Torres del Paine

Adventurous Andean Crossing

In the pre-Columbian era this pass was used by natives that lived on the northern Patagonian plains, the 'Vuriloches' - meaning people from the other side of the mountains - used this pass to connect the Reloncavi Estuary in the Pacific Ocean to the Patagonian steppes. This ancient Vuriloche pass was later used during the Spanish conquest by Jesuit missionaries to found the first Missionary in the pampas and at Lake Nahuel Huapi. Once the International pass Vicente Perez Rosales was opened further north the Vuriloche pass was abandoned for the next one hundred years. Only recently, in 1998, was the pass legally re-opened, once again becoming one of the most spectacular passes crossing the Andes Mountains. With spectacular scenery, virgin forests, large flowing rivers, sheer rock cliffs and panoramic views of hanging glaciers and to top it all, the volcano Tronador - the tallest in the region standing at an incredible 3491m.



Vuriloches Trek Overview

Day-1: Puerto Montt - National Park Vicente Perez Rosales

Day-2: Petrohue - Blanco River - La Junta

Day-3: La Junta - El Buitre

Day-4: El Buitre - Mallín Chileno

Day-5: Mallin Chileno - Pampa Linda

Day-6: Pampa Linda - Bariloche

Torres del Paine



Adventurous Andean Crossing Trek

Day-1: Puerto Montt - National Park Vicente Perez Rosales
Transfer from Puerto Montt to the National Park. We arrive at Hotel Petrohue, and after we check in, we will have a technical talk and an equipment check for every participant. The guide will limit how much baggage can be taken according to the information outlined in the program. After dinner it is recommended that we get an early night, the first day of the hike is long and demanding. (Dinner)

Day-2: Petrohue - Blanco River - La Junta
Early breakfast and board a catamaran for our navigation on the Todos Los Santos Lake where we will arrive at River Blanco. (2 hrs) During this boat trip we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains and imposing snow capped volcanoes, like Puntiagudo, Osorno and the Tronador. After a long and tiring hike we will arrive at our lodge in 'La Junta', where we will, rest, eat and gather strength to continue the next day. (Full Board)

Day-3: La Junta - El Buitre
After breakfast we will have the morning off to enjoy the thermal springs or walk and explore the surroundings. After lunch departure to the area called 'El Buitre'. We will hike through forests and rock cliffs, and we will see how the volcano Tronador looms closer and closer as we pass its various glaciers and snow capped peaks. Once we arrive at 'El Buitre' we will set up camp and enjoy what time we have left in the thermal pools present in the forest. (Full Board)

Day-4: El Buitre - Mallín Chileno
Our journey will continue on a narrow path moving up long and steep slopes. We cross the dangerous river El Traidor to once again ascend towards the Lomas de Huenchupan, from where we can fully admire the volcano Tronador's southern glacier. Afterwards, we will continue our journey through a beautiful forest of lenga trees heading towards the 'Mallin Chileno' (Chilean wetlands). Here we will find our refuge for the night. (Full Board)

Day-5: Mallin Chileno - Pampa Linda
After going through the area of wetlands we will finally cross the border at an estimated altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. We will have to change horses and arrange custom formalities. From this point on we will start our descent towards our lodgings, 'Hosteria Pampa Linda', located in the National Park Nahuel Huapi. Our last dinner of the trip will be an exquisite Argentinean barbecue with which we will celebrate a successful hike. (Full Board)

Day-6: Pampa Linda - Bariloche
We will have breakfast at the 'Hosteria Pampa Linda', and then board a transfer that will take us to the city of Bariloche, where the services of 'Expediciones Petrohue' will end. (Breakfast)

End of services
Torres del Paine trekking across the andes

Trekking Torres del Paine
Duration 6 Days
Best time September to March
Accommodation Hotels and Refugios


Dates and Costs

All of these trips are arranged on a private basis. Costs vary based on the number of people.

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Trek across the Andes

Price includes
Accommodation at selected hotels including breakfast.
All meals as specified on the itinerary.
Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides.
All Entrance fees.


Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.


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