On Friday October 13th 1972, a Uruguayan plane, carrying 45 passengers to Chile, many of whom were students and players from a rugby team, crashed in the Andes Mountains.
Twelve died from the impact and those who survived had to endure, among other things, the fearsome Cordillera with its thirty degrees below zero at night and the scarcity of food reserves.
Finally fed up with the very low temperatures, the threatening avalanches and anguished by the continuous death of their companions and the slow wait for rescue, two of them decide to cross the immense mountains to reach Chile.
On December 22nd of that same year, after having remained isolated from everything for 72 days, the world learns that sixteen defeated death. These events gave rise to the book and later to the film "Alive". Our tour invites you to visit this miraculous place that, on the other hand, has a very important landscape content.
Program subject to climatic, geographic or political conditions. Modifications to it may occur on the fly depending on circumstances and various factors. The decisions will be made exclusively by the guides, baqueanos and coordinators.
Day 1: Meeting in El Sosneado before noon. Transfer 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.
Day 3: Early departure to Las Lágrimas Glacier. This day's journey will be very hard since after three hours of walking we will cross the Río de Las Lagrimas and then we will ascend for an extra two and a half hours to the site where the remains of the plane are found, at 3600 meters above sea level. We will silently pay our tribute to the victims, and then make a reconnaissance of the place. Descent to camp.
Day 4: Breakfast and break camp. We will walk back and descend to Araya Post. Return to El Sosneado. End of our services. Homecoming.
Grupo Viven 97, Rugby Club GER + Estacion Vertical + Gloria y Cristobal.
Classic trekking to the plane of the Uruguayans - 4 days.
Expedition to the place of the Miracle of the Andes - Selection of several seasons
Summer selection 2014
4 days to the remains of the plane with the group of the Diabetes Foundation Uruguay. Great adventure!
PH: Marcelo Damián Medel
In all our expeditions we offer the meal service IN FULL BOARD PLAN:
It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.
For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, etc.)
We recommend walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, although no previous experience is required. Having slept in a tent also helps as a experience for this trekking.
In a woman backpack, from 8 to 10 kilos, in a man from 10 to 12 kilos.
Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people.
The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.
Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.
There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.
From 13 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.
Even though we visit the area in summer, temperatures tend to fall at night. Easily dropping to 0 degrees Celcious / 32 Farenheit
By car: After San Rafael city, at 140 kms away, you will arrive to Parador El Chacallal, on route 144. You can leave your car over here during the days of the trek. GPS coordinates: -35.080516, -69.582824
By plane: There are daily services to San Rafael city but the schedules do not usually suit our departing time. For that reason you must spend the previous night in San Rafael and on the following day, you should take the bus service CATA INTERNACIONAL to El Sosneado. (Check with us the issuance of tickets and reservations)
20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya
40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs
60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo
80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)
100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)
80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.
20% flat land
40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents
60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.
80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.
100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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