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Distance

30.32 mi

Elevation gain

2,418 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,942 ft

Max elevation

1,100 ft

Trailrank

75

Min elevation

-275 ft

Trail type

One Way

Time

2 days 22 hours one minute

Coordinates

2406

Uploaded

October 22, 2016

Recorded

May 2014

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near Cochamó, Los Lagos (Chile)

This is one of the best walks that one can imagine.
In the hostels of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas you hear some rumour and some tale about Cochamó, but it is considered as a far and difficult place, where only few dare to venture.
The trail to La Junta is actually a bit harsh, in that for most of it you walk on wet terrain, or actually in the middle of mud and even water. But you are rewarded at the final arrival at La Junta, in the midst of a first-class granite scenery, for which the place is also dubbed as the "Andine Yosemite". You should not be satisfied with La Junta, however: namely, it is only the "base camp" for very rewarding walks to Cerro Arco Iris (the one that I did, and which will be the subject of a neighbouring track of mine) or, on the other side of the valley, to the Cerros Gorilla and Trinidad, the most beloved by climbers.
I was there in late May, that is, in advanced autumn. The refuge at La Junta was closed and the only people whom I met were the family living at the cottage where you register, and some shepherds with horses and sheep.

You may also wish to read the information provided at
www.panorama-photo.net/panorama.php?pid=19594

Reading the description and turning on the labels in
www.panorama-photo.net/panorama.php?pid=20551
a 360° showing the valley from above, you get a thorough acquaintance with the region.

PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTATION: WORK IN PROGRESS

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Waypoint

Pueblo Hundido

Waypoint

Avenida El Bosque

Intersection

Fork

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Leave the main road and take the traack to the valley. Both are unpaved.
Waypoint

Meadow

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  • Photo of Meadow
  • Photo of Meadow
  • Photo of Meadow
Followed by a little lake.
Waypoint

El Ulmo

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  • Photo of El Ulmo
  • Photo of El Ulmo
Scenically huge tree.
Waypoint

Registration

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  • Photo of Registration
  • Photo of Registration
Bridge

El Horro

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  • Photo of El Horro
  • Photo of El Horro
  • Photo of El Horro
First crossing of a little river.
Bridge

Arroyo

Hikers are reported to get sometimes lost here, by turning left into a side valley.
Waypoint

Carved stretch

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  • Photo of Carved stretch
  • Photo of Carved stretch
  • Photo of Carved stretch
  • Photo of Carved stretch
Due to water erosion, here the path at times seems to have been manually carved.
Waypoint

Pasarelas

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  • Photo of Pasarelas
  • Photo of Pasarelas
  • Photo of Pasarelas
  • Photo of Pasarelas
Waypoint

River loop

Waypoint

Tent place

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  • Photo of Tent place
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  • Photo of Tent place
  • Photo of Tent place
  • Photo of Tent place
It would be forbidden to camp at other places than La Junta, but I arrived here with darkness, and I stopped accordingly since it was difficult to push on with the sole aid of the headlamp.
Waypoint

Tirolesa

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Waypoint

Arrival at La Junta

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  • Photo of Arrival at La Junta
  • Photo of Arrival at La Junta
Perhaps the best moment of the trail.
Panorama

La Junta panorama

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This is the location of the 360° panorama that I took.
Waypoint

Fogon

Waypoint

Refuge

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  • Photo of Refuge
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Waypoint

Lush rainforest

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  • Photo of Lush rainforest
  • Photo of Lush rainforest
A truly spectacular spot, which alone would be worth the walk.
Panorama

Mirador Reloncavi

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  • Photo of Mirador Reloncavi
  • Photo of Mirador Reloncavi
Waypoint

Shore

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  • Photo of Shore
Intersection

Catedral - Teniente Merino

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  • Photo of Catedral - Teniente Merino
  • Photo of Catedral - Teniente Merino
  • Photo of Catedral - Teniente Merino
  • Photo of Catedral - Teniente Merino
Waypoint

Puerto

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  • Photo of Puerto
  • Photo of Puerto
Religious site

Iglesia

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  • Photo of Iglesia
  • Photo of Iglesia
Mountain hut

La Ollita

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  • Photo of La Ollita
  • Photo of La Ollita
  • Photo of La Ollita
  • Photo of La Ollita
  • Photo of La Ollita
Recommended restaurant, with some rooms. Here I met the poet Flóridor Pérez, who was born in Cochamó, and had been invited by the alcalde for a visit to the local school. He had been long in prison under Pinochet, and his Cartas de Prisonero (Letters of a prisoner) had been a best-seller during the previous months in Chile.

2 comments

  • gaabrieldimes Oct 24, 2019

    Hi Alberto. I heard that this trek has just 12km. Why do your treklog has 48km?

  • Photo of Alberto Pedrotti

    Alberto Pedrotti Oct 24, 2019

    Cochamó - registration, by bicycle: 12 km
    Registration - La Junta, walking: 12 km
    La Junta - registration: 12 km
    Registration - Cochamó: 12 km

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