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

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

An adventure full of history through the Valle de Las Lagrimas

Start Date :
Initial time :
alarm9am in San Rafael
Meeting Point:
Valle de Las Lagrimas - El Sosneado, Mendoza
End Date:
End Time:
alarm18hs in San Rafael
1400 km from Buenos Aires city
4 days + trip
Season 2018/19
  • December: 15th to 18th (46° Anniversary).
  • January: 14th to 17th.
  • February: 11th to 14th.
  • March: 2nd to 5th .
  • March: 2nd to 8th - Until the crash site (special programme)
  • Horse Ridings, starting un day later.


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….




Day 1: Meeting at El Sosneado at noon. Transfer by charter vehicle to the west along the route that leads to the Soler refuge and the National Gendarmerie. Passing through the old abandoned thermal hotel, we will arrive at the Araya cattle station and then to the aforementioned shelter where we will spend the night.


Day 2: This day we will go to the base camp of El Barroso. We will cross the Atuel River first, on foot or with the help of horses. Lunch march. Calm afternoon to enjoy the place.

Estimated walking time: 7 hours.
Desniveles: 350 mts in total ascent (500 mts in ascent / 150 mts in descent)
Starting height: 2200 meters above sea level
Height of the camp: 2550 masl.

Day 3: Early departure to Las Lágrimas Glacier. The day of this day will be very hard because after three hours of walking we will cross the Rio de Las Lagrimas and then we will ascend for two and a half hours to the site where the remains of the plane are located, at 3600 meters above sea level. We will pay our tribute to the victims in silence, and then reconnoitre the place. Descent to the camp.

Estimated time of walk: 7 hours one way, 5 hours back. Total = 12 hours.
Desniveles: 1050 meters in ascent and 1050 meters in descent.
Starting height: 2550 masl
Maximum height: 2600 meters above sea level
Height of the camp: 2550 masl.

Day 4: Breakfast and camp disarmament. We will walk back and down to Puesto Araya. Return in combi to El Sosneado. End of our services. Homecoming.

Estimated walking time: 6 hours.
Levels: 350 meters in total descent (500 meters in descent / 150 meters in ascent)
Starting height: 2200 meters above sea level
Height of the camp: 2550 masl.


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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