• One of the most scenic hiking spots in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

TREK ACROSS NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK

Leght Trip
7 days

Ski Season
November through May


Level
Intermediate- Advanced Hikers


Style

DETAILS

This guided trekking trip takes you deep into South America’s Andes to explore an untouched Patagonia. Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park protects wild lands of the Andes Mountains and deep blue waters of Patagonia’s Lakes District, and Andescross is one of the few authorized companies to run guided trekking, backpacking, and mountaineering trips here. The Nahuel Huapi National Park was Argentina’s first National Park, and it surrounds the town of Bariloche, Argentina, where we begin this guided trek. Our mountain guides will take you hiking through the diverse ecosystems of the Argentina’s Northern Patagonian Andes: hanging glaciers, lush forested valleys, granite domes, scenic ridges, summits where the condors play above, alpine meadows, deep blue lagoons, bamboo jungles, and creek crossings.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
We begin this guided trek in Colonia Suiza, a little farm village outside of Bariloche, Argentina founded by people from Switzerland at the beginning of the XX century. Your mountain guide will take you through a coihue and cypress forest hiking beside a stream. We hike through a valley and then climb up to the foot of Cerro Negro. Here we find the deep alpine lake, Laguna Negra and beside it the Manfredo Segre Mountain Hut (1.650m). Relax by the lake, homemade dinner and malbec in the Refugio.

Night in the Manfredo Segre Mountain Hut or tents.

Approx. 12 km with 500 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.

Day 2:
Multiday guided trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaEarly in the morning, after a good breakfast in the Laguna Negra Mountain Hut, we start hiking while the fresh moisture is raising up from the Andes Mountains. Your mountain guide will take you around the lake, and then climb up to the mountain saddle on a mellow scree slope. Hike down for few hours to a nice lunch spot beside a clear stream. After lunch, the last stretch to camp is a hike up gaining about 400 meters elevation. The whole climb is with the views of the Andes Range and the lakes of beautiful Patagonia below us. The guide will set up camp beside a lake and the river that drains out of it, prepare a hot, tasty dinner, and you can enjoy the sunset in the mountains. The scenery from our camp is fantastic! Patagonian Alpine lakes, Brazo Tristeza arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, and some of the main volcanoes in this part of the Andes: Tronador, Osorno, Lanin.

Night in tents.

Approx. 8 km with 700 meters elevation change in 5-6 hours of hiking.

Day 3:
Multiday guided hike traverse in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaToday, your mountain guide will take you on a long journey: gain some vertical meters, hike on granite dome formations, pass some snow patches, “Crystal Ridge”, alpine meadows, and bright blue lakes. This part of Patagonia is called the Lakes District, and today you will realize why as we hike by several and see even more in the distance! We spend a lot of time hiking above tree line today, and it is very possible to see an Andean Condor, the largest bird in the world, soaring above us while we are up high!

Night in tents.

Approx. 14 km with 600 meters elevation change in 6 hours of hiking.

Day 4:
Laguna Azul – Multiday guided trekking in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWake up in your cozy tent beside another beautiful alpine lake. After your mountain guides pack up camp, we’ll start off hiking on granite domes for less than an hour until we reach the views of the beautiful Laguna Azul, Blue Lagoon. Enormous walls of granite come down to the water. We keep hiking up, passing Laguna Jujuy, until we reach a col between two peaks. As you come up to the saddle, the huge, glacier-covered Mount Tronador comes into view. It is closer than ever and tomorrow we will be at the base of it! Below us is a lagoon with a big sandy beach that looks like it should be in the tropics and not in the middle of the Patagonian Andes. Laguna Ilon will be our camp for the night, and your mountain guide will set up the tents in the trees near the beach. This is a great spot for a swim, if you are hot after the hike!

Night in tents.

Approx. 10 km with 400 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.

Day 5:
Laguna Ilon – Multiday backpack trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaToday is a less demanding day of hiking, and we reach civilization again… or at least a hint of it! After 4 hours of hiking down with your mountain guide, you arrive to a tiny settlement in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi National Park called Pampa Linda. “Pampa Linda” means “Pretty Grassland” in Spanish, and it is in the wide valley at the base of Cerro Tronador. This is where the trail to hike up Mount Tronador or go to the Refugio Otto Meiling begins. In Pampa Linda there is a Rangers’ Station, camp sites, little ice cream shop, stables for horseback riding, and a family-owned hosteria where we’ll spend the night. Have a well-deserved hot shower, and a homemade meal with veggies fresh from the garden. Every so often you will hear booms from Mt. Tronador, the “Thunderer”, as huge chunks of its hanging glaciers fall off the cliffs.

Night in Hosteria Pampa Linda ***

Approx. 7 km with 400 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.

Day 6:
Multiday hut to hut trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWell-rested, we start this morning hiking at the foot of Mt Tronador, which is the highest mountain in the Nahuel Huapi National Park and Bariloche area at 3554 meters. Your mountain guide will take you hiking through a Valdivian Forest, temperate rain forest, and green meadows. You will see and hear the hanging glaciers of Mt. Tronador to the left as you hike. We will trek up to Paso de las Nubes, Cloudy Pass, (1400 m), and then descend to the Frias Valley. This is an area where Andean Condors bring their young to practice flying, so make sure to keep an eye on the sky. We come to the hanging Frias Glacier and make camp beside the milky-turquoise colored river and below the impressive glacier.

Night in tents.

Approx. 12 km with 400 meters elevation change in 6 hours of hiking.

Day 7:
Multiday trek Nahuel Huapi national park in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWe wake up below the hanging glacier, and on our day’s hike the mountain guide will take us along the river that drains from it to its lake. The glacier, river, and lake all share the same name: “Frias”, meaning “cold”. The water from glaciers is sometimes referred to as “glacial milk” because it has a white tint from the very fine sediment suspended in it. This sediment is produced by the glacier sliding slowly forward and grinding smooth the rock below it. Along the river, we will trek through a deep jungle of bamboo and ancient coihue trees. Once we arrive at Lago Frias, we wait for the boat to take us across. The lake is cold, but refreshing for a quick swim before the boat arrives. After cruising the Frias Lake, we arrive to Puerto Blest and take another boat on a long cruise back to Bariloche. Cruising the Nahuel Huapi Lake is very scenic with lots of little islands and peninsulas in the National Park. The boat comes to port in front of the huge Llao Llao Luxury Hotel, about a 25 km from downtown. Your mountain guide will drive you to your lodging in Bariloche.

Approx. 8 km with 50 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.

For this trek, we strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

GEAR LIST
  • Backpack 55 lts
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar) and extra batteries
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or Camelbak
  • Trekking boots to hike comfortable in scree slopes, snowpatches and forest trail.
  • Crocs sandals (Optional)
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Hiking or trekking pants – Quick dry-(North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Capilene underwear
  • Polipropilene – capilene shirt
  • T shirt
  • Thin fleece
  • Thick fleece
  • Puffy or  down jacket, beautiful for cozy afternoons in the mountains
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex pants
  • Fleece gloves x 2
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Hiking poles x 2 (Leki , Black Diamond, etc)
  • Gaiters
  • Pocket knife
  • Small Tupperware – pot for meals- or similar (if you have it, if not we will provide it)
  • Sleeping bag (800 grs of goosedown or equivalent)  and sleeping pad (Therm-a-rest)
  • Spoon
  • Ipod- Mp3 player (optional)

Summer/ Fall Trekking Trips and Multiday Backpacking trips
This gear list is designed for Backpacking for Several days in the Mountains being able to carry the minimum but logical to travel light and safe in the mountains of Patagonia

  • Backpack 35-45 liters if you need sleeping bag bring the bigger
  • Sleeping bag ideal 600/700 grams of down fill
  • Sleeping pad as Therm-a-rest or similar
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Hiking or Trekking boots good to deal with wet meadows and scree slopes
  • Gaiters
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • 2 T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool ideal
  • Thin fleece, like Patagonia R1 or similar with a hood ideal
  • Mid fleece layer or synthetic Jacket with some insulation
  • Down jacket or warm puffy
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Thin Fleece gloves for hiking
  • Thick gloves (according to season)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
  • Crocs
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player/camara- optional
  • Hiking poles

Camping  Gear:

  • Mug to go
  • Spoon

PHOTO GALLERY


Price per person
3 people US$ 1450
4 or more people US$ 1250.-

* If you’d like to carry a lighter load, Porters are available.


Private transportation, AAGM or UIAGM Mountain Guide
All meals and lodging in the mountains
Tents, and cookware
One night in Hosteria Pampa Linda mid-trip
2 boat crossings (Frias Lake & cruise across Nahuel Huapi Lake).


On request

ANDESCROSS
IS RECOMMENDED BY

70% RATE OF RETURNING CLIENTS FOR OVER 10 YEARS

The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08

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