After your arrival at the Airport Araucania, just south of the capital of the Araucania Region, you will be picked up by the team of Aurora Austral and they will transfer you to the Husky Farm close to Villarrica. Upon your arrival you will meet the Guides for your tour during the dinner at the Husky Farm. You will spend the night in a comfortable wooden cabin on the Farm. After a good night rest and a delicious breakfast we will check your equipment and spend the day with information about our sled dogs and about dog sledding. Now you are prepared for your first steps with the dog sled. We will drive you up in a 4×4 towards a mountain refugee. There we will start our first training day with empty sleds and less dogs. After that day you will be ready to go with us on the dog sledding tour Araucaria.
The Tour Pichillancahue starts at our Mountain Base. The Hut is on the SW Face of the Volcano Villarrica. We will start uphill over some ancient Lava fields and heading a little to the north to some great view points towards the Lakes and the town of Villarrica. After that we continue south with short up and downs to get to know your sled and your dogs in different terrain. Most likely we will camp close to a river in the Araucaria forest. If we find the water (if it is not frozen or 5 m covered with snow) we have some advantages and it is not necessary to melt water for the dogs and us. The next day we will have a lot of uphill travel to do. We will climb from 1400 m to 2200m to the Glacier of the Volcano Villarrica. The summit appears to be touchable (only 600m above us). We will have fantastic views to the other volcanoes to the south. It will be a long day and a long crossing of the complete glacier to the NE, before we again reach the safety of the forest. On the last day our sleds are light and fast and we move between 1200 and 1600 m of altitude back to the cabin. It is a nice „roller coaster“ ride back to the hut. The last part is a spectacular descent through the forest. With being know 4 days on the sled you really can enjoy the speed of the dogs through the forest. In the afternoon we return to your cabin and enjoy a nice BBQ.
We always calculate with a variable day to pick the best weather conditions. That day can be used for the visit of the Hot Springs Termas Geometricas or a stay in the cosy cabin to relax.
On the last day the transfer brings you back to the Airport!
Mushing Tour Araucaria
Course of activity:
Day 1 Arrival at Husky Farm
Day 2 Practice Run
Day 3-5 Mushing Tour Araucaria
Day 6 Variable day
Day 7 Transfer to Airport/ Busterminal
- Aurora Austral – Guide (Spanish, English, German speaking)
- Transfer from/ to Villarrica Busterminal or Temuco Airport
- 2 Sledtrips as mentioned above
- 4 Overnights in cabins, 2 nights in tents
- All meals included
- Transfers according to program
- Entrance fees according to program –variable day
- Free rental equipment: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, etc…
- Additional Meals and Drinks
- Personal Winter Clothing
Because of the special climate in Patagonia and the volcanic activity in Chile, Aurora Austral reserves the right, at the discretion of guides and specialists, to change or modify the routing for reasons of safety, due to climate conditions or for the well being of the guests. In such a case a similar program will be arranged with no differences in quality or length.
Price: $695.000.- CLP p.P. (minimum 2 Persons)