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View of Punta Duff, one of the many impressive rock mountains that surround the valley of the New Zealand Camp. Foto: Tobias Hellwig.



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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, Coyhaique
Scenery Impresionante
Atractions Vistas panorámicas, Glaciar, Bosque, Formación Geológica, Parque Nacional
Duration 2 días
Effort 6 dopihoras
Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Suficiente
Infraestructure Camping
Topology Ida y Retorno por la misma ruta
Gain/Loss (meters) +900, -50 (±950)
Distance (k) 15.7 (round trip)
Mean altitude 770
Skills No requiere
Original creator Tobias Hellwig
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Altitude profile of the trail. Notice the great vertical drop of 900 meters. Click para agrandar
Path up the Estero Valley Stop for the New Zealand Camp. Behind the Cerro Palo and Cerro Chocolate. Foto: Fabian Hellwig
Path to the interior of Lengas forest after the Porteadores camp. Foto: Fabian Hellwig
Clear in the forest before arriving at the New Zealand Camp. Cerro del Fondo is Punta Duff. Foto: Fabian Hellwig

General Description

World famous is Cerro Cerro Castillo, clear star of the eyes of all visitors to the reserve of the same name. However, behind this colossus there is a valley that dazzles with great mountains of rock and fantastic landscapes. It is the valley of the estuary Parada, which, because it is usually at the end of the Trekking Cerro Castillo is overlooked by most of the walkers. However, this valley deserves the detour or even be the objective of an own excursion to enjoy this fantastic world of mountains.

The New Zealand Camp is also the base camp to ascend to all the mountains of the sector; Cerro Palo, Cerro Chocolate, Punta Duff and Cerro Castillo, among many others.

Appropriate time

All year. In the summer months, the trail is clearly marked in the forest, while in winter it is common for snow cover the forest from the Porters' Camp, being recommended only in case of having the necessary equipment and experience for these conditions.

Access

Cerros Palos y Chocolate seen from the estuary stop next to the New Zealander Camp. Photo: Fabian Hellwig

In vehicle

Exit Coyhaique by the Austral road (route 7) to the south. After an hour and a half of trip and after crossing the Ibañez port you reach the town of Villa Cerro Castillo, populated with accommodation, food and grocery stores. At the entrance to the village, just in front of the monument to the sheepherder a vehicular road of gravel in disrepair goes into the west. Follow it for 6.3 kilometers until you see about 200 meters ahead an estuary that crosses the road (Estero Parada). There is space to park the vehicle on the side of the road.

In public transport and hitchhiking

Take one of the bus lines from Coyhaique to Cerro Castillo or one of those passing through this town continue south. Plantilla:Buses of coyhaique to the south From the village you will have to walk for 6.3 kilometers the vehicular road to the west, which requires a little less than 2 hours of walking. Turn right 200 meters before crossing the Estero Parada.

Description of the rout

Profile of the Cerro Castillo trekking circuit. The red vertical lines separate the days

Cross the fence in the same Estero Parada (km 0, 300 meters above sea level) and continue walking along the animal tracks towards the point where the Estero Parada leaves the box (km 1.5, 440 msn,). Here the path is clearly recognized, which ascends the slope in a zigzag and crosses a fence in the upper part. Continue on the trail that goes into the valley ascending constantly. At kilometer 2.5 (600 masl) entrance to the Cerro Castillo National Reserve is made, with the land to this point being private. About a kilometer ahead there is a viewpoint overlooking Cerro Palo.

At kilometer 4.1 (860 masl) you reach the junction with the path that comes down from Cerro Castillo Lagoon. The trekkeros that come down from the lagoon should continue along the route described here to go up to the New Zealand camp. Just a few meters further on, a small estuary is crossed and there is the Porteadores Camp, which with a small roof and a table is a good resting place but does not have much space for tents.

The path ahead definitively enters the forest and continues always ascending slightly through the valley. Some estuaries that descend from the slope of Cerro Castillo cross the path. At kilometer 7.3 (1130 meters above sea level) you will reach a large clearing in the forest where for the first time you can see a panoramic view of the mountains that surround the valley. The gentle north-western slope of Cerro Castillo stands out, topped by capricious rock spiers. The clearing must be traversed by the forest. Just 500 meters further on, you cross an estuary and finally arrive at the New Zealand Camp, a pleasant camping area located within a large forest of Lengas (km 7.9, 1,160 meters above sea level). There are camping sites with some tables and a latrine.

To admire the view of the valley continue a few meters up valley, because the forest gives way to a large meadow next to the Estero Parada in which you have a complete view of the entire amphitheater of hills around. It is also possible to continue up valley to visit some glacial lagoons at the foot of the mountains. Especially recommended is the Laguna Duff at the foot of the hill of the same name, which is about 2 km (60 minutes) walk from the camp.

View of the end of the Estero Valley Stop above the New Zealand Camp from the top of Cerro Chocolate. Note that Laguna Duff is frozen and covered in snow.

Permits / Rates

Although the Estero Parada valley is part of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, there is no control of CONAF in access to this trail. However, it is recommended to record the visit and pay the entrance to the park administration located on the road Coyhaique - Villa Cerro Castillo after the Chiguay lagoon. In the New Zealand Camp it is likely to find CONAF park rangers.

Tarifas a enero de 2019:

  • Circuito Las Horquetas: CLP$23500 (US$ 32.4 as of November 2019)
  • Acceso directo a laguna: CLP$10000 (US$ 13.8 as of November 2019)
  • Campamento Neozelandés: $10.000. Nota: Para acceder a este valor se debe indicar en la entrada en Estero Parada que se irá al Campamento Neozelandés a hacer actividades de montaña y rellenar la ficha correspondiente.

Hire Guides

  • Expediciones GeoSur, Coyhaique, teléfono: +56672211677 , celular: +56992648671, info@geosurexpediciones.com, página web Expediciones GeoSur.
  • Jorge Aguilar Chacano, Villa Cerro Castillo, celular: +56992609525, cumbreyglaciares@yahoo.es.

Recommendations

  • Take your trash and whatever you find. No one else will do it for you.
  • Avoid making fire. If necessary, extreme precautions due to strong winds and abundant plant matter. These forests have still been saved from fires. Do not be the one to burn them!

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