Hiking traverse in Paimun Pass in Patagonia


Join Cristian, an AAGM certified guide, on this 4-day program in Paimun Pass, a beautiful trail of native forests and lakes on the skirts of Lanin Volcano.

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4 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec


Come enjoy a great 4-day hiking traverse into the old Paimun Pass, in Patagonia! I'll take you through beautiful native forests and amazing lakes. Besides, we'll have the fantastic view of the Lanin Volcano along the way.

The Paimun Pass trail was formerly used as an illegal passage between Argentina and Chile. Today it is an amazing hiking route in Neuquen province in Argentina.

On our first day, we’ll walk across a forest of radales and maitenes and pass a waterfall. Then, after some ascents and descents I'll take you to the beautiful Paimun Lake shore, close to our campsite.

Next day, I'll guide you towards a nires forest, typical species of the region. Then, we'll get to the Paimun river, a fantastic place for lunch. At the end of this day, we'll get to Laguna Carilafquen, where we'll spend the night. From the lagoon we'll be able to enjoy the view of the Lanin Volcano.

On our third day, we'll skirt the volcano, walking on volcanic soil until we get to Cerro Barbecho. From its summit, we'll get a stunning view of Lake Huechulafquen. And on our last day, we'll follow a wooded path, used by local people in summer for their animals. You can check the complete itinerary of this program below.

I'll be happy to answer your questions. So please contact me and let's start planning this 4-day adventure! If you don't have much time, I also offer a 2-day guided ascent to Lanin Volcano (3776 m).


Day 1: Piedra Mala - Paimun

Today we’ll walk from 3 to 4 hours. First, I’ll take you through a very open forest of radales and maitenes. Then, after 45 minutes of walk we’ll find the beautiful Saltillo waterfall, surrounded by coihues. From there the forest becomes really dense. After a few ascents and descents we’ll get to the coast of the lake, close to our campsite.

Day 2: Paimun - Laguna Carilafquen

After breakfast, I’ll guide you towards a nires forest. We’ll get near the Paimun river, a beautiful place for lunch. After a while, we’ll continue our hike through a forest where a police department used to operate, with the aim to detect illegal immigration between Argentina and Chile. At the end of this day, we’ll get to the Laguna Carilafquen, where we’ll spend the night. It’s located to the west of the Lanin Volcano.

Day 3: Laguna Carilafquen - Cerro Barbecho

Today we’ll leave the lagoon behind, with the view of the silhouette of the Lanin Volcano. Once in the Hito Paimun, we’ll go on skirting the volcano, walking on volcanic soil until we get to Cerro Barbecho. From its summit, we’ll get a stunning view of Lake Huechulafquen. We’ll descend and in a few minutes we’ll be in the campsite.

Day 4: Cerro Barbecho - Piedra Mala

On our last day, I’ll guide you through a wooded path, where local people take their animals in summer. We’ll get back then to Piedra Mala.




We will camp.

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Meeting point

Junín de los Andes


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