Ventisquero El Amarillo is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chaitén, Los Lagos, Chile that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from October until April.

Length12.6 miElevation gain1,650 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
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This trail reaches the base of the Michinmahuida Glacier.

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David Tillery
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We did not finish this trail, but thought it would be worth it to review what we did. If the weather is rainy, cold or otherwise poor I’m not sure this trail is worth the effort. You start with a few boardwalks but eventually you’ll be spending a significant time pathfinding your way around mud and water. The trail was well marked at times and invisible at others. The elevation gain in the first 3 miles was not noticeable. You will need to cross rivers several times. The first time we were able to get across using some well-placed tree that may or may not be there in the future. The second time we found a shallow area to cross at. We decided to turn back at the third time, so I’m not sure how much more you might need to cross before the end. If you’re determined to do it then I’d suggest bringing sandals (or some other water shoe) and a towel. It was cold but not freezing in January. Towards the end of our attempt we entered into a steep, wooded area that ran along the side of the cliff and river. Parts of it seemed like they had just been cleared out very recently, so it seems like work might be happening on the trail. But overall we found this part incredibly unfun, with lots of roots to trip on and everything else being super slick with all the rain. This is along with another water crossing is what broke us. You get some nice views of the valley and upcoming glacier even in the first 4 miles, and I’m sure the end is great, but for us it just wasn’t worth the effort in bad weather. Here’s hoping to a sunny day in another life.

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Xinqi Li
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HikingOver grown

Nice view of the valley. You can get really close to the two glaciers. There were parts of the trail that were not too well kept, where we got quite scratched by the overgrown bushes.

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John Wang
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We combined the Mirador & Ventisquero El Amarillo hikes together into one 18 mile hike because we did not have a AWD car. I thought this hike was enjoyable the entire way as this hike was in the open providing continues views up and down the glacial carved drainage. Along the way, there are rivers, rock faces, meadows of flowers, both alive and dead trees to bring variety to the hike. The final viewpoint at the toe of Michinmahuida Glacier is almost the definition of a hanging glacier in my mind. For our detailed report see: https://travel2walk.com/2019/12/21/trip-report-patagonia-january-2019-part-8-parque-pumalin-douglas-tompkins/#amarillo

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Vadim Goldstein
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