Those extensive valleys , interrupted by some solitary mountain refuges. The towering rock walls. The irregular peaks by the white glaciers. Everything is still, as in a painting, being us the main characters of that painting.
The idea is to get into the mountain range, walking up a valley and crossing the Andes following the same path as one of the General San Martin´s armies took more than 200 years ago....An experience that is not easily forgotten.
Expedition connecting Argentina with Chile. We will carry our backpacks. General equipment will be carried by carrier animals . Accommodation on wild camps and occasionally in mountain refuges (without the comforts of a campsite) in the mountains.
Day 1: Meeting and transfer from Mendoza´s city Bus Station at 10 a.m. It is a private transfer that we include in the program for those who are not already in Tunuyan. Backpack´s preparation, guide´s presentation + general technical talk, lunch in Tunuyan and transfer to Portinari Refuge. Registration in Migrations (you´ll need your passport for this moment). We start the first section on foot to Scaravelli refuge. The night finds us cooking a delicious meal, which we´ll savor under a starry sky.
Day 2: Calm day of relax and acclimatization. Lunch. After noon We´ll walk 3 hours until the next camp, ascending gradually by the mountain range to Portillo Pass. Yaretas Camp
Day 3: Early breakfast to take advantage of the intense day: walk up to 4300 meters , border El Portillo, from where the view is incredible: hills and glaciers over 6000 meters; then down to another valley, still in Argentina territory. In the afternoon we descend in a very long stretch, through a valley, until finally reaching the camp next to a drinking water stream.
Day 4: Keep going down through the valley, first River crossing and reach the Rio Tupungato Valley; a second River crossing (this time with Horses help) and two more hours walking till Camp Real Del Alambre.
Day 5: We get up early to take advantage of the daylight. Our goal is to get closer to the International Border. We walk through a great and beautiful valley, step by step, until we reach Real de las Ovejas, where we set up our last camp in the mountain.
Day 6: Key day, finally we cross to Chile. Just like every day, we start as early as possible. We continue climbing a couple of hours to the border Paso Piuquenes. Photos, hugs and celebration for the challenge achieved. Here we say goodbye to the animals and their baqueanos. From this point each one must carry their belongings plus some of the general equipment. Descent on the Chilean side, about 4 hours downhill. We reach the hot springs Posas del Yeso. 2-3pm approximate time of arrival. Lunch and final celebration. Transfer to the city of Santiago de Chile. Night at hostel.
Day 7: Breakfast. End of our services in Santiago de Chile. Ask for return options to Argentina or extra nights of lodging in Chile.
Note 1: Active program with a high demand. It is a required to have walked at least once previously with a trekking backpack on an outing in mountain at least one day (8 hours). To have ever slept in a tent with a sleeping bag. Suitable for over 13s, and under 60s (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated).
Note 2: All participants must present a physical/medical fitness certificate, where their GP will enable them to carry out the activity.
Note 3: People with physical ailments or leg injuries (classic case of knees or other joints) cannot participate. Carry out this activity with an injury can lead to having to evacuate the person in complex situations and significantly harm the group with important delays.
Note 4: Program subject to climatic, geographic or political conditions. Changes may occur during the trip depending on various circumstances and factors. Decisions will be exclusively made by the guides, baqueanos and company coordinators.
Trekking crossing the Andes, ending in Santiago de Chile.
For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, etc.)
We recommend walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, although no previous experience is required. Having slept in a tent also helps as a experience for this trekking.
Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. To share.
On the last night we include one night of lodging in classic-simple hostel in Santiago de Chile. If you want to have another type of accommodation you can reserve yours on your own.
The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.
Although the season of the year is optimal for this crossing, in mountain areas temperatures tend to fall at night. There may be the possibility that we will be hit by a storm, hence the importance of the personal equipment. There must be nothing missing from what we detail in the equipment list.
Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.
There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.
From 13 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor (minors must cross with authorization from parents, mother and father or guardians)just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.
In a woman backpack, from 8 to 12 kilos, in a man from 12 to 20 kilos. Up to the borderline Piuquenes everyone must walk with little weight.
We have a mule carrying the general equipment, such as kitchen elements, food, tents, and security elements. They also carry some of your equipment, an approximate of up to 7 kilos per person. Within the Argentine territory.
20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya
40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs
60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo
80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)
100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)
80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.
20% flat land
40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents
60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.
80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.
100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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