How fit should I be for a Patagonia multi-day trek?

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The Patagonia trek is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive.

It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight.

Start a program of conditioning well before departure – in fact as soon as you book- and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients of the Torres del Paine National Park. Regular aerobic exercise (power walking, jogging, cycling on hills, swimming, cross country skiing, etc) for at least one hour 4-5 times a week is suggested. Consult your physician if you have questions concerning your underlying health.