TRACK TO REFUGIO “HIELO AZUL”
The historic public
access to the Hielo Azul Hill Refugio starts in the Hue Nain
Camping located on the Azul River east bank which can be approached
through the Azul River coast path. This access used until February
2006 was arbitrary shut down for public use by the settler Criado.
As an answer the Town Council Secretary opened a new access
which adds a one more hour walk in order to reach the suspension
bridge through which we cross over the Azul River, where the
Refugio track starts.
The new provisory access begins in a neighbours passage located
on the Azul River Coast Road, going through the Dulcería
Rio Azul, on the left hand. Access shown by a Town Council sign:
¨Acceso Refugio Hielo Azul¨.
a five minutes walk you can see the Azul River and two footbridge,
one made of cement and an older one, don´t cross them
over. Instead continue through the river border, upstream for
about forty-five minutes. Follow the red-yellow marks painted
on round small sheets.
Reaching the suspension footbridge, it is easily identify as
it is the only one nearby and has a sign with recommendations
for Hielo Azul travellers.
Once you cross over the footbridge (suspension bridge) the path
is on your left and goes straight upward. It is clearly indicated
in such a way that you should find red-yellow marks as well
as white-red ones. Cows make secondary tracks all over the forest,
reason why you should walk paying attention to the marks on
first strong climb lasts about fifteen-twenty minutes till you
reach a green prairie with few trees and a wooden fence that
has to be open. On your left you will see a round farmyard.
Please close the wooden door. In the prairie the marks are painted
on posts stacked to the ground. The track will take you quickly
to the right until a stream cross over and back again to the
The climb is steep for about an hour and a half, going through
different kinds of forest and crossing over only one more stream.
Nearby the ¨Mirador del Mallín Ahogado¨ (Mallín
The climb is gentle for about 30 minutes till you reach the
¨Mallín de los Palos¨, a swamp that is crossed
over walking over sticks specially placed.
Once the mallín is left behind the climb is steep and
turns to the right. In about thirty-five minutes you reach the
¨Mirador del Valle del río Raquel¨ (Raquel River
Valley Viewpoint). From this height onwards the forest will
only be of Lengas (Nothofagus Pumilio). After the viewpoint
you will find to more steep but short climbs and the rest of
the track is much more pleasant for the traveller. Fourty minutes
away the Raquel Viewvalley you reach the Teno Stream edge. The
Teno Stream is born in the Hielo Azul Glacier thaw where you
can find the refugio, by its southern edge.On
this point, you are three kilometres away from the Refugio,
a fourty-five minutes walk. The track is mostly flat. Ten minutes
before reaching the Refugio you can see on your right a sign
indicating the turn aside to the Refugio Natación.
- Climb early
- Carry water from the Azul River
- Follow the red and yellow marks
- Do not light a fire nor camp on the track
- Do not throw papers neither waste
- Take a sleeping bag, wether you camp or sleep in the refugio
- Respect the leaving hour
- If this is your first mountain experience, don not go by your