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GPT04 - Alto Huemul

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GPT, section 4, by Matúš Lašan

This is a simplified track file, not suitable for navigation on terrain. To get the detailed file see the following section on the main Greater Patagonian Trail article

__ Main trail
__ Packrafting

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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, San Fernando
Atractions Vistas panorámicas
Duration días
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Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Inexistente
Infraestructure Inexistente
Topology Cruce
Gain/Loss (meters) +3101, -2943
Distance (k) 60.9
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

Season Section Log

Greater Patagonian Trail, section 4
Aguas Buenas Valley, by Benoit Mirouse.
  • 10 January 2020 Frank RR Southbound, 2.5 days

I thought it would be an easy hike from Agua Buena to Las Penas. It isn't. At Agua Buena 500M from start is a fruit farm with no entry sign. No one @ the gate & it was unlocked so I went in. Met the owner & he wasn't too happy to see me but after a discussion I was allowed through. If you go 500M beyond the start in Agua Buena on main road there is a dirt road which branches right just as the main road goes left. The dirt road should come in to join RR just where you exit the fruit farm, allowing you to avoid going through the farm. You soon leave the dirt road & go down on small trails into thorn scrub. The scrub is thick & if you don't get the navigation exactly right you won't get through. After about 6KM RR goes through another fruit farm. I got in @ low point in fence but had to crawl under fence to get out. It would be easier to stay outside the fence (handrail it) & rejoin RR after the farm.

You cross Bridge 5 into another fruit farm, no entry sign on bridge. As you leave the farm there is a house, they might not let you in here if you are Northbound. Just after you get to the road there is a shop. 3 campsites (paid camping) & 3 shops in Las Penas, last one does small meals. About 2K later you pay 3000 CLP entry fee @ a gate. Camped @ Water 25. There is one place with water beyond that but nowhere else to camp until the lakes. Lakes are nice but no shade & no wood. I would suggest road walking the first section to Las Penas or get the bus (see updated transport section)

  • Start Date: December 20, 2019
  • Section: GPT 04 Southbound
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Name/Alias: Ian Hikes
  • Overview: If hiking southbound this is the first section where it really starts to get green and the pine trees start to appear more frequently. The first section is dominated by dirt roads with paying campsites, cabins, puestos and other developments. Later you go over a large mountain pass with sweeping views in all direction completely above the tree line. Finally, you follow the valley into Los Quenes which in a nice little town to resupply in. The town has a small supermarket with many food options along with a few restaurants. These include pizza, sandwiches and empanadas. The plaza in the center of town also has free access to WIFI which I used while I was there.
  • Difficulties: Exposed mountain pass. Route finding
  • Highlights: Sweeping views. High mountain passes and lakes.
  • Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions at Ultratrailca@gmail.com

  • 2019-Nov-30 / Martina & Ivo / Regular route southbound

4 days, low water levels, no snow, trails in excellent condition. ...and food and accommodation in Los Queñes :-)

  • 2019-Dec-09 / Matus & Anna / Regular route

We started in Las Peñas (we took Uber there from San Fernando). It took us 2 days. Trail is in good condition. Some parts on the descend are slightly overgrown, but still easy to follow. There is enough water on both sides. Accomodation, food and tiendas in Los Quenes.

Summary Table

GPT04: Alto Huemul
GPT04: Alto Huemul Hiking Packrafting
Group A: Precordillera Total 60.9 km 21 h - -
Region Chile: O'Higgins (VI) & Maule (VII) Trails (TL) 31.0 km 50.9% - -
Start Aguas Buenas Minor Roads (MR) 26.5 km 43.5% - -
Finish Los Queñes Primary Roads (PR) - - - -
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) 3.4 km 5.6% - -
Traversable Nov - Mar (Maybe: Oct, Apr, May) Bush-Bashing (BB) - - - -
Packraft Only Burden Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT03, GPT05 Investigation (I) - - - -
Options 98 km (2 Options & Variants) Exploration (EXP) - - - -
Hiking Packrafting Total on Water - -
Attraction 2 (of 5) - River (RI) - -
Difficulty 3 (of 5) - Lake (LK) - -
Direction Both ↓↑ - Fjord (FJ) - -
Comment -
Character Semi-Desert, Forest, Alpine Terrain, Mountain Pastures, Farmland, Arrieros
Challenges Exposure to Elements, Clambering

Satellite Image Map

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

Section Planning Status

Recommended Travel Period

Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting

Recommended Travel Direction

Section Length and Travel Duration

Suitable Section Combinations

Section Attractiveness

Section Difficulty


Resupply Town

Shopping: Food

Shopping: Fuel

Shopping: Equipment

Services: Restaurants

Services: Laundry

Services: ATM and Money Exchange

Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels

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

Bus every half hour in daytime from San Fernando to Agua Buena. 5 buses a day from San Fernando to Las Penas, first one leaves San Fernando @ 11:30.

Return from Finish

Attached bus timetable obtained in January 2020 File:Quenes.jpg

Escape Options

Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues

Regular Route

Regular Hiking Route

Regular Packrafting Route

Optional Routes

Investigations and Explorations

Links to other Resources

Alerts and Logs of Past Seasons