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The Air Up There: Weather in El Chaltén


Climate Overview

While the weather in El Chaltén can be unpredictable, it is a semi-arid environment with light precipitation common. It is essential to be prepared because the weather can change instantly from sunny to stormy.

The warmer temperatures are recorded in the summer from November to March. Highs are typically in the 60s during the day and 40s at night. It is not uncommon to experience frost in the summer so always bring warm layers! In the winter, temperatures stay in the 40s during the day and drop to below...

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Packing List Peru


OneSeed will provide all group equipment. You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear. Below is a list of suggested items for your expedition.

Documents and Logistics

__ International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco, Peru.
__ Flight information submitted (
__ Passport valid through end of trip

Expedition Gear

__ Down jacket (1)
__ Fleece jacket or vest (1)
__ Synthetic hiking pants (1)
__ Waterproof Jacket (1)
__ Waterproof Pant (1)
__ Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom) (1)
__ Wool or synthetic hat (1)

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The Air Up There: The Weather in the Peruvian Andes


The Weather in the Peruvian Andes

Peru, like the most of the countries that are between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Range, has a rich climate due to the moisture of the ocean and the dryness of the altitude.

The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ early autumn (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the...

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Backpacks should be big enough to fit all your gear but not too big that they still fit your body frame. There are a wide range of backpacks but most are arranged by size (S,M,L) and by gender (M,W). Any outdoor store will help you get one that fits and even mold the hip straps to your body. Here are some examples:

  1. Osprey Ariel 65 Pack
  2. Deuter AC Lite 22 Backpack
  3. Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack
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Synthetic Hiking Pants

Synthetic hiking pants are breathable and comfortable for long days of trekking. Thin pants will keep you cool while hiking but still protect you from the sun, keep your legs from getting scraped by any brush or bushes and are respectful to local customs if you are trekking in an area where conservative clothing is necessary.

  1. REI Sahara Cargo Pants
  2. Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants
  3. REI Aldervale Roll-Up Pants
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Sleeping Bag

A good sleeping bag is important to help you get a good night’s sleep. There are two types of sleeping bags: down and synthetic. Down sleeping bags are very lightweight and pack down very small but if they get wet, the down filling bunches up and will not keep you warm. Synthetic sleeping bags are bigger but will keep you warm if they get wet. Neither is better than the other and both are rated to a certain temperature to let you know how warm they are. Here are some good examples.

  1. Mountain Hardwear Lamina +0 Sleeping Bag
  2. Marmot Helium Sleeping...
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Quick-dry Towel

A Quick-dry towel is lightweight and effective. Here is a good example:

  1. REI MultiTowel
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For day hikes and other times when you will not have access to your large backpack, having a daypack is crucial. It needs to be big enough to fit a water bottle, sunscreen, your camera, and a warm layer. Check these out:

  1. REI Flash 18 Pack
  2. Gregory Wahsatch 12 Daypack
  3. REI Flash 22 Pack
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Having one extra pair of shoes will give you something to change into after trekking. The restrooms can be slippery so having a rubber sole is a plus. These can be any type of sandals but it does get cold so being able to wear socks with your sandals keeps you warm. Here are a few examples:

  1. Chaco Unaweep Sandals
  2. Keen Newport Sandals
  3. Crocs Classic Clogs
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Nylon-wool Blend Socks

Nylon-wool blend socks keep your feet warm even when wet as opposed to cotton which does not. Hiking socks also keep your feet from rubbing against your boots causing blisters. Having a pair to hike in and a pair to wear after trekking will keep your feet happy!

  1. REI Merino Wool Light Hiker II Socks
  2. Smartwool Hiking Socks
  3. REI Merino Wool Low Light Hiker Socks

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Waterproof Hiking Boots

Keeping your feet dry will keep you warm, prevent blisters, and keep you thinking about the beautiful views around you and not your uncomfortable feet sloshing around in your boots. Broken-in and dry boots are essential for a good time in the backcountry. Here are a few examples but make sure to get boots that fit your feet with a pair of hiking socks on!

  1. Vasque Wasatch GTX Hiking Boots
  2. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
  3. La Sportiva Omega GTX Hiking Boots
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Gloves will keep your fingers from getting too cold while your outside checking out the evening stars or hanging around camp. Simple fleece gloves work well. Check them out:

  1. The North Face Men’s Pamir Windstopper Glove
  2. Icebreaker Real Fleece Glove
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Wool or Synthetic Hat

You lose a lot of heat from your head and feet so a good warm hat will help to keep the heat in on cold nights. Some examples are listed below:

  1. Everest Designs Bitterroot Earflap Hat
  2. Marmot Scalene Hat
  3. The North Face Women’s Fuzzy Earflap Beanie
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Synthetic Long Underwear

Long underwear is something you can put on under a coat when it gets cold. Layering is important and long underwear is considered the best base layer. Check out some examples below:


  1. Marmot Alpinist Half-Zip Long Underwear Top
  2. Rab MeCo 120 Long Underwear Top
  3. Patagonia Capilene 2 Top


  1. Patagonia Capilene 3 Bottoms
  2. Stoic Merino Bottoms
  3. Arc’teryx Phase AR Bottoms


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Waterproof Jacket

A dry trekker is a happy trekker. Having a high quality waterproof jacket is a must to keep you dry and warm. Here are some good examples:

  1. Marmot PreCip Jacket
  2. Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket
  3. North Face Resolve Rain Jacket
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Fleece Jacket or Vest

A fleece layer will keep you warm even when you are wet. It is a great thing to throw on when you arrive to your destination after trekking. Here are some examples:

Fleece Jacket:

  1. North Face Denali Jacket
  2. Patagonia R3 Hi-Loft Fleece Jacket
  3. REI Wilds Hoodie Fleece Jacket


  1. REI Woodland Fleece Vest
  2. North Face Windwall Fleece Vest
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Down Jacket

At high elevations, it can get very chilly at night. Having a mid-weight down jacket will keep you warm after you stop trekking. We recommend a minimum fill power rating of 750+

Here are some good examples:

  1. Marmot Sling Shot Insulated Down
  2. Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
  3. Montbell Highland Down Jacket
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Chris Baker
Founder – OneSeed Expeditions

Chris Baker

Chris has spent most of the last decade split between the US and Nepal. As a student at Yale University and the School for International Training (SIT), Chris conducted research in Kathmandu and throughout the Khumbu region surrounding Mt. Everest (he’ll do anything to get into the mountains). As a Fellow with, Chris worked closely with local microfinance institutions to document the work of small-scale entrepreneurs. A graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a former President of the Yale Mountaineering Club,...

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Bishnu Thapa
Director of Guiding Operations

Bishnu Thapa

Originally from the Western region of Nepal, Bishnu Thapa leads guiding operations and logistics for OneSeed Nepal. A graduate of Tribhuvan University, she brings a unique background of research and mountain guiding experience to our team. While completing her thesis in Anthropology, Bishnu documented the challenges and opportunities faced by Nepal’s women guides. Bishnu has worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Nepal Study Program, Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN), and the US Peace Corps. As a mountain guide with over a decade of experience,...

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Tek Bahadur Dong
Director of Social Performance

Nepal native Tek Bahdur Dong completed his M.A. in Anthropology from the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University and received a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Nepā School of Social Science and Humanities. He has worked as a research associate at Social Science Baha; a research fellow at the Social Inequality and Affirmative Action in South Asia Project, a consultant for ESP (DFID and The World Bank) and Interdisciplinary Analysts; and research assistant at the Cornell Nepal Study Program. He brings 14 years of experience in the Nepali travel industry. He is currently a program coordinator at MESO...

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