Trekking Las Horquetas

Trek Cerro Castillo National Reserve in the remote region of Aysen, where you will have the chance to see extraordinary scenery and wildlife. 4 days trekking to mountains and glaciers, with an opportunity to relax before and after.

6 Days

$509

Trekking Las Horquetas - 6 - $509

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrival Balmaceda, Transfer to Villa Cerro Castillo
  • Trekking Cerro Castillo Reserve to Camp Turbio
  • Follow Rio Turbio, see the hanging Pinon Glacier
  • Climb Morro Negro, and see Laguna Cerro Castillo
  • View Mount Castillo before returning to the town to rest in your B&B

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Trekking Las Horquetas

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Cerro Castillo

Transfer duration: 1.5 hours

After your 2.5 hour flight from Santiago to BBA, we will be at the airport to meet you upon arrival. The town of Cerro Castillo is 1.5 hour drive from the airport, where you will have a scenic drive to begin your trip in Patagonia. You'll be taken to your bed and breakfast, La Casona, where you'll enjoy a private suite in an antique house. After settling in, you'll be picked up to head to town for dinner at a local restaurant and a meeting with your guides for the trek.

Accommodation: La Casona, Cerro Castillo 


Day 2: Hike to the reserve

Start your hike to the reserve by hiking approximately 17 kilometers on your first day, following an old logging road for about two hours. You'll pass old gaucho camps that are used to take livestock to the mountains in the summer months and get a glimpse of the first crystal clear waters of Patagonia, until finally reaching the reserve entrance.

You'll then pass the park office, register, and continue for the last 2 kms, where you'll set camp for the first night at Camp Turbio.

Accommodation: Camp Turbio

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: Pinon Glacier

Your second day begins following the Turbio River through the valley until beginning your ascent into the mountains. You'll then cross Pinon Pass, which has an altitude of 1,300 meters and the descent is a bit difficult because the rock scree is a bit loose. The guides are excellent at pointing out the trail and you will descend from the pass alongside the hanging Pinon Glacier.

Except for the months of February and March, you can expect to have a small amount of snow through the pass, but not on the descent. It is easily hike-able and is actually easier than hiking over the loose rocks. After crossing the pass and arriving in the valley below, you will have the option to camp at Camp Bosque, or continue another 2.5 kilometers to the more beautiful Camp La Tetera. This decision will be decided during the trip with your guides and depends on how you are feeling after crossing the first pass.

If you continue to Camp La Tetera, in the evening you can take a hike up to the glaciers, or in the morning, you can wake up early for some awesome shots of the sunrise coming up over the peaks of Cerro Castillo.

Accommodation: Camp Bosque or Camp La Tetera

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Climb Morro Negro (1700m)

Depending on where you arrived the day before, you will either continue to La Tetera where you will have a short break before continuing to the laguna of Cerro Castillo. You'll take a short break here to take in the scenery, before climbing up Morro Negro, peaking at 1,700 meters, and descending down steep rock scree before arriving at Camp Porteadores.

Accommodation: Camp Porteadores

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: View the north face of Cerro Castillo

You'll begin your last day by taking a short hike, without your packs, to the upper camp, Camp Neozelandes, where you can check out views of the north face of Cerro Castillo and check out the glacial basin that is made up of Cerro Palo and Castillo. It is beautiful in this area of the reserve, and depending on the day, if it is warm enough, you can continue to Lake Yagan for a quick dip in the glacial waters.

After, head back down to your packs and keep descending down the mountain back to the trailhead and road that takes you to Villa Cerro Castillo. The hike down is easy, through southern beech forest, and only 6 kms from where you leave your packs at Porteadores.

After meeting up on the trailhead, you'll be taken to a local spot for dinner and back to your B&B where you can have a full night's rest.

Accommodation: La Casona, Cerro Castillo 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Depart

Transfer to Balmaceda Airport.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $509 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.

Please note:

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice for a minimum of 2 people.


Includes

  • Guide
  • 3 Nights Camping
  • 2 Nights B&B Accommodation
  • Transportation to/from Airport

Excludes

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

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