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HUT TO HUT TREK ON THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL IN PATAGONIA BI-NATIONAL PARK 

Come to experience an adventure in a place which is really the Patagonia you imagine. This is a “Hut to Hut” expedition across the heart and wildest area of the new ECO/Adventure destination in the Route of Parks in Patagonia: The New Chilean Patagonia National Park and the Argentinean Patagonia National Park.

We get to remote outfitted camps that are the unique facilities allowed in a sector defined as a pristine area into the park, where Patagonia Huts regenerates an old and forgotten trail as  “The Hut to Hut Smugglers’ Trail”.

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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 Personal belongins (Sleeping bag; clothes and snacks)

4 DAYS TREKKING PROGRAM, 3 NIGHTS IN CAMPS

8 DAYS EXPEDITION PROGRAM

GROUP SIZE: 4-12

SEASON 2019-2020

DATE 1: NOVEMBER 2, 2019

DATE 2: DECEMBER 21, 2019

DATE 3: JANUARY 4, 2020

DATE 4: FEBRUARY 1, 2020

 

TRIP -DESCRIPTION

 

DAY 1• JOURNEY TO CHILE CHICO

Early in the morning the bus will pick up you from your hotel in Coyhaique to drive the group to the north shore of Lago General Carrera, crossing over Ibanez pass and through Cerro Castillo National Park. This area is known for its stunning views of the dramatic peaks of Cerro Castillo and the powerful Rio Ibáñez. In Puerto Ibáñez you will board the ferry Tehuelche (named after the indigenous people of northern Patagonia) for a 2.5 hour sailing. Meeting with your Guide and preparation for the trip 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 and welcome drink!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

SERVICE INCLUDES

  • 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

 

 

PATAGONIA BI-NATIONAL PARK EXPEDITION

We offer an optional 2 days trip to provide a total experience of this new ECO/adventure destination. You will have the chance to visit Chacabuco Valley, continuing to the Argentinean side of the park in order to hike to Cueva de las Manos, an UNESCO World Heritage location. And finally we have a farewell party in an historical estancia.

DAY 6 • VISIT TO CHACABUCO VALLEY – REFUGIO RÍO PINTURAS

We drive a scenic lakeside road that will take us through spectacular settings to the most voluminous Chilean river. We continue to Chacabuco Valley to visit the cafe, the interpretation centre, and hike short trails to get closer to and appreciate the rich flora and fauna of Patagonia. We continue  always seeing the Massive Mount San Lorenzo  to get to Refugio Río Pinturas in Patagonia Park –Argentina

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DAY 7 • VISIT TO CUEVA DE LAS MANOS – ESTANCIA LA ASCENCIÓN

We hike through “Cañadón Río Pinturas” until “Cueva de las Manos”, the most recognized archeological site in Patagonia, an UNESCO World Heritage location.  Finishing the visit, we will head to Estancia la Ascensión, where we are going to chill out having a farewell party exploring the facilities and trails of this traditional estancia. Finishing the day, we get in our bus to cross de border and arrive finally to Chile Chico, with a deep knowledge of this conservation endeavor between people from two nations.

DAY 8 • 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.

SERVICE INCLUDES

  • Information – Support for Booking Decision
  • Head Guide
  • All scheduled transportation during trip: Days 5 and 6 bus
  • 1 nights accommodation at Green Baker Lodge – Puerto Bertrand
  • All Meals
  • 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

 

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 is a landscape that leaves me raw and exposed, where emotions well up inside me, stirring my spirit´s internal lust for adventure. I was honored to join @patagoniahuts for an epic excursion – If you are looking for an adventure that will warm your heart, challenging your body & bringing your internal compassback to the right course – Look no further!

James Q Martin III

@jamesqmartin, November 2018

 

 



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