Volcanoes Trail- Double Crossing the Andes Mountain Bike - Bicycle Tourism

San Martin de los Andes -Lago Nonthue - Hua Hum Pass - Puerto Fuy, Pirihueico- Neltume Lake -Coñaripe - 7 Lakes - Neltume - Lago Lacar

  • Start Date : 2025-Jan-19
    End Date: 2025-Jan-26
  • Hora Inicio: 6 pm
    Hora Fin: 10 am
  • Meeting Point:San Martín de los Andes
    End point: San Martín de los Andes
  • Duration:8 days
    Availability: 20 spots
US$ 1350 US$ 1050.- 22 % Off

Special price booking until 05 de July!

Double Crossing the Andes Mountain Bike - Volcanoes Trail - 300 km


Our mountain bike trip "Double Crossing of the Andes" will take you to the most striking scenes of the Argentinean and Chilean Andes. A spectacular, Mountain Bike trip, amazing climbs and descents on gravel roads ranging from the desert to the lakes, mountain streams, and the magic of the Patagonian forest set among snowy peaks.

We will visit the river region in Chile where we will pedal through an amphitheatre of volcanoes: Mocho Choshuenco, Villarrica, Quetrupillán, Lanín.

Always accompanied by a support vehicle, mountain bike professional guides and assistants specialized in adventure travel and sports tourism all over Argentina.


Day 1: Arrival at San Martin de los Andes in the morning. Hostel, presentation of mountain bike guides & staff.  Welcome snack .

Overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Breakfast and beginning of the cycling day going towards Laguna Verde. Passing through Curruhue Chico Lake , Curruhue Grande Lake and Pehuenes Forest (Araucaria) . 

Distance: 70 kms approx.
Overnight at campsite

Day 3: Breakfast, Journey to Carirriñe Path located 1150 masl.First Crossing of The Andes. Lahuen Co, El Escorial (deposit of volcanic ash) Epulafquen lake. Liquiñe. Arrival to Chile.  Hot springs. Hikes to explore the area.

Distance: 50 kms approx.
Overnight in cabins. 

Day 4: Breakfast. And we start to pedal  to Coñaripe, short but intense day. Lunch next to a beautiful  river of cold water that comes down from the mountains. We continue towards our final destination of the day, the city of Coñaripe, whose shores are washed by the waters of Lake Calafquén. Beaches of black sand  where we will have a snack. Free afternoon to visit the city. Dinner at the hotel.

Distance: 32km approx. 90% gravel - 10% asphalt
Overnight at Hotel.
Optional: visit to the geothermal hot springs can be arranged according to the time that we arrive to Coñaripe: http://www.termasgeometricas.cl/ considered one of the best in the world

Day 5: We face the longest part of our journey where most of the road is asphalt, a really beautiful road along stunning lakes (Pelaifa, Calafquén, Panguipulli and Pullinque). Where we can see 4 volcanoes at the same time: first  the Quetrupillán, Lanín, the Villarica and later the beautiful Mocho and Choshuenco.  Lunch on the Panguipulli Lake and then , our final destination: Choshuenco

Distance: 75km approx. 95% asphalt + 5% gravel
Overnight in cabins

Day 6: Breakfast, pedalling to  Puerto Fuy. We start the navigation of the beautiful Lake Pirihueico. Arrival to Pirihueico and we will continue to Hua-Hum in Argentina .Second crossing of the Andes (659 m.a.s..l) Arrival to  Lacar Lake where we will spend the night.

Distance: 30km approx. + 2 hours of sailing. 90% asphalt + 10% gravel
Overnight at the Hostel.

Day 7: We continue along the Lacar Lake, beaches and forests. Lunch by the Lake. Arrival to San Martín de los Andes - celebration dinner

Distance: 45km approx. 100% gravel
Overnight at hostel

Day 8: Breakfast, relaxing time in the morning. Check out at 10am. End of our services.



The double crossing of the Andes by bicycle is a demanding journey that requires physical fitness of its members
They must  have a bicycle in good conditions, with basic elements listed below.

Group: 8 participants minimum

Special dates on request for groups. 

Total Distance: 300 km

Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions.  Modifications may occur during the trip. Decisions will be in charge only by the local guides.

Included Services
  • Support vehicle and emergency mechanical assistance.
  • 6 night-accommodation in  hostels, cabins, hotel . 1 night in camping ground.
  • Tents
  • All Meals included from day 2 to day 7
  • Specially trained guides 
  • Passes to National Parks.
  • VHF and cell phone for emergencies.
  • Meetings in Buenos Aires before traveling.
  • Parking lots  if necessary.
  • Replacement bicycle
  • Personal Accidents Insurance



Services NOT included
  • Round trip from and to San Martin de los Andes
  • Passes to National Parks in Chile
  • Bicycle Transportation
  • Extra parts. needed.
  • Health and MTB Insurance .
  • Bicycle.
  • Luggage or bikes insurance in regular transportation.
  • Beverages.

Photo and Video Gallery


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Double Crossing the Andes by Bike - Mountain biking

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The great adventure of the double crossing of the Andes.

Where do you sleep

Day 1: Hostel

Day 2: Camping ground with facilities

Day 3: Cabins.   

Day 4: Hotel

Day 5: Cabins.   

Day 6: Hostel. 

Day 7: Hostel


How many kilometres do we ride per day?

We pedal an average of 50 km per day ,from 10am to 5pm. We will stop for hydration, to take pictures, lunch and to visit interesting places while we cross.

Do we ride with a backpack or saddlebag?

We ride without saddlebags. If possible, without a backpack. Your personal belongings will travel in the support vehicle.

Is it possible to ride with a bicycle that is not MTB?

For the geography of the terrain, we do not recommend it. The bicycle we recommend for the trip is a Mountain Bike, minimum 21 gears, with front cushioning, good quality and in good condition.

Can I rent a bicycle ? I have an MTB but it is not so good.

We do not recommend it, we request to bring your own bicycle, the same with the one you work out.

 It is also important that you are comfortable and that you know your bike. In case of contacting us, tell us your experience and training. If you do not have a MTB bike or it is diffcult for you for travel reasons, we can evaluate the rent of a bicycle.

How do I transfer my bike to San Martin de los Andes?
  • CAR: If you travel by car to San Martin.
  • BUS: You must pack it and send it to San Martin de los Andes. You should check with the bus company if you can travel with your bike in the bus or if you should send it before hand.
  • PLANE (Recommended): If you need advice, consult us. You should put protections inside the box. A good recommendation is to store inside clothes, sleeping bag, etc. so that your bike can travel as much protected as possible. Keep in mind that you should not pay extra for carrying the bike, since it is considered sports equipment (if it is within 15kg ). Take into account  that as carry-on luggage ,you can also carry 5kg.
What happens if I get tired and I can not continue?

The entire journey is accompanied by a support vehicle. In case of getting tired or if injured, we can carry your bike and continue in the vehicle.

What happens if I break my bike?

Our support vehicle is equipped with tools and materials to fix your bike. In case it can not be repaired, we have a spare bicycle to replace your damaged one.

Difficulty graduation

MountainBike: Desnivel / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

MountainBike (B)

It is defined in relation to the pedaling time in each day, the terrain to travel, the experience necessary to make the crossings of several days, taking into account the unevenness that we will have to face.

20% 1 day / no unevenness in flat areas / asphalt and gravel.

40% 2 or 3 days / with little unevenness. Crossings in the province of bs as or missions / asphalt and gravel.

60% 4 or 5 days / uneven. Travesias en el norte, Patagonía / asphalt and gravel.

80% 5 or 6 days / uneven. Travesías Sierras, Camino de Santiago / Path, asphalt, gravel.

100% + than 5 days / with large slopes. Crossings in the Cordillera Central / Trail, asphalt, gravel.

Physical (F)

Physical demand to wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours pedaling), legs (descents = back / knees) and accumulated days of pedaling.

20% 2 to 4 hours pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 day)

40% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 or 2 days)

60% 3 to 5 hours pedaling up to 250mtrs of positive difference - 4 days.

80% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling up to 500mtrs of positive slope - 5 days.

100% 5 to 8 hours of pedaling, + 500mtrs of positive slope, + 6 days.


The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. And in the ability to face a steep slope (up or down).

20% We travel flat terrain: asphalt and gravel.

40% Routes with moderate ascents and descents: asphalt and gravel.

60% Mixed terrain, with steeper ascents. We can walk on trails.

80% Mixed terrain, trails. Steep descents and ascents.

100% Very technical terrain. Very steep descents and climbs by sections.

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

 How to dress and personal equipment

The secret is to dress in layers, to obtain maximum comfort;  the best performance at minimum weight. It is important to use windproof and dry-fit clothes , that is why we do not recommend using cotton. If you think of buying new shoes, make sure to wear them before the trip. The weather may vary, although we have seen the forecast, the weather is unpredictable. Nights are cold. Although the sun shines, always wear a coat and waterproof jacket. Always try to wear UV glasses and use sunscreen even if it is cloudy. If possible, avoid exposure to solar radiation, at any time. All these precautions contribute to your health and well-being.

  •  MTB bicycle in good condition (Check bicycle; it must be in optimal conditions. Check brakes).
  • Helmet (MANDATORY)
  • Gloves
  • 2 spare inner tubes.
  • 1 fuse
  • Inflator suitable for your bike.
  • Forks inflator (if required)
  • Front and rear lights. Spare batteries.
  • Refractory front and rear.

Note: The repair equipment, such as tools, material for puncture repair, chain cutter, links spare part, and other materials will be in charge of our company.

  • Sleeping bag (warm)
  • Insulation sleeping pad
  • Sun hat - Multifunction scarf , Buff.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Short or long leggings with pad
  • T-shirts made of synthetic material (dry fit type) for pedaling.
  • Windproof jacket
  • Sneakers for pedaling
  • 2 short sleeves  T-shirts
  • Underwear.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Comfortable shoes to be in the camp.
  • Socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt x 1
  • Long trousers x 1
  • Extra coat 
  • Swimming wear (to bathe in the hot springs or rivers)
  • 2 coats (Polyester fleece)
  • Warm hat 
  • Jacket or duvet vest (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket of outer layer (ultrex or gore tex or similar would be ideal) - in case of not having, complement a windbreaker with a plastic layer.
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical and personal information completed, authorization.
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (spare batteries).
  • Heavy-duty large plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • Sun glasses. (IMPORTANT)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the relevant recipe).
  • Sunscreen, Lip balm (factor 30 or more)
  • Soap, shampoo (boy) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. Scarves Baby wipes.
  • Repellent for insects.
  • 1 or 2 bottles - optional Camelback, Nalgene or similar.
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE tape, for blisters and repairs.
  • Steel thermos
  • Mini - sewing kit
  • Monocle. Photographic or video equipment
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Penknife
  • Some drink / dessert to share in the camp.

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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