Follow AAGM certified mountain guide Julian on this 8-day guided trek in the Cochamo Valley and immerse yourself in the wild Chilean Patagonia!
Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Follow me on this 8-day guided trek in the Cochamo Valley and discover millenary trees, ancient paths, crystalline rivers and the impressive granite walls of the spectacular Chilean Patagonia!
Located in the Los Lagos Region of Chile, the Cochamo Valley is a paradise for climbers and an ideal playground for hikers. Due to its granite domes and spectacular forests, this valley is known as the South American Yosemite and offers several and diverse trails, exotic birds, a fascinating plant life and breathtaking scenery.
On this trek, we’ll start by going from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Paso El León in Chile where we’ll venture into the mountains and discover some of the most unspoiled areas of northern Patagonia. During the days to come we’ll walk along rivers, set up camps next to pristine lakes and discover outstanding rock formations.
Please keep in mind that every day we will walk for about 5 to 7 hours and consequently, all participants will need to be physically fit. For a more detailed description of the trip, take a look at the itinerary below!
Follow me on this unique 8-day hiking program in the heart of the Cochamo Valley and prepare yourself for a unique experience in South America. Send you request!
If you are looking for more fun and exciting adventures in Patagonia, you can also join me on this 3-day guided trek in Lanin National Park!
I will pick you up at the airport of San Carlos de Bariloche and we’ll transfer to our hostel in the city. We’ll check our equipment and talk about the details of the trip.
After the immigration procedures we’ll start our trekking on the Chilean side. This is will be an intense day where we’ll trek along the entire length of the Manso River to the junction of the Torrentoso and Manso rivers.
Night in tent, dinner in rustic shelter
Total: 5/6 hours
We’ll continue our journey through the Valdivian jungle, then we’ll turn north and go towards Lake Vidal Gomez (2 hrs approximately). Once at the southern tip of the lake, we will set up camp and rest for the night.
Night in a tent, dinner in rustic shelter
Total: 6 hours
We’ll start our day by walking between mountains. Then, we’ll continue through some really steep spots until we reach a small lake where we will have lunch.
From that point, we’ll descend to El Arco which is a fabulous rock formation where a waterfall descends below and is located very close to a forest of millenary Larches. We’ll set up camp there.
Night in a tent
Total: 6/7 hrs
On this day we will arrive to one of the most impressive places of the trip: the Cochamó River Valley.
We’ll walk through the forest and have to handle a challenging hike if it should rain.
Our camp will be surrounded by 1,000 meter long granite walls, a true paradise.
Night in a tent, baths and dinner in wooden shelter.
Total: 6 hours
On this day we will walk without weight in our backpacks because we will go back to sleep at the same place.
Our goal will be to ascend Cerro Arco Iris and once at the top we’ll marvel at the incredible views of the entire valley. On the way back, we will go through sections of good slopes and even in some we will have to use fixed ropes to assist the ascent.
Night in tent, baths and dinner in wooden shelter.
Total: 5/6 hours
We bid farewell to the beautiful Cochamó Valley to complete our crossing through the mountains and reach the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
We’ll start with a 4 hour walk along a very narrow but very nice path and with several wooden bridges, to a place called El Morro where a vehicle will be waiting for us. End of trekking.
At about 5 km we’ll arrive at the charming town of Cochamó where we’ll have lunch in front of the Reconcaví Sound and then continue traveling by car to Puerto Varas, located on the coast of Lake Llanquihue. This is a spectacular place where hikers will admire the beautiful views of the Osorno Volcano.
Night in a hostel.
Total: 4/5 hours.
During the morning we will take a regular bus back to Argentina (6 hrs.) We will cross the Paso Samoré with very nice views and after going through Villa La Angostura, we will arrive to our final destination, San Carlos de Bariloche.
Night in a hostel.
Total: 5 hours.
After enjoying our last breakfast together, we’ll say goodbye.
In a tent
*Backpack 70/80 lts *Sleeping bag -5 ° *Insulated mattress *Coats *Sun hat *Rain jacket *Synthetic fabric first layer clothes *Polar diver coat *Trekking pants *Coversuit *Footwear for water (crocs, sandals) *Swimwear *Thin gloves *Sunglasses with good UV filter *Trekking boots *Warm stockings *Sunscreen *Trekking sticks *Water bottle - min 2 liters *Front headlight with new batteries *Personal hygiene items *2 plastic bags
San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Nov 19, 2021
I had a very good experience booking the hike through Explore-Share. Communication with the team was prompt and clear and the booking process was seamless. The trip itself was also just perfect. Uroš was a fantastic guide, highly skilled and talented. The hike felt safe at all times, even on more exposed routes, thanks to him. He was always up to date on the weather forecast and planned the days around it, checked the conditions on the route ahead of me, if needed, discussed and adapted the routes to my level and always made sure I was safe and comfortable. I highly recommend him, as well as Explore-Share.
Oct 25, 2021
Explore Share is a really usefull website that has a great overview of reviewed guides for a (in our case) hiking/climbing trip. During the booking I got assigned an assistent for Explore Share that helped solve questions that I might have. Great customer service, and I will come back again.
Oct 17, 2021
Explore-share was easy to use and the staff and guide w ere very responsive. The trip descriptions were accurate and the pricing reasonable. I would definitely recommend the site for people looking to do guided hiking.
Oct 13, 2021
Excellent!! Great guide and service. I had a very good experience. Id do it again.
Sep 14, 2021
Guide was very experienced and very patient with us. We learned a lot and he tried to fit in all the knowledge he could in one day, super awesome. A little tough going back and forth to get the trip set up hard to tell if the site is sketchy until you see reviews but all worked out. Ended up with an awesome day with an awesome guide. Overall pretty satisfied and thankful!
Sep 14, 2021
The whole experience was great! The customer service of explore-share was really good. I always got an answer very quick. I would absolutely recommend to use explore-share if you are looking for a great guide in a foreign country. 5 stars!
Sep 10, 2021
What a trip, fantastic guide who picked me up and dropped me off. Would use again.
Aug 25, 2021
It's the 2nd time we have been booking with Explore-Share. The booking was super easy and both Explore-Share and the guide were fast in their responses. We did rafting as a family with 3 kids for the first time in Slovenia. The guide (José) was super nice. He was doing everything he could to make everyone at ease with rafting (he gave clear explanations), have a great team spirit (we were joined by 2 other girls) and have a good time. We had lots of fun and the nature there is so beautiful. Thank you Explore-share and Soca splash for the great afternoon! I would recommend this activity to anyone without a doubt. My kids immediately told me they want to do rafting again soon !"
Aditya Kumar Jha
Aug 2, 2021
Best platform for mountain sports services. Easy to use, great personalised service and support.
Jul 5, 2021
I am very pleased to have booked with this group. All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind about stressing. Will be back for more!
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