MountainBike 7 Lakes Circuit + Córdoba Pass and Traful Lake - 375 km

Complete circuit of the best landscapes between San Martin de los Andes and Villa la Angostura

  • Start Date : 2024-Mar-02
    End Date: 2024-Mar-09
  • Hora Inicio: 6 pm
    Hora Fin: 10 am
  • Meeting Point:San Martín de los Andes
    End: San Martín de los Andes
  • Duration:7 days
    Availability: 15 spots
US$ 1150 US$ 800.- 30 % Off

Special price booking until 07 de October!

Seven Lakes Circuit + Córdoba Pass and Traful Lake - MTB - Cycling

Proposal

Our Mountain Bike trip will take you to the most impressive scenery in southern Argentina. Amazing climbs and descents along gravel roads that go from the steppe to lakes, mountain rivers, and the magic of the Patagonian forest immersed between snow-capped peaks, with views of Lanin Volcano and Chapelco mountain.

Always accompanied by a support vehicle, professional Mountain Bike guides, assistants, and a company specialized in adventure travel and sports tourism in Argentina.

 

Itinerary: Route 40 - Seven Lakes Circuit + Córdoba Pass and Traful Lake - San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura

Day 1: San Martin de los Andes - Equipment check, bicycle adjustment, warm-up/cycling through authorized trails, like La Playita. 25 km approximately.

  • Overnight: Hotel.
  • Total distance: 15 km for warm up

Day 2: San Martin de los Andes (647 masl) to Filo Hua Hum Lake

Route 7 to Route 40, asphalt route until the deviation to Chapelco (1122 masl). Path to Villa Rio Hermoso and then to Meliquina (960 masl). Then, from Meliquina to Lake Filo Hua Hum (893 masl)

  • Overnight: Camping or cabins by the lake.

  • Total distance: 61 km.

Day 3: Filo Hua Hum Lake - Cordoba Pass - Confluencia - Villa Traful.

Ascent to the Córdoba Pass, maximum height 1318 masl, passing through Pozones de Caleufú where we can take a good swim. 500 meters of unevenness up and down to Confluencia (700 masl). Then we take Route 65 to Villa Traful.

  • Overnight: Cabins in Villa Traful

  • Total distance: 80 km.

Day 4: Villa Traful to Espejo Chico Lake. Approximately 25 km of gravel road to Route 40 (7 lakes circuit). 13 km of pavement and 2 km of gravel to Espejo Chico Lake.

  • Overnight: Domes. Great place to rest by the lake.

  • Total distance: 40 km.

Day 5: Espejo Chico Lake to Villa La Angostura + Arrayanes Forest. We will go through the bike path to the Arrayanes Forest and return through the 7 lakes circuit to the Espejo Lake.

  • Overnight: Domes by the lake.

  • Total distance: 70 km, mostly gravel.

Day 6: Villa la Angostura by the 7 lakes circuit towards San Martín de los Andes. We leave very early and visit the different lakes: Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machónico.

  • Overnight: Hotel.

  • Total distance:87 Km.

Day 7: Breakfast. End of services.

 

TOTAL DISTANCE: 350 km approximately

 

Note
This Mountain Bike tour is a demanding journey that requires preparation and good physical condition of the participants.
  • Minimum Group: 8
  • Special dates available on request for groups.
  • Total Distance: 350 km.
Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Modifications can be made on the fly depending on various circumstances and factors. Decisions will be made exclusively by the guides, baqueanos and coordinators.

Included Services
  • Guides and specially trained coordinators.
  • Support vehicle + emergency mechanical assistance + spare bike for emergencies.
  • Transfer of personal bags and belongings.
  • 6 night-accommodation in cabins, hotel or camping according to itinerary.
  • Provision of tents.
  • All meals included from day 2 to day 7.
  • Energy snacks from day 2 to day 7.
  • VHF phone and mobile phone for emergencies.
  • Free verification of the mechanical condition of the Mountain Bike. (Assembled upon arrival and disassembled and packed for travel)
  • Informative meetings in Buenos Aires previous to the trip.
  • Personal accidents insurance.

 

Services NOT included
  • Round trip from and to San Martin de los Andes
  • Bicycle and bicycle transportation to San Martin de los Andes
  • Extra spare parts needed.
  • Health and MTB insurance.
  • Luggage or MTB insurance in regular transportation.
  • Dinner on the first night.
  • Beverages.

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Faq

How many kilometres do we ride per day?

We pedal an average of 50 km per day, approximately from 10 am to 5 pm. We will stop for hydration, to take pictures, for lunch and to visit every interesting place that we will see.

Do we ride with a backpack or saddlebag?

We ride without saddlebags. If possible, without a backpack. Your personal belongings will travel in the support vehicle.

Is it possible to ride with a bicycle that is not MTB?

For the geography of the terrain, we do not recommend it. The bicycle we recommend for the trip is a Mountain Bike, minimum 21 gears, with front cushioning, with good quality and in good condition.

Can I rent a bicycle? I have a MTB but it is not so good.

We do not recommend it, we request to bring your own bicycle, the same that you use at home.

It is important for us to know that you have previous training and that you cycle frequently at home. It is also important for this trip to feel comfortable and to know your bike. In case of contacting us, please tell us your experience and training. If you do not have a MTB or it is diffcult for you to bring it on the trip for travel reasons, we can evaluate the rent of a bicycle.

How do I transfer my bike to San Martin de los Andes?
  • CAR: If you travel by car to San Martin de los Andes.
  • BUS: You must pack it and send it to San Martin de los Andes by mail. You should check with the bus company if you can travel with your bike in the bus or if you should send it before hand.
  • PLANE (Recommended): We recommend to fold the bike and store it in a box or bag with protections inside. A good option is between clothes or the sleeping bag, so that it will travel as protected as possible. Keep in mind that you should not pay extra for carrying the bike since it is considered sports equipment, if it is within the 15 kg included in for luggage. Also, for carry-on luggage you can carry 5 kg.
What happens if I get tired and I cannot continue?

The entire journey is accompanied by a support vehicle. In case of getting tired or injured, we can carry your bike and you can continue the journey in the vehicle.

What happens if I break my bike?

Our support vehicle is equipped with tools and materials to fix your bike. In case it cannot be repaired, we carry a spare bicycle to replace your damaged one.

Difficulty graduation

MountainBike: Desnivel / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

MountainBike (B)

It is defined in relation to the pedaling time in each day, the terrain to travel, the experience necessary to make the crossings of several days, taking into account the unevenness that we will have to face.

20% 1 day / no unevenness in flat areas / asphalt and gravel.

40% 2 or 3 days / with little unevenness. Crossings in the province of bs as or missions / asphalt and gravel.

60% 4 or 5 days / uneven. Travesias en el norte, Patagonía / asphalt and gravel.

80% 5 or 6 days / uneven. Travesías Sierras, Camino de Santiago / Path, asphalt, gravel.

100% + than 5 days / with large slopes. Crossings in the Cordillera Central / Trail, asphalt, gravel.

Fitness (F)

Physical demand to wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours pedaling), legs (descents = back / knees) and accumulated days of pedaling.

20% 2 to 4 hours pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 day)

40% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 or 2 days)

60% 3 to 5 hours pedaling up to 250mtrs of positive difference - 4 days.

80% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling up to 500mtrs of positive slope - 5 days.

100% 5 to 8 hours of pedaling, + 500mtrs of positive slope, + 6 days.

Technical(T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. And in the ability to face a steep slope (up or down).

20% We travel flat terrain: asphalt and gravel.

40% Routes with moderate ascents and descents: asphalt and gravel.

60% Mixed terrain, with steeper ascents. We can walk on trails.

80% Mixed terrain, trails. Steep descents and ascents.

100% Very technical terrain. Very steep descents and climbs by sections.

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

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.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

Gradual Adventure Activity Difficulty System designed by Leandro Scheurle.
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Required equipment

HOW TO DRESS

The secret is to dress in layers, to obtain maximum comfort and the best performance at minimum weight. It is important to use windproof and dry-fit clothes, this is why we do not recommend using cotton clothes. If you think are thinking of buying new shoes, make sure to wear them before the trip. The weather may vary, although we check the forecast, weather is unpredictable. Nights are cold. Although the sun shines, always wear a coat and a waterproof jacket. Always try to wear UV glasses and use sunscreen even if it is cloudy. If possible, avoid exposure to solar radiation at any time. All these precautions contribute to your health and well-being.

MTB GENERAL EQUIPMENT
  • MTB in good conditions. Check the bicycle, the parts and brakes. Replace any parts if they are old or too used as the demand on this trip is high.
  • Helmet (MANDATORY)
  • Gloves
  • 2 spare inner tubes.
  • 1 fuse
  • Inflator suitable for your bike.
  • Forks inflator (if required)
  • Front and rear lights. Spare batteries.
  • Refractory front and rear.

Note: The repair equipment, such as tools, materials for puncture repair, chain cutter, links spare part, and other materials will be provided by our company.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT
  • Sleeping bag (warm)
  • Insulation mat
CLOTHES
  • Sun hat - Multifunction scarf (buff)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Short or long leggings
  • T-shirts made of synthetic material (dry fit) for pedaling.
  • Windproof jacket
  • Sneakers for pedaling
  • 2 short sleeves T-shirts
  • Underwear.
  • Thermal shirt
  • Comfortable shoes to be in the camp
  • Socks
  • Warm gloves
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • 1 Long trousers
  • Swimming wear
  • 2 coats (Polyester fleece)
  • Warm hat 
  • Duvet vest or jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket of outer layer (ultrex, gore tex or similar)
PERSONAL ELEMENTS
  • Passport, ID card
  • Medical insurance (MANDATORY)
  • Medical and personal information completed
  • Physical form*** (where your doctor indicates that you are fit to perform this activity).
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Frontal flashlight with batteries (spare batteries).
  • Heavy-duty large plastic bags for storing clothes.
HEALTH & HYGIENE
  • Sun glasses. (IMPORTANT)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the corresponding order).
  • Sunscreen, Lip balm (factor 30 or more)
  • Soap, shampoo (small) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. Baby wipes.
  • Repellent for insects.
HYDRATION
  • 1 or 2 bottles - optional Camelback, Nalgene or similar.
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE tape, for blisters and repairs.
  • Steel thermos
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Monocle. Photographic or video equipment
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Penknife
  • Some drink / dessert to share in the camp.

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