Trekking Crossing the Andes through Neruda´s Route - From San Martin de los Andes to the border with Chile - Ilpela Pass - Huella Andina

Trekking journey in Lanin National Park, with a unique history, to the border with Chile

  • Start Date : 2023-Feb-17
    End Date: 2023-Feb-21
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am
    Hora Fin: 6 pm
  • Meeting Point:San Martín de los Andes
    End: San Martín de los Andes
  • Duration:5 days + trip
    Availability: 9 spots
US$ 800.-
Trekking from Quila Quina to Hua Hum - San Martin de los Andes - Lanin National Park


Neruda. The story of a path. Lanin National Park in all its dimensions

Beyond being a wonderful setting, between the Lakes region in Chile and the Lanin National Park, in Argentina, the route we propose to take includes a unique story with one of the most famous characters in Latin American art.

On January 6th 1948, the famous Chilean writer Pablo Neruda delivered a strong speech that was later published as the document "I Accuse", when he was a senator of the Republic of Chile. The government of the time sued him and the Supreme Court approved his immunity, ordering the courts to immediately arrest him. From that moment on, the poet was immersed in secrecy, living in different places in Santiago, Valdivia and the commune of Futrono, until on February 24th 1949, he crossed to Argentina, along the route that we offer you here to repeat and enjoy.

The Lanin National Park represents one of the most representative regions of the Patagonian Andean forest. The sector that includes the Nonthue Lakes and the Hua Hum area is home to a remarkable variety of Nothofagus, mainly among Coihues, Lengas, Ñires, Raulíes and Roble Pellín.

This route joins the Lacar Lake, from Quila Quina with the Escondido Lake, then the Nonthué and the Queñi until reaching the Ilpela Pass. 5 days of hiking and 4 overnights in the paradise near San Martin de los Andes.



Day 0: We recommend spending the night tonight in San Martin de los Andes, to check equipment and see last minute questions. Hostel suggested not included.

Day 1: Early we move to the port of San Martin de los Andes and embark to Quila Quina, about 45 minutes of navigation. There we begin the first section of the trek to Lago Escondido. Set up camp and first night on the mountain.

Distance: 16 km
Approx time: 6 hours

Day 2: We continue along the path, now through a pass that takes us back to the shores of Lake Lacar, which we skirt again, heading west. We pass through numerous beaches, always passing through a closed forest of lengas, reeds and coihues. Finally we access the beach of our next camp, in Ruca Ñire.

Distance: 18 km
Approx time: 8 hours

Day 3: This day we continue along the coast towards Pucará, passing through Lake Nonthue. There the path widens and we access the next camp, in Chachin. We visit the homonymous waterfall and camp next to Lake Nonthué. Option to bivouac (sleep on the beach, under the stars, with the sleeping bag).

Distance: 10km
Approx time: 6 hours

Day 4: Day in which we walk to Lake Queñi, in 2 hours. We set up the camp and overnight.

Distance: 12 km
Approx time: 6 hours

Day 5: Return from Queñi in approximately 2 hours to Hua Hum, the western headwaters of Lake Nonthue. The Hua Hum River is born there, ending in a lake in Chile and through which both Lake Lacar and Nonthue drain into the Pacific. Last lunch in the mountains and return in the afternoon by charter vehicle or regular bus to San Martin de los Andes. End of the program and our services.

Distance: 12 km
Approx time: 6 hours


Important note: Depending on the conditions of the paths and accesses of the Lanin National Park, the route can be modified for the other shore of Lake Lacar.

You can ask us for ascent to the Lanin Volcano, the following two days (with one rest in between) with a discount in the price.


Classic Patagonian trekking crossing. With camps without services like toilets and carrying an expedition backpack.
Ask us for ascent to the Lanin Volcano (3776 masl), the following two days (with one rest in between).


Included Services
  • Transfers to and from San Martin de los Andes
  • Professional mountain guides
  • Full board during the crossing (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner)
  • General camping equipment, kitchen and communication
  • VHF communication equipment
  • Tents
  • Permanent assistance

Services NOT included
  • Trip to San Martin de los Andes
  • Tips
  • Expenses caused by abandoning the program

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Where do you sleep

You will spend the night in igloo-type tents, to share from 2 to 4 people. You wil need your sleeping bag and insulation mat.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have previous physical preparation, or be physically active.

Do I need to have previous experience?

No previous experience is required, we recommend having good physical condition, and knowing that the modality is a journey, where you walk during the day with a backpack, and spend the night in a wild camp.

Where do you spend the night?

The overnight is done in mountain camps in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. No restrooms or services

Do I have to bring a tent?

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

Is there a bathroom?

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

What is the weather or temperature?

Although the time of year is optimal for this journey, in Andean and/or wild areas, temperatures tend to drop at night.

Are there rest stops?

The stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity. There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.

From what age can they do this activity?

From 16 years of age. We also recommend that you contact us before registering or registering a minor.

How much does the backpack weigh?

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

Is there a porterage service?

We have a vehicle porterage service until the end of stage 1 and the beginning of stage 2. There is no extra porterage, although you can hire a personal porter during the tour (separately).

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the service of meals IN FULL BOARD PLAN.

  • March lunches (cold meals): Milanese and tomato sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, appetizers, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast meat (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in a saucepan....
  • 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 record to clarify if someone does not eat any 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

Fitness (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

  • Trekking backpack (65 to 80 litres)
  • Warm sleeping bag (-2 to -10 degrees comfort) (e.g. 800 gms. of down or synthetic equivalent)
  • Insulating mat (10 to 15mm)
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water-resistant plastic bags to store all the clothes inside the backpack
  • Poncho cape (plastic) for rain
  • Backpack cover or large consortium bag
  • Socks: 4 pairs of trekking
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of shoes – trekking boots (in good condition)
  • 1 footwear type running shoes, as a replacement for the first footwear
  • 1 light spare shoe for wading (crossing rivers) and getting wet. They can be crocks or full sandals, better slippers
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 long inner pants or leggings
  • 2 dry fit synthetic short-sleeved T-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • 2 coats (fleece jumpsuit)
  • Warm jacket (feather or synthetic)
  • 1 waterproof/breathable parka-type jacket (Gore Tex or similar)
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • ID/Passport
  • Health travel insurance
  • Headlamp with batteries (With spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. handkerchiefs Wet wipes
  • Water containers for at least 2 liters (it can be a plastic bottle)
  • Cutlery, plate or tupperware and glass. (Not glass or metallic)
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE, for blisters and repairs.
  • Mate, bombilla and yerba.
  • Steel thermos.
  • Telescope, monocle. Photographic or video equipment.
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc.
  • Penknife
  • Whistle and lighter.

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