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 Andes climbing up a valley and crossing the Andes by the same place where one of the armies of the General San Martin has crossed over 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 the bus terminal of Mendoza city at 10 a.m. It is a private transfer that we include in the program for those who are not already in Tunuyan. Preparation of our backpacks, presentation of guides + general technical talk, lunch in Tunuyan and transfer to the Portinari Refuge. Registration in Migrations (please take 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 will savor under a starry sky.
Day 2: Calm day of relax and acclimatization. Lunch. We will walk 3 hours after noon 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: climb up to 4300 meters , border El Portillo, from where the view is incredible: hills and glaciers over 6000 meters to go down to another valley, still inside Argentina. In the afternoon we descend in a very long stretch, through a valley, until finally reaching the camp next to the Real de la Cruz Refuge . In case of not reaching this camp, we will stop at La Ollada, two hours before this camp.
Day 4: Absolute relax day. In case of having camped in La Ollada, we will walk only 2 hours to Real de la Cruz. On this day, we suggest relaxing by the stream or walking short distances.
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 his/her belongings plus some of the general equipment. Descent by 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.
Demanding trekking program without much weight since the carrier animals take care of the general equipment .