Guided Auquinco Trek in Lanin National Park

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Follow Julian, AAGM certified mountain guide, on this 3-day guided trek and discover the spectacular Lanin National Park in the Argentinean Patagonia!

Group

Andes

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Delve into the heart of the Lanin National Park.
  • Discover crystalline streams and beautiful waterfalls.
  • Ascend the Achen Ñiyeu Volcano and admire the views of the Lanín Volcano.
  • Spend the night camping in the woods.

Description

The months of sunshine and warm weather in the Argentinean Patagonia are absolutely gorgeous and any adventurer should make sure to include this stunning destination on their bucket list. Follow me on this 3-day guided trek in the Lanin National Park and venture into the wild landscapes of South America!

The Lanín National Park is the perfect spot to practice low-difficulty mountain trekking. As the days go by, we will discover refreshing waterfalls and spectacular lake beaches, always under the watchful eye of the Lanín Volcano, which shows us its different faces and changing beauty. This circuit is perfect for those novel trekkers who want to experience a true Patagonian adventure.

Bordering Chile to the West and the Nahuel Huapi National Park to the South, the Lanin National Park covers an area of 412,000 hectares and is home to 24 glacial lakes. 

Our meeting point will be in San Martin de Los Andes, one of the most beautiful and emblematic cities in the region. From there, we’ll go to Laguna Verde Beach which will be the starting point of our expedition. This area has many attractions, including stunning forests. During this journey, we’ll lose ourselves in the magical green landscapes and discover diverse and unique flora and fauna. Moreover, we’ll discover the Portezuelo Waterfall, Lolog Lake and may even explore the Achen Ñiyeu Volcano. 

Every day we’ll hike between 5 and 7 hours.  Then, by night, we’ll rest under the open sky in a tent. Hence, I recommend this 3-day trek to intermediate hikers only.  Additionally, it is essential to be in good physical shape. For a more detailed description of the trip, take a look at the itinerary below! 

So, are you ready to follow me through the spectacular countryside of  Patagonia? Then contact me and let’s start planning your trip. The Lanin National Park is waiting for you!

If you are looking for more unforgettable experiences in Patagonia, you may also join me on this Lago Lacar 2-day trek from San Martin de los Andes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Laguna Verde – Rincón de los Pinos

Early in the morning,we’ll leave from San Martín de los Andes to Laguna Verde (2 hours).

From Laguna Verde Beach we’ll go to a forest and we’ll immerse into this magical green landscape.

During this journey, we’ll find the Portezuelo Waterfall and the Achen Ñiyeu Volcano. Around noon we will reach the highest part of this route (1500 meters above sea level) where we’ll rest and have lunch.

After lunch, we’ll descend through a new valley, where Coirones exist with abundance. We’ll continue to the Auquinco River and depending on the weather conditions, we’ll stop to enjoy the freshness of the water. In this valley it is common to find traces of red deers and wild boars and, if we are lucky, we may even spot some of them. Moreover, hikers will be amazed by the spectacular Araucarias. This very old and emblematic tree of the Lanín National Park has been one of the main food resources of the Mapuche people.

Night in wild camping.

Total 7 hours of trekking. 16km.

Day 2: Rincón de los Pinos – Puerto Auquinco

We’ll continue our trail to the south through the same valley (Auquinco valley). Shortly after, we will have the last crossing of the river, and then begin a continuous descent towards the Lolog Lake.

When crossing through these forests, it is common to see birds such as the Pitío, a beautiful and friendly carpenter; the Giant Carpenter and the Huet.

In the afternoon, we will arrive at the shores of Lake Lolog where we can cool off and where we will spend the last night in a wild camp.

Total 5 hours of trekking. 11km

Day 3: Puerto Auquinco - Puerto Arturo

After a good breakfast on the coast of the lake we’ll start hiking bordering Lolog Lake through a closed, cool and wet forest. The path will give us incredible views to the south with the crystal clear waters of the lake at our feet. Two hours from the beginning of the hike we will arrive at Playa Bonita and if the day allows it, this place is ideal for a stop and a refreshing dip in the lake.

After lunch we will continue to Pto. Arturo where a transfer will be waiting to take us back to San Martin de los Andes.

Total 4/5 hours of trekking. 9.5km.

 

Details

Accommodation

In a tent

More info

All participants should be at least 16 years old.

Necessary equipment:

*60 / 80lts backpack *Sleeping bag -5º / -10º *Insulated mattress *Coats *Sun hat *Rain jacket *Synthetic fabric clothing (3 shirts / 1 or 2 leggings) *Polar jacket *Trekking pants *Footwear for water (crocs, sandals) *Swimwear *Gloves *Sunglasses with good UV filter *Warm stockings *Shoes or trekking boots *Trekking poles *Sunscreen *Water bottle, minimum 2lts *Front headlight with new batteries *Personal hygiene items * Insect Repellent *2 plastic bags

Meeting point

San Martín de los Andes

Photos


About the guide

Lives in San Martín de los Andes (North Patagonia) for 12 years now, but has worked as a mountain guide in the Glacier National Park leading expeditions to the Patagonian Southern Ice Field (22 times) and also to high mountains in Mendoza.

For several winters led groups in the mountains of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia and in the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash in Perú.

Now he works during summer guiding ascents to different volcanoes and also guides mountain bike tours. During winters works exclusively on avalanche training.


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Prices per person

Group of 2

USD 743 Each

Group of 3

USD 712 Each

Group of 4

USD 712 Each

Group of 5

USD 712 Each

Group of 6

USD 712 Each

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