Across the Andes
10 Days | From £2779pp
Argentina ( Best airport: Mendoza)
Cross the mythical Andes mountain range from Argentina into Chile on this adventurous expedition. Following the historic San Martin route taken by the Argentine army in 1817 to liberate Chile from the Spanish, this is a fascinating and remote packhorse trail crossing snow-capped peaks, rivers and valleys with camping each night in uninhabited places, accessible only on horseback and flanked by the highest mountains in the continent. A real challenge for intermediate riders onwards, this is one of the few itineraries which completes the crossing in the original direction starting in Argentina and finishing in Chile.
Level of Riding and Fitness
This trail is suitable for confident intermediate to experienced riders. Although the pace is mostly walk, the terrain is steep and some of the paths are narrow. You should be fit to ride long hours (between 5-7 hours per day and be able to mount and dismount unaided. A certain level of fitness/toughness is also required for the 7 nights camping which takes place in the mountain range where all equipment is carried by packhorse or mule so facilities are basic.
Guides and Group Size
You will be guided by experienced, certified Argentinian guides, who are bilingual English/Spanish and have completed the crossing many times. For sections of the trail you will also be joined by Gauchos baquianos (local knowledgeable guides) who travel with the group.
Group size for this trail is between 4-12 riders.
Accommodation and Dining
You’ll spend the first and last night in comfortable en-suite hotels in shared twin rooms (single rooms available for a supplement). The hotel on the first night is in Mendoza, Argentina and facilities include a sauna and swimming pool.
While on the trail you will spend 7 nights camping in Igloo tents (2 people per tent, single tents available for a supplement) all camping equipment such as sleeping bags and sleeping mats are provided. Camp also includes a dining and kitchen dome tent complete with folding tables, complete tableware, gas stoves, kitchen utensils and lamps. At the campsites there are no showers but water is available to wash with. Your hosts have a ‘leave no trace’ policy to protect the environment on the trail and camps are completely dismantled each morning.
The diet for this type of expedition is mainly based on stews, carbohydrates, soups, salads, meat and pulses. There is a hearty breakfast that includes coffee, tea, cereals, yoghurt, cheese, marmalades, cured meat and juice. Lunch is usually a light meal served as a picnic with soft drinks or mineral water. Dinners at the camp are prepared by your guides and are typical local meals such as stew, hotpot, veal roast, etc. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
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Across the Andes
10 days / 9 nights / 6 days riding
Single occupancy £320
A departure can run with 2-3 riders for a supplement.
2 riders – £910pp
3 riders – £410pp
Flights & Airport transfers
The closest airport to arrive is Mendoza Airport in Argentina. The closest airport to depart is Santiago Airport in Chile.
Please plan your flight to arrive before 7pm on the first day of your holiday. Please try to book departure flights for after 11am on the last day.
- Airport transfers from Plumerillo Airport in Mendoza to Mendoza
- 2 nights hotel accommodation
- 7 nights camping accommodation
- 5-7 hours riding on 6 days
- Alcoholic drinks