Laguna Fria

Key information: Laguna Fria

  • Explore the lush ancient rainforests of Alerce Andino NP, winding alongside rivers and around lakes before climbing to Paso Triangulo.
  • The climate here is wet; precipitation is likely to be high, and vegetation grows rapidly to block the paths. Atmospheric mists coat the higher slopes. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating79
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating79
  • Note: Negs: likely bad weather and tracks

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 34km
  • At least 2 days
  • Maximum Altitude: c. 1,200m-1,600m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Explore ancient alerce forest, winding through river valleys and climbing to Paso Triangulo on the long trail skirting Laguna Fria.

Depending on your starting point, the trek to Laguna Fria can take up to three days return. If you don?t have your own transport, you will have to walk or hitchhike from Correntoso (a small village without accommodation, 37km east of Puerto Montt) to the park entrance, which adds distance, time and uncertainty! 

From Guarderia Sargazo climb up through rainforest before dropping back down to the Laguna Sargazo. Follow a path around the lake; there is a basic campsite about ten minutes to its northeast. From here, you can continue to Laguna Fria on the same day or the next morning. 

The trail to the lovely Laguna Fria continues past the campsite, following the Rio Sargazo upstream. About an hour and a half on you will reach the lake. You can swim here, and it is only from the middle of the lake that you can see the summit of the vertiginous peaks which rise steeply from its waters. 

Reverse the route to return to Guarderia Sargazo (and Correntoso).


For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Alerce Andino NP walk page.

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