Uruguayans plane - Trekking and Exploration - El Sosneado, Mendoza

Uruguayans plane - Trekking and Exploration - El Sosneado, Mendoza

An adventure full of history through the Valle de las Lagrimas

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
alarm12.30 in San Rafael
End Time:
alarm3 pm in San Rafael
Meeting Point:
El Sosneado, Mendoza
End Point:
El Sosneado, Mendoza
1100 km from Buenos Aires city
4 days + trip
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Season 2019/20
  • December: 13th to 16th (47° Anniversary).
  • January: 13th to 16th.
  • February: 22nd to 25th
  • March: 21st to 24th .
  • March: 21st to 27th (to the crash site) 
  • April: 9 th to 12th
  • Horse Ridings, starting on the following day of the trek.


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 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 survived.

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.

On December 22nd of 1972, after 72 days of isolation, the world took notice that sixteen passengers had overcomed death.

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 in El Sosneado at noon. Transfer to the route that leads to Soler refuge and the National Gendarmerie. Passing through the old abandoned thermal hotel, we will arrive at puesto Araya  and then to the refuge where we will spend the night.


Day 2: On this day we will go to the base camp El Barroso. We will cross the Atuel River on foot or by  horses. Lunch . Calm afternoon to enjoy the place.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours.
  • Meters uphill: 50 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. Hard day as after three hours of walking we will cross Las Lagrimas river  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 shall pay tribute to the victims in silence. Lunch. Descent to the camp.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours one way, 5 hours back. Total = 12 hours.
  • Meters uphill: 1050 meters in ascent and 1050 meters in descent.
  • Starting height: 2550 masl
  • Maximum height: 2600 masl
  • Height of the camp: 2550 masl.

Day 4: Breakfast  . We will walk back to Puesto Araya. Return by transfer to El Sosneado. End of our services. 

  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours.
  • Meters uphill: 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 mountain guides.
  • General expedition equipment
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in the mountain in wild camp
  • Transfer from El Sosneado or Malargue airport.
  • Security elements: communication VHF, full kit. Rescue team.
  • Monitoring satellite
  • Meals: full Board
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • If necessary , carrier animals to cross Atuel river. Not included during Holy week.
  • Permanent assistance.
  • Tents and marquees

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Carrier animals for personal equipment
  • Bus/airplane ticket to San Rafael
  • Costs of eventual abandonment of the program
  • Tips

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