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El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

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El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

Hi,

We are planning the trek for early February 2018:

1. How reliable are buses to lago del desierto? How frequent?

2. Can we align bus from El Chalten with boats on the lake to the border post (punta norte)? Are these boats reliable? Schedule?

3. Is it possible todo the crossing to Villa O Higgins in one day? Is it recommendable to stay the night in Candelario?

4. If staying the night, do we need any tents/camping stuff etc.?

Any other sharing info re the above route would be great!

Thanks so much!

L

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1. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

The hike is 23 km, rather easy. There is a homestay at Candelario Mansilla.

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2. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

All the information is located here: www.villaohiggins.com/crossing/border2.htm

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3. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

1. Only private buses are available. You should ask once you've arrived to El Chaltén

2. Only private boats are available in Lago del Desierto.

Here there's a travel agency offering the border crossing in 2 days: www.villaohiggins.com/crossing/border2.htm

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4. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

Thanks for the info!

Do we have to contact the travel agency in advance or can we get the info and scheduling of bus/boat in El Chalten?

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5. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

February is high season. If I were you, I would make the reservation in advanced just in case.

On the web I gave you says the following:

To make a reservation, you can fill a booking Form by sending an email to reservas@villaohiggins.com or make contact via Whatsapp +56-9-82103191. You should include your name, ID, nationality, birth date.

Warning: The company can surprisingly change timetables, cancelled or postpone the sailing due to climate reasons.

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6. Re: El Chalten trekking to Candelario Mancilla, Chile

I have tried to contact the tour operator indicated above via different means: e-mail, WhatsApp and phone, with no answer to any contact attempt. Does anyone know if they went out of business?

Is it possible to contact anybody in Candelario Mancilla?

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