Multiday trek traverse in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWe start this guided trek in Colonia Suiza, a little farm village outside of Bariloche, Argentina founded by Swiss settlers in the early 1900s. The trekking trail goes through a coihue and cypress forest and follows alongside a creek that comes from the heights of the mountains, Arroyo Goye. Later, when we will get up between 900 and 1.400m the forest is mostly Nothofagus, “Lenga”, a typical Nothofagus beech from Patagonia. After 2 or 3 hours of hiking, we reach the last section of the trail which is switch backs that will take us to the tree line and the foot of Cerro Negro and Laguna Negra. Beside the lake is the Manfredo Segre Mountain Hut (1.650m). The dark stone makes the lake appear black, but it is actually crystal clear and it is wonderfully refreshing to take a dip after the hike. Relax in this cozy hut or by the lake. The refugio offers good Malbec, their home brewed beer, and a nice dinner.
Night in the hut or you have the option of sleeping in the tents.
Approx. 12 km with 500 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.
After a nice breakfast in the hut, we start today’s hike by traversing around Laguna Negra and then a pleasant climb up to the saddle between Bailey Willis and Cerro Negro. Then we hike down through the “bobsled run” to Valley of LLuvu. Lunch beside a beautiful stream in the valley. After lunch, your mountain guide will take you back up the other side of the valley. The trail climbs through a bamboo forest and then beside a cascading stream. After gaining about 400 meters, we reach our camp beside Laguna CAB, named for Club Andino Bariloche. This a very scenic campsite beside the lake and stream to enjoy a beautiful sunset in the mountains.
Night in tents.
Approx. 8 km with 700 meters elevation change in 5-6 hours of hiking.
This day is a long day of hiking across different valleys, high meadows, and ridges, so we get an early start. The morning begins by going around Lake CAB and then a somewhat challenging traverse on rock around the upper shoulder of CAB peak (1901m). You have the option to climb to its summit with your mountain guide. Nice hike on granite domes, some beautiful open grass fields, and granite ledges with quartz crystals to the top of Cerro de los Cristales. From here you’ll see our home for the night, Laguna Creton, below. To get down to camp, there is some scrambling through boulders and then hiking down a scree slope. Another beautiful alpine lake to sleep next to, and listen to the little waterfalls in the river that flows out of it. Your mountain guide will set up camp above tree line with nice views of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Night in tents.
Approx. 14 km with 600 meters elevation change in 6 hours of hiking.
Laguna Ilon multiday guided trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaAfter your mountain guide prepares breakfast, we pack up camp and start the day hiking on beautiful granite domes. From a cliff we can see down big granite walls to Laguna Azul. In places the rock is studded with crystals that catch the morning light, and we pass by a few more bright blue and turquoise lakes. We climb up to the saddle between Cerro Punta Negra and Cerro El Capitan, and from this ridge we can see the majestic Mount Tronador in the distance again, but this time it’s closer! You can see into the Andes of Chile. Hike down to Laguna Ilon, which has one of the few sandy beaches in the middle of the Patagonian Andes. Your mountain guide will set up the tents in a nice spot among the trees by the lake shore and you can go for a swim. This is an excellent place to enjoy the view of Cerro Tronador and its reflection in Lake Ilon as the glaciers turn pink with the sunset and sunrise. You can occasionally hear the faint “thunder” of Mt Tronador, “the Thunderer”, as chunks of hanging glacier fall!
Night in tents.
Approx. 10 km with 400 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.
Tronador viewpoint multiday guided trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaToday you have the option of taking in the morning slowly or going for a little side hike. A 45 minute hike to the Doctor’s viewpoint doesn’t feel like much without your pack, and the view is stunning. Huge granite walls, Lago Frey below, and the unobstructed wilderness of the Patagonian Andes stretching to the horizon. From Laguna Ilon, we have a 4 hour hike to Pampa Linda at the base of Cerro Tronador. The trekking trail goes through forests and meadows and then down to the valley floor. We arrive to this tiny village in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi National Park where there is a Rangers’ Station, hotel, restaurant, and camping area. Scenic drive with your mountain guide through the Nahuel Huapi National Park back to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.
Approx. 7 km with 400 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.
For this trek, we strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.