Andes Crossing Guided Trek · 5 days trip
Trekking across South America’s Andes Mountains from Argentina to Chile
Route “Tunuyán Valley” – Piuquenes Pass
The Andes Crossing Guided Trek from Argentina is an amazing opportunity to cross the entire Andes mountain range from Mendoza, Argentina to Chile. This is a unique experience that will take you to a forgotten land of amazing beauty, and which will feel like a journey back in time. We will set out from the beautiful mountain area of Tunuyan, to then cross then the mountains of the Andes by following several breathtaking valleys and gorges surrounded by vertical walls, glaciers and 6.000 m high mountains. This pristine landscape is home to condors and guanacos that may visit us during the journey.
The Andes Crossing Guided trek Across pioneer trails in the rural Portillo pass, in the middle of the Andes
Mountains, this is an exclusive journey into the Gaucho culture. Enjoy this fantastic adventure, relax in the depths of the pristine Andean wilderness, and let yourself be introduced to the local people’s traditional way of life.
Following San Martin’s path, we are going to ride through the “Valle de Los Patos” (Valley of the Ducks). In January 1817, the “Ejército de Los Andes” (the Army of the Andes) undertook the most audacious military campaign in
Argentinean history. Nearly 200 years later, we offer you the chance to cross the
Andes mountain ranges on horseback following the path General Don José de San Martin’s took.
During the Andes Crossing Guided Trek, we will be living in the natural environment, far away from pollution and high- tension cables or any kind of civilization, which will make this crossing a real “expedition” among a salvage and isolated world.
You will live every minute like a Gaucho (Argentinian cowboy), sharing your time with our team of guides and muleteers who will teach you experiences and costumes from the everyday life of a typical gaucho in the high country.
ANDES CROSSING GUIDED TREK
|JANUARY||05th, 12th, 19th, 26th|
Transfer Mendoza City to the place where we start the trekking.
Professional mountain guide and muleteers.
Transport of the equipment on mules. Up to 10 Kg. per person.
All meals and drinks during the expedition.
Complete camping equipment.
03 nights of accommodation in tents (igloo shape, for 2 or 3 people).
First Aid equipment.
Satellite phone (in case of emergency).
Transfer from the end point of expedition to a complex of cabins in “Cajon del Maipo”
(Chile). This day you are getting at Cajon del Maipo after 8 pm.
01 night of accommodation in a complex of cabins in “Cajon del Maipo” (Chile) with
dinner. We think that this night it is necessary because sometimes we have delays in the
customs offices in San Gabriel Chile, and can be too late for getting to Santiago.
Transfer “Cajón del Maipo” / Santiago de Chile.
English speaking guide.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
Transfer (return) from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza.
Transport to Chile of the equipment and bags that you don’t lead the expedition.
Food not stipulated in the program.
Drinks in restaurants.
Personal expenses (phone calls, tips, laundry, etc.).
Medical assistance or insurance.
You have to arrive in Mendoza a day before to departure date. It’s necessary to check
Day 1 MENDOZA / LAS YARETAS (acclimatization day)
In the morning we will drive a private vehicle towards the “Manzano Histórico” (2
hs), located in the “Valle de Uco” (Uco Valley).Uco Valley is a viticulture region
southwest of Mendoza City in Argentina. It is widely considered one of the top wine
regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina.We arrive then at the Refugio Portinari
(National Gendarmerie). Here we perform customs clearance and registration with the
authorities of the National Gendarmerie. After that, we start the trekking day until “Las
Yaretas”. Night in a tent.
TRANSPORT 3.30 hs from Mendoza 750 m / Manzano Histórico 1710 m / Portinari 2520 m.
START TREK Portinari 2520 m / Las Yaretas 3545 m.
Approx 4 hrs / 11 km.
Portinari 2520 m.
Scaravelli 3200 m.
Valle de las cascades.
Valle de las Yaretas 3545 m.
Day 2 LAS YARETAS / REAL DE LA CRUZ
Breakfast and enlistment of the luggage. This day we are going to climb to the “Portillo
Argentino”, rising to 4380 m.
The first part will be by car from “Las Yaretas” until Portillo Base.
After we have 8 / 9 trekking hours (mostly in a downhill trail) until the Real de la Cruz
Shelter, located in the valley of the Tunuyan River.
Once in the camp, we enjoy a dinner that will surely be energizing adorned by the
experiences of this day for adventure.
Night in a tent in the area around the refuge.
BY CAR Las Yaretas 3545 m / Portillo Base 4000 m / 18 km.
TREK Portillo Base 4000 m / Refugio Real de la Cruz 2870 m.
Approx 8-9 hrs / 16 km.
Confluencia, Valle de las Yaretas 3545 m.
Portillo Base 4000 m.
Portillo Argentino 4380 m.
Valle de la Mansa, cruce del arroyo de la Olla 3260 m.
Mirador “La Banderita” 2900 m.
Alto Valle del Río Tunuyán, Real de la Cruz Shelter 2870 m.
Day 3 REAL DE LA CRUZ / EL CALETÓN
After breakfast, we prepare the luggage for the mules, and embarking the Tunuyán
river. For crossing the river, we will need the help of our strong horses guided by the
The trek continues through the viewpoint of “Mount Tupungato 6800 meters” and
then following upriver the beautiful “Palomares” stream, until the last campsite in
Argentinean territory: “The Caleton” or “Real de la Oveja” (depends of the decision of the mountain guide).
Rest, night in tents.
TREK: Approx 5-7 hrs / 13 km.
Real de la Cruz Shelter 2870 m.
Cross Tunuyán river 2870 m.
Valle de Palomares 3000 m.
Camp El Caleton 3027 m.
Real del Vallecito 3100 m.
Paso Hondo or Real de la Oveja 3400 m.
Day 4 EL CALETÓN / INTERNATIONAL BORDER / PARQUE DEL YESO
Departure towards the Argentinean/Chilean Border.
Another big challenge lies ahead on the fifth day.
Departure to Step Piuquenes to 4030 m, boundary between Argentina and Chile.
At noon we will enjoy a unique lunch at the border marker. In the border, we have to
change the mules who carry loads (they are prohibited cross the border). New Chilean
mules and Chilean muleteer guides will lead us going down to the river “El Plomo” in
Chilean territory, the final leg of the expedition.
After crossing the river, private vehicles are waiting for us.
Transfer by minibus to the Cajon del Maipo, coasting the “Yeso dam”, to San Gabriel
Village where are the customs formalities where we complete customs paperwork at the
After 11 km from the customs office, we will get to the accommodation in a beautiful
complex of cabins and farewell dinner at local restaurant.
TREK: Approx 7-9 hrs / 14-16 km.
Piuquenes pass 4030 m.
Crossing the river Yeso. End in Parque del Yeso or Termas del Plomo 3000 m.
BY CAR: Yeso / San Gabriel Cajon del Maipo 1260 m.
Day 5: TRANSFER CAJÓN DEL MAIPO (Chile) / SANTIAGO DE CHILE
In the morning, transfer to Santiago and end of the program.
• 1 Top underwear, Polypropylene or thermal capeline
• 1 Long sleeve shirts
• 1 Fleece jacket
• 1 Windproof Gore-Tex jacket, it must have a hood
• 1 down jacket, it must have a hood
• 1 Pairs of liner gloves
• 1 Pair of fleece or wool gloves
• 1 Hat or cap for the sun protection
• 1 Fleece hat
• 1 Bottom underwear
• 1 Trekking pant
• 1 Windproof Gore–Tex pant (only in winter conditions)
• 1 Pair of hiking boots (we recommend Gore-Tex models)
• 1 pairs of light-weight socks
• 2-3 pairs of heavy-weight socks
• 1 pair of glacier glasses with side covers (100% UV)
• 1 headlamp with extra batteries
• 1 sleeping bag (-15oC)
• Crocs or similar shoes to cross rivers
• Sunscreen and lip protection min. SPF 40. Moisturizing
cream, protective lipstick, milk cream in case of very dry skin.
• 2 water bottles
• Personal medicine
• US$ 30 in Chilean pesos (for any small expense arising as
drinks or snacks).
• 1 plastic bottle or a water bottle (1 1?2 or 2 lts).
• Eye drops (for persons who are sensitive or allergic to the
• Insect repellent.
• Elements of personal hygiene (hand towel, soap,