GPT 7-8: Alternative Long Distance Challange via Las Truchas
- Duration: 14 to 21 days
- Distance: 279 km
- Ascent: 12710 meters ↑
- Descent: 12100 meters ↓
If you are near the finish of section 2 and your backpack is still filled with plenty of food and you are ready for the ultimate endurance challenge, then you can leave the regular trail in the lower part of the valley Rodriguez and climb up the steep valley Las Tragedias: “the tragedies”. This optional trail section bypasses the settlement Pichi Rincon and the road to San Fabian via the scenic lake Las Truchas and the pristine river valley with the same name. Don't miss to take a dip in the refreshing water of the the lake or the Río Las Truchas or one of the contributary side streams! You will re-joins the regular trail in the small settlement El Roble without the possibility to resupply until the end of section 3 at the Laguna Las Lajas. There are few trail where you can walk such a long distance through a nearly untouched wilderness. If you combine section 2 and 3 with this alternative trail you will walk for 2 to 3 weeks without passing a village or a public road.
The isolation and the high passes make this a rather difficult but rewarding trail. Good orientational skill are required because hardly any signposts are placed and some parts of the trail are cross country.
Permits and Entrance Fees
Inhabitation and Tourism
The electronic map Topo Chile Deluxe from Garmin shows the contours precisely but some lakes and smaller river are incorrect displayed. Only few trail sections are integrated. Some of the “Alleys” of this electronic map are far off the true position or inexistent. You should use the Greater Patagonian Trail data files for navigation.
Access to Start
Return from Finish
|Stage||Days||Stage End Point||Stage End Waypoint||Distance||Ascent ↑||Descent ↓||Time|
|A||1||(Start to) El Boslon||Refuge (GPT01-WP011)||20 km||1180 m||140 m||06:10|
|B||1||Laguna Mondaca||Camp (GPT01-WP016)||16 km||1000 m||1210 m||05:20|
Stage A: Start to El Bolson
If you leave in the morning in Radal you can reach in one day the camp and refuge El Bolson. Parque Ingles is a good place for a lunch break.
Stage B: El Boslon to Laguna Mondaca
From El Bolson you get in one day to the Laguna Mondaca. If you partition this stage differently be aware that there are no inviting camp sites between the Laguna las Ánimas and the Laguna Mondaca. This stage should not be attempted in bad weather.
|Waypoint Name and Waypoint Code||Comment|
|Start (GPT01-WP001)||Start in Radal at final bus stop. Only in January and February some busses continue to Parque Ingles.|
|Shop (GPT01-WP002)||Small shop with basic supplies in Radal. Good to get a beer and some extra goodies for the night but not to supply you for the trip.|
|GPT01-TR001-2||Take the public gravel road from Radal to Parque Ingles. Only few vehicles use this road but traffic increases in January and February.|
|GPT01-TR002-1|| The track starts left at the entrance of Parque Ingles. The national park trail from Radal to El Bolson is well main-tained and clearly visible with some signposts and marks. After El Bolson the trail occasionally splits and peters out so try to follow the GPS trek when in doubt until reaching the 2560 m high pass. At the pass do not descent the well visible trail that keeps right but follow the GPS trek that descents directly towards the Laguna Mondaca. During the descent the trail is partially only vaguely visible.
Option 2: If you took the short way to the Route 115 and you still want to complete the entire trail than you need to walk 9 km on the paved Route 115. Not recommended!
|Northern||Section 1: Volcán Descabezado|
|Southern||Section 3: Volcán Chillan|