We set the compass to the West and take route N° 7, towards the mountains. The first Andean mountain range we will come across is called the Pre Mountain Range, and the snowy peaks to the west are part of the Cordillera Frontal, a different range. We shall drive through the Potrerillos valley which lies between these two ranges, and drive pass by Potrerillos Lake to then take the SW bearing into the Cordillera Frontal. We get off the asphalt into a dirt road, going towards the Vallecitos ski resort, where we will be dropped off. Leaving the ski resort behind us we start trekking into a gorge and we'll be able to see on our left mount Franke (16.400 ft. 5.000 m) and on the right the San Bernardo (14.400 ft. 4.400 m). The path goes up along a water stream and at the first flat land, we come to a very fertile tract where the water table approaches the surface and a few water springs can be seen. Ahead of us, the majestic mount Vallecitos (19.000 ft. 5.800 m) is the perfect spot to have lunch. Eventually, packs of guanacos and some condors can be added to the scenery. After lunch, depending on one's will, we can trek up for another hour and surprise ourselves with a wide valley where accumulated earth and stones were deposited by a glacier. During the winter, the area can be covered in snow, and we might need to track with snow shoes, which is as funny as it is easy.
Our tour includes:
• Private transportation: estimated time of departure 9 am / Estimated time of arrival 5:30 pm.
• Estimated duration of trekking: 5 to 6 hours depending on individual's physical condition.
• Bilingual guides, trekking poles, snow shoes if necessary.
• Lunch (picnic) included.