GPT15 - Curarrehue

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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, Temuco
Atractions Vistas panorámicas
Duration días
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Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Inexistente
Infraestructure Inexistente
Topology Cruce
Gain/Loss (meters) +1466, -1916
Distance (k) 51
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

Season Section Log

  • 5 Feb 2020 Southbound Frank

I combined GPT15, 16 & 17. It's easy to resupply in Curarrehue & Liquine. 2 short days for GPT15 & continued to GPT16 on 2nd day. Got the bus from Pucon to Reigolil via Currarehue. Didn't go to the lake but continued straight on the main road to Curarrehue. This option is quicker but there are not many places to camp.

  • Northbound / feb 2020

1.5 easy days. We took the dirt road on the west side of river. There is a small coffee about 7km from Currarehue. Very nice with good atmosphere. No particular interest in this section. Hitch if you can, there are quite some people living along this road so it should be easy. There is a bus doing Currarehue/Reigolil every day. Currarehue is nice to resupply with restaurants, supermarkets and accommodation. There is also an ATM. Reigolil there is only one very small shop with not much.

  • 2020-Jan-30 / Martina & Ivo / (Main road) southbound

We started to walk on the road on the Western side of the river just to see what will happen. After 2 hours a bus to Curarrehue came ;-)

  • 2019-Nov-26 / Shaun C / South bound / Regular Hiking Route

Straightforward. Took a short 2 days. Rained incessantly, but still very pleasant, especially the misty Laguna Hualalafquen. Water readily available throughout. Only a few patches of snow (above 1200m).

  • 15-Jan-2020 / Matus & Anna / Regular SOBO

We combined sections 14 and 15. It took us 3 days and nero. GPT14 - there are signs that someone tried to clear overgrown part of the trail on the begining and end but middle is still nicely overgrown. Though we didn't have problem to follow. Part of minor road on regular trail is under construction. They are putting a huge pipe under it. It was evening and workers were not there se we managed to sneak through but I don't think they will let you pass during working hours. It's just before descending to the river before National reserve Villarrica. In the Conaf campsite was food truck (it was weekend) with churasco, sopapillas, drinks... pure heaven. We paid 4000 per person at conaf. They are building a dorm at Lodge. It will be ready for next years hikers ;) Resuply in Reigolil - mini shop on trail seemed abandoned. We found best supplies in shop-4. There is one other shop directly after bridge. GPT15 - road and trail in good condition. On the climb to the lake bit before last settler there are some wild cherry trees on the left. We stuffed ourselves and left for others too. Enjoy. Multiple shops, accomodation options and restaurants in Curarrehue.

19-Jan-2020 Tom & Maddie

Regular route SOBO, 1.5 days. Easy walking, road in good condition. Would recommend hitching if you have limited time, but worth doing otherwise to connect sections 14 and 16. Really good resupply in Curarrehue (restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, pharmacy etc).

Summary Table

GPT15: Curarrehue
GPT15: Curarrehue Hiking Packrafting
Group C: Zona Pehuenche Total 51.1 km 15 h 51.0 km 15 h
Region Chile: Araucanía (IX) Trails (TL) 9.3 km 18.3% 7.7 km 15.1%
Start Reigolil Minor Roads (MR) 32.2 km 63.1% 32.2 km 63.2%
Finish Currarehue Primary Roads (PR) 9.5 km 18.6% 9.5 km 18.6%
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) - - - -
Traversable Nov - Apr (Maybe: Sep, Oct, May) Bush-Bashing (BB) - - - -
Packraft Deployable Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT14, GPT16 Investigation (I) - - - -
Options 82 km (2 Options & Variants) Exploration (EXP) - - - -
Hiking Packrafting Total on Water 1.5 km 3.0%
Attraction 2 (of 5) 2 (of 5) River (RI) - -
Difficulty 1 (of 5) 1 (of 5) Lake (LK) 1.5 km 3.0%
Direction Both ↓↑ Both ↓↑ Fjord (FJ) - -
Comment -
Character Forest, Farmland, Pehuenche
Challenges -

Satellite Image Map

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route

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Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

Section Planning Status

Recommended Travel Period

The Regular Route is best hiked from November to April. The primary obstacle is likely to be snow early in the season. The maximum elevation of the section is 1300m.

Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting

Recommended Travel Direction

Northbound and southbound hiking is feasible and recommended.

Section Length and Travel Duration

The 51km of this section can be comfortably hiked in a day and a half.

Suitable Section Combinations

Section Attractiveness

The section is pleasant, if unspectacular. The southbound route initially runs alongside a nice river as it passes through farmland and a valley. Laguna Hualalafquen nestled up in the hills is a highlight, and has several good camping spots.

Section Difficulty

The section is clear and relatively easy throughout. There are stretches where it is tricky to find camping spots due to fenced properties. But there are good sites at Laguna Hualalafquen.


Resupply Town

Pucon has a few big supermarkets & several shops with hiking gear. One of the supermarkets has a hardware section where you can buy camping gas. Regioli at the northern start of the section has only one limited shop. Curarrehue, at the southern end, is a decent-sized town with numerous restaurants and shops.

Shopping: Food

Shopping: Fuel

Shopping: Equipment

Services: Restaurants

Services: Laundry

Services: ATM and Money Exchange

Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels

Accommodation: Cabañas

Accommodation: Camping

Transport: Ground Transport

Regioli has limited options. Curarrehue is much better connected.

Transport: Ferries

Transport: Shipping Services

Resupply on the Trail

Location, Names, Available Items and Services

Access to Route and Return

Access to Start

Timetable January 2020: File:Regolil.jpg Bus goes from Pucon to Curarrehue then Reigolil

Return from Finish

Escape Options

Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues

Regular Route

Regular Hiking Route

The southbound route follows a dirt road alongside a river through farmland. It ascends on a woodland trail to a scenic lake then descends to the town of Curarrehue. The last 9km are on primary road.

Regular Packrafting Route

Optional Routes

Investigations and Explorations

Links to other Resources

Alerts and Logs of Past Seasons