The International Pass Pino Hachado is located in the province of Neuquén to 1884 meters high, it is 3 km before the border crossing with Chile and it is accessed by doing 500 meters from National Route 242.
Fifty kilometers before arriving at this border, on National Route 22, we have the town of Las Lajas. And from Pass Pino Hachado up to the nearby city of Chile there are 80 km.
The pass is open from December to May and in the limit are the Customs and Gendarmerie. Those who remain on the Argentine side may choose a variety of attractions in the snow taking as the base the refuge, they may do from driving a dog sled to go trekking with snowshoes.
Crossing the Andes on a dog sled is a unique experience that should not fail to make whoever is in this mountain range.
The journey begins in Pass Pino Hachado. The mountain range crosses over the pass Mallin Chileno, then it descends through the Meseta del Arco, which is located in Neuquén province, west of the Andes and close to Villa Pehuenia. To get to the gendarmerie station you must travel about 16 km from the Provincial Route 13. In the tour around the Meseta del Arco you can see the Chilean volcanoes that frame a breathtaking view. The tour can be done to the Litran Valley or to Araucaria forests of the Chilean side, but for this you must take into account the time and weather for camping.
While there is snow you can do snow-shoe trekking along the route leading to the border with Chile, in the Litran valley and in Tres Hermanas hill. You walk with rackets and the support of a sled with dogs opening track and guiding, and it can be alternated with camping nights in a cabin to change routes.
If visiting or passing through this sector of the province of Neuquén is in summer or spring to late May you can horseback riding to the border pass Mallin Chileno, visiting the Mapuche place with weavers, Lagoon Verde or Sanquilcó Ravine.
For fishing enthusiasts you can go to the area of Las Lagunas, Puerto Cochico, lagoon Manzano and lake Aluminé, among others. The rest can be completed using the beautiful spring-summer afternoons in the mountains to read or take pictures of these stunning landscapes of Patagonia.