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Desolation Pass, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

Program duration: 7 hours
Total trail length: 12.6 km.
Total elevation gain: 856 m.
Maximum altitude: 1,091 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 235 m.a.s.l.
Trail time: 4–5 hours
Includes: Transportation – Snack – Hiking poles
Binoculars – WFR-certified bilingual guide.
What to bring: Hiking shoes – waterproof jacket –
fleece – base layer – sun hat – water bottle – sun

This hike covers an old trail used by Chile’s original peoples as well as the Jesuits who came to evangelize the region. The “Jesuit’s Route” crosses the pampas on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains on the Argentine side. 

This walk begins in a little-known sector of the park called La Picada, where Chile’s first mountain refuges were built in 1933 and where there was once a ski center on the volcano. It begins with a 40-minute ascent to reach the pass between the Osorno Volcano and the La Picada Hill. This spot provides an incredible panoramic view of the Todos Los Santos Lake and the peaks of the park’s primary volcanoes. 

The view of the lake continues as the trail descends to the beach in the Petrohué sector. This hike provides a view of the peak of the Osorno Volcano, with its ice caves on the eastern side as well as signs of the volcanic and glacial processes that sculpted the unique geography of the southern Andes. 

This is an ideal program for hiking and nature photography enthusiasts.

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