Hiking in the Andes Mountains Tour

Trekking Andes

Hiking in the Andes Mountains Tour

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From $1,480USD

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Guided

Refuges, Camping, Cabin

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Highlights

Traverse the Andes from Mendoza to the Maipo Valley on this 6-day trekking adventure tour

Set up camp each night among untouched nature beneath unspoiled starry skies—the ultimate nature bath!

Trek through high mountain passes, valleys, and rivers, winding through the Andes, getting views of enormous, majestic peaks until the horizon.

Spend a rest day next to the Tunuyán River, where you might spot wild inhabitants like armadillos, foxes, rodents, and wild birds flying overhead.

Spoil yourself with some well-deserved Argentine and Chilean wine from some of the top regions in the world.

Three words: Hiking Across Andes. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true? This 5-day Hiking in the Andes Mountains guided tour can turn that dream into a reality. Spend your days exploring the high-altitude trails among this astonishing mountain range, then rest amid nature in a tent each night.

The trek from southwest Mendoza to the Maipo Valley in Chile is divided over 5 days, with one rest day incorporated in the middle. You’ll start in the foothills near Manzano Histórico, then hike west through peaks and valleys until reaching the Chilean border. Your guide will lead you to summits up to 4,380 m / 14,370 ft and magnificent viewpoints to catch a glimpse of Mount Tupungato, one of the higher volcanic peaks in the Andes at 6,800 m / 22,310 ft.

With all your camping gear included and mules to carry most of the luggage, you don’t have to worry about the small details on this guided tour of Argentina’s mountains. Immerse yourself in this wild world, traversing the timeless mountain range by day and camping among it at night. If you’re physically fit, looking for a challenge, and want to explore South America, then this human-powered adventure is an unforgettable journey. How many people can say that they’ve gone hiking in the Andes Mountains?

Trekking Across the Andes

Trekking across the Andes Mountains is a beautifully scenic adventure, although it is not without its difficulties and challenges. Many people never get the opportunity to travel to South America to undertake such an excursion, which is why there can be such a mystique when it comes to the topic of trekking in the Andes. Here are a few commonly asked questions about adventuring in this stunning mountain location:

How Hard is it to Hike in the Andes?

Like any high altitude hiking regions, the Andes Mountains can be challenging; however, with a proper acclimatization period, a good training regimen, and proper gear, you should have no problem tackling thai world-famous mountain range.

What is Special About the Andes Mountains?

The Andes Mountains are special due to the fact that it is the longest continental mountain range in the entire world, stretching out for approximately 9000 km.

Should I Explore the Andes Mountains on a Guided Trek?

For anyone that is looking to go hiking in the Andes Mountains, but lacks local knowledge or experience, then a guided trek is undoubtedly the best option. This will provide you with the safety, security, and knowledge of a local guide who will ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch.

Hiking in the Andes Mountains Itinerary

Day 1 Visit Manzano Histórico and Hike to Scaravelli

Welcome to Argentina! Meet your guide in the morning for private transport to a historical area southwest of Mendoza, known as Manzano Histórico. It’s considered one of the best wine regions in Argentina, so why not have a quick taste before heading on your hike? After the quick town tour, you’ll be driven to Refugio Portinari, run by the Argentine Gendarmerie, to clear customs and register to trek through the Andes. Then begins the Andes hiking adventure on foot: hike for about 8 km into the mountains until you reach Refugio Scaravelli to set up camp for your first night under the stars.

Overnight Location
Camping in Scaravelli
Distance
4 hours, 8 km, 680 m of ascent
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Climb Portillo Argentino (4,380 m) and Descend into Tunuyán Valley

Wake up surrounded by nature and gather for breakfast with your crew—you have a big day ahead! Following your expert guide, you will ascend Portillo Argentino, where you’ll be awarded a view of the Andes from 4,380 m / 14,370 ft. The rest of the trail is mostly downhill, so you can focus on admiring views of the Tunuyán Valley, keeping an eye out for condors flying above. Hiking for approximately 8–9 hours will have you ready to set up camp once you reach Refugio Real de la Cruz. Enjoy a well-earned dinner and reminisce about the epic day you just had before going to sleep in your tent.

Overnight Location
Camping at Refugio Real de la Cruz in Tunuyán
Distance
8–9 hours, 16 km, 1,180 m of ascent, 1,510 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Rest Day by Tunuyán River with Optional Short Hike to Duck Lagoon

Enjoy the morning at your leisure—today on your Andes tour is a rest day. You can spend your day as you wish, exploring the nearby Tunuyán River, relaxing by the campsite, or going on a short guided hike to Laguna de los Patos (Duck Lagoon). Whichever activity you choose today, return for dinner and another night’s sleep in your tent in the Tunuyán Valley.

Overnight Location
Camping at Refugio Real de la Cruz in Tunuyán
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Cross Tunuyán River and View Mount Tupungato (6,800 m)

Well-rested from yesterday, you’ll be back on your feet again today, trekking the Andes Mountains. Get your camera ready for some astounding views of gigantic peaks in the Andes. After breakfast, pack up your camp and head west across the Tunuyán River with the assistance of some trusty steeds. As you hike above the treeline through wild landscapes of dry grasslands on blue peaks, you’ll be afforded a view of Mount Tupungato, a volcano that reaches 6,800 m / 22,310 ft—an impressive beast to be near. Continue alongside rivers and streams until you reach your campsite. Enjoy the serenity of another remote destination to set up camp.

Overnight Location
Camping in El Caletón or Real de la Oveja
Distance
5–7 hours, 13 km, 530 m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hike to Portillo de Piuquenes (4,030 m) and the border crossing into Chile

Your last day of hiking in the Andes has arrived, and with it comes another big challenge. Heading west after breakfast, you hike to Portillo de Piuquenes, a stunning viewpoint that straddles the border at 4,030 m / 13,222 ft. Have lunch at the Argentine–Chilean border, where you’ll switch guides and mules as they are not permitted to cross the border with you. Hike into Chile following El Plomo river, getting a feel for a new country with similar landscapes but different vibes. At the end of the journey, pay a visit to the customs office to register the end of the expedition. Spend the night in a comfortable cabin for a well-deserved rest.

Overnight Location
Cabin in Parque del Yeso or Termas del Plomo
Distance
7–9 hours, 14–16 km, 580 m of ascent, 1,030 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Adios

Sadly, it’s time to say adios to your group and your guides. You’ll receive a transfer to Santiago de Chile to complete the tour.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Hiking in the Andes Mountains Tour Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour in Chile and Argentina is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-02-16

Mendoza

6 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-02-21

Santiago de Chile

65+
$1,480USDBook Now
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Accommodation on hiking in the Andes Tour

During this tour, you will camp in a geodesic tent with room for 2–3 people. You’ll spend the last night in a cozy cabin. In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private tent. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Night 1-4

Camping in Andes

Rest easy each night in North Face’s V25 tent with solar panels, lights, and a 12v charger. You’ll be cozy and warm in this fully-equipped mountain shelter.

Night 5

Cabin near Maipo Canyon

Beautiful views, clean and spacious rooms and friendly hosts will make sure you have a great stay in the Maipo Canyon.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Andes Mountains Trekking tour?

Meals

All 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 4 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for your luggage by mule is included throughout the trek. You’ll also receive a transfer from your hotel in Mendoza and transfer to your hotel in Santiago de Chile.

Also Included

  • Transfer to Mendoza City to start the trek
  • Transport of equipment on mules, up to 10 kg per person
  • Complete camping equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, and tableware
  • First Aid equipment
  • Satellite phone (only for use in case of emergencies)

Not included

  • Personal equipment
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks in restaurants
  • Rescue expenses
  • Return transfer from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Extra night in Santiago de Chile, Chile

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hiking in the Andes Mountains Tour

How hard is the Trekking Across the Andes Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for up to 9 hours daily on moderately tricky terrain at high altitudes.

Do I need a visa to travel to Chile and Argentina?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Trekking Across the Andes Tour?

All 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Mendoza to start this tour?

You can reach Mendoza by plane connecting through Buenos Aires from several international airports in North America and Europe. You will be picked up from your hotel in Mendoza.

Is the Trekking Across the Andes Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Trekking Across the Andes Tour end?

The tour ends in Santiago de Chile with a drop-off at your hotel in the city.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Chile and Argentina?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Chile and Argentina?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Argentina for this tour?

The best time to travel to Chile and Argentina for trekking is from November to March.

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We rate the Hiking in the Andes Mountains adventure tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for up to 9 hours daily on moderately tricky terrain at high altitudes.


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