HUT TO HUT TREK ON THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL IN PATAGONIA PARK
Come to experience an adventure in a place which is really the Patagonia you imagine. We traverse an old path for native people, as well as for smugglers in the past. Today the wildest area of the main conservation project and ECO/Adventure destination in Chile and Argentina: The New Patagonia Bi-National Park.
The “Hut to Hut” trekking across the Patagonian backcountry, allow us to get to remote and outfitted basecamps, built using exclusively human power inside the forest and alpine, facing superb landscapes which are the heart of this new destination in the southern cone of America.
The camps are the unique facilities allowed in a sector defined as a primitive area into the park, where Patagonia Huts regenerates an old and forgotten trail as “the Hut to Hut Smugglers’ Trail”. Our trips considers dynamic control systems of use impact on trails & sites , besides flora & fauna monitoring with the highest regard of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
DATES: DECEMBER 5-10, 2018
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: LOW
You will be guided through alpine terrain, considering several rivers crossing. Scouting the backcountry of the Park…
FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED: HIGH
You need to be comfortable to walk until 8 hours a day with your belongins…
GROUP SIZE: 6-12
DAY 1• JOURNEY TO CHILE CHICO, HIKING THE LUNAR VALLEY
Travel by bus for 2 hours from Coyhaique the north shore of the biggest lake in Chile, were you will board the Ferry for a 2,5 hour sail. Your Trip Leader will be waiting at the dock in Chile Chico, to continue toward the “Lunar Valley”. Impressive rocks formations where is possible to observe native paintings inside the National Park. The length of today’s hikes will vary, depending on the day’s logistics, but we’ll generally hike around 3 hours. Overnight in Chile Chico.
DAY 2 • TREK THROUGH JEINIMENI AREA – HUT GLACIAR
We will drive about 1 hours across the Patagonian plains, and along the River and border with Argentina, to the north entrance of Patagonia Park. Here we will hike along the turquoise colored water of lakes, getting a taste of the adventure, with several river crossing and climbing hills in order to get stunning views of Jeinimeni mountain range, Valle Hermoso and hanging glaciers. Arriving to our rustic Hut-Glaciar, fire, hot water, welcome drink!
DAY 3 • CIRCUIT HUT-GLACIAR CAMP TO GUARDAPARQUE GLACIER
This day, we’ll enjoy some mountaineering to the circuit of the glacier around its lake, stopping for a box lunch at the hanging glacier of Punta Guanaco peak. The hike is steep and ascends on eroded rock and gullies until it arrives near the serac band of Guardaparques Glacier, where lakes and waterfalls are visible. We’ll return via the same path to Hut Glaciar Camp for dinner.
DAY 4 • TREK TO RENOVAL HUT
Early start so we can enjoy impressive views of the Jeinimeni mountain range and unclimbed peaks. Our path starts leaving behind the alpine, to face the northwest evergreen forest. We walk down to the Valley, first around lagoons to get to an old Coihue forest, and then on the trail which leads us to the new “Hut Renoval Camp”, besides old shelters made for Gauchos in the past.
DAY 5 • TREK FROM AVILÉS RIVER TO CHELENCO LAKE – CHILE CHICO
The last day, the trek takes us across wide and shallow rivers, along Avilés Valley. This is the moment when we get to cattle trails that gauchos have used to get their animals to summer pasture, with picadas and corrales all the way back to General Carrera Lake. Here we’ll meet our van to come back to Chile Chico. We will drive to the northeast through the spectacular scenery besides the lake.
DAY 6 • DEPARTURE
After an early breakfast, you could get the ferry in order to get to the airport in Balmaceda, or a shuttle bus to continue your trip either to the south or north of Patagonia in both countries. From Chile Chico, there are connections to Chaltén, Calafate, Bariloche and Chilean Austral Road.
PATAGONIA HUT TO HUT TREKKING EXPERIENCE
Skilled trekkers can find solitude, all the challenging off-trail travel they can handle, plus wildlife, forest, mountains, and glacial lakes galore…In the park’s northern area, is the starting point for a challenging, unmarked, several-day loop across rivers (running fast and cold with glacial melt in spring), grasslands, bogs, and glacial passes that eventually travels through Valle Hermoso.
Fresh Tracks in Chile: A First Look at Patagonia Park
Backpacker Magazine November 2014
Patagonia Huts has a Risk Management procedure and an evacuation protocol, approved by the Park Authority. It considers that Clients must have medical and evacuation insurance protection.
- Information – Support for Booking Decision
- Head and Assistant Guide
- Camps Equipment
- All scheduled transportation during trip: Day 1 bus and ferry
- 2 nights accommodation at Campamento Ñandú Hostel
- Meals: welcome dinner on day 1 and farewell dinner on day 5
- Booking Support for connections on final day
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Airfare and travel expenses to Chile Chico (Private), including airport taxes and baggage charges
- Personal medical and travel insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Optional tipping to guides and staff
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