, there is an extra charge of. Some of the camping will be true ‘wilderness’ style camping with the only washing facilities being in a river or lake. Showers are available for four out of the nine nights on the Glacier Ride. Guests typically set up their own tents. Camping; campsites have been chosen with much care and are all very different, very special and very beautiful. Some are wilderness sites with no facilities.

Sleeping bags:  Rental of sleeping bags and mats.  We can rent sleeping bags and mats to clients who do not wish to bring their own and the cost of this is: $6 per day for a bag and $2 per day for a mat (adjusted rates).  Payment for this rental can be made locally.  We recommend you bring your own sleeping inner for added comfort and hygiene.

Meals:
Meals are varied and wholesome and include fresh salmon and local fish, pasta, chicken, beef, lamb and some local Chilean meals. Fresh salad is served every night. Local wine is served with dinner and all meals are prepared. Breakfast is normally hot and cold cereals, toast, jams, marmalade, coffee, tea and juice. At times a cooked breakfast is served. Vegetarians can be well catered for and clients should indicate their requirements at the time of booking. Lunches are now gourmet picnic-style -- this was tested last season and was a huge success!  A dining tent is carried for eating meals and cooking although sometimes we choose to eat in a camp ‘shelter’ or around the campfire (weather obviously permitting)! Where possible, vehicle support is arranged. Supplies of bread, salad and fresh fruit are replenished. On arrival at the campsite, wine and canapes are served giving clients ample time to relax while the evening meal is being prepared. 

Riding


Insurance Coverage: For these trips it is mandatory that you have proof of travel insurance that covers you for all activities during the tour and also covers emergency evacuation and medical treatment.

Horses:  The horses are Criollo-cross. Descendants of the Spanish Barb and Arab, the Criollo is a sturdy, sure-footed and willing ride.and vary in size with the majority being between 14.0 and 15.2 hands. They are strong, fit, willing and sure-footed. We are able to provide good horses for both experienced riders and for riders who are more novice or a bit ‘rusty’. The pace of the ride will be adjusted to suit the majority of riders but as we always travel with more than one riding guide, there is great deal of flexibility and riders soon find their own pace for the trip. Riders are not responsible for grooming or tack. 

Tack: The tack is Chilean and comprises of metal framed saddles onto which is layered felt, sheepskin and leather. Rope, rawhide and leather form the bridles, girths, straps etc. The saddles provide adequate comfort for the long days riding and the stirrups consist of a leather cup through which the foot cannot pass. Most of the horses are ridden in simple snaffles. Halters are worn throughout the ride with rope tied around the horse’s neck to tie up at lunch stops/rest stops etc. 
Saddles are western style and very comfortable

Pace of Ride: Moderate - Fast. Many of the riding days are long - between 25 and 40 kilometres. The pace is moderate to fast. Riders should be able to control a horse on open ground at the canter and be fit enough to horse ride all day.

Riding Experience: We prefer riders to be reasonably confident at walk, trot and canter. We can provide willing, free going horses to experienced riders who like to go at a faster pace and in addition the horses are extremely kind to the more novice riders. All riders (but especially the novices) would benefit from getting ‘riding fit’ before coming here. A few tough one hour lessons with lots of trotting immediately before traveling would be a good idea.

Suitability: This itinerary is suited to lovers of riding and the outdoors and those who like to get ‘off the beaten track’. In the company of our guide and Chilean horsemen, we ride into some remote areas where the only access is on foot or horse. Pack horses carry our luggage and often we see no other humans. Whilst camping in these areas we can observe the plentiful wildlife, sit and enjoy some traditional mate with the baqueanos (pronounced matay) or find a peaceful spot and just sit and relax.
The campsites on this trip have been chosen with much care and they are all very different, very special and very beautiful. Some of them are wilderness sites with no ‘facilities’ at all. For those who prefer daily hot showers and a fluffy bed, the Estancia Ride would be more suitable!

Itinerary

10-Day Ride Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes.

Day 1 / Arrive Puerto Natales. Dinner and briefing. Night in Hostal El Establo or similar.
Arrive into Puerto Natales. Clients will arrive today and in the evening will be escorted to dinner by their guide for the trip briefing. Night in Hostal El Establo or similar. Dinner included.

Day 2 / Transfer to Estancia Consuelo. Ride at Estancia Consuelo. Transfer to Estancia Perales. Night at Estancia. Hours in the saddle: 5
In the morning clients will leave Natales and take a transfer of approximately 20 minutes to Estancia Consuelo where they will have their first encounter with Criollo horses. This Estancia is still the home of the Eberhard family who have much history in Magallanes. From this lovely Estancia clients will ride along the fjord and ride through Magallanic forests. After the ride guests transfer to Estancia Perales and will enjoy a welcoming meal and be able to relax next to the waters of Last Hope Sound. Night in twin accommodation at Estancia Perales. All meals included.

Day 3 / Boat to Balmaceda. Ride from Balmaceda to Río Serrano. Camping Río Serrano. Hours in the saddle: 8-9
Clients will take the boat from the small pier at Estancia Perales to Balmaceda. This fabulous boat trip travels up the Last Hope Sound passing cormorant nesting crags, dolphins and the Balmaceda Glacier before docking at the Serrano Glacier. Guests will enter the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares).
With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme.
We will disembark our boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region.
After a short zodiac ride (RIB) we will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains. A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today’s ride, as we approach our campsite for the night. Our cook will be preparing our dinner and we can enjoy a glass of Pisco Sour while we wait.
This campsite belongs to the Astorga family who are still farming a few sheep and cattle and working in the traditional manner. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia! All meals included.

Day 4 / Ride to Grey Beach. Walk to see Glacier. Optional boat ride. Return to RÍo Serrano. Camping Río Serrano. Hours in the saddle: 3 with boat trip, otherwise 6
After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine Massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress.
After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.

*Note The Glacier itself is 17 kilometers from the Grey beach, so for those who would like to get up closer to the face of this marvel of ice, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer not by horse.

Return to Camping Río Serrano for the night. All meals included.

Day 5 / Ride across the heart of the park to Laguna Amarga. Transfer to Estancia Cerro Guido. Night in camping at Estancia Cerro Guido. Hours in the saddle: 7-8
After breakfast we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquiose lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Our destination is Laguna Amarga with spectacular views of the Towers of Paine. From here you will take a 40 minute transfer to Estancia Cerro Guido, a large working estancia based in the fabulous Sierra Baguales mountains, with aproximately 110,000 hectares, 37,000 sheep, 2,500 cattle and 400 horses.
Night in camping. All meals included.

Day 6 / Ride from the Estancia to the Indian burial site, ‘Chenke’, Tehuelche for Cemetary. Hours in the saddle: 5-6
In the morning we will meet our new horses. From the estancia we will make our way up the mountain side behind the estancia and into the surrounding hills. The Sierra Baguales mountains are a stark contrast beside the rolling landscape of the pampas below. After lunch we will continue to the Indian burial site, although no artifacts remain at the site, there is still the site where the Tehuelche Indians piled stones to mark the grave of their deceased. The views from the top of this mountain are second to none, 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. This day gives riders a unforgettable idea of the vast landscape of Patagonia.
After our ride, we will return to the campsite for a welcome dinner. All meals included.

Day 7 / Ride south across the pampas to Condor vantage point and Lake Sarmiento. Return to Cerro Guido. Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Today after breakfast, riders will once again be saddling up for a full day’s ride. This time, we will be heading south first, to the cliff-top where there are dramatic views of the surrounding landscape and the Torres del Paine mountains, then carry on to Lake Sarmiento.
During the afternoon, after a leisurely picnic lunch in a guacho hut, we will see the blue waters of Lake Sarmiento and have some time to photograph the Torres del Paine mountains from the lake’s edge. After, we will ride back to Estancia Cerro Guido. This part of the ride is over open grassy meadows and pampas. Riding with the dramatic Paine mountains to our right enables us to fully appreciate the distances that the original pioneers encountered and which the estancieros still encounter to this day. There will also be opportunities for lots of canters on your responsive and comfortable horses. With the wind in your hair and a smile on your face you will experience the sheer joy that is riding in Patagonia!
After a long day of cantering through the pampas we arrive back at the estancia where snacks will be ready and dinner will be served. All meals included.

Day 8 / Ride to the deserted Flower Estancia ‘Las Flores’, and into the Sierra Balguales mountains. Ride back to Cerro Guido for the last night. Hours in the saddle: 5-6
After breakfast we find our horses, check our saddles and begin our last, full day of riding at Estancia Cerro Guido, to the Sierra Baguales mountain range. Today will give you a view of the vast glacial valleys carved by the glaciers thousands of years ago. You will be mesmerised by the huge skies and long stretches of pampas.
We will start by traversing the mountain behind Cerro Guido, along the track called ‘Paso Guitarra’. Then we will pass the lovely, but deserted, Estancia Las Flores where you will see the only original adobe building left in the area. By lunch time we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice picnic in the middle of the valley where we may be able to see condors soaring above us.
After these lovely views we are ready to continue on to Vega Nash where there will be opportunities to canter and enjoy this large flat ‘vega’, a typical pampa in this area. This will bring us back to our campsite at Estancia Cerro Guido.
All meals included.

Day 9 / Transfer to Laguna Sofia. Full day ride. Night in comfortable refugio. Asado dinner. Hours in the saddle: 6-7
After breakfast we say goodbye to Estancia Cerro Guido and their wonderful horses and take an early transfer to Laguna Sofia. Alongside this stunning lake we will be able to choose our comfy bed in the refugio before meeting our horses for the last day of riding. A full day of riding to the Gaucho hut in Vega Señoret. Along the way we go around Laguna Sofia, bordering the Sierra Señoret, with great views of the mountains around us. Once we get to Vega Señoret we will see views of the Torres del Paine mountains one last time and Cerro Ventana (Window Hill).
By lunchtime we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice lunch at the Gaucho hut, a small puesto located in the middle of the valley where gauchos stay during the summer time to look after their cattle. Depending on the time available, and the weather, we may go for a further hour and half to a condor area, where we will be riding at the same altitude they are flying.
After these lovely views we are ready to return to Laguna Sofia where a typical Patagonian asado dinner will be cooking and we can enjoy our last night together. All meals included.

Day 10 / Transfer to Puerto Natales. Tour ends. Onward journey.

--The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.--
Note: Hours in the saddle are approximate and largely depends on the group size and pace of riding.

 

5-Day Ride Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes.

Day 1 / Arrive Puerto Natales AM. Transfer to Estancia Consuelo. 2 hours riding in area. Night in twin room at Estancia Perales.
Arrive into Puerto Natales. Clients will need arrive in the morning today. Meet in the comfortable café Spacio Kau for the trip briefing. Afterwards they will take a 20 minute transfer to Estancia Consuelo where they will have a 2 hour ride in the area then transfer to Estancia Perales. Dinner. Night in twin room, next to the waters of Last hope Sound. Dinner included. (Wine and drinks not included tonight).

Day 2 / Boat to Balmaceda. Ride from Balmaceda to Río Serrano. Camping Río Serrano. Hours in the saddle: 8-9
After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will enter the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares). With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme.
We will disembark the boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region.
We will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains. A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today’s ride, as we approach our campsite. This campsite belongs to the Astorga family who are still farming a few sheep and cattle and working in the traditional manner. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia! All meals included with wine while camping.

Day 3 / Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake. Optional boat trip. Ride back to Rio Serrano. Night in Camping Rio Serrano. Hours in the saddle: 3 with optional boat trip, otherwise 5-6
After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress.
After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.

*Note The Glacier itself is 17 kilometers from the the Grey beach, so for those who would like to get up closer to the face of this marvel of ice, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer not by horse.
Return to camping Río Serrano for the night. All meals included with wine while camping.

Day 4 / Ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Estancia Laguna Amarga. Transfer to Laguna Sofia. Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Night in comfortable refugio.
After breakfast we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquiose lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Our riding destination is Estancia Laguna Amarga which has spectacular views of the Towers of Paine. From here we will take a private transfer to the beautiful Laguna Sofia where we will have our last night together. Weather permitting we will dine outside with a typical Patagonian-style asado. Night in the comfortable refugio. All meals included with wine.

Day 5 / Half-day ride at Laguna Sofia. Transfer to Puerto Natales for onward travel. Hours in the saddle: 2
Today we will saddle up our horses and finish our tour with a fabulous half-day ride in the mountains, hopefully with views of the condors. Our lunch will be taken with views of the mountains before heading back to Laguna Sofia. Here we will collect our things and take a private transfer to Puerto Natales, where the tour ends.

--The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.--
Note: Hours in the saddle are approximate and largely depends on the group size and pace of riding.


Rates and Dates for Glacier Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation in estancia, camping, and refugio. 8 full days of riding. Transfers to and from Punta Arenas and while in Park. Meals while camping (including wine with dinner) . All equipment (except sleeping bags and mats which can be rented locally on request). English-speaking and local guides; waterproof stuff-sacks for trip; use of saddle bags. Entrance fees to park and penguin colony

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    201910 day camping ride, AP$5000
    • Single supplement$500
      Group discount (6-7 riders), pp($200)
      Group discount (8-10 riders), pp($400)
  • B
    20195 day camping ride, AP, 5 riding days$2700
    • Small group supplement (3 pax only), pp$300
      Small group supplement (2 pax only), pp$600
      Single supplement$275
      Group discount (6+ riders), pp($200)

Rates Note:

* Please note it is a condition of travel that you provide Hidden Trails with proof of insurance coverage in advance of your trip. This insurance must adequately cover your intended activity.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

* Please note it is a condition of travel that you provide Hidden Trails with proof of insurance coverage in advance of your trip. This insurance must adequately cover your intended activity.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from Puerto Natales hotel included for 10-day ride $0
2019 Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport at set times for 5-day trip, one-way $230

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 02/28 10d / 9n 10 day camping ride, AP 4 /8 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 02/28 5d / 4n 5 day camping ride, AP, 5 ri... 4 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: 5 day trip can be booked anytime between October to March

Rates do not include:

Insurance (mandatory). Airport transfers and meals in Punta Arenas; lunch in Natales on Day 2 and Day 10; local gratuities ($60 recommended).

Other Info
Meeting: Puntas Arenas hotel 7:30pm
Airport: Punta Arenas
Transfer: Puntas Arenas Hotel

Climate:


Puerto Natales area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

61

60

58

52

45

41

41

43

49

53

55

58

Average Low Temperature (°F)

51

49

47

41

36

33

32

33

39

44

46

50

Average High Temperature (°C)

16

16

15

11

7

5

5

6

10

12

13

15

Average Low Temperature (°C)

11

10

8

5

2

0

0

0

4

6

8

10

Source: NOAA

 

Seasons
Torres del Paine has a milder and drier microclimate than the surrounding areas of Patagonia because of some unique geological features. The weather however is famously unpredictable and it is possible to experience four seasons in the course of a few hours!
Average daily temperatures vary but during the time we run our trips (summer) one can expect 10 - 20 degrees Celsius with the occasional hot day of 25 degrees. Temperatures can drop to zero at night and high winds are common in this area.

Special note – strong winds
You can never be sure of how Paine will treat its guests, we ask that clients are prepared (both mentally and physically) for unpredictable and sometimes challenging weather conditions and that you pack accordingly. The weather can be notoriously unkind, wet, cloudy and closed-in (a pain for visibility). It can also be extremely windy (and people often get blown off their feet literally and parked vehicles over-turned in very extreme wind). Luckily it doesn’t tend to stay too wet for too long but clients need to be prepared for the conditions both physically and mentally. Good waterproofs (top to toe) are essential.

What To Bring:


From our experience, this list will be adequate to cope with the demands of traveling in Patagonia. The Patagonian climate is famously unpredictable and weather changes in an instant. Temperatures vary between 10 and 20 degrees during the day but at night it can drop to zero. The wind can be very strong so windproof clothing is especially important.

For meals not included in the trip price, you should budget around US$ 8-15 for lunches and US$10-US$40 for dinners, depending on what you choose to eat. Other expenses aside from meals and activities not included in trip price, you will need spending money for such things as souvenir shopping, nightlife, internet cafes and gratuities/tips.  $USD are widely accepted in Chile or you can use Chilean pesos.

*Please note it is a condition of travel that you provide Hidden Trails with proof of insurance coverage in advance of your trip. This insurance must adequately cover your intended activity, i.e. riding, kayaking or hiking. It is also essential that you have cover for emergency evacuation and medical treatment. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept uninsured clients on this trip*




This list is only a guideline for you...


DOCUMENTS

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

2 Pairs of riding trousers (or jeans with chaps)

T-shirts and long sleeved tops (cotton polo necks are good for layering)

Riding boots (well broken in) or ankle-high multi-purpose ride/walk boots which work well when worn with half-chaps and can comfortably be worn for walking too

Riding helmet (riders not wishing to wear a hard hat do so at their own risk)

1 Pair of insulating and quick-drying gloves for riding

Waterproof trousers (make sure they have an under-foot stirrup to stop them riding up the leg)

Waterproof/windproof (gortex or other suitable fabric) jacket with hood

Waterproof pants

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Wool sweater or fleece

Fleece Jacket or waistcoat

Wool cap or other warm hat

T-shirts and long-sleeved tops (cotton polo necks are good for layering

Jeans

Breathable (wicking) under layer or thermal vest

Set of thermals for cold nights

5 Pairs of socks (including a couple of knee-high socks for riding)

Comfortable footwear for general walking

Sun hat or visor (or cowboy hat such as Australian Akubra - with ties to stop it blowing off)

Swimsuit

2 Bandannas or scarves

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Camera and enough extra films

Waterproof camera bag (or bring plastic bags to cover when in saddle bags i.e. Ziplocks)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm

Water bottle (minimum one litre)


Useful Items...


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      Spanish phrasebook or dictionary
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      Travel alarm clock
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      Swiss army knife
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      Any ‘special’ or herbal teabags that are essential to one’s well being!
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      Small camping pillow
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      Fleece, silk or cotton sleeping bag inner
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      ‘Wet Ones’ or similar travel wipes
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      Tissues
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      Tracksuit pants or comfortable walking trousers
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      Reading material
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      swimsuit (for the hardy)

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       Sleeping pad (thermarest)

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       Good 4 Season Sleeping bag - should be carried in an effective stuff sack (can be rented with advance notice)

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        Towel and small bar of soap