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GPT31H - Valle Simpson

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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, Coyhaique
Atractions Vistas panorámicas
Duration días
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Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Inexistente
Infraestructure Inexistente
Topology Cruce
Gain/Loss (meters) +551, -531
Distance (k) 36.6
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

Season Section Log

  • 03-Apr-2023 / Hiking / NOBO / Martin & Helena

Easy section that connects Coyhaique and Villa Frei. Minor road will take you around few lakes and local settlements, which makes some nice sceneries with surrounding mountains. They were partly covered with fresh snow in our case. Taking a bus from Coyhaique terminal to Villa Frei in the morning, we started quite early for our standards, and therefore we made it easily in 1 day, coming back to Coyhaique in the late afternoon. Because of a light rain, the road was not that dusty, but it might be annoying in dry weather, especially the last part around airport, that was also quite busy.

Contact: @martin_hanzelka @helenneka

  • 2022 Nov 22 Frank 1 day RR NOBO

Got the bus to Villa Frei & walked back to Coyhaique. One small shop in Villa Frei & lots of dogs, a stick may be useful. Didn't see any place to stay there. I agree with all the comments below. This must be the least interesting section on RR GPT1-40. No facilities along the route & didn't see anywhere good to camp. As you approach Coyhaique it gets dustier & going past the airport is nasty with lots of traffic throwing up blinding clouds of dust. The last 2KM is quiet.

  • 2022 Feb: 04-05, SoBo, RR, Kris&Stiina

The whole section is a gravel road, except for a few km in the beginning where it is asphalt. We hitched the first 16km and then continued on foot the traffic wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t great for peaceful hiking either, lots of dust eating with every passing car. Chileans do love their fences so everything was well fenced off on both sides of the road for most of the section. We were lucky that some cattle did not agree with the local politics of fencing off the open water and had broken a fence to access the Burgos Lake. Which is where we camped at and had a nice swim. It was right next to the road but bushes helped with making it somewhat private. What they didn’t help that much with was the dust cloud that the passing cars generated, but luckily the traffic was not too bad. The next day we hiked/hitched to the end of the section, as the road was just too boring and we wanted to get on some trails already. Unless you are super into connecting footsteps then we would recommend to just try and get a hitch to the start of next section.

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Summary Table

GPT31H: Valle Simpson
GPT31H: Valle Simpson Hiking Packrafting
Group G: Aysen Norte Total 36.6 km 9 h - -
Region Chile: Aysén (XI) Trails (TL) - - - -
Start Coyhaique Minor Roads (MR) 20.7 km 56.6% - -
Finish Villa Frei Primary Roads (PR) 15.9 km 43.4% - -
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) - - - -
Traversable Sep - May Bush-Bashing (BB) - - - -
Packraft Only Burden Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT30H, GPT32 Investigation (I) - - - -
Options 8 km (Variants Only) Exploration (EXP) - - - -
Hiking Packrafting Total on Water - -
Attraction 1 (of 5) - River (RI) - -
Difficulty 1 (of 5) - Lake (LK) - -
Direction Both ↓↑ - Fjord (FJ) - -
Comment -
Character Farmland, Settlers, Road Walking
Challenges -

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

Elevation Profile of Regular Packrafting Route

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Resupply Town

Shopping: Food

2 supermarkets in Coyhaique. 2 small shops in Villa Frei but they will not be open when the first bus arrives.

Shopping: Fuel

Several shops in Coyhaique sell camping gas. Shop around as prices vary a lot.

Shopping: Equipment

There are several hiking shops in Coyahique.

Services: Restaurants

Lots of restaurants in Coyhaique. They generally open around 10AM. Moneda de Oro on the main street is good.

Services: Laundry

Services: ATM and Money Exchange

2 exchange offices in Coyhaique, rates may be poor. Several banks & ATMs. All ATMs will be closed outside bank opening hours. Banco Estado opens on Saturday mornings.

Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels

Lots of places in Coyhaique. Bosque Patagonia hospedaje at the side of the Unimarc supermarket is one of the best cheap options.

Accommodation: Cabañas

Accommodation: Camping

Transport: Ground Transport

Transport: Ferries

Transport: Shipping Services

Resupply on the Trail

Location, Names, Available Items and Services

Access to Route and Return

Access to Start

2023 info: Buses to Villa Frei from Coyhaique bus terminal: Monday 7:30, 8:15, 15:30, 17:00, 19:30 Tuesday to Friday 8:15, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30 Saturday 08:00 No bus on Sunday. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Villa Frei & the bus generally turns around immediately & goes back to Coyhaique

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Escape Options

Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues

Regular Route

Regular Hiking Route

Regular Packrafting Route

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Investigations and Explorations

Links to other Resources

Alerts and Logs of Past Seasons