Location: Valle de las Lágrimas –Andes Mountain Range
Malargüe – Mendoza – Argentina
Days: 3 Days/ 2 Nights.
Max altitude reach: 3700 m.
Age limit: 12 years old. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.
A four days horse-riding trip will make us experience a true adventure in one of the most miraculous place in the world. An unique expedition in the middle of the spectacular Andes mountain range, where a group of men drew a valuable lesson for all humanity, never surrendering to adversity
Place and meeting time: 9:00 am. Bus Terminal of San Rafael. Consider that this program does not include transportation from Mendoza to San Rafael or from San Rafael to the Mountain shelter. You can save extra travel costs traveling with the coordinator. Another possibility is to go with your own vehicles to the Mountain Shelter. At 9:30 am after meeting in San Rafael and coordinated everything we will travel to the mountain shelter, place of our first camp. Arriving about 13 a.m. to 14 p.m., we will organize loads to be transported with the mules and begin the horse back riding. We will have our Lunch Boxes and drinks. We will cross the rivers Atuel, Rosado and Barroso. After 3 – 4 hours of horseback riding, we arrive to Barroso Camp at 2,550 meters. We set up our camp placing the tents, with a good view of Cerro Sosneado, 5,200 meters, to the northeast . Dinner.
At morning we have breakfast, deliver the lunch boxes and then we start trekking to the Valley of Tears. After noon we will reach the “Las Lágrimas Glacier”, reaching 3,600 meters, on the border between Argentina and Chile. We will ascend to the Memory Cross to pay our respectful homage to the victims. Then we will walk around the area making a reconnaissance of the place, where we can observe the fuselage of the Fairchild plane, dozens of crosses, epitaphs, flags, offerings, and the monument to the victims. We will share details and anecdotes about this unforgettable story. Upon returning to our base camp we will make a good half-afternoon and enjoy the place until dinner time.
We have breakfast as we dismantle our camp and start our return. Upon arrival at the Sosneado station, we will have lunch and then travel to the city of San Rafael, ending our services and grateful to have enjoyed this trip together.
Valle Las Lágrimas entrance permit
Mountain tents (2/3 people).
Kitchen items. No personal utensils.
Support of Mules for ascent and return. They carry all the common equipment (tents, kitchen elements, heaters, fuel, meals, etc.) and 5kg per pax of personal equipment. Support of horses for crossing of rivers (Both Modalities).
Horses with mounts (for Horseback riding)
Professional Mountain guides (Heber Horona) + guide baqueano
Handy radios, cell phone and first aid equipment
Civil Liability Insurance
Not included services
You are responsible for the following items.
All transfers. Private vehicles.
Rescue expenses or other costs due to abandonment of the expedition.
Personal expenses (tips, telephone, drinks, internet access, and other items not specified.)
Travel and medical insurance.
Any other service that has not been specified as included in the previous pages of this document.
The expedition difficulty level is “moderate”. The itinerary can be perform by beginners as well as by seniors. However, it’s important not to be afraid of horses or suffer from vertigo. You have to be willing to ride horses for 4 – 7 hours per day.
The horse-ride takes place in remote areas, far away from the city in the middle of the Andes range. That is why we recommend a medical checkup before the trip.
During the season, the weather is usually mild with high temperatures during the day and lower during the night. However, as we know, weather in the mountain can change abruptly as well as the wind speed.
Before leaving, we’ll check your equipment to make us sure that you have everything ok. That is why, it’s better to bring more gear and what it’s not necessary, we can leave it at the mountain shelter. In case that you need some equipment, there are rental shops where you can get it.
The guides and local assistants will help you with your equipment to carry. However, we recommend not leaving anything loose or without tiding since they can fall; specially, sunglasses, hats, etc. Hip pouches are very useful for carrying personal stuffs.
We have the right to modify the schedule in case of weather adversity, operational issues or any other problem beyond our responsibility. We also have the right to keep outside from the program any person whose health condition is not appropriate for the activities to be carried.
The return to the San Rafael is at 7pm approx. You have to take into account when getting the return ticket in case you are travelling that same day. You can also ask for an extra night at the hotel.
- Comfortable waterproof trainers. If you’re used to wear riding boots, you can bring them. We don’t recommend big shoes since they’re difficult to put in the stirrups.
- Gaiters (Optional)
- An extra pair of shoes to rest at camp.
- Socks. ( 1 warm pair) We recommend long socks in order to protect us from the rubbing.
- Base layer t-shirts.
- Long-sleeves T-shirts and shirts.
- Polar fiber jacket
- Rain Parka with hood. (gore-tex. ultrex).
- Loose pants. (similar to “Gaucho’s” pants). Don’t wear jeans or removable pants with zippers.
- Sun hat for sun protection in order to avoid sunstroke. (Sun in mountain areas is strong)
- Warm hat
- Hip pouch. Optional.
- One pair of liner gloves
- One pair of warm gloves
- Sunglasses (with UV filter and side shields)Cantimplora o similar de 1 litro mínimo de capacidad.
- Sleeping bag. We recommend at least 800 gram of down shell, or synthetic
- Sleeping pad
- Headlamp with set of extra batteries.
- Sunscreen and lip protection (with SPF of at least 20/40)
- Post Solar moisturizing cream
- Personal hygiene and Medical Kit. ( We recommend baby wet towels)
- Camera – with extra batteries
*In case you don’t have some elements, please ask us.
In order to enter the Valley of Tears it is necessary to obtain an Entry Permit, cause it is located on private lands belonging to Las Leñas S.A.
The permit is included in the program.