GPT15 - Curarrehue
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- 5 Feb 2020 Southbound Frank
I combined GPT15, 16 & 17. It's easy to resupply in Curarrehue & Liquine. 2 short days for GPT15 & continued to GPT16 on 2nd day. Got the bus from Pucon to Reigolil via Currarehue. Didn't go to the lake but continued straight on the main road to Curarrehue. This option is quicker but there are not many places to camp.
- Northbound / feb 2020
1.5 easy days. We took the dirt road on the west side of river. There is a small coffee about 7km from Currarehue. Very nice with good atmosphere. No particular interest in this section. Hitch if you can, there are quite some people living along this road so it should be easy. There is a bus doing Currarehue/Reigolil every day. Currarehue is nice to resupply with restaurants, supermarkets and accommodation. There is also an ATM. Reigolil there is only one very small shop with not much.
- 2020-Jan-30 / Martina & Ivo / (Main road) southbound
We started to walk on the road on the Western side of the river just to see what will happen. After 2 hours a bus to Curarrehue came ;-)
- 2019-Nov-26 / Shaun C / South bound / Regular Hiking Route
Straightforward. Took a short 2 days. Rained incessantly, but still very pleasant, especially the misty Laguna Hualalafquen. Water readily available throughout. Only a few patches of snow (above 1200m).
- 15-Jan-2020 / Matus & Anna / Regular SOBO
We combined sections 14 and 15. It took us 3 days and nero. GPT14 - there are signs that someone tried to clear overgrown part of the trail on the begining and end but middle is still nicely overgrown. Though we didn't have problem to follow. Part of minor road on regular trail is under construction. They are putting a huge pipe under it. It was evening and workers were not there se we managed to sneak through but I don't think they will let you pass during working hours. It's just before descending to the river before National reserve Villarrica. In the Conaf campsite was food truck (it was weekend) with churasco, sopapillas, drinks... pure heaven. We paid 4000 per person at conaf. They are building a dorm at Lodge. It will be ready for next years hikers ;) Resuply in Reigolil - mini shop on trail seemed abandoned. We found best supplies in shop-4. There is one other shop directly after bridge. GPT15 - road and trail in good condition. On the climb to the lake bit before last settler there are some wild cherry trees on the left. We stuffed ourselves and left for others too. Enjoy. Multiple shops, accomodation options and restaurants in Curarrehue.
19-Jan-2020 Tom & Maddie
Regular route SOBO, 1.5 days. Easy walking, road in good condition. Would recommend hitching if you have limited time, but worth doing otherwise to connect sections 14 and 16. Really good resupply in Curarrehue (restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, pharmacy etc).
|Group||C: Zona Pehuenche||Total||51.1 km||15 h||51.0 km||15 h|
|Region||Chile: Araucanía (IX)||Trails (TL)||9.3 km||18.3%||7.7 km||15.1%|
|Start||Reigolil||Minor Roads (MR)||32.2 km||63.1%||32.2 km||63.2%|
|Finish||Currarehue||Primary Roads (PR)||9.5 km||18.6%||9.5 km||18.6%|
|Status||Published & Verified||Cross-Country (CC)||-||-||-||-|
|Traversable||Nov - Apr (Maybe: Sep, Oct, May)||Bush-Bashing (BB)||-||-||-||-|
|Connects to||GPT14, GPT16||Investigation (I)||-||-||-||-|
|Options||82 km (2 Options & Variants)||Exploration (EXP)||-||-||-||-|
|Hiking||Packrafting||Total on Water||1.5 km||3.0%|
|Attraction||2 (of 5)||2 (of 5)||River (RI)||-||-|
|Difficulty||1 (of 5)||1 (of 5)||Lake (LK)||1.5 km||3.0%|
|Direction||Both ↓↑||Both ↓↑||Fjord (FJ)||-||-|
|Character||Forest, Farmland, Pehuenche|
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Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route
Section Planning Status
Recommended Travel Period
The Regular Route is best hiked from November to April. The primary obstacle is likely to be snow early in the season. The maximum elevation of the section is 1300m.
Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting
Recommended Travel Direction
Northbound and southbound hiking is feasible and recommended.
Section Length and Travel Duration
The 51km of this section can be comfortably hiked in a day and a half.
Suitable Section Combinations
The section is pleasant, if unspectacular. The southbound route initially runs alongside a nice river as it passes through farmland and a valley. Laguna Hualalafquen nestled up in the hills is a highlight, and has several good camping spots.
The section is clear and relatively easy throughout. There are stretches where it is tricky to find camping spots due to fenced properties. But there are good sites at Laguna Hualalafquen.
Pucon has a few big supermarkets & several shops with hiking gear. One of the supermarkets has a hardware section where you can buy camping gas. Regioli at the northern start of the section has only one limited shop. Curarrehue, at the southern end, is a decent-sized town with numerous restaurants and shops.
Services: ATM and Money Exchange
Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels
Transport: Ground Transport
Regioli has limited options. Curarrehue is much better connected.
Transport: Shipping Services
Resupply on the Trail
Location, Names, Available Items and Services
Access to Route and Return
Access to Start
Timetable January 2020: File:Regolil.jpg Bus goes from Pucon to Curarrehue then Reigolil
Return from Finish
Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues
Regular Hiking Route
The southbound route follows a dirt road alongside a river through farmland. It ascends on a woodland trail to a scenic lake then descends to the town of Curarrehue. The last 9km are on primary road.