The Uruguayans plane - Trekking and Exploration - El Sosneado, Mendoza

The Uruguayans plane - Trekking and Exploration - El Sosneado, Mendoza

An adventure full of history through the Valle de Las Lagrimas

Start Date :
date_range29-03-2018
Initial time :
alarm9am in San Rafael
Meeting Point:
Valle de Las Lagrimas - El Sosneado, Mendoza
Start Date:
date_range01-04-2018
End Time:
alarm18hs in San Rafael
Location:
cuyo
Modality:
Trekking
Difficulty:
moderada-avanzada
Distance:
1400 km from Buenos Aires city
Duration:
4 days + trip

Minimum group of 5 and maximum of 20. Prices and special dates for closed groups.

 

A touching story…

October 13rd 1972: An Uruguayan plane that carries 45 passengers to Chile, most of them students and rugby players, crushes into the Andes.

Twelve of them died because of the crush.

The survivors had to carry on living in hunger and trying to tolerate the fearless mountain , 30 degrees below zero during many nights.

They try to resist with a limited reserve of food they found within the wrecks of the plain, as they wait to be rescued. Their faith decreased when they heard on the radio that the rescue had been called off due to the belief that none of them had survive.

Finally, tired of the low temperature, the threatening avalanches, the increasing anguish for the dead friends and the loss of hope to be rescued, two of them decide to cross the huge mountains to reach for help.

This is how on December 22nd of 1972, after 72 days of isolation, the world took notice that sixteen passengers from that plane had passed away due to the climate of the mountains,  the Andes.

This event was later told by the survivors, in a book and, later on, it turned to a movie “ALIVE”, which told this story to the world.

Today, the journey starts at this breathtaking location.

And we invite you to visit this place, as you go over this story….

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: We arrive to San Rafael at 9 am and we head to El Sosneado by bus from where we will take the route to the west that leads us to the Soler refuge and Gendarmeria Nacional. As we pass by the abandoned thermal hotel  El Sosneado we will arrive to ranch Araya where we will have lunch. 

We will cross the Atuel river and trek for about four to five hours to arrive to the location where we will have another stream crossing called Arroyo Rosado. After we organise the camp, we will have dinner and spend the night at this location.

 

Day 2: Breakfast. We start walknig for  4 hours. As we cross the stream we set to prepare the camping and spend a quiet afternoon in the surroundings . There we will have dinner and spend the night.

Plan B:If we get late on the first day at Puesto Araya, we will camp by the Atuel river and on the following day we will have a long trekking to El Barroso.

Day 3: This will be a very hard day as after three hours of walking, we will cross Las Lagrimas river and then we will ascend for two hours and half to the site where the remmants of the plane are situated (3600 AMSL). We will stay in silence in tribute to the victims.. Descent. River crossing. Lunch. Descent to camp. Farewell dinner and overnight

 

Day 4: After Breakfast we will disassemble the camp. We will walk back to point Araya where we will have lunch. Then, we will return to El Sosneado and Malargue. End of our services.

 

assignmentNote:

Trekking of considerable demand.Return trekking to the place of the plane. On some dates there is a  possibility to stay more days  to climb Cerro El Sosneado, the 5000 Southest. Consult

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Professional advice prior to the trip through photos, maps and meetings.
  • Professional mountain guides.
  • General and group expedition equipment
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in the mountain at wild camp
  • Transfer from El Sosneado or Malargue airport.
  • Security elements: communication VHF, full kit. Rescue team.
  • Monitoring satellite
  • Meals: full Board in the mountains.
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • If necessary , carrier animals to cross Atuel river
  • Permanent assistance.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Carrier animals for personal equipment
  • Tents (ask for rent, proportional per person).
  • Return tickets to Malargue or San Rafael from place of residence. Ask for issuance of tickets
  • Costs of eventual abandonment of the program and/or rescue on the mountain.

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