PATAGONIA HUTS ON THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL OF PATAGONIA PARK
This is a 7 days trekking program across the Backcountry of Patagonia National Park in Chile.
We will traverse a smuggling trail for gauchos in the past. Today a trekking route through the wildest area of the Park in Chile.
We start driving from Chile Chico, the gateway community to the Park, accross the steppe and visiting “Valle Lunar”: Unique rock formations where it possible to observe native paintings inside the National Park . We come back to our vehicle to move a litle south and continue our trekking in the decidious forest and turquoise waters lakes, to get finally to Raleigh Camp.
On the second day, we get a real taste of true Patagonian adventure, climbing through La Gloria Pass to have stunning views of Valle Hermoso. We head then to Cañon del los Ventisqueros to walk seen the awesome hanging glaciers to finally get to the Hut Glaciar Camp.
The third day we ascend to explore the glacier. We descend to spend one more night in the camp site.
The following day, we look for the trails used by smugglers in the past, descending through the forest to arrive to Hut Renoval Camp.
Finally we, use rope systems to cross rivers and walk around a trail full of history and evergreen nature, to get back to Chile Chico.
Skilled trekkers can find solitude, all the challenging off-trail travel they can handle, plus wildlife, forest, mountains, and glacial lakes galore…In the park’s northern area, is the starting point for a challenging, unmarked, several-day loop across rivers (running fast and cold with glacial melt in spring), grasslands, bogs, and glacial passes that eventually travels through Valle Hermoso.
CONNECTING WITH OUR BI-NATIONAL PATAGONIA PARK JOURNEY
During this trip, in order to access to our base camp in Chile Chico, you will also ferry one of the largest lakes in South America, known historically as Chelenco but now referred to as Lago General Carrera in Chile and Lago Buenos Aires in Argentina.
We can also help with your connections to continue your trip from this point.
Patagonia Huts also offer the Patagonia National Park Journey to fully experince this new destination.