Challenge type: Trek in support of Jersey Cheshire Home
Runs from : 24th November 2017 to 3rd December 2017
A spectacular trek across the Patagonian Andes in Argentina. Known as the Lake District, this region is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Encounter snow capped peaks, majestic volcanoes, vast glacial lakes, clear gurgling streams, lush rainforests and dramatic glaciers. Afterwards there is time to relax in Bariloche, before flying home. Join this unforgettable adventure whilst raising vital funds for Jersey Cheshire Home.
Flights, accommodation, transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except lunch on days 8 & 9.
Airport tax (£503 approx. based on May 2014 rate), travel insurance, lunch on days 8 & 9, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
Midday flight to Madrid, here we change planes and take an overnight to Buenos Aires.
After landing in Buenos Aires, we take an internal flight to Bariloche in the Patagonian Andes. From there we transfer to a hotel close to Nahuel Huapi Lake within the oldest national park in Argentina. It’s a spectacular area of lakes and has rivers carved from ancient glaciers dominated by the high mountain chain of the Andes. We have the afternoon free to explore and in the evening after dinner we hear more about the challenge ahead!
A stunning first day of trekking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, known for its raging rivers, snow-clad peaks and extensive forests. We start with a 30 minute transfer to Tramo El Tambo to join the trail. The morning is spent hiking alongside a crystal-clear river with a spectacular mountain vista backdrop. After a couple of hours we cross a bridge and the trail heads into thicker vegetation away from the river. In the afternoon the trail ascends towards our overnight accommodation in the heart of this great wilderness, optional waterfall visit, we overnight in Refugio San Martin.
Today we follow a remote trail and head deeper into Nahuel Huapi National Park. We trek through a pristine environment of sweeping valleys, soaring mountains and vast lakes. En-route we encounter several river crossings as well as the spectacular Los Témpanos Lagoon. Our destination is Lake Mascardi, a large body of emerald green water, caused by glacial sediments from the nearby. We then transfer for 40 minutes to the Pampa Linda hotel.
An exciting day as we climb to the base of Mount Tronador where we enjoy an amazing view of the summit and its spectacular glaciers. This extinct volcano stands at 3545 metres and is the highest mountain in the Argentinian Lake District. It is surrounded by approximately 37 square miles of ice, snow and glaciers, an impressive sight! Mount Tronador (Thunderer) was named after the rumbling noise produced by avalanches and ice falling from its mountain peaks. Its summit marks the boundary between Chile and Argentina.
Overnight at Refugio Meiling, at the foot of the glacier
A truly memorable day of trekking in Argentina!! Today we trek across a glacier for 800m and see spectacular views all around. Once we have crossed over the glacier we then re-join our original trail and continue along the Paso de la Nubes (Pass of the Clouds). Overnight Refugio Agostino Roca.
Today is the last day of this spectacular trek, we have an early start from the refugio and head up to Frias lake which is approximately 14km. Lake Frias offers a dreamlike landscape of crystal clear and green water surrounded by trees. From here we take a boat transfer (approx. 30 minutes), on arrival we trek for 1 hour (approx 3km) to Puerto Blast. From here we take an incredible sailing on lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Pañuelo (approx. 1.5 hours) on arrival we take a short transfer to Bariloche and enjoy this incredible destination.
Free day with optional tours in Bariloche, this evening we come together for a special meal to celebrate our achievement at a traditional ‘quincho’ steak restaurant.
Free morning followed by an afternoon transfer (approx. 20 minutes) to the airport for our flight home.
Evening arrival back into the UK with lifelong memories of a fantastic challenge in aid of Jersey Cheshire Home.
This is a complex itinerary and is subject to change