Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Hike the Trail of Chile through the lenga forests en route to camp
- See the Cerro Castillo mountain range and traverse to the valley of the Turbio River
- View the El Penon and the El Bosque glaciers
- Explore the Turbio river valley to camp below the Cerro Castillo peaks
- Walk over Valley Ibanez
The evening before, our guides will meet you at a local restaurant in downtown Coyhaique to discuss the trips plan and any questions regarding packing, the itinerary, etc. Your first day trekking begins just outside of Coyhaique near Lago Monreal. Our guides will meet you at your hotel and provide transportation to the trailhead. You'll enjoy Patagonian farms and hiking unhurried to arrive at the entrance to the reserve, near an old logging site. From here, begin the ascent into the reserve along the Trail of Chile and through magnificent lenga forests and alpine meadows. You'll arrive at a beautiful campsite next to a quiet stream and relax for the evening.
This day allows for fabulous shots of Lake Paloma. You'll continue hiking until you reach a magnificent overlook of the lake and descend the small mountain to camp on the second night at the camping area of El Salto.
Well into your trip, day 3 begins to show you the mountain range of Cerro Castillo as you leave the forest tree line, begin a rocky traverse and cross your first pass to arrive in the valley of Turbio River and the established CONAF (Forest Service of Chile) campsite.
One of the longer days of hiking, you'll leave camp and pass the glacier El Penon, and continue to hike through vibrant forests until you reach the tree line once again. Hiking along rocky trails, you'll feel like you're on top of the world, crossing yet another mountain pass and descending with outstanding views of the glacier El Bosque. You'll begin to get your first glimpses of Cerro Castillo and camp alongside the River Bosque at another well established CONAF site.
On your second to last day, leave the campsite of River Turbio and hike along the river valley until you reach your final campsite, La Tetera, below the peaks and glaciers of Cerro Castillo. One of your shorter days, if feeling adventurous upon arrival in camp, ask the guides to take you on a hike to the foot of the glaciers and get a closer glimpse of the mountains.
Your final day, wake up early and begin the small climb to the amazing lake below Cerro Castillo. Here you can go for a polar swim, or opt to enjoy the glacial lake by its shoreline. From here you'll continue to ascend the mountain until reaching the ridgeline and the panorama of the valley Ibanez. On clear days, you'll get glimpses of Lake General Carrera and Argentina. Enjoy the wind as it whips past you and take in the amazing views. From here on, your trek is downhill to the quaint town of Cerro Castillo, where transportation to the hostel will be waiting.
Depart for onward travel.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Optional extra day can be added between days 3 & 4, leaving the trail for the day and hiking to the face of Glacier Penon and camping another night at the above campsite of Turbio.
- Transportation from Coyhaique to the trail head
- Experienced guides and porters
- Entrance fee to the reserve
- All meals, including breakfast, light lunch, dinner and trail food. Meals can be accommodated for special diets and requests.
- Common camping and group equipment such as stoves, cookware, plates and utensils, tents, maps, radios, first aid kits, plans of evacuation, etc.
- Transportation to and from airport
- Accommodation the night before the trek.
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses