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Patagonia Expedition - Andean Crossing

Argentina, Chile

Patagonia Expedition - Andean Crossing

Hiking·
Glacier hiking
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Start: Bariloche
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End: Puerto Varas

Cross one of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges on an expedition in the depths of Patagonia

Activity
LocationArgentina, Chile
Duration9 days
Start / EndBariloche / Puerto Varas
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Argentina, Chile

Patagonia Expedition - Andean Crossing

Hiking·
Glacier hiking·
9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Bariloche
·
End: Puerto Varas

Description

Join Intrepid on a new off-the-beaten-track expedition the through the great landscapes of Patagonia. This challenging but rewarding journey explores the real Patagonian wilderness, revealing the beauty behind its well-earned reputation as a premier trekking destination. Kick things off on the shores of stunning Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina, and head across the Andes and into Chile...

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Itinerary

Day 1Bariloche
Hola! Welcome to Bariloche, Argentina. Other than a welcome meeting at 6 pm and equipment check, your day is free, so be sure to explore around town if you arrive with time up your sleeve. Not only is Bariloche nestled in the foothills of the Andes, it sits on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, so there are many beautiful scenes to take in on foot. The town is famous for more than just its location; consider a sample of fine local artisan chocolate or beer. Epicureans might take advantage of the strong restaurant scene and sample some Patagonian lamb or that famous Argentinian steak. Be sure to get a good rest tonight, as the first day of walking is a rigorous one.
Day 2Pampa Linda
Embracing an early start, drive (approximately 1.5 hours) to Pampa Linda. This is the starting point for the day's hike, which will be a fairly strenuous one to kick off the adventure (approximately 7 hours; 12 km). You'll go through border control on the Argentinian side before we start. The path starts off low and follows the Cauquenes River upstream through bamboo and Nothofagus forest. After our first river crossing we start our slow climb up the pass. We stay inside the forest most of the time till we reach the border monument. Here you officially cross into Chilean territory. Half an hour later we reach our final destination for the day. It's an adventurous journey across the pass today, and an elevation of 500 metres is gained. At the day's end, set up camp at Chilean border control and enjoy some well-earned rest and tasty food.
Day 3Rio Blanco Valley
Today we descend, dropping roughly the same amount of altitude which was gained yesterday. Though it's a descent, it's by no means an easy walk (approximately 7 hours; 12 km), so be prepared to sweat a little and make good use of your walking poles. Today the landscape opens up to some incredible views of the southern face of Tronador with some great view points. We can observe the Blanco Glacier and moraine coming down the Blanco Valley. Tronador is the biggest mountain in the area, 1000 metres taller than all the rest. It has seven overhanging glaciers which provide water to several surrounding valleys. Watch as the vegetation slowly begins to change as we find some new species compared to the Argentinean side. Tonight we camp next to our friend Don Oyarzo's 200-year-old house. Don has been living in this residence for more than half a century and lives self-sustainably there all year round. He always has a story or two to share and hopefully he has some chicha (home-made liquor made from apples) or homemade cheese to share as well.
Day 4La Junta
Time to enter the great Patagonian rainforest. Today's walk is a relatively easy one (approximately 4 hours; 9 km). It's a beautiful thing to watch the shift in landscape and vegetation as the rich green of the forest reveals itself. Arrive in La Junta (The Junction), which is situated between the Esperanza and Blanco rivers. We will stay here two nights, so make yourself comfortable in paradise. From here you can access the famous Leticia thermal waters and enjoy a relaxing soak, which by now your hard-working limbs will surely welcome. Kicking back and relaxing in these natural pools, enveloped by the atmosphere of such a pristine rainforest, is sure to be one of the trip's memorable moments.
Day 5Esperanza River
Enjoy a day to relax and chill out. There’s plenty of tasty food to be enjoyed, and when the hot springs get tiresome – if that's possible – change it up by taking a dip in the Esperanza River. The beauty of this spot makes for a perfect rest day. You can go on short walks around the area, read a book, write in your dairy, help harvest some fruit on the other side of the river or introduce yourself to the concept of a siesta under a tree. It’s a tough life.
Day 6Rio Blanco Valley
Hike out through the rainforest that becomes thicker and bigger as we head west, following the Blanco River and passing several abandoned farmhouses. Today it's a moderate day of hiking (approximately 6–7 hours; 14 km). In addition to the eyepopping landscapes of the Rio Blanco Valley, a bonus of today's route is the abundance of fruit trees. Feel free to pick some fresh apples or plums to snack on along the way. Reaching La Bandurria farm, set up camp and settle into a relaxing evening in this remote spot. Your host Tito Velazquez is a younger farmer with lots of experience in the area. He also happens to be the best Patagonian lamb chef Intrepid has come across, so enjoy.
Day 7Rio Blanco Valley
From La Bandurria Farm we leave the Blanco Valley to follow the Conchas River south. The path follows animal trails settlers have been using for centuries. Farmers move cows and sheep up the valley for the summer to bring them down over the winter. The Patagonian rain forest is here at its best. The terrain is quite flat compared to other days so we move fast below the big trees. We camp by the river and enjoy the last camp fire. Anyone for a dip in the cristal clear river?
Day 8Puerto Varas
After a breakfast at camp we face our last hiking day. We keep following the same river down crossing it twice to arrive to our last big uphill to descend to Cayutué Lake. This is a small lake with incredible views of Puntiagudo Volcano and other surrounding mountains. We are already very close to sea level and the terrain goes through some amazing Arrayan (bambi) forests. From the lake its an hour and a half last push to our transport. A Private Transport is waiting to take us to Puerto Varas (1.5 hours drive). Last dinner at a nice restaurant after a deserved shower of course!
Day 9Puerto Varas
The adventure comes to an end after breakfast.

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Trip title

Patagonia Expedition: Andean Crossing

Trip code

GGOX

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Join Intrepid on a new off-the-beaten-track expedition the through the great landscapes of Patagonia. This challenging but rewarding journey explores the real Patagonian wilderness, revealing the beauty behind its well-earned reputation as a premier trekking destination. Kick things off on the shores of stunning Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina, and head across the Andes and into Chile. T... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Expedition

Transport

Private vehicle,Boat

Physical Rating

4

Joining point

Las Marianas Hotel

Finish point

Casa Kalfu

Important information

MINIMUM AGE The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this rule. PORTERS: A normal backpack for someone doing the Andean Crossing Expedition ranges from 12 to 14 kg max. (1.5 kg tent, 1.5 kg sleeping bag, 0.5 kg sleeping mat, 3 kg of food, 2.5 kg are clothes and personal gear, 2 kg the backpack, and 1-3 kg extra for small things and variation of weigh... Read more

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leade... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour. It is also good for sharing information and photos with th... Read more

Visas

PASSPORT: Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or frie... Read more

Why we love it

Trek through a variety of unspoiled Patagonian landscapes, in both Argentina and Chile

Is this trip right for you

Previous hiking experience is essential for this expedition, along with an adventurous spirit and a love of straying from the beaten path. A good level of physical fitness is required. You’ll need to be able to carry your own 45–60 litre backpack with 10–12 kg. (Horses are provided for porterage on the first trek day, and human porters can be hired at an extra cost after that.) Remember that thi... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS It's very important that you let us know any dietary requirements before your trip starts. BASIC MEALS DURING THE TREK Please note that meals during the hike will be basic and generally consist of the following; Breakfast: Sweet biscuits with tea and coffee Lunch: Wraps or sandwiches with various fillings (vegetables/salad & cold meats) Dinner: A basic hot plate. Dinners wil... Read more

Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in ... Read more

What to take

In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage. However, Argentina is particularly strict on excess baggage and usually enforces a maximum allowance of 15Kg for check in luggage. Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip: GGOX SPECIFIC – Packing List During the hike, you will b... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

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Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights),Hotel (2 nights)
9days
€2,355per person
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Dec 7
Bariloche
Dec 15
Puerto Varas
€2,355
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