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hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Extremely boring hike for 6km up but you will be rewarded with an incredible view. Pack a picnic!

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
private property
scramble
1 month ago

Entrance fee was 18,000/ person as of March 2020. Not much shade which means you have nice view during your hike. Trail is mostly steep so it will be a good idea to bring hiking sticks. It took about 2:30hour for me to go up and 2hour to come down and spent about 1:30hour having lunch and enjoying the spectacular view. Make sure to plan enough time to enjoy the view of Cerro Castillo and the lake. It’s one of a kind.

fee
no shade
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike! And the view to reach the top over the Rio Ibáñez is as rewarding as the laguna! Definitely recommend this hike. The way up is long and steep at the end. The trail is very well marked. Below the link to the video we made of our hike. https://youtu.be/iQX4LtDCh2k

Stop here for a picnic lunch! Perfect midway point between Rio Tranquilo and Cochrane.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

The price for this hike is OUTRAGEOUS for foreigners. 18.000 CLP. Felt like i was in line for an amusement park. I left without doing the hike which really disappoints me bc i waited through some really depressing weather (never ending rain that lasted several days) to see cerro castillo up close. As bad as i wanted to do the hike i just cant justify this price and validating the private “ownership” of nature but im sure there are plenty of tourists who will see no issue with this.

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

This is a 4-day hike that goes through Cerro Castillo National Park. The trail goes through mountain passes, river crossings, and green forests, all while offering stunning views at numerous peaks, lakes and hanging glaciers. It's not as crowded as Torres del Paine's hiking circuits and it arguably provides equally impressive landscapes. For more information about recommended equipment, fees, camp grounds along the trail and ways to get there visit: http://www.parquenacionalcerrocastillo.cl

hiking
bugs
fee
muddy
no shade
2 months ago

Pros: the view of the valley and a the view of the lake - though not the prettiest we’ve seen. Cons: 18,000 peso fee, dusty boring trail, biting flies, very exposed with little shade, no bathrooms even at base of trail. Summary: I’d hike 3-4 miles for this view but for this distance and 5+ hours we’d recommend a different hike.

hiking
muddy
off trail
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The entrance to the park is between 7am and 12pm - laguna closes at 3pm We arrived late so couldn’t go up to the top In addition there is a park entrance fee ( in 2020) of, 5000 clp per person

There’s nothing to see on this trail other than the view of the glacier and waterfalls at the end, but what a view it is! The effort-to-reward ratio is great, the largest challenges are the mud if it’s been raining and the crowds. If you truly hate crowds then maybe it’s not worth the headache but otherwise you’ll get some nice pictures for very little effort.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

We came on a sunny day. The trail was not muddy so was easily managed. As others have said there isn’t much to see as you are in the trees most of the time but the glacier view at the end is AMAZING! If you haven’t seen something like this before I would highly recommend it. With that said, if it is cloudy (and the glacier won’t be visible) I would not recommend this hike as you won’t see much.

backpacking
bugs
3 months ago

This is an awesome 4 day trek with too many incredible sights to mention. You can find a ton of infor about the trek on the well-maintained park site: http://www.parquenacionalcerrocastillo.cl/?lang=en The main takeaways from my experience are: 1. The black flies here, common in Patagonia I believe, are some of the worst I’ve ever experienced. They are big, they are persistent, and they will bite you through your clothing. We brought some permethrin-based bug spray and it did not seem to have any effect on them. We survived but maybe look into something a bit stronger with flies for your own trip. 2. If possible when planning this trek give yourself some wiggle room on either end of your itinerary to adjust your dates on account of weather. Two of the mountain passes can be dangerous in bad weather, and it would really suck to have some of the magnificent views from the tops taken away by low clouds. 3. If you start from Coyhaique as we did you can get one of a couple of buses in the morning that leave from the small terminal heading south towards Cochrane, just tell them you want to be let off at Las Horquetas. When returning after you get to Villa Cerro Castillo you can generally either hitchhike try to get on a bus heading north (may be full). There is also a small shuttle that runs from the Villa to Coyhaique in the morning, I believe there was a number for it listed outside the bus terminal but I do not remember the name, you may need to ask around. 4. There are lots of cows around on the first day so I would not drink unfiltered water then, but after that we did not filter anything coming from the mountains and were fine, but YMMV. Also good luck dodging all the cow pies. 5. The water crossings are cold but easy, knee high at most. I’d suggest bringing sandals and a towel to dry yourself. 6. The two pass ascents in the middle days are no joke, start them early. Both are preceded by small side detours you can take to glacial lakes, a mile or two out of the way. Both of these are poorly marked trails that are mostly scrambling over boulders and rocks. The 2nd was worthwhile to see but the first I would skip. Regardless I’d try to do them the evening before rather than the morning before the pass. On the last day you can do the final lake in the morning before you head down to the trailhead as the final trail section is all downhill and short. Like I said, read the park site for much more info. This was a hard, stunning trek, completely worth it.

Great Trail. can be done in 5-6 hours. we went in reverse. great views.

It’s a nice trail up on the ridge above park. Worth doing if park is on way, but not a “must do”. Trail easy to follow, only a couple groups a day do it. Took us 6.5 hours with a few stops and lots of photos.

We took a guided tour from Rio Tranquilo to walk on the glacier. I’m not sure if you’re technically allowed on the glacier without a guide, you’d need to look that up. Regardless you’d need crampons and a helmet if not provided. Walking on a glacier is pretty awe inspiring, even in bad weather. Starting on the rocky moraine and watching the ice become more and more visible until it’s all that’s underneath you is pretty cool. Depending on your guide you’ll probably get taken to some exceptionally blue ice caves in the glacier. It’s expensive but if you’ve never been on a glacier before this is a hell of a first time.

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