ANDES CROSSING TREK
Trekking Across South America’s Andes Mountains in the Patagonian Lakes District of Argentina and Chile
December through May
Moderate to advanced trekking
Crossing the Andes is one of our most complete trekking trips, with a huge variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna, and it includes the great experience of crossing the Andes 70% on foot! Traveling east to west over the Cordillera de los Andes, we start this guided hike in the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia. From San Carlos de Bariloche we make our way across green valleys, high meadows, alpine lagoons, ridges, and saddles until we come to the Pacific Ocean in Chile. Along the trek, most nights will be spent camping in tents or staying in rustic mountain huts. We will hike below the impressive Mt Tronador (3554 mts), which is the highest peak of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Huge hanging glaciers create beautiful waterfalls landing in the valley and forming glacial rivers and lakes with emerald-colored waters. After a few days in the backcountry, we will cross the frontier between Argentina to Chile. After crossing the border the vegetation changes dramatically into a very humid Valdivian Forest. Then, some boat crossings to Petrohue, Puerto Varas, and finally Puerto Montt at the Pacific Ocean. While cruising the lakes, there are excellent views of Volcano Osorno and Volcano Puntiagudo.
Professional AAGM or UIAGM Mountain Guide
All meals and lodging in the mountains
4 nights in hotels
Average day includes 10-14 km (4-6 hours) of hiking with approx. 600 meters elevation change. We will be carrying all of our food and gear in our packs, but for a lighter load, porters are available.
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