Trekking

Trekking expeditions in San Martín de los Andes, from half-day soft hikes to more challenging full-day trekkings and overnight expeditions camping underneath the stars.
All outings include transportation to the start of the trail, certified trekking guide, and insurance.



LENGTH
5 hours
DIFICULTY
Medium
SEASON
November to May
SLOPE
2,790 feet
DISTANCE
5.3 miles

A short but challenging climb, just a few minutes away from San Martín de los Andes. We will go through all the altitudinal ranges of the Patagonian forest, reaching the rocky soils over the timberline. The summit, at 1,778 meters, features a series of red rocks that are the remains of an old lava flow that give a characteristic color to this peak.

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LENGTH
8 hours
DIFICULTY
High
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
4,035 feet
DISTANCE
10 miles

One of the most traditional climbs in Lanin National Park. Demanding, due to the significant elevation but very rewarding, as the panoramic views from the top are amazing. The summit, at 1,911 m, features great views of several volcanos, some of them on the Chilean side and of the Lácar, Nonthué and Queñi lakes. The panoramic views from the top are excellent to appreciate the erosion caused by the glacier action on these Andean valleys.

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LENGTH
8 hours
DIFICULTY
High
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
4,200 feet
DISTANCE
6.8 miles

One of the most attractive peaks on the South part of Lanin National Park, Acol displays magnificent views of lakes Queñi, Nonthué and Lácar and the Chilean mountain range. The first part goes through and splendid Raulí (Nothofagus alpina) forest with a dense undergrowth of Colihue Cane. As we gain altitude the Raulí gives way to the Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), until we reach a viewpoint where we will make a stop. After going around a high meadow we will reach the rocky ground that will take us to the summit, at 1,884 m above sea level. We will have our lunch there while we enjoy the amazing views.

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LENGTH
5 hours
DIFICULTY
Medium
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
2,130 feet
DISTANCE
6.8 miles

Displaying one of the most striking landscapes in Lanín National Park, Achen Niyeu volcano shows clearly the signs of one of recent volcanism. Its last eruptions, dated around 1,000 years ago, produced a big lava flow that ran into the Epulafquen Lake like a deep black stone river. Following an almost unnoticeable trail of black and red volcanic sand, we will climb the northeast slope of Achen Niyeu. On the top, we will have great views of the crater, of Lanin volcano and the Auquinco Valley.

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LENGTH
3 hours
DIFICULTY
Easy
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
820 feet
DISTANCE
5 miles

Hike in the Valdivian Rainforest to one of the most beautiful and hidden spots of Lanin National Park. It is an easy hike through a cold jungle made of enormous Cohiue trees and an extremely rich undergrowth, made of canes, ferns, mosses and fungi. The hot water springs from the rocks to a few natural pools, where we can take a bath surrounded by this incomparable wild environment.



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LENGTH
8 hours
DIFICULTY
Hard
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
3,525 feet
DISTANCE
7.5 miles

Climb to the second-highest peak of the entire Chapelco massif, a rocky mountain mass stretching for more than 20 km from San Martin de los Andes to Meliquina Lake. Its rocks have a volcanic origin, with plenty of basaltic rocks that were later carved by the action of the glaciers. On its summit we will have amazing views of the sharp valley south of Chapelco and all the peaks around, most of them volcanos like Lanin, Quetrupillán, Villarrica, Choshuenco, Tronador, Osorno… We will also have the chance to see the magnificent Andean Condor, usually they can be seen flying around the area.

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LENGTH
8 hours
DIFICULTY
Medium
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
2,700 feet
DISTANCE
12.5 miles

Stage 8 of Huella Andina, from Puerto Canoa, on Huechulafquen Lake, to the base of Lanín Volcano, the highest peak in the park. Lanín is a symbol of Neuqén province and one of the most attractive moutains in Patagonia. We will hike through a dense forest of Monkey-puzzle Trees. At the end of the trail, we will get a privileged view of the glacier descending from the south face of the volcano.

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LENGTH
9 hours
DIFICULTY
Medium / High
SEASON
November to April
SLOPE
3,940 feet
DISTANCE
8,7 miles

Trek to the mountain refuge, on the north face route to the Lanin Volcano summit. This outing delivers a great first contact experience with the volcano to maybe plan a climb to the summit at another time. After a 4-hour ascent we will reach the refuge, at 2,300 meters above sea level. There we will have our lunch while we enjoy the magnificent views of the volcano and the Tromen Lake. After lunch we will start descending to the base.

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LENGTH
3 days / 2 nights
DIFICULTY
Medium
SEASON
December to February
SLOPE
2,700 feet
DISTANCE
25 miles

A unique experience for those who want to have direct contact with the mountains and the amazing landscapes of Lanín National Park without having to climb big elevations and enjoying two nights camping underneath the stars. The expedition covers stages 12, 13 and 14 of the Huella Andina trail, with sceneries changing all the time from the dense Patagonian forest to the almost lunar landscape of Achen Niyeu volcano. Forests, blue lakes, mountain rivers, waterfalls, and black sand valleys, all together on the same outing.

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LENGTH
3 days / 2 nights
DIFICULTY
Medium - Hard
SEASON
November to May
SLOPE
6,950 feet
DISTANCE
16.5 miles

A unique mountain experience on the amazing Chapelco Massif, just a few minutes away from San Martín de los Andes. We will hike on a lumberer’s trail still in use to reach the high meadows where we will camp the first night. From there we will climb to the high-Andean area, trying to conquer the summit on Chapelco Grande Peak. Then we will descend to the Green Lagoon, on the foot of the impressive basaltic formations of Cerro Castillo, where we will set up our second camping ground. On the third day, we will surmount the Chapelco Massif, going around Mocho Peak to get back to our starting point.

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