GPT13 to GPT40: South of latitude 39° S Currently many but not all of the 42 day stages are connect with each other. Guarantee that you will carry all your waste and that you will not leave any traces. When he purchased this ranch he first kept it open for public access to the attractive Laguna Las Truchas. Don't enter locked puestos except in emergencies. The vast majority of citizens from Europe and North-America do not need a visa to visit Chile as a tourist. (...) For these reasons it is advisable to carry at least an extra day worth of food on many sections of the GPT. Story-telling is neither needed nor welcome in my inspection reports. 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. The trail leads mostly through unspoiled wilderness with little human intervention. I coined the term "Greater Patagonia" to combine Patagonia in its traditional limits with the adjacent regions like "Greater London" includes the city of London and the surroundings. In case of an eruption get distance between you and the volcano. Don't pose as a winner before you start and share your lessons learned while being on the trail but latest after you concluded your journey. You need to be lucky to arrive just in time for such a feast. The below overview shows two example based on the current regular hiking route and the current regular packraft route. Lauren "Neon" Reed's experienced the GPT in comparison with the renowned US long distance trails (see Appendix). See also Wikipedia: George Meegan. These additional tracks are not recommended for hiking since they are often not particularly attractive but having these tracks on your GPS can save you in adverse conditions. Two years later in 2013 I was wondering how far you can possibly walk through the Andes using the few published the many undocumented trails. Just browse their blogs to find what is relevant for you: Blog of her-odyssey.org, Hiked on the GPT: Southbound all sections from GPT01 to GPT11. In this rugged region hardly any road or trail was built along the coast. The southern terminus of the GPT stands at the shore of Lago Viedma on the eastern edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This makes Lauren the best person to compare the GPT with the famous US long distance trails. We were occasionally asked if we are researching geologists fearing that we are looking for minerals and taking their land away if we find something precious. In these blogs you find a much more personal account that shows the individual perception of the trail. The track could be chooses freely on either side of the border; on the Chilean side and the Argentine side of the Andes. In spring while the snow is melting torrential rivers make this area nearly impassable. the Spanish Wikipedia article to Patagonia, "Before you depart: Be careful doing this ...", Última modificación el 11 dic 2020, a las 13:48, Regular Route (Hiking Option and Packrafting Option without Exploration Sections). Most of this section was planned using Google Earth and Bing Maps. But in contrast to the "arrieros" you will meet women and entire families, sometimes three generations living together in small shelters. The smallest quantity for sale is typically half an animal ("medio canal"). They are abundant in December and January in humid parts of the River- and Lake District. But if it exists it’s occasionally disregarded. Where the GPT passes national parks you will meet such less experience and sometimes inadequately equipped hikers. You need a boat, paddles, a dry suite, a PFD (personal flotation devise), an inflation bag and repair gear. Some of these optional routes may even replace the regular route if proven to be feasible and more attractive. Apply the following principles to the various sections during your hike: Select and Skip, Combine and Flip. This way of writing simply feels more appropriate to me when providing such a trail documentation to the general public. This can be information to temporary unpassable trail sections, volcano alerts, river conditions or anything that makes you think in hindsight: “I should have known this before!”. As the virus can be transmitted by rodent saliva, excretia, and bites, control of rats and mice in areas frequented by humans is key for disease prevention.”. The most common form is mixing with water but also beer, wine or juice can be used. Hyperlinks to resources in the internet are also blue but have a globe sign after the link. Gerald is a highly experienced hiker who walked in many remote areas around the world. The trekking map "Nevados de Chillán" issued by trekkingchile.com shows the trail from the hot spings at the volcano Chillan via Coihuería to the hot spings Los Peucos. GPT SAMPLE Minimized (NOT FOR HIKING AND PACKRAFTING). Most people admire authenticity and you are authentic if you openly share your misses, struggles and lessons learned. An earthquake may lose rocks, trigger landslides and cause tsunamis. the trail is without doubt one of greater trails in respect of beauty and diversity. The Hiker’s Manual is currently not available on paper but only as a PDF document. There won't always be what you may want in town to eat or even a place to stay with hot water. In February 2012 we made a one day horseback tour with Don Gregorio from Ranquil to the hot spring Pelehue. You can get in contract with them on: www.chile-horseriding.com. This is the distance where the actual weight of your backpack is zero because your packraft carries you and your backpack. With this the Wikiexplora article is now neither the only nor the best resource to the GPT but Wikiexplora provides an introduction to anyone “just browsing around” and gives access to the Hiker’s Manual and other relevant documentations. Like Gerald Klamer they maximized their time on the trail by minimizing resupply stops, a strategy that we also apply and suggest. Stacked in this engulfing forest a disabling accident is enough to be never seen again. Don’t undermine this tech stuff and don’t postpone it to the end! There is no clearly defined and well-marked single trail to blaze along, there is no thru-hiking community to trail talk and there are no trail angles providing trail magic. Before attempting to hike on the GPT evaluate careful what sections to travel and if carrying a packraft or not. These blogs often contain also a more detailed description of specific trail sections and supplement my more general introduction in an important way. In the following section of this Hiker’s Manual I try to rectify potentially incorrect assumptions and outline the essentials for hiking and packrafting on this trail network. A raging wild fire might force you to wait or to skip a part of the trail. Occasionally, female boars will attack if they feel their piglets are threatened, especially if a human physically comes between them and their young. Therefore individuals are strictly banned to bring fresh fruits, vegetables, raw milk or meat products to Chile. 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. The government also subsidizes public transport into particular remote places that are not served be profit-oriented private bus and ferry companies. Condition 3: This document and the related trail files are made available for personal non-commercial use only. It is standard to whistle as you approach a remote homestead, this alerts both humans and animals that someone is passing and can avoid a great deal of unpleasantness. Most of the trails were made by the local population to serve their purposes, i.e. ", Piia Kortsalo and Oliver Barker: "We’re filled with incredible memories of our time on the GPT, and the landscape and culture of the Chilean Andes will stay with us forever. You need to ask also for direction, organize your resupply by either figuring out what is available on the route or taking public transportation to resupply towns off the trail. Santiago de Chile as the northern terminus is the point that provides the best possible contrast to the southern terminus of the GPT. (...) The volcano areas where the most impressive stage for me! The river Cuacuá from Reyehueico to the lake Neltume appers calm and easy navigable on the satellite images which could be confirmed when floating down this river. It's crucial that the meat is well cooked to kill all potential parasites. Therefore don't be too surprised if the ground below you starts to move. But I could see calm rivers and lakes that bridged the gaps and wondered if there exists a light enough boat to be carried in a backpack to traverse these waters. GPT05 to GPT12: From latitude 35° S to 39° S. South of Curicó the Andes drop in altitude but remain a continuous high mountain range. Any action taken upon this information is strictly at your own risk. The locals that regularly use these trails don't need them as they know their trails inside out and nobody else is expected to come. So is cooking over fire. If a heavy earthquake occurs while walking or camping next to a fjord or a lake get on higher ground in case of a tsunami. Just the idea of racing through strangers' backyards is regarded a rude in these remote regions. get normally employed by the landowner that holds a large plot of land in the mountains. Their name derives from their habit of harvesting piñones, the seeds of the Araucaria tree that is called in Mapudungun "pewen". The trail we took at this time on horseback is now part of the GPT. Fundo Las Truchas: The fundo Las Truchas is owned by a regional big farmer. Raw meat and raw meat products like ham and sausages, All canned items even if containing milk and meat products, Sweats like chocolate, candies and cereal bar, Cereals, corn flakes and chocolate powder, Pasta, rice, flour and dehydrated potato puree, Instant meals like dehydrated trekking food in concealed bags, SPOT offers a light weight emergency beacon that when pushing an emergency button submits a distress signal via satellite with your GPS position to a rescue centre. For this reason there is no precise number for the trail length and only examples can be provided. There are also various volcanoes and other summits along the route that can be ascended without rock climbing gear. Get prepared to wisely apply the following principles during your hike: Select and Skip, Combine and Flip. Someone who would need this does not need (yet) a trail like the GPT. When we did the first hike of the GPT in 2013/14 we took a quite demanding detour around the eatern side of the lava field. In some national parks so there is signage and markers, though these are often unmaintained and inconsistent. You must not republish this document and the related trail files neither in parts nor completely. This service had several benefits: Kept on-trail pack weight low. But this plateau is surrounded by extremely dense Valdivian rain forest. They lost one of our packages and were incredible poorly organized and ignorant to give us at least the legally required minimum refund (which was far less than the actual value). In the 14th century, the Pehuenche lived in the mountainous territory between the Maule River and the volcano Lonquimay. Therefore be prepared to help yourself in case of an accident. This makes Lauren the best person to compare the GPT with the famous US long distance trails. After long considerations we eventually took our backpacks and hiked on our own to the impressive Laguna Dial. These two species are known to carry and transmit a particular aggressive strain of Hantaviruses with a mortality rate of 30% to 40%. This hike teached us that in most valleys are horse trails even if maps do not show these tracks and helped us to define the trail from the Laguna Dial to the end of section 2. To have a safety margin you should be able to manage rapids that are one Class higher than what you will probably face. If you are there at the right time you have an unlimited supply of free food on the trail. The hiker needs to feel confident and move safely in various terrains, that reach from snow covered mountains passes to dense tempered rain forests. Most of this section was planned using Google Earth and Bing Maps. Bethany and Lauren continue to support me in updating this wikiexplora article. The extra weight of a dry suite is not that much if you replace your normal rain gear with it. Do you know how to cook your meals in the outdoors? What if you're not paying attention to your battery life and your GPS dies? Therefore a GPS is absolutely essential for navigation. Mote is probably not an optimal trekking food because it needs to be soaked in water for several hours before boiling. What matters in this “partnership” is a good balance; you don’t want to carry your packraft most of the time but benefit from it as much as possible. A good part of the trails we took at this time on horseback are now part of section GPT06. Wikiloc– Is a broader resource. In the second half of the 19th century, around 50 years after gaining independence from Spain, the Chilean and Argentine government breached the agreements with the native population and forcefully took control of Patagonia that the Spanish colonizers did not conquer during the three centuries of their rule before. Carry at least a poncho to protect yourself and your backpack if rain or snow closes in. Also here the continental divide constitute the border between Chile and Argentina so the trail is mostly close to the international limit but remains on the Chilean side. I have not seen yet the documentary but I’m looking forward to watch their work.There is one lesson that I learned from Garrett (and also others that are not cited here). When I started planning my first long hike through Patagonia in 2013 I could not find a continuous hiking route south of Coñaripe (GPT16) because dense forest hides most of the trails on satellite images. From a thru-hiking perspective the GPT is less than a long distance trail. (...) The volcano areas where the most impressive stage for me! Region (Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena with the provinces Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego, Última Esperanza and Antártica Chilena), Section 9: From Curarrehue in Chile to Junin de Los Andes or San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina, Section 13: From Osorno in Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina. On section 5 to 10 you will cross the distribution range of the impressive Araucaria trees, which are ancient evergreen coniferous trees. Without a backpack on my back and with only moderate exertion I’m not sweating nor freezing, provided that I wear appropriate cloth below my dry suite. The not visible parts were searched when hiking this trail. 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. (And in the south you will have even less such “full range supermarkets”.) The Chilean Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM) offers topographic maps with a scale of 1:50'000 for the entire Chile but these maps often do not contain the trails and may be outdated. When I started to work on the southern extension of the GPT I struggled with finding a route from Lago Puelo to Lago Cholila. From this base they make regular tours on horseback to the cattle, goats and horses that remain under their responsibility. When he reached the already verified part of the GPT he did not continue on the “path of least resistance” by following the already well documented regular route but instead he kept investigating and recording the more remote and mountainous options that I drafted mainly based on satellite images and descriptions from local arrieros. They own the forest with the road that provides access to volcanic area where 2011 a major eruption occured. Normal vertical scrolling is less practical. Don't ask for the walking time, but always ask how long it takes them on horse. There are no trail markers or blazes, sometimes there isn't even a 'trail'- just a cross-country route. Try yourself and find out how you like it most. If you look for some “normal” hikes in Patagonia with limited time available then I suggest visiting the national parks and bus in between. He even got T-shirts printed proclaiming this ambitious plan. Lauren "Neon" Reed's experienced the GPT in comparison with the renowned US long distance trails (see Appendix). These omnivores range in particular the Araucania and love Araucaria "piñones". If the attention span was too short to read to this passage than the GPT is certainly to long and incosistent. In the area that the GPT traverses only one of the numerous pre-colonial indigenous cultures holds still significance: the Pehuenche that are considered part of the Mapuche group. Note the publish date on the cover page in the right bottom corner and check occasionally for updates. Here hospitality matters! Centuries of disrespect, economic and social pressure, the forceful formation of a new Chilean identity after the independence from Spain and missionary efforts of various Christian sects have caused deep divides in their communities and resulted in a fractured identity. Christian sects have caused deep divisions within their communities and even within families. Nomad 7 from GoalZero with the Guide 10 Plus Power Pack. ", Matgorzata (Gosia) Gmerek and Paul Bostelmann: “The Greater Patagonian Trail Network is a challeng¬ing and rewarding adventure that leads one through diverse and breathtaking scenery. So the extra cost and additional weight of paper maps do not justify to my opinion the minor benefit of paper maps. The learning and adopting applies to other aspects of your hike i.e. When walking this road on a sunny day it appears hardly conceivable that at the very same spot someone froze to death but the memorials witness it. Therefore, to get a more personal insight to this trail read as part of your preparation some blogs written by hikers that travelled the GPT in recent years. This way of writing simply feels more appropriate to me when providing such a trail documentation to the general public. These remote corners of the southern Andes are of particular interest to hikers that love to venture into remote back-country. But they made it all the way to the southern tip of Tierra de Fuego and into the inhospitable Patagonian channels. Some blogs are also very useful to extract lessons learned by others to not start hiking with similar incorrect assumptions and repeat frustrating mistakes. I have provided my email in this article and with the current volume of requests I can normally arrange a Skype call if I see genuine interest and that the available information is being read and digested. After reading the quite detailed introcution "The Art of Walking on the GPT" you should have a better understanding of the Greater Patagonian Trail and in particular that the GPT is not a "normal trail". This hike teached us that in most valleys are horse trails even if maps do not show these tracks and helped us to define the trail from the Laguna Dial to the end of section 2. Google will guide you to several such agencies with multiple offers. To promote a responsible behavior I plead that all hikers respect the Code of Conduct of the trail. Thanks to the length of the GPT it is easy to fill an entire hiking season either with pure hiking or with a balanced combination of packrafting and hiking. But if you do so than don’t use this document and the trail files and don’t use the name “Greater Patagonian Trail” without the authors prior written consent. Therefore the actual length that someone may walk and paddle depends highly on the selected sections, the chosen route and the method of travel (hiking only, packrafting wherever possible or a balanced combination of both). Therefore the recommended preventive measures are: With this wikiexplora article I aim to provide a comprehensive introduction with a systematical description of the trail network. He hikes without making a self-promotion-show out of it and this is a pleasant contrast to some others (that I’m not citing here!). Such a resupply trip might easily take between one and three days but a section end is no obligation to resupply; it’s just an option. There are attractive and suitable trails and packraft routes south of Lago Viedma but there are three logistical challenges that currently impede a feasible and continuous southern extension of the GPT without significant road walking: Overcoming these challenges is not impossible but attempting a continuous southbound extension makes out of an already very challenging long distance hike a bureaucratic and probably quite expensive expedition. The dough is made as usual with wheat flour, salt and (dry) yeast. With this the GPT has doubled in length to approximately 3000 km and the number and length of all the additional options has growing exponentially. The name "Greater Patagonian Trail" seams a good choice because: The trail was first published in 2014 on wikiexplora after completing the long distance hike. These panoramio pictures convinced me to attempt this route along the river Curringue and not at the river Río Blanco further west. The tragedy of Antuco is one example. If you want to avoid a discussion with an overeager guard at this lake you may take the short cut that leads you directly to the hot springs “Termas de Asufre”. If you opt to hike or packraft along the GPT and your Spanish is still insufficient, than learn and improve your Spanish. When entering the fundo Las Truchas northbound you may be send back by the guard, who lives 2 km south of the Laguna Las Truchas from late spring to autumn. The Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT), as he named it, would come to be 1,900 miles, stretching through the southern Andes from Santiago to the Argentinean climbing mecca of Mount Fitzroy. Fundo Chihuio: The fundo Chihuio is situated north of the Termas de Chihuio and owned by a rich businessman. when setting up your GPS or when calculating distances and estimated travel times. Each hiker must constantly assess conditions himself and must not on rely on this this documentation or the trail files for his safety. You can pour again and again water over it to keep drinking. George Meegan is a British adventurer born in 1952. The Greater Patagonian trail is not an official trail that is set up and managed by a government agency. Google Earth and Bing Maps was very helpful to plan the trail from the river Polcura to the northern end of the Laguna de Las Lajas and over the ridge to the hydro power station El Toro. Get road maps and guide books for Chile and Argentina in particular if have not been to one of these countries before. The Greater Patagonian Trail is composed out of existing routes that were mainly made by the local settlers to serve their purposes. When starting early in the hiking season (November and December) expect large snow fields in higher areas; when getting there late heavy blizzards become a hazard (April and May). Don't go up shit creek without a paddle, as the saying goes. Kyushu Nature Trail - In Japan, about 2,590 km (1,610 mi). While hiking we were told about several incidents along the trail where local inhabitants and outside tourists got lost, disappeared without trace or froze to death in bad weather. If you are lucky they have some fresh bread or "tortas" (the shortened word for "tortas fritas" which is bread baked in hot fat). If the puesto is inhabited always introduce yourself and. After reading the quite detailed introcution "The Art of Walking on the GPT" you should have a better understanding of the Greater Patagonian Trail and in particular that the GPT is not a "normal trail". 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. This listing is not exhaustive and the recommendations suggested to reduce the risk are not complete nor always applicable. 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. 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. The Greater Patagonian Trail snakes through the Southern Volcanic Zone and passes and crosses numerous volcanos. Once we stepped by accident into their annual religious gathering called "Guillatún". And don't worry if you aren't a flawless hero in your endeavor; glossy braggers are rarely loved for their self-display. Do not eat wild fruits that may attract mice as well. Always carry a sufficient first aid set. Therefore keep distance to the dogs as long as the owner is not in sight. When you experience such hospitality be generous. In the recent months I started issuing the "Greater Patagonian Trail Hiker's Manual" for offline use that contains also this introduction but much, much more. In instable weather keep your eyes open and memorize potential protected camp sites and puestos if you are forced to turn around to seek shelter. 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. Anyway, this restriction is not of much relevance since the regular trail on the ridge can be hiked in either direction. The Hiking-Only-Options of section 18 of the GPT follows again the Huella Andina and corresponds with section 35 to 39 of the Huella Andina (See Huella Andina Sections 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39). Where others turned around they just kept going but in a respectful and humble manner; a key attitude on the GPT. Fox: The Chilla or Grey Fox populates the southern cone of South America and can be found on both sides of the Andes in Chile and Argentina. Therefore hikers should be aware how to act in case of a volcanic eruption: Two of the ten heaviest earthquakes in the 20th and 21st century had their epicentre near the Greater Patagonian Trail. Therefore, this Hiker’s Manual is not expected to be completed in the foreseeable future and will remain a growing and evolving document. Here tides strongly affect water levels and currents. Flour is i.e. In spring while the snow is melting torrential rivers make this area nearly impassable. The following are examples of a commercial use that require such a prior written consent: Comment: I’m creating and publishing this document and the related trail files to be used by respectful hikers to appreciate this region in a sustainable manner and to contribute to the protection and preservation of this land. I know, sooner or later someone will try to thru-hike the trail in one season and may even succeed if he is lucky with the weather. Sudden weather changes may happen anytime in this mountainous region. Later they were found death. The satellite images show parts of a trail in a rather hidden and rarely visited valley next to the border with argentina. She also thru-hiked the Colorado Trail (2012) and made many unmapped cross-country hikes in the wilderness of Utah before she thru-hiked the GPT in two seasons (2015 to 2017). But for most hikers, and this includes me, the personal experience of the land and with the people are the dominating motives for such an endeavor. In retrospect I’m so happy that I had such insufficient planning information at that time. Without a dry suite your body temperature drops in minutes in such an adverse situation and with this you loose your capability to act properly. 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