GPT30H - Coyhaique

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Cerro el Rosado from the lagoon

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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) +2561, -2548
Distance (k) 131.8
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

  • 27 Nov 2022 Frank

Rio Nireguao near El Gato is not currently fordable. I would wait until late December or January. I believe Rio Nireguao is the only serious ford on GPT30. All other rivers I saw had bridges or were easily fordable. It is highly advisable to attempt the ford SOBO only. It's a 10 minute walk from the road. If you are unable to cross it NOBO you will have to backtrack for 1 or 2 days.

Reserva National Coyhaique is open Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-16:00 but: You are required to register your visit on Entry costs 6200 pesos for foreigners. The only trail currently open is a loop walk to Laguna Verde, not on the GPT. I asked if I could walk NOBO to exit the park at Rio Baguales. "No, closed" To avoid complications I walked around the park on the road. I got the bus to Rio Baguales & walked to Coyhaique, 13KM downhill. Any bus to Villa Ortega can drop you there. There is a carabinero post at Rio Baguales, I'm not sure if they would let you walk through it to enter the Reserva SOBO. Road is busy & parts are very dusty, not a nice walk, you could bus around it to start at Rio Baguales.

  • GPT30H

Duration: 5 Days, Direction: NoBo Participant: Tobías Schorcht

Difficulties: heat, Tábanos, entering Rerserva National Coyhaique

Highlights: Mountain??, friendly settlers, minimarked in El Gato

This stretch was surprisingly beatiful. Especially the people up there are very friendly and alwas up for a chat. Could not enter Reserva Coyhaique, because it was closed that day. The alternative Route leeds over private land of Alexandra Andreea Calfa (+56984608184) who wasn‘t there and could not let me in. So I had to do some roadwalking instead. I was very surprised to find a well equiped minimarked in El Gato!

Season Section Log

  • 23 Nov 2022 1 day Part of RR NOBO Frank

I got the bus to 1KM before El Gato where the RR SOBO goes off road near a campsite to a ford on Rio Nireguao. I continued NOBO 41KM on the X421 gravel road. From El Gato you ascend 300 metres then only a couple of small ascents. Good scenery but it was raining & cloudy when I went through. A shop in El Gato & Cabanas although they normally rent to groups. No facilities after El Gato. When you reach the mine don't follow the track file which goes into the mine (there is a fence and an Entry Restricted sign) but stay on the X421 road which goes around the mine. Go left at a junction then over a bridge, you soon rejoin the track file. The road is fenced off with very few places to camp: a few KM after the mine where the road forks, the right fork goes past camping spots by the river. 3.7 KM before you reach the main road (Carratera Austral AKA Ruta 7) you can camp near a shrine to San Sebastian. It was a wild day with rain coming in horizontal sheets so I continued to Ruta 7 & hitched to Villa Manihuales. There is a bus stop where you reach Ruta 7 but only 1 or 2 buses a day, it's better to hitch.

Summary Table

GPT30H: Coyhaique
GPT30H: Coyhaique Hiking Packrafting
Group G: Aysen Norte Total 129.1 km 41 h - -
Region Chile: Aysén (XI) Trails (TL) 21.5 km 16.6% - -
Start Carretera Austral (Camino Picaflor) Minor Roads (MR) 38.9 km 30.1% - -
Finish Coyhaique Primary Roads (PR) 49.3 km 38.2% - -
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) 17.5 km 13.6% - -
Traversable Jan - Apr (Maybe: Nov, Dec, May) Bush-Bashing (BB) 2.0 km 1.5% - -
Packraft Only Burden Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT29H, GPT31H Investigation (I) (3.6 km) (2.8%) - -
Options 109 km (1 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 Forest, Farmland, Settlers, Road Walking
Challenges Demanding River Fords, Resupply Distance

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

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Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting

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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

There are buses from Coyhaique bus terminal to El Gato on Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 5AM & 4PM & on Sunday at noon & 4PM. The bus goes via Villa Ortega & Nirehuao & gets to El Gato in about 2 hours. They stop in El Gato for anything between 30 minutes & 1.5 hours before returning to Coyhaique.

Return from Finish

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