Traversing the Andes: Pichachen Pass, A Vital Border Road from Argentina to Chile
Paso Internacional Pichachén is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.063m (6,768ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile.
Where is Pichachén Pass?
Set high in the Andes mountains, the pass links the Biobío Region of Chile and the Neuquén Province of southwestern Argentina.
Is the road to Pichachén Pass unpaved?
The road to the summit, also known as Cajon del Pichachen or Boquete de Antuco, is totally unpaved. It’s called Ruta CH-5 (in Chile) and Ruta Provincial 6 (in Argentina). The road is very curvy and challenging.
Is the road to Pichachén Pass open?
The road typically shuts down in winter due to inadequate upkeep. This area is characterized by dry air and significant temperature fluctuations between day and night. While direct sunlight warms the daytime, nights are exceptionally cold.
How long is Pichachén Pass?
The pass is 180 km (111 miles) long running west-east from Canteras (in Chile) to El Cholar (in Argentina).