dododo Trekking crossing the Andes by Patagonia

Trekking crossing the Andes - Bariloche, Patagonia.

Starting in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche area. An unforgettable journey

  • Start Date : Request!
  • Hora Inicio: 8 am.
    Hora Fin: 4 pm
  • Meeting Point:Bariloche, Argentina.
    End point: Puerto Varas, Chile.
  • Duration:7 days + trip
    Availability: 14 spots
Trekking crossing the Andes by Patagonia


An adventure on foot crossing the Andes in Patagonia - Crossing starting in Argentina and ending in Chile

One piece of The Andes, at the foot of Tronador Mount in Nahuel Huapi National park, gives us a stunning landscape and many special sensations. And Pampa Linda, an oasis designed by the hand of nature. From there we will start hiking in order to reach to the Chilean police post at the end of the first day.

After that, we start a long descent among the valleys of Chile, crossing forests and thermal places, until we reach the town of Ralun. The natural spectacle and the experience tend to be stored in the memory sector of “the unforgettable”.


Note: it is recommended to be the day before in San Carlos de Bariloche. You can consult us about hostel accommodation, where the group is staying.

Day 1: Bariloche - Base of Tronador Mount

Transfer from Bariloche to Pampa Linda. Gendarmerie immigration formalities. First trekking stage, full day, to Chilean police post at the foot of Tronador Mount. We will hike up across the valley of Cauquenes River. Night in police post.

  • Walking Hours: 7hs
  • Kilometres: 18 kms

Day 2: Valleys of Chile

We start a gradual descent towards the valleys of Chile. First, we’ll see the White River born from the Tronador Mount namesake glacier. After many hours of descent through the thick forest, we will get to our campsite. If we have time we can enjoy the amazing natural hot springs.

  • Walking Hours: 8hs
  • Kilometres: 15 kms

Day 3: White Valley - The Esperanza

We’ll keep hiking down by the White Valley to the union of The Esperanza, where there is a local people’s house and more hot springs. A new enjoyment and a new camp set up.  Free time in the afternoon to rest.

  • Walking Hours:4hs
  • Kilometres: 8 kms

Day 4: Esperanza River - Vuriloche River

A dense forest and some river crossing from Esperanza River to Vuriloche River, always in permanent drop. We head southeast entering to the fields and valleys of Chilean Patagonia. New campsite next to a village. A longer day than the day before.

  • Walking Hours: 10hs
  • Kilometres: 20 kms

Day 5: Laguna Cayuthué

We leave the camp early in the morning and cross the rising from Quitacalzones River. We walk by the side of a lake and continue with the long descent until we arrive at Laguna Cayuthué and the green lands around. View of Puntiagudo Volcano, beaches and beautiful sights.

  • Walking Hours: 8hs
  • Kilometres: 18 kms

Day 6: Ralún

We leave Laguna Cayuthué to Ralún. After a short ascent, we’ll reach a magnificent ocean view with Fjord Reloncaví. Finally, after 3 or 4 hours we arrive at the town of Ralún, the end of our great expedition among The Andes. From there we have a charter to Puerto Varas where we spent the night to close the trip, next to the beautiful and great Llanquihue Lake

  • Walking Hours: 4hs
  • Kilometres: 10 kms

Day 7: Puerto Varas

Breakfast and end of our services. Note: to return to San Carlos de Bariloche, consult us about Bus Tickets. The trip usually takes about 4 and a half hours and arrive at 4 pm. approximately to the San Carlos de Bariloche bus station.

Included Services
  • Transfer from San Carlos de Bariloche to Pampa Linda.
  • Transfer from Ralún to Puerto Varas.
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7
  • Professional guides and enabled by APN.
  • General Gearand logistics (kitchen and camping).
  • tents for 2/3 or 4 people. According to availability.
  • Night accommodation in a hostel in Puerto Varas on the last night. Room to share.
  • Permanent assistance.
  • First aid kit and gear.
  • Emergencies Communication equipment: VHF, Satellite Telephone.
  • Team porting (horses day 1)
  • Personal accident insurance on Argentine´s territory

Services NOT included
  • Last day dinner in Puerto Varas.
  • Ticket to the Nahuel Huapi National Park (approx 8 usd)
  • Transfer from Puerto Varas (Chile) back to Bariloche or another place in Argentina.
  • Classic International travel assistance (Mandatory).

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trek pampa linda
Andes Crossing Trek - Paso Vuriloche - Patagonia

7 day-trekking through the Patagonian mountain range. Forests, hot springs, Mount Tronador, lagoons and great landscapes

Where do you sleep

Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. Last Night we includ a Hostel to share.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest Aerobic training (going for a run two to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, AEX training, etc.)

Do I need previous experience?

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.

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. Last Night we includ a Hostel to share.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

Is there a bathroom?

No. There are no regular or chemical toilets. Everything is done in nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, bringing the papers back.

What is the weather like ?

Although the time of the year is optimal for this crossing, in mountain and/ or wild areas temperatures tend to fall at night, hence the importance of personal equipment. Non of what we detail in the equipment list can be missing.

Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.

How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 16 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman backpack, from 13 to 15 kilos, in a man from 15 to 20 kilos. 

Is there any carrying service?

We have a mule carrying  the general equipment, such as kitchen elements, food, tents, and security elements; only in Argentine Territory, the first day of the journey, after that each one must carry their own stuff and some of the general equipment.

What do we eat?
  • Meals: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

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

Physical (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

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.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

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

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

  • Backpack for trekking (65 to 80 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (0 degrees comfort) 
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm) ***
  • trekking poles **
  • Waterproof plastic bags to keep all the clothes inside the backpack
  • Plastic Poncho/raincoat
  • Backpack rain cover or large plastic bag
  • trekking socks (multple pairs)
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in good conditions)
  • 1 second pair of footwear  to cross rivers
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 2 Dry fit synthetic short sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece and duvet jacket
  • 1 waterproof / breathable jacket  (parka,ultrex,goretex)
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • 1 handkerchief to cover your neck from the sun (multifunction scarves type Buff)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat 
  • Passport or ID.  MANDATORY to do the immigration process.
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel assistance insurance. Mandatory for the Stay in Chile
  • Front flashlight with batteries (With spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. Wet wipes
  • Containers to contain water for at least 2 liters (can be plastic bottle)
  • Cutlery, plate or tupper and glass. (No glass or metal)
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE tape, for blisters and repairs.
  • Steel thermos
  • Binoculars, monocle. Camera
  • Book, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc
  • Whistle and lighter.

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

Booking in Advance

US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

Booking in Advance

US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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