A touching story…
October 13rd 1972: A Uruguayan plane that carries 45 passengers to Chile, most of them students and rugby players, crush into the Andes.
Twelve of them died because of the crush.
The survivors had to carry on living in hunger and trying to tolerate the fearless mountain , 30 degrees below zero during many nights.
They try to resist with a limited reserve of food they found within the wrecks of the plain, as they wait to be rescued. Their faith decreased when they heard on the radio that the rescue had been called off due to the belief that none of them had survive.
Finally, tired of the low temperature, the threatening avalanches, the increasing anguish for the dead friends and the loss of hope to be rescued, two of them decide to cross the huge mountains to reach for help.
This is how in December 22nd of 1972, after 72 days of isolation, the world took notice that sixteen passengers from that plane had passed away due to the climate of the mountains, of the Andes.
This event was later told by the survivors, in a book and, later on, it turned to a movie “VIVEN”, which delivered this story to the world.
Today, the journey starts at this breathtaking location.
And we invite you to visit this place, as you go over this story….
THIS ROUTE on this special date is winter (with a lot of snow) and experience is required.
Day 1: Meeting in El Sosneado at noon. Transfer by charter vehicle to the west along the route that leads to the Soler refuge and the National Gendarmerie. Passing through the old abandoned thermal hotel, we will arrive at the Araya cattle station and then at the mentioned refuge where we will spend the night.
Day 2: This day we will go to the base camp of El Barroso. We will first cross the Atuel River, on foot or with the help of horses. March lunch. Quiet afternoon to enjoy the place.
- Estimated walking time: 7 hours.
- Drops: 350 meters in total ascent (500 meters in ascent / 150 meters in descent)
- Starting height: 2200 masl
- Camp height: 2550 meters above sea level.
Day 3: Ascent to camp 1 at 3100 masl.
Day 4: Ascent to camp 2, at 3600 meters above sea level. In the remains and the crosses, we will visit the place where the tragedy is remembered.
Day 5: Early departure towards the edge. This day's journey will be very hard since we will continue the ascent through a long haul of rocks until we reach the final edge, at 4100 meters high. There we will stop to observe the place where the plane hit in October 1972. Then we will return to the camp.
Day 6: Descent to El Barroso. Final dinner on the mountain.
Day 7: Final descent to the Atuel River and transfer to El Sosneado. End of the trip, 3:00 p.m.