Moderate to strenuous trekking
An extraordinary journey right out of the history books, we follow to the footsteps of the Army of Liberation that freed Chile from Spanish crown in 1817. During this fantastic seven-day expedition over the roof of America, we glimpse the life-styles of "huasos" (Chilean cowboys) and "gauchos" (Argentinean cowboys).
We travel in the shadow of glacier-capped Andean peaks -such as Mercenario hill (6.770 Mts.) and Aconcagua (7.050 Mts.), the Western Hemisphere's highest mountain- fording rivers that rush through the arid lower ranges after tumbling off rocky summits frozen in eternal snows. In the midst of wind and cold to temper our spirits, we are amazed by the variety of wildlife native to these heights, such as guanacos, vizcachas and condors keeping watch on their lofty domains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 SANTIAGO - SAN FELIPE - LOS PATOS
At 8 a.m. we will depart from your hotel to San Felipe and Los Patos area (1150 m) where the Chilean guard and International Police will checked documents. Our Chilean muleteers will be ready to load up the animals beginning this adventure. We continue along the shores of Chalaco river among "cactos", and native forest of "Maitenes" and "Quillayes" to reach in Las Trancas area (1600 m). Here we will set up our camp and dinner around a friendly campfire.
Day 2 LOS PATOS - LAS TEJAS
After a strong breakfast our Chilean muleteers will be ready to load up the animals beginning this adventure. We will ascend from the Rocín following a mine old trail to arrive later in Las Tejas (2200 m). Camp and dinner.
Day 3 LAS TEJAS - LAS CIENAGAS
After our breakfast, we continue very early following the course of the Rocin river passing through Aletón Pass (2330 m). During the journey, the vegetation is lower and we can appreciate small bushes which are characteristic of the high Andean zone like the goat horn, thorny bushes and the showy "yareta". We will arrive in Las Cienagas area (2550 m), where we will report with the Chilean frontier guards. Camp and dinner.
Day 4 LAS CIENAGAS - VALLE HERMOSO
After breakfast we continue following the course of the Rocín river passing Los Tambillos area until the Chile-Argentina frontier (3300 m). We will meet the Argentinean "gauchos" in the boundary and then change the loading and riding animals to start the descent in Argentinean territory until Valle Hermoso, passing through, Volcano River. Camp and dinner.
Day 5 VALLE HERMOSO
Active resting day. Hikes in the surrounding areas and optional fishing. As a way of knowing better the zone, we will make a practice and explicative speech, about: map reading, distance calculation, the use of a compass and emergency signals as a part of the essential knowledge for the highland survival. Camp and dinner.
Day 6 VALLE HERMOSO - LOS PATOS RIVER - VEGA LARGA
Very early in the morning we begin the crossroad again. Here, the herb's green will admire us with grass fields surrounded with puddles and a great variety of birds. We will discover an intensive subaquatic and aquatic life in this valley which makes contrast with the imposing mountain range of Cerro La Mesa (6.080 m). The crossroad continues rising by Los Patos river to later arrive to Los Patillos river, which will approach us to the last mountain range that is left to rise: The large fertile plain of La Honda pass, but before we must show documentation in "Ingeniero Sardinas" lodge. Camp at the base of "Vega Larga".
Day 7 LA VEGA LARGA - EL PEÑON
This day, the journey will be very hard, because we must raise Espinacito range going through sinuous hillsides by la Honda pass, at 4.500 Mts. From this point, we will have a spectacular view of the Andes mountain range. Afterwards, we will start to descend until Las Leñas river and reach at last El Peñón, where we will camp and dinner.
Day 8 EL PEÑON - LAS LEÑAS RIVER - MANANTIALES - HORNILLAS - USPALLATA
Today will be the last journey in terrain. After leaving our camp we will continue by Las Leñas river arriving in Manantiales. Beautiful fertile plains are placed at this altitude. Afterwards we will descend to Hornillas, where a vehicle waits to take us to Barreal continuing the journey by minibus to Uspallata in the county of Mendoza. Arrival to Uspallata hotel. Farewell dinner and nigh in conformable rooms.
Day 9 USPALLATA-LOS LIBERTADORES-SANTIAGO
After breakfast, we prepared ourselves to return from Uspallata to Santiago, crossing the frontier through Los Libertadores Pass. Arriving in Santiago at the evening.
Note: Ask for availability of trip from Argentina.
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double occupancy
5 - 8 persons
US$ 1.350
9 - 12 persons
US$ 1.250
 
December
28
January
7 & 21
February
4
March
unscheduled

INCLUDED :

  • Land transportation
  • All accommodations quoted per person based on sharing a double room or tent
  • All meals in camp from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 9 (including Chilean wines and juices)
  • Guides and camp staff
  • Full camping gear, except for personal sleeping bag and pad
  • Packhorses.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks and/or special foods
  • Laundry
  • Extras in hotels
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Additional expenses of a trip due to the weather, Sickness or failure of transportation or other causes beyond our reasonable control
  • Any type of insurance and medical costs
  • Personal clothing and equipment.

This type of circuit doesn't present technical difficulties, nevertheless a good physical condition is required, that means, people who normally practice some outdoor activities - The minimum age is 18 years and the maximum age will depend on your physical condition or health - The altitude, the wind and your bad physical condition, are the principal difficulties you can find.

 
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED :
  • Sleeping gear: (baggage tags and identification inside each piece) /
  • Conformable sleeping bag to use in freezing conditions, foam pad or air mattress (we recommend "Therma Rest" / Small daypack / Flashlight or head lamp and extra batteries / Wind breaker and polar / Warm over coat clothes, thermic underwear, wool hat and gloves -Light clothes, jeans, shorts, T shirts, long sleeve / Shirts, sun hat, bandana / Sun glasses with retaining stap and sun lotion (lips and face)
  • Water bottle, two quart
  • 2 pairs of shoes. Trekking shoes and/or high snickers.

IMPORTANT : For this circuit each participant has to do the necessary arrangements to enter in Argentina or Chile (visa and permits).


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