PATAGONIA HUTS ON THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL OF PATAGONIA PARK
This is a 7 days trekking program in the Backcountry of Patagonia National Park in Chile.
We will traverse a smuggling trail for gauchos in the past. Today the wildest area of the Park in Chile.
The trekking across the Patagonian backcountry, allows us to get to remote and outfitted basecamps with huts. We will face superb landscapes which are the heart of this new destination in the southern cone of South America.
We start driving from Chile Chico, the gateway community to the Park, accross the steppe and visiting “Valle Lunar”: Unique rock formations where it possible to observe native paintings inside the National Park . We come back to our vehicle to move a litle south and continue our trekking in the decidious forest and turquoise waters lakes, to get finally to Raleigh Camp.
On the second day, we get a real taste of true Patagonian adventure, climbing through La Gloria Pass to have stunning views of Valle Hermoso. Walking down we walk besides the awesome hanging glaciers to finally get to the Hut Glaciar Camp.
The third day we ascend to explore the glacier. We descend to spend one more night in the camp site.
The following day, we look for the trails of smugglers of the past, descending through the forest to arrive to Hut Renoval Camp.
Finally we, use rope systems to cross rivers and walk around a trail full of history and evergreen nature, to get back to town.
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.
CONNECTING WITH OUR BI-NATIONAL PATAGONIA PARK JOURNEY
During this trip, in order to access to our base camp in Chile Chico, you will also ferry one of the largest lakes in South America, known historically as Chelenco but now referred to as Lago General Carrera in Chile and Lago Buenos Aires in Argentina.
We can also help with your connections to continue your trip from this point.
We also offer our Bi-National Patagonia Park Journey to fully experince this new destination.
Day 1: Travel from Coyhaique to Chile Chico,
Day 2: Hike Valle Lunar Circuit and to Raleigh Camp
Day 3: Trek to Hut Glaciar Camp
Day 4: Hike to Baguales Glacier,
Day 5: Trek to Hut Renoval
Day 6: Trek to Chelenco Lake
Day 7: Departure/Connections from Chile Chico
On Demand from November – April