GPT07 - Laguna Dial
|Traversable||Jan - Mar (Conditionally: Dec, Apr)|
|Packraft||Deployable (9.0 km | 9.0 % on Water)|
|Attraction||4 / 5||No Rating|
|Difficulty||3 / 5||No Rating|
|Distance||155.2 km | 50 h||153.0 km | 48 h|
|Direction||Both ↓↑||Both ↓↑|
|Status||Published and Verified|
|Zone||B: Zona Arrieros|
|Region||Chile: Maule (VII) & Bío Bío (VIII)|
|Start||La Mina, Termas del Médano|
|Finish||Puente Ingles , (El Roble)|
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Thissection of the Greater Patagonian Trail leads in four to five hiking days through the wide open valley Melado to the crystal clear Laguna Dial. This lake was formed by a volcanic eruption that plugged the upper valley and transformed this part of the river into a long lake.
With the melting snow in spring and early summer herdsmen migrate up the valley with their animals. Occasional lush green patches intermigle with vegetation that struggles with the try soil. But the now visible life and the accompanying river Melado make a refreshing change after having crossed the death beauty of volcanic ash and lava in the week before on section 1. Don’t miss the puesto of Señora Irma, where you can eat fresh goat cheese with bread that was recently baked in the hot ash of a fire.
After having passed the deep blue Laguna Dial you descent through the now tighter but equally scenic valleys of the rivers Rió Rodriguez and Los Sauces to the small settlement Pichi Rincon and a place called El Ingles. Here you can take a bus to the small town San Fabian to take a rest and to resupply.