Summer trekking in the Andes
Valle Nevado’s trails offer spectacular views
The highest visible peak of the Andes seen from Valle Nevado is El Plomo. The Incas called the peak “Apu“, or Guardian of the Valley, and they visited it regularly as the sacred site for ceremonial rituals. The famous Boy of El Plomo mummy was found here and now rests in the Natural History Museum of Chile.
Altitude: 17.814 feet
Days trekking: 3
Campgrounds : At Piedra Numerada and La Olla.
Located north of cerro El Plomo and next to cerro Altar, known for the magnificent glacier that falls from the top toward the Santuario de la Naturaleza de Yerba Loca, where trekking excursions begin up toward the peak.
Altitude: 16,108 feet
Days trekking: 3
Campgrounds: 2, the latter at 9,840 feet high.
Horizontal lines of green, purple, brown and orange make El Pinto one of the most beautiful mountains in the valley. It takes 45 minutes to reach the summit, where sweeping views surprise those who make it to the top. El Plomo, to the east, makes an impression as does the immensity of the Andes.
Altitude: 13,123 feet
Days trekking: 1
Although this hike is considered to take second stage these days, visitors can appreciate an exceptional view from the Molina and Rio Olivares valleys. As well, this is an excellent trekking option for a weekend during the summer. The trail has easy access, although the final leg requires agility on rock and good orientation.
Altitude: 15,255 feet
Days trekking: 2
Campgrounds: Piedra Numerada
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOUNTAINEERS
Discover the immensity of the mountains that surround Valle Nevado
Follow these recommendations for an unforgettable experience:
- Always let a family member or friend know your plans and when you plan to return.
- Never hike alone, always bring a guide or a person who knows the area.
- Choose a trail according to your abilities.
- Use appropriate clothing resistant to wind and rain.
- The weather can change quickly, so be alert.
- Always carry a jacket or a second thermal shirt for changing.
- Dress in layers to better control temperature.
- Use hiking boots that have been broken in.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Carry sufficient water for the entire trail and dried fruit or chocolate for energy.
- Ski or hiking poles facilitate trekking offer security on the trail.
- Always carry a head lamp.
- Maintain a calm and consistent rhythm.
- Never descend running.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Protect the environment and don’t litter