Packing list suggestions for trail rides

Some suggestions for your packing list for horse treks.

  • Sun block
  • Torch (flashlight), water bottle (we can provide if you let us know).
  • Hat or cap, best with wide rim.
  • Sun glasses, compulsatory on the Chile - Argentina ride and rides in National Park Villarrica.
  • Scarf or neckerchief to cover your nose/mouth on dusty parts.
  • Plastic bag (e.g. ziplock) to protect your passport.
  • Swimming suit, towel.
  • Hip bag for things you want fast access to.
  • Rain gear: we suggest you bring waterproof trousers and jacket, we provide additional rain ponchos which are great on horseback, but may not be suitable for the time you're not riding.
  • Riding trousers: jeans or trekking trousers are perfect for the kind of riding we do.
  • Shoes: Light trekking boots, best if they are high enough to protect your ankles.
  • Fleece clothes to keep you warm during the cool nights in the Andes. Bringing several layers is the best option so that you can easily adjust to the temperature.
  • For rides outside in the main season (which is January, February, March) and in the high Andes we strongly recommend that you bring warm underwear.
  • We provide half chaps, though if you prefer your own gear, you are welcome to bring it.
  • We do not provide riding helmets. If you are used to wearing one please bring your own, as they are not common in Chile and it will be hard to find one in a shop.
  • Weight and volume limit for personal items:

    On pack trips:
    5 kilo/11lbs, volume about 10 liters (610 cubic inches). Not including tent, mat and sleeping bag.
    On the Chile - Argentina ride:
    2 times 5 kilo/11 lbs (not including tent, mat and sleeping bag), one package for the chilean leg, one for the argentinean leg of the ride. On rides accompanied by 4x4:
    a bag, 50x30x30 cm/ 20x12x12 inches, not including tent, mat and sleeping bag.

    If you prefer to bring your own sleeping bag, tent or mattress, the size/weight should not exceed:

    Bag: 40 x 20cm( 16x8 inches) and 2kg ( 4.4 lbs )
    Mattress 30 x 15 (12x6 inches) / 1kg ( 2.2 lbs )
    Tent 60x15 (24x6 inches) / 3.3kg (7.3 lbs