GPT16 - Volcán Quetrupillan
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- 18.11.19 / Sophie & Hendrik
90% - 95% of the area from 1500m upwards are completely covered in snow. Think about snow shoes and be careful as there are melting streams covered and hidden by snow. Also, unlike us, keep in mind that snow reflects the sun and can cause burns from below on your nose and chin.
- Route description by Kara Davis after Season 2017/18:
Follow the main road, 199-CH, south out of Curarrehue until the gravel road turn off, S-981. After several kilometers, the road transitions to single track through a eucalyptus forest. Be careful to not follow one of the several other tracks that wind through the forest. The trail exits onto a gravel road, S-947, that follows Estero Huilico. Turn off onto a 4WD track, but be aware there are several other 4WD track spurs. The trail narrows into an obvious single track as you enter Parque Nacional Villarrica. Be prepared for the possibility of snow during this section at higher elevations. At treeline the trail ends and the cross-country traverse begins. This cross-country traverse follows the volcanic landscape at the base of Volcán Quetrupillán. During high snow years, Laguna Blanca may be frozen and snow covered. Be aware that snowpack may make parts of the GPS route difficult, and keep safety in mind when choosing a route. Instead of following the recommended route which ascends through a chute, snowpack forced us to climb up to a pass further to the left and then rejoin the route. Depending on the time of year, Laguna Azul may also be frozen, but water is available at the stream crossing at the southern end. After beginning the descent into the forest, try and find a well maintained trail. The trail joins a dirt road, T-447, which continues until the paved highway, 201-CH, to Carringue. Town: Carriringue. Carriringue is a tiny town with a small market which offers snacks but is difficult to resupply out of. There are also several signs advertising Cabañas.
Season Section Log
- 2020 Feb / Matthieu / Northbound from Liquiñe to Catripulli
Following the RR, I personnally never had to cross any barriers of barbed wire or closed portals. It is all an official CONAF trail. I used Lago Azul as a base camp to do the ascent of the summit. Awesome place. A little cheer to Ty, America and Sanita with who we had (I assume) the biggest GPT hikers camp of the year !
- The ascent : Better use your head than your GPS, avoiding the snow to go up. The path I took was finally closed to the OH 002, going between the snow fields, but I never crossed any trail road. The very end is quite steepy and the rocks easy to break, and you have to climb a little bit to arrive to the final cairn. Better do it with good weather conditions and without your big bag ! I wasnt confident with going down the same way, so at the cairn I just took directly west down the rocks and actually found a downhill of good sand, really easy to do, fast and safe. No climbing down this way. I joined my previous tracks after, near the OH 002.
- Water supply : As Ty say, No water between the end of Lago Blanco and a little bit before the Estero Huililco. The track is easy and fast thow in the forest, and I didnt take more water supply going down.
I didnt do the final forest part just before Currarehue, hitchhiking to Catripulli.
- 2020-feb-27 / Ty & America / Catripulli Start & Optional end to Conaripe
4.5 Days. We started at Catripulli because it was a bit shorter road walk compared to Curarrehue. Be aware of the big waterless start. You do have (mostly) friendly people on the road who are more than welcome to help with water. After Comunidad Rinconada (maps.me) don’t expect any water (besides the extremely chalky river water) all the way up to Laguna Blanco. Small Water falls on the right side of the lake have great clear water. We camped at Laguna Blanco by said falls a bit off the track file to find shelter from the wind. Then camped at Laguna azul the next day to summit the following morning. Beautiful place. Actual summit is sketchy, so we hiked to the rim and were perfectly content with that. I don’t recommend taking the optional OH-TL-V@16-02-#002 over the pass. It looked sketchy/snowy. The optional a bit further was perfectly fine. On the way down to conripe on OH-TL-V@16-02-#003 there is a good place to camp by water with plenty of wood ~1.5 km after the marked water source. We had luck hitching a ride from the termas at the bottom right to Conripe.
- 2020-Feb-7 / Martina & Ivo / Regular route southbound
3 days for this amazing section. Trail in good condition, no navigation difficulties. At 39°23'11"S 71°37'48"W, where it says "se vende leña eucalyptus", we didn't climb the huge locked gate to our right but just continued the minor road. We passed two unlocked gates and got back to the regular route after 1km. Shortly afterwards we arrived at a high fence of seven strands of barbed wire, where we turned left into the forest, following an almost invisible path, and after 500m finally found a gate and got back to the regular route after 1km.
- 13.11.19 / Sophie & Hendrik / 5 days (23 walking hours) / Northbound / Regular Hiking Route from Liquiñe to where the trail joins the S-947
We were 7 days on the trail, of which 2 were just camping out bad weather. First day we started late and went to what the first camp on the map. Next we went to the camp without water from the track files (We found some stream there. After filtering amd treading it with chloride we were able to drink it.) We stayed there one day, waiting for better weather. Next day we went to the Fort at Laguna Azul. However, we did not cross it until two days later, as we first waited for better weather conditions. Then we crossed the volcano and camped below the treeline on the other side. Last day we hiked to S-947 and hitchhiked to Pucón for some Food and a real bed.
What we liked: Sudden changes of landscapes, beautiful Araucaria forrest, remoteness (didn't meet people for 5 days), breathtaking views and scenes on the volcano, the snow was beautiful (obviously depends on the season), the many plushy chilean tarantulas on the north side.
What we did not like so much: The gravel roads on both ends of the section.
22-Jan-2020 Tom & Maddie Regular route SOBO, 2 days. No issues, trail in good condition and cross country section is not hard to navigate. We took a bus out to Panguipulli at 08:00 on a weekday. We decided to skip 17 and 18. We then bussed to Los Lagos and then Futron and then to Rininahue. We then got a hitch back onto the regular route of 19 37km in. Less than 8hrs off the trail to skip 17/18.
31-Jan-2020 Jean & Virginie Gpt 16 Northbound - Start from Termas el Rincon (Conaripe) (track option 2) to Currarehue -2 days. To start the option track (16-02) after el Rincon termas, we have to pass a gate closed but it was possible to pass on the left. We didnt see anyone inside. After few kilometers on the minor road in good condition, we pass a small house where the guy explained us the track (turn on thé right at the arrow marked Laguna to get on the trail - track a little bit different from the gpt route but that join it further). After we went up on Quetrupillan volcano with amazing view. Trail in good condition and easy to navigate. This option join the regular route at the laguna Azul, nice site to camp. After the cross country section was not difficult to follow and the end until Currarehue was alternation of (a bit) overgrown trails and minor roads (+ some barbed wire). Bus to Pucon every 20 min from Currarehue.
|GPT16: Volcán Quetrupillan||Hiking||Packrafting|
|Group||C: Zona Pehuenche||Total||67.5 km||20 h||66.9 km||20 h|
|Region||Chile: Araucanía (IX) & Los Ríos (XIV)||Trails (TL)||14.2 km||21.0%||14.2 km||21.2%|
|Start||Currarehue||Minor Roads (MR)||45.4 km||67.2%||44.7 km||66.9%|
|Finish||Reyehueico||Primary Roads (PR)||2.0 km||3.0%||2.0 km||3.0%|
|Status||Published & Verified||Cross-Country (CC)||6.0 km||8.8%||6.0 km||8.9%|
|Traversable||Dec - Mar (Maybe: Nov, Apr)||Bush-Bashing (BB)||-||-||-||-|
|Connects to||GPT15, GPT17H, GPT17P||Investigation (I)||-||-||-||-|
|Options||122 km (3 Options & Variants)||Exploration (EXP)||-||-||-||-|
|Hiking||Packrafting||Total on Water||-||-|
|Attraction||4 (of 5)||4 (of 5)||River (RI)||-||-|
|Difficulty||4 (of 5)||4 (of 5)||Lake (LK)||-||-|
|Direction||Both ↓↑||Both ↓↑||Fjord (FJ)||-||-|
|Character||Forest, Volcanic Terrain, Summit Ascents, Hot Springs, Pehuenche|
|Challenges||Exposure to Elements, Demanding Navigation, Right-of-Way Disputes|
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Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route
Elevation Profile of Regular Packrafting Route
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Services: ATM and Money Exchange
Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels
Transport: Ground Transport
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Resupply on the Trail
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Bus Pucón - Curarrehue
Operator Igi Llaima, Terminal, Palguín 550
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Regular Hiking Route
Regular Packrafting Route
Comments to Regular Packrafting Route
The regular packrafting routes does not deviate significant from the regular hiking route. For route the description see the Comments to Regular Hiking Route. Only on the last few kilometers the regular packrafting routes deviates from the hiking option to approach the river where GPT17P starts.