Some of these optional routes may even replace the regular route if proven to be feasible and more attractive. Also the southern limit is fuzzy. Each hiker must constantly assess conditions himself and must not on rely on this this documentation or the trail files for his safety. You must not republish this document and the related trail files neither in parts nor completely. Don’t take it for granted that the GPT is your trail. With sufficient time and some more appetite for adventure you may try to organize a horse riding tour locally. To become member of the GPT Facebook Group you need a Facebook account and request access with the following this link: https://m.facebook.com/groups/222224388283455?ref=bookmarks. Unfortunately some locals don’t treat their environment with respect and litter or fish without limits. Then double the value to estimate your walking time. If you really believe that you need to publish your plans before you depart then do it in an humble manner and as an tentative plan. It’s a discovery network and only hikers that wish to discover Patagonia and the adjacent regions should contemplate with hiking and packrafting on the GPT. The GPT is quite special and only a specific sort of hiker will appreciate this route network. In certain areas of these fjords tidal currents can outpace your packraft. No rain gear does this. This shows what topics are planned to be covered with future updates and where contributions and reviews are welcome. Retrospectively I can only conclude: Too proud to be prudent, too vain to be honest! It was simply the political mindset of this time that each nation takes the land that they have the power to grab. These hot springs are located high up on the mountain Moncol and offer an impressive view to the volcano Lonquimay. Keep your food protect and away from mice in particular during the night. When he purchased this ranch he first kept it open for public access to the attractive Laguna Las Truchas. If arranging your tour with an international travel agency than you pay a substantial premium but you have a more predictable travel experience based on a standard offer. I assumed that hikers that intend a long demanding walk will be respectful and considerate visitors and will use this material and the trail name appropriately. Here you walk more distance high up in the mountains with broad views, here you find the more attractive trails and cross country routes and here you meet the arrieros and native Pehuenche people. Don’t just carry this stuff but use it preventively. Internet trail exchange platforms in particular: with more than 1500 km length it’s a greater trail than all other published trails in Patagonia. The track files are provided on personal request by the author free of charge but not unconditionally. If you find an actual Triple Crown Thru-Hiker more credible to speak about thru-hiking than read how Lauren "Neon" Reed's experienced the GPT in comparison with the renowned US long distance trails (see Appendix). And if they sense it they will often not speak up (especially Chileans learned to swallow their objections during 17 years of a military dictatorship) but expect to receive reservation and poor service in turn. Thru-hiking this trail is considered extremely strenuous and challenging. Estefania Chereguini and Walter Oszust initiated and developed the Huella Andina which is the recommended route for hikers in this section. Hardly anyone along the trail speaks or understands even a few words in English. The Cordon Caulle is a vast open volcanic field next to the volcano Puyehue that you can be roomed freely. We also tried to not do anything stupid, though there were times I nearly was swept away trying to cross a strong-flowing river or nearly slid down a steep scree field along the GPT. Therefore pay respect to each settler because their continued endurance keeps the trails open for you. When you do so, please refer to the wikiexplora article and this documentation in your personal publication. Select and Skip: Readjust your plans while hiking. Chile and Argentina receive a lot of tourists and there is not much xenophobia. For this you need to study in detail the sections evaluation and trail type composition to make a smart choice that fits your capabilities and expectations. Others lacked respect when interacting with the local population because they acted as this is a public trail. I did my first hike in Patagonia in 2002 and returned several times in the following years. Avoid shrubbery. Their diet is varied and includes small and medium mammals, carrion, birds, reptiles and fruits. This devise can send position signals in regular intervals for display on an online map, the inReach is able to send and receive 160-character text messages with the GPS coordinates to mobile phones or email addresses and it can post updates to social media. When hiking in Chile and Argentina you will not experience begging as this is the case in the neighboring countries of Bolivia and Peru. The action of lowering your face to a charging dog’s level is counter intuitive but can spare you some nasty scars or a scare. On our hike to the Laguna Dial we met Don Choi with a group on horseback. Therefore be always prepared and equipped for sudden weather changes. It's crucial that the meat is well cooked to kill all potential parasites. They had to make a living by producing more than they consumed to have something to sell with a profit. For this I need to carefully choose my words to be factual and precise, well descriptive but also legally sound. For an ultra-light hiker this is an unimaginable extra weight but if considering that the backpack weight drops on 40% of the distance to zero then this extra weight on 60% of the distance is a fair deal. We also tried to not do anything stupid, though there were times I nearly was swept away trying to cross a strong-flowing river or nearly slid down a steep scree field along the GPT. Regarding livestock, always leave a gate as you found it. The Greater Patagonian Trail is located in South America in Chile and Argentina. An earthquake may lose rocks, trigger landslides and cause tsunamis. If you are a tourist from outside of Latin America accept that you are called a “Gringo” in particular if you are from Europe or North America. Read in the Hiker's Manual chapter 1.15 Terms and Conditions for Using the Hiker’s Manual and the Trail Files on page 139 to review these conditions and to understand why these conditions were put in place. Exercise how to follow a track on your GPS if you never done it before. But don't expect intact indigenous communities that celebrate their traditional way of live with unity and pride. Also don't expect to walk high up in the mountains as there are simply no continuously high mountain ranges. So asking them for directions can very revealing and exceptional helpful but it requires purposeful questions and a wise interpretation of the answers. On the Argentine side the understanding of the limits can be equally different. The Precordillera in the vicinity of Santiago offers some very attractive trails. The Greater Patagonian Trail leads partly through rather isolated uninhabited areas with no mobile phone coverage at all. I hiked this route in 2003. Therefore you will meet along the trail Pehuenche in puestos that herd cattle, goats and horses like the "arrieros" further north. In the west you have the rugged and rainy Pacific coast with countless fjords and islands. This trail was not created to thru-hike Patagonia, it's a route network for "immersion-hiking". 1 Introduction and General Information: Chapter 1 provides a general overview and a good understanding of the nature of the GPT. Consider that the predominant wind direction is from west to east. Leave all gates in the condition as you found them. Permanently manned gates now limit access to guests of the luxury resorts on this immense property. If it is late and time to camp we try to sense if we are welcome to stay a night what is normally the case. Crystal clear rivers descend from these mountains and feed deep blue lake along the way. You only get to the Hydropower Station El Toro if get down from the ridge on the "Bad Weather Exit Route". There are also various volcanoes and other summits along the route that can be ascended without rock climbing gear. Try to get to a settlement since local authorities will do their best to evacuate the affected population. One seize the trail name for a hilarious self-display-page that ended with a blunt lie. It keeps you completely dry and warm even when fording glacier rivers. In this region of Chile even the most important road; the Carretera Austral; has a 50 km wide gap that can only be crossed by ferry. The most common form is mixing with water but also beer, wine or juice can be used. Saltar a: navegación, buscar. According to Wikipedia the name Araucana is derived from the native Araucanians who's main staple food were the nuts or seeds of the Araucaria tree. River downstream float with a packraft. So far appreciation and disappointment on the trail was rarely linked to gear but primarily to attitude. Sometimes you can buy freshly baked bread or even cheese from the locals along the trail. Severe weather, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes can destroy or alter a route and if not maintained vegetation can completely close a trail within a few years in particular in the tempered rain forest. Here tides strongly affect water levels and currents. You find further information to this devise on the, InReach from Delorme offers a similar devise but without the above mentioned limitations. They had to make a living by producing more than they consumed to have something to sell with a profit. Thorough checks are performed by the SAG (Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero) on the airport and the border checkpoints from neighbouring countries. But such an expedition should only be considered by highly skilled hikers or packrafters that already know Patagonia very well and that are humbled by experience. You may read the Wikipedia articles to the demographics of Chile and Argentina to learn more about the native tribes and ethnic groups that settle this land for thousands of years and the 500 years of post-Columbian immigration into these countries. In theory you can manually submit an "OK" message without purchasing the tracking option but this may result in rather long "black-out" periods since many signals don't get submitted successful and the devise itself does not provide any feedback if the signal was transmitted correctly or not. On this trail your willingness and capability to immerse yourself in this culture will be more relevant than the weight of your backpack. They could find their pace without being chased by a public proclamation that they set free before they departed and that constantly lurked in their backs. There are several other locations in the vicinity of the GPT where horse riding tours can be done. And if they stay the trail will be maintained and remain accessible for hikers like you and me. Wikipedia states: “Attacks on humans are very rare, as cougar prey recognition is a learned behaviour and they do not generally recognize humans as prey. You can easily reach this village by bus from Talca. We combined up to four sections into a long hiking stretch without getting off the trail. Later they became Araucanized and partially merged with the Mapuche tribes. Also roads are built in rural areas, which is a mixed blessing from a hikers perspective. Therefore such commercial tours must be particular sensible and selective in choosing the appropriate area and route for their endeavor. This showed me a new method how to plan further hikes. The project was initiated by Estefania Chereguini and Walter Oszust in 2008. What you will now read is the résumé of this exchange of ideas with hikers that walked on the GPT or did other long distance hikes. The Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT) is 1,300 miles long and counting. It’s better: it’s a compilation of the most beautiful and diverse hiking and horse trails, minor roads and cross country sections through the Patagonian Andes selected by a passionate hiker. But some of the super-rich denied passage over their immense properties on which they normally don’t even live when kindly asking for permission to pass. They offer shelter if the weather does not permit a crossing of the volcanic plateou. whom we meet before and ask whom we will meet further down our way. The skinned and cleaned animal is cut into pieces and stack on a wooden pole ("palo" in Spanish). The regular packrafting route was planned with Google Earth and Bing Maps. To maintain this I plead all hikers to follow this code of conduct: The Greater Patagonian trail is not an official trail that is set up and managed by a government agency. Piñones: As already mentioned under Recommended Season and Food Supply on the Trail you can become a gatherer on sections 5 to 10 and collect a good part of your food yourself along the trail if you pass this area between February and April. A long-distance trail network in the southern Andes, the 3,000-kilometre (1,900 mi) Greater Patagonian Trail, was first described in 2014. I’m not attempting to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Chile and Argentina with the following paragraphs. If you need to leave a gap in your line of steps don’t take it as a defeat but as adapting to this land. The trails and minor roads are generally well visible on satellite images. GPT35 to GPT40: South of latitude 46° 30’ S. At the latitude of Lago General Carrera and south of it are two large ice fields, the Northern Patagonian Ice Field and the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. The effect of snow-blindness are normally not felt until several hours after exposure when the symptoms (pain, intense tears, eyelid twitching, discomfort) become evident. Additional connections with GPT to be planned. Some volcanos show an increased seismic activity shortly before an eruption therefore series of smaller earthquakes may announce an imminent eruption. This shows what topics are planned to be covered with future updates and where contributions and reviews are welcome. Some blogs are very useful to participate on lessons learned by others to not repeat frustrating mistakes. Don’t take it for granted that the GPT is your trail. Here you can post your hiking plans before you depart and link up with other hikers.The GPT Facebook Group is also the location where I now notify hikers when updated track files are available and where I share other significant news to the GPT. By trial and error we eventually choose to connect long sticks in example branches, bamboo grass and/or our hiking poles to lift a sling over a single cone and then break the cone off by pulling against the growth direction. Do not expect bus stops to have signs posted. Jeannette Leenders and Arlen Hoebergen, two Dutch athletes, walked in 2011 and 2012 from Visviri, the most northern settlement in Chile to Cabo Forward, the most southern mainland point of South American continent. Note that on sunny days wind typically increases substantially around noon and often blows very strong till the evening. Distance covered with a motorized boat is NOT included in the trail length. On his attention-grabbing web page he loudly and proudly announced a "1500 mile thru-hike of the Greater Patagonian Trail". Don't enter locked puestos except in emergencies. We were approached by one of their leaders who kindly asked us to move on and so we did. I hiked this route in 2003, 2007 and 2009 before the erruption of the Cordon Caulle which change landscape and consequently also the route. You certainly do if you are reading this article but do you know how to prepare a filling and delicious meal with the different supplies available in mountains in Chile and Argentina? The Greater Patagonian Trail snakes through the Southern Volcanic Zone and passes and crosses numerous volcanos. Interestingly, these were partly experienced hikers and athletic walkers. Save useful waypoints on your GPS and highlight where you got lost or struggled with the trail. The Greater Patagonian Trail crosses most of Patagonia and the adjacent regions to the north. Keeping notes as you go is important as the length and variety of this trail can muddy specifics and details if you wait until the end of the hike to document observations. Be sure to note how the gates are held as some of the techniques are unique. You can cook at your tent and store all you food in your tent without fearing a visit of a hungry bear. Install a suitable app on your smartphone if needed. The GPT requires a detailed preparation but refuses to be planned in detail. That's a considerable investment but it's a lasting one if you treat it with care. reservations for camp sites that must be made several months in advance which is not practical for such an unpredictable long distance hike. This straw is called "bombilla". Therefore most hikers that set themselves the goal to cross Chile or Argentina took primarily roads and this is what cautions me. The extra weight of a dry suite is not that much if you replace your normal rain gear with it. Both, non-commercial and commercial republications are not permitted without prior written consent by the author and copyright owner. That’s a difference of about 500 km. Here most land routes are further inland in the valleys and depressions that cut through the Patagonian Andes. The hiker needs to be prepared and equipped to master in example an surprising snow storm and closing in clouds while crossing a mountain pass. Dogs: Most settlers and herdsmen have several dogs to protect their home and their animal. up to 8 ascents to summits may substantially alter the actual distance and ascent and descent. Do you know how to cook your meals in the outdoors? That’s one of the reasons why some highly experienced thru-hiker failed to enjoy this trail: They did not understand the GPT and as a consequence made inappropriate choices and departed unprepared. If you really believe that you need to publish your plans before you depart then do it in an humble manner and as an tentative plan. ", Garrett Martin: "This trail is unlike any other trail in the world and requires detailed planning, determination, physical and mental strength and most importantly - respect for the people and environment along the trail. on Wikipedia and read blogs of other hikers that walked on the GPT. But in contrast to others that started with similar intentions they did not give up but learned their lessons and adapted slowly to the trail. We sometimes buy a goat or lamb and ask the seller to prepare it with us and share an extended dinner. The longest hiking trail in Chile is the informal 3,000 km (1,850 mi) Greater Patagonian Trail that was created by … the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail or the Continental Divide Trail) or if you walked on the European pilgrimage trails (i.e. The trail will change you plans without asking and inevitably stop you from time to time and turn you around. Install a suitable app on your smartphone if needed. It is the first semi-official landing point for anyone searching information online and provides an introduction to the GPT. The wikiloc user huilohuilo published a series of. Hyperlinks to resources in the internet are also blue but have a globe sign after the link. The founders of the Huella Andina, Estefania Chereguini and Walter Oszust, guided us through this difficult terrain, so only thanks to them this key piece of section 17 could be logged by GPS and published. A true thru-hike without resupply bus trips would require the setup of food depots on strategic points along the route. Imagine a group of people crosses unasked a private property and the owner recognizes that someone is earning money with it. Become an expert in setting up the GPS trail files on your GPS devise and your backup systems i.e. His fate and future is in the hands of the hikers that walk it in the coming years. The GPT is much more than this. Just the idea of racing through strangers' backyards is regarded a rude in these remote regions. In Central Patagonia in particular from GPT28H to GPT31H hiking is less attractive because several historic horse trails have been upgraded to dirt roads. If you have questions that are not answered in this trail descriptions then you may send me an email. But some hikers quickly aborted or changed their plans and missed the best parts of the trail in consequence. During summer rain is infrequent and short and you can mostly enjoy sunny weather. On the satellite images the "bad weather escape route" well visible. If you opt to hike or packraft along the GPT and your Spanish is still insufficient, than learn and improve your Spanish. Please understand that this is an immense responsibility that I want to live up to. One of the most important skills before you depart is your capability to read. Many of this novice hikers still lack experience and appropriate gear. So you can bypass on foot all paddle parts if you do not have a packraft or if i.e. The trail is simply too long and demanding to attract large crowds. In some national parks so there is signage and markers, though these are often unmaintained and inconsistent. More out of curiosity I started searching for a continuous trail in Google Earth trying to incorporate the best trails that I hiked so far. There is no ferry service over Lago Viedma. But be careful; some guides that offers a horse riding tours ("cabalgata") may promise more than they are prepared to execute just to secure a paying customer. What really matters on this trail is your openness to learn and willingness to change. Travelling on the GPT was everything but easy (or necessarily fun all the time) but it returned it all and more. Greater Patagonian Trail Section GPT17H Hiking trail in Carriringue, Los Ríos (Chile). There are vast open plains in the east of Patagonia with a dry and wind battered steppe that spans from the eastern edge of the Andes to the Atlantic coast. In contrast to a SPOT devise you do not need to opt for an annual data contact but you can choose the satellite data contract only for the months you really need it. Of cause, by publishing this document and the trail files under the above conditions I can’t prevent inappropriate use. "After having passed the deep blue Laguna Dial you descent through the now tighter but equally scenic valleys of the rivers Rió Rodriguez and Los Souces" --Joaquin.baranao 09:51 2 oct 2014 (CLT) Hi everyone, this is Ian. Here you walk more distance high up in the mountains with broad views, here you find the more attractive trails and cross country routes and here you meet the arrieros and native Pehuenche people. In extreme situations (such as if the dogs you encounter are herding dogs who will continue to pursue and nip at your ankles), you may have to actually throw a rock at them. GPT16: Volcán Mocho on the background. The GPT is an informal route network therefore you will not find any “official” information. He even got T-shirts printed proclaiming this ambitious plan. The satellite images show parts of a trail in a rather hidden and rarely visited valley next to the border with argentina. Includes also abandoned roads that are not any more passable by vehicles. Is simply a compilation of horse trails, minor roads and some cross country sections over private properties and state owned land. If your curiosity and patience runs out while reading this text then your patience and interest will run out rather quickly on the trail. Therefore you can sample the full variety of Patagonia when walking the length of the GPT. If you advocate connecting footsteps get emotionally prepared that you may need to make compromises. There will be more than enough surprises along the trail so eliminate the avoidable once by understanding what you are considering to do. Therefore I will not go into detail and will not attempt to write a general outdoor guidebook. If yes, then we pitch our tent in the vicinity of the puesto. Such internet hyperlinks open only while being connected to the internet. This article does not intent to be a sufficient source of information; it’s just an introduction and a general guide how to get prepared. To draw the right conclusions for your hike read my comments to this film either before or better after watching. But attempting this seems foolish, especially this early in the development of the trail and the lack of a support system along and around the trail. From there you can jump in two steps to any chapter in this document. George Meegan is a British adventurer born in 1952. This is essential to keep the tracks updated. If you answer any of the below questions with a “No” than better consider other trails: Be honest with yourself! We enjoy listening to them before we speak about our own adventure and trail recording project. We choose the model Nomad 7 from GoalZero with the Guide 10 Plus Power Pack. Hiking this trail requires a detailed planning and preparation before and during the hike. Bethany and Lauren continue to support me in updating this wikiexplora article. When reading this document best use full screen slide mode in landscape orienta¬tion. a smart phone and an InReach satellite pager. In the last 10 years there were 3 major eruptions on or close to the route and numerous alarming hiccups of not so dormant volcanoes. There are a few hiking maps for some popular areas showing some but not all trails that are used by the GPT. attempt a Thru-Hike. The hiker needs to recognize and follow the often only vaguely visible trails that frequently peter out or divides into several branches. North of Santiago water deficiency becomes an enormous challenge. This adequate rate of advance permits you to accept the invitation of a settler to share some cups of mate or to sit out a day of torrential rain in shelter (here called "puesto") with an arriero. This verbral description provided a useful hint to search this trail on the satellite images of Google Earth were most of the track can be seen quite well. Shops rarely have posted hours and even if they do, these are not observed. I’m an Engineer by trade, I work as an inspector and issue inspection reports on a regular base. Also the climate is more favorable for hiking. This table will be used to share updates provided by hikers. The entire route network exceeds 15,000 km (9,300 mi). Gerald is a highly experienced hiker who walked in many remote areas around the world. In the first 15 years of this century more than 300 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or more occurred in the area of the trail. If you prefer to have some special stuff that you find only in Santiago or that you bring with you from overseas you have the following option: You pack a box with food and other gear in Santiago and send the box with one of the mayor bus companies to a town where you plan a resupply stop. This experience makes me more careful now. Avoid pitching your tent in areas where scree and rubble indicates a hazard zone below rocks and cliffs. A sail is optional. This is a WikiExplora page written by Jan Dudeck. The images published by Gabriel González on panoramio indicate a possible trail along the river Curringue that is partly hidden by the dense forest on the satellite images. Many settler and herdsmen discipline theirs dogs by throwing stones after them. Due to this geography the GPT goes up and down between the depressions and the island-like mountains and provides a very attractive and varied hiking at least to the finish of section GPT22. 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