Camping in the Chacabuco Range

Tags: Chacabuco Range, Chile, Rio Serrano

Date: November 16, 2022

The most famous place to go hiking in the Chilean part of Patagonia is the Torres del Paine National Park. It is so popular that you have to book time at the camp sites a long time in advance. Every day almost 1,000 people visit the park. It is surely very spectacular, but we decided to do something a bit more off the beaten path.

Instead, we decided to go camping in the Chacabuco mountain range just south of the park. We were able to rent everything we needed in Puerto Natales. Bjarne could even rent a jacket.

Here is a view of the Torres del Paine with Lago del Toro in the foreground:

This is Rio Serrano:

Next to the River is a large area with hotels for the people going to the park:

Rio Serrano is just outside the park, so a convenient place to stay for the people going there. Instead, we went the opposite direction into the Chacabuco Range.

At our lunch stop on the first day, Felicie is happy after about an hour of hiking:

The start of the hike stayed at the bottom of the valley:

A view of Ferrier Hill through the trees:

When we left the valley, the path went steeply uphill for quite a while:

Felicie is not happy any more:

Finally, we reached the lake where we set up camp:

Felicie is cooking:

A few more pictures from around the camp: