Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Three full days discovering the wonders of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve and capturing the spectacular sights on camera
- Visit a hanging glacier during your second evening
- Wake up and watch the sunrise, photographing the dawn light
- Trek to a glacial lake few have visited, Lago Yagan
- Relax in town with dinner on the last night
Day 1: Arrival and welcome
Either arrive in Villa Cerro Castillo the day before, or take (provided) transportation to and from the airport in Balmaceda.
On the first evening you will have a welcome dinner and then meeting with the guides, in which you'll discuss the trail and practicalities, preparing for the days ahead.
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: First day in Cerro Castillo National Reserve
Start the trek with a leisurely stroll through the town, passing by beautiful Chilean farms. As you ascend 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 hike along the rock scree of Cerro Castillo on well-worn trails, finally arriving at the glacial, turquoise lake of said mountain.
Enjoy lunch soaking up the view and then begin your descent along the opposite side of the mountain, where you can soak your feet in the icy waters of Cerro Castillo. The camp for the evening is located within the forests with excellent sights 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!
Day 3: Cerro Castillo, hike to Morro Negro
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.
Accommodation: Camp Neozelandes
Day 4: Cerro Castillo, hike to Lago Yagan
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.
Embrace the warm atmosphere of the town with dinner there.
Day 5: Departure
Transfer back to the airport to travel home/onwards.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $579 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