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HUT TO HUT TREK ON THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL IN PATAGONIA PARK 

DATES: February 22 – 27, 2019

Come to experience an adventure in a place which is really the Patagonia you imagine. The “Hut to Hut” expedition across the heart and wildest area of the main conservation project and new ECO/Adventure destination in Chile and Argentina: The New Patagonia Bi-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)

GROUP SIZE: 4-12

 

SEASON 2018-2019

DATES: FEBRUARY 22 – 27, 2019

 

SEASON 2019-2020

DATE 1: NOVEMBER 1 – 6, 2019

DATE 2: DECEMBER 13 – 18, 2019

DATE 3: JANUARY 3 – 8, 2020

DATE 4: JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 5, 2020

 

TRIP -DESCRIPTION

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DAY 1• JOURNEY TO CHILE CHICO

Upon arrival at Balmaceda Airport your bus transfer 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.

 

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.

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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

 

 

ITINERARY WITH OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO CHACABUCO VALLEY

We offer an optional day trip, in order to provide the full experience of this new ECO/Adventure destination. Instead of coming back to Chile Chico, you will have the chance to head to Puerto Bertrand and visit Chacabuco Valley. This steppe grasslands and wetlands valley was donated by Tompkins Conservation in order to unite Jeinimeni and Tamango Natural Reserves, becoming the new Patagonia National Park. This old Estancia or ranch has the fencing removed nowadays, allowing the return of healthy wildlife populations, and flora regeneration.

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DAY 5 • TREK FROM AVILÉS RIVER TO CHELENCO LAKE – CHILE CHICO

After finishing our trek, we will drive through the spectacular scenery besides the lake, getting two hours later to a Cabin in Puerto Bertrand, just beside the most voluminous Chilean River –The Baker.

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DAY 6 • VISIT TO CHACABUCO VALLEY – PATAGONIA PARK

We will move really slow, leaving our lodging late in the morning, driving and stopping besides the Baker, getting to the Restaurant and facilities of the foundation. Later we will drive and hike around the road in order to appreciate the rich flora and fauna of Patagonia. Finally, we will drive back to Chile Chico.

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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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