Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Arrive into Villa Cerro Castillo, briefing meeting.
- Trek into Cerro Castillo National Reserve, enjoy panoramic views, evening visit to hanging glacier.
- Wake up and watch the sunrise, spectacular photo opportunity.
- Walk to glacial lake and return into town for showers and dinner in town.
Clients have the option to arrive in Villa Cerro Castillo the day before, or we can provide transportation to and from the airport in Balmaceda.
This evening you will have a pre-trip meeting with our guides to discuss the trail, what to expect, and how to pack your backpack efficiently.
Dinner, Night in B&B
Leaving our farm, you'll begin the trek leisurely as you stroll through town and hike along beautiful Chilean farms. As you begin the ascent to the glacial lake of Cerro Castillo, panoramic vistas of the surrounding valleys will begin to appear. You'll leave the shade of the forest and begin hiking along the rock scree of Cerro Castillo on well-worn trails, finally arriving at the glacial, turquoise lake of said mountain.
Enjoy lunch overlooking this fantastic site and begin your descent along the opposite side of the mountain where you can soak your feet in the icy waters of Cerro Castillo. Our camp for the evening is just within the forests with excellent sites of the hanging glaciers.
Once you've had a chance to relax in camp, ask your guides to take you up to the hanging glacier for even more amazing views and enjoy a little whiskey on million year old ice!
After a restful night within the mountains of Patagonia, you'll wake up before the sun and begin a short 30 minute hike to a nearby knoll offering stunning views of Cerro Castillo.
Bring your sleeping bag and curl up as you wait for the sun to rise and capture the glaciers of Cerro Castillo burning red with the dawn. Once the sun has risen, breakfast will be waiting as you arrive back at camp.
Pack up and begin hiking back up the pass to Morro Negro, passing the enormous glaciers of Cerro Castillo, and then descend to Camp Porteadores and eventually Camp Neozelandes, the high mountain camp between Cerro Palo and Cerro Castillo.
On your final day, awake alongside the rumbles of crystal clear rivers and enjoy a short hike before breaking camp to begin your descent of the reserve.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely walk to another glacial lake few have visited, Lago Yagan. When you head back to camp, tents will be packed up and ready to go and you'll begin hiking down the Trail of Chile until arriving at the gravel road that leads you back to Villa Cerro Castillo.
We'll take you back for showers at your hostel before heading out for dinner in town.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $581 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
- 2 Nights Accommodation in B&B
- 2 Nights Camping
- Transportation to/from Airport
- All food
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses