Aysen Glacier Trail

The proximity of this trek to the glaciers of the Northern Ice Cap, the variety of landscapes you will see means the Aysen Glacier Trail (AGT) is regularly named one of the greatest treks on the planet.

10 Days

$4,000

Aysen Glacier Trail - 10 - $4,000

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Camp out along the way as you explore the Aysen mountains, forests and lakes 
  • Boat trip across Lago Bertrand and Lago Colonia
  • Trek across Neff Glacier
  • Climb to the Mirador summit for expansive views of the three glaciers which fill the valleys in this corner of the northern ice cap
  • Follow tracks of the Huemul deer to the northern shore of Lago Colonia
  • Cross the Baker River and ride through the Valle Grande in 4x4 vehicles 

Start from Coyhaique and end at Coyhaique

Landmarks visited on Aysen Glacier Trail

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Balmaceda / Coyhaique - Puerto Bertrand

Meet guides and the rest of the group in either Coyhaique or Balmaceda airport. Transfer to Puerto Bertrand in a van, along the breathtaking Southern Highway. Arrive in Puerto Bertrand, situated in a spectacular location at the headwaters of Chile's most voluminous river, the Rio Baker. Welcome dinner with guide team, orientation meeting, final instructions and packing for the start of the trek.

Length of transfer: 5 hours

Accommodation: Green Baker Lodge

Meals: Lunch, dinner


Day 2: Bertrand Lake

Boat trip: 1 hour

Hike details: 10km, 3 hours, 200m ascent & 100m descent

Final packing and preparation of luggage after breakfast and then a boat trip across the emerald blue Lago Bertrand and Lago Plomo. We meet up with the horse team here to offload some of the luggage before a 3-hour hike, traversing the flanks of the Cordon Soler above the river and then down to camp.

Accommodation: Rock Garden camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 3: Soler Valley

Hike details: 18km, 6 hours, 200m ascent & 150m descent

Continue towards the back of the Soler Valley, maintaining elevation along the 250-meter contour line. Pass by the Concordia of 3 major glacial valleys and walk up into the old growth beech forest to the Palomar ranch. Our campsite is the original ranch still with the old wood shelter and a storage wood construction.

Accommodation: Palomar Ranch

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 4: Cross the Neff Glacier

Hike details: 10-12km, 7-10 hours, 300m ascent & 100m descent

Climb up 200 meters to the northern margin of the Neff Glacier, cross the 6-kilometer wide glacier. Descend the south side of the glacier and climb up to the mirrored lakes.

Accommodation: Mirrored Lake Camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 5: Free Day

This day can either be spent exploring the area and climbing to the Mirador summit for expansive views of the 3 glaciers which fill the valleys in this corner of the northern ice cap. Alternatively, the day sometimes has to be used to allow for detrimental weather for the glacier crossing.

Accommodation: Mirrored Lake Camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 6: Cachet Lake 2

Hike details: 8km, 6 hours, 100m ascent & 200m descent

Hike down the Buena Cueva Valley among old growth beech forests, Cypress filled wetlands and huge boulders. Lunch with the view of three major glaciers. Continue along the shore of Lake Cachet 2 and the challenging Talus slope. The Cachet camp is 100 meters above the lake and facing the Colonia Glacier that carves off with unannounced regularity.

Accommodation: Cachet Camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 7: Hike to Colonia Glacier

Hike details: 10km, 8 hours, 300m ascent & 300m descent

The day begins amongst glacial kettles and drumlins with constant views of icebergs and the 50-meter ice wall of the glacier. The trail continues into the old growth beech forest above a 200-meter deep canyon with a booming river. The night is spent overlooking the 4 km wide terminus of the Colonia Glacier with Lago Colonia beyond.

Accommodation: Colonia Camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, Dinner


Day 8: Follow tracks of the Huemul deer

Hike details: 6km, 2 hours, 250m descent

Boat trip: 30 minutes

After hiking down to the moss covered beach between glacier and lake the trail follows tracks of the Huemul deer to the northern shore of Lago Colonia. A boat ride across the lake below 50m waterfalls to the south shore is followed by a 40-minute walk to Camp at the Sol de Mayo Ranch.

Accommodation: Sol de Mayo Camp

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ


Day 9: Cochrane

Hike details: 6 hours

Transfer duration: 1 hour

A horse assisted hike down the Colonia valley to the Rio Baker. Horses carry all your gear and can carry people if requested. The hike passes through other properties where you have the chance to meet up with the local farmers and their families. At the traditional cableway raft, cross the Baker River and meet up with 4x4 vehicles for the ride across the Valle Grande into Cochrane and a well-deserved celebratory dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Ultimo Paraiso, Cochrane

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 10: Cochrane - Balmaceda/Coyhaique

Transfer duration: 6 hours

The return journey takes about 6 hours along the Southern Highway either to Balmaceda for return flights or to Coyhaique for a final night in Patagonia. There are also optional charter flights from Cochrane for anyone wishing to over-fly the route you have hiked or visit Laguna San Rafael Glacier on the coast. The service end in either Coyhaique or Balmaceda unless you have arranged further services.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
October 2018
21-Oct-2018 $6,000 Provisional Date
November 2018
4-Nov-2018 $6,000 Fully Booked
18-Nov-2018 $6,000 Provisional Date
December 2018
2-Dec-2018 $6,000 Provisional Date
16-Dec-2018 $6,000 Fully Booked
January 2019
6-Jan-2019 $6,000 Fully Booked
20-Jan-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
February 2019
3-Feb-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
17-Feb-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
March 2019
3-Mar-2019 $4,000* Provisional Date
17-Mar-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
31-Mar-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
April 2019
14-Apr-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
October 2019
6-Oct-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
20-Oct-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
November 2019
3-Nov-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
17-Nov-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
December 2019
1-Dec-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date
15-Dec-2019 $6,000 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $4,000

Please note:

Price from USD $6000, based on a group of between 2 and 12 people.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.

There are special Swoop Departures on 2nd Dec 2018 and 17 Feb 2019 with a price of US$4000 per person. We need a group of 4 people to confirm this trip at this price.


Includes

  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • Guide

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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