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8-day guided trek in the Cochamo Valley, Chilean Patagonia

Follow AAGM certified mountain guide Julian on this 8-day guided trek in the Cochamo Valley and immerse yourself in the wild Chilean Patagonia!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Discover why the spectacular Cochamo Valley is known as the Chilean Yosemite.

  • Rest under the open sky surrounded by the magical Patagonia environment.

  • Learn about the region's unique flora and fauna.

Description

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!

Details

Accommodation

In a tent

More info

Necessary equipment: *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

Meeting point

San Carlos de Bariloche


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Itinerary

Day 0: Meeting in San Carlos de Bariloche

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.

Day 1: Transfer from Bariloche to Paso Leon (3 hours)

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

Day 2: Lake Vidal Gomez

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

Day 3: El Arco

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

Day 4: Cochamo River Valley

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

Day 5: Cerro Arco Iris

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

Day 6: El Morro - Cocharro - Puerto Varas

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.

Day 7: Travel back to Argentina

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.

Day 8: Last day

After enjoying our last breakfast together, we’ll say goodbye.


About the guide

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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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