One of the ten most fascinating trekking in Argentina
It is one of the most attractive expeditions Northwest Argentina has to offer. Deep experience with nature and a millenary route, traveling ancient roads that becomes magical while you walk them, landscapes of deep ravines, valleys and small pampas. It will transform from the intense green of the jungles to the bare landscape of the high mountains. Along the road, condors will be seen furrowing the skies, flocks of guanacos and vicuñas.
It starts from the Yungas Biosphere Reserve, a jungle environment with a high biodiversity value, crossing different jungle biotypes, until reaching high grasslands, ascending the high mountains that separate the jungles of the Puna. In this adventure you will visit the towns of San Francisco, San Lucas, and you will arrive at the camping area known as the Abra El Potrero. Then the ascent continues to Molulo and beyond over the Yuto Pampa summits from where it leaves to the highest point of the route, at 4010 meters above sea level. Then we descend to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, arriving at Tilcara which marks the end of the crossing
What we present here is the planned route for the journey. Please be advised that exact route, duration of each stage of the travel and alternative routes can be modified subject to various factors such as weather conditions and group assessment by the guide.
Day 1: Salta - San Francisco: Transfer from the Salta city. Departure 9 am approx. Arrival in San Francisco, guides presentation and team preparation. Night at Hosteria de Montaña.
Day 2: Peña Alta - San Lucas: Beginning of Trekking in Peña Alta 1250masl, San Francisco. Overnight in San Lucas 1850masl. Mountain Camp-Shelter next to the Villagers.
Day 3: San Lucas - Abra del Potrero: Beginning of Trekking in San Lucas 1850masl, San Francisco. Overnight in Abra del Potrero 2550 masl
Day 4: Abra del Potrero - Molulo: Trekking - We start at Abra del Potrero 2550 masl. Overnight in Molulo 2900msnm - Camp - Mountain Shelter next to the settlers.
Day 5: Molulo - Huairahuasi - Yuto Pampa: Trekking - We start at Molulo 2900 masl. Overnight in Huairahuasi 3100 masl - Yuto Pampa Camp.
Day 6: Yuto Pampa - Tilcara: Trekking - We start in Yuto Pampa. From Yuto Pampa 3100m to Tilcara 2600m. Overnight stay in Tilcara in hostel or cabins.
Day 7: . Breakfast, End of our Services
- Transport from Salta to San Francisco y Peña Alta (trekking start point)
- Full board, not a la carte menu, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7. (4 meals a day: breakfast. Lunch, snack and dinner.)It does not includ dinner in Tilcara
- 1 night accommodation in Hostel in San Francisco (shared rooms)
- 1 night accommodation in Hostel or Hostel in Tilcara (shared rooms)
- 4 nights Camp and mountain shelter
- Portage with mules of the general equipment (tents, food, kitchen equipment, etc.) and individual (up to 7 kg. Per person).
- Backup Horse
- Camp Generals logistics (pots, heaters, safety features, orientation).
- Guides and coordination group.
- Satellite communication for emergencies
- Transfers Buenos Aires - Salta / Tilcara - Buenos Aires
- Meals while traveling by bus.
- Rental of personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, etc..).
- Tilcara´s Dinner
- Health insurance.
- Eventual expenses caused by quiting the program
- Guide´s & Baqueanos tips
From the yungas salteñas to the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
This trekking is for people who are in good physical condition to withstand an average of 6 to 8 hours of mountain walking, for several days, at an easy but constant rithm, leaving from San Francisco, Calilegua, with a spectacular landscape transition. With a lot of vegetation change, and where we are in full contact with people living in the mountains and with Nature. In only 70km, from the nuboselva, from the Calilegua National Park to the semi-desert, in the Quebrado de Humahuaca.
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.)
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.
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.
The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.
Although the time of the year is optimal for this crossing, in mountain and/ or wild areas temperatures tend to fall at night. There may be the possibility of rain storms, hence the importance of personal equipment. Non of what we detail in the equipment list can be missing.
Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.
There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.
From 13 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.
In a woman backpack, from 8 to 10 kilos, in a man from 10 to 12 kilos.
We have a mule carrying the general equipment, such as kitchen elements, food, tents, and security elements. They also carry some of your equipment, an approximate of up to 7 kilos per person.
20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya
40% Hasta 8/10 Kilos: Trek-ascenso de ida y vuelta / Vallecitos programas de 3 y 4 días
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
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.
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
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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