Trekking and Exploration to the Andes Survivor - El Sosneado, Mendoza

Trekking and Exploration to the Andes Survivor - El Sosneado, Mendoza

An adventure full of history by Las Lagrimas Valley

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Start Date :
date_range2022-Nov-09
End Date:
date_range2022-Nov-12
Initial time :
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End Time:
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Meeting Point:
El Sosneado, Mendoza
Location:
Cuyo
End Point:
El Sosneado, Mendoza
Distance:
1100 km from Buenos Aires
Difficulty:
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Duration:
4 days + trip
Availability:
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Advance Purchase Price:
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A story that shocked the world...

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.

Dates Season 2022 / 2023
  • October: 9 to 12 (50th anniversary of the accident - Winter expedition; only for people with experience) to the accident site
  • October: 9 to 15 (50th anniversary of the accident - Winter expedition; only for people with experience) to the accident site + plane impact site
  • December: 8 to 11 (long weekend) - 50th anniversary
  • December: 20-23 - 50th anniversary of the rescue (December 22)
  • January: 4 to 7
  • January: 18 to 21
  • February: 11 to 14 (carnival holiday)
  • February: 22 to 25
  • March: 8 to 11

Horseback riding Expeditions: Same dates, starting a day later.

 

Itinerary:

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 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.
  • Unevenness: 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: 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.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours one way, 5 hours back. Total= 12 hours.
  • Slopes: 1050 meters uphill and 1050 meters downhill.
  • Starting height: 2550 masl
  • Maximum height: 3600 masl
  • Camp height: 2550 meters above sea level.

Day 4: Breakfast and break camp. We will walk back and descend to Araya Post. Return by combi to El Sosneado. End of our services. Homecoming.

  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours.
  • Slopes: 350 meters in total descent (500 meters in descent / 150 meters in ascent)
  • Starting height: 2550 masl
  • Final height: 2200 masl

assignmentNote:

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.

 

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Local transfer to and from El Sosneado.
  • Baqueanos and pack animals to the Barroso camp (up to 5 kg per person). Important: the date of Easter due to climatic reasons, pack animals are not available.
  • Saddle horse to be able to cross the river, in case it is high.
  • Professional mountain guides.
  • Mandatory entry and ascent permit in the Valley of Tears.
  • Full board in the mountains (breakfast, energy drinks, lunch, snacks, dinner).
  • General kitchen equipment (pots, heaters).
  • Equipment and main first aid kit.
  • Communication equipment for emergencies: VHF, Satellite Telephone.
  • Bedroom tents.
  • Dining tents at El Barroso base camp (with chairs, tables, crockery and kitchen).
  • Previous informative meetings.
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • Assistance and permanent coordination.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Trip to El Sosneado
  • Expenses caused by abandoning the program
  • Tips for Guides and Baqueanos.