ASCENT TO INTERNATIONAL PEAK OF CERRO TRONADOR – 3554mts
(aka Highest Summit of Mount Tronador)
Cerro Tronador has three main summits to climb: The Pico Argentino (Argentinien Peak), the International summit and the Chilean peak. Most of people climbs the Argentinien peak due it accessibility.
Here we are offering the “The Ascent to main summit of Monte Tronador (3554mts)” .
This climb is not a lot harder than the first one, but takes a totally different “wild” logistic. We pack horses to access towards the “Refugio Viejo”via Chile, which is a non-man served hut, it is just an old bivy hut which gives a good flavor to the adventure. From here we will access the remote south glacier of the mountain: Glaciar Blanco, and we will climb to summit via the west and then north side of the mountain at the end of the climb.
The climb is isolated and requires good weather and good conditions to succeed. The ideal time to do it is November through December since the glacier needs good snow coverage to travel nicely.
The adventure is a lot more remote than the regular ascent to Pico Argentino, but technically is quiet similar, except for few section of short roping that our Mountain guides will sort it out.
Totally worth it if you are looking to get out of the crowds in the summer time.
Personally we love it this way!
Drive to Pampa Linda early in the morning, do customs since we cross to Chile only for a bit, register in the park and pack some horses for the gear, then ride them to the border with Chile
We will ride horses for 3/4 hours to the Chilean border crossing.
After lunch we start the trek gaining some altitude to arrive to the hut 4 hours later: Refugio Viejo (2400mts)
This day we gain around 800 meters elevation gain and normally we get there around 5 pm. Hydrate a lot to recover after a long day in the mountains, then eat a nice homemade dehydrated dinner and go early to bed.
Night in Vivac Hut
Alpine start, according to time of the year, weather and all this “moment” factors, the alpine start will be flexible… very argentinien :-), (just kidding).
We leave with your Patagonian Mountain Guide to gain the first part of Glacier Manso for the first hour, then we detour west to get into the Glaciar Blanco.
This part is a bit steep but your professional certified Mountain guide will short rope you this part til we get to more comfy terrain.
After gaining the glacier blanco plateau, we have a relatively easy glacier travel to the saddle and finally we surround the last part on the north face of the proper International peak. The last part of the climb is a friendly 40/50 degrees slope and not too technical. Summit 🙂
Descent back to the bivouac hut.
1000 meters elevation gain. Takes around 6 hours round trip.
Relax in the hut for a bit and then we start our hiking down to the forest for more comfort.
Night in the forest
Early in the morning we have breakfast and hike out in a nice Nothofagus forest for around 4/5 hours back to get back to Pampa Linda.
It is a very nice Patagonia experience for the horse ride, for the trekking part and for the climbing itself to top of Tronador.
Drive to Bariloche. End of the trip.
This gear list is designed for Climbing Mountains in Summer time with glaciated terrain in the Alps or Patagonia, as Mont Blanc, Monte Tronador, Volcan Lanin
- Backpack 40-45 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)
- Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
- Merino wool long underwear
- Water proof Goretex pants
- 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 skinning or waiting in belays
- Thick ski gloves
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses with UV filter + Goggles
- Sun screen and lipstick
- Iphone/ Ipod music player- optional
- Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
- Tooth brush and paste
- Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
- Pocket knife
- Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
- Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
- Mountaineering boots as Scarpa Phantom Guide, Sportiva Trango or Trango Evo- Crampon compatible
- Boot Crampons and ice axe (Most of cases we provide them, so just ask us)
- Hiking poles
- Harness and 2 Locking binners (Most of cases we provide them, so just ask us)
USD 1450.-/ 1 person
USD 950.-/ 2 persons
USD 750.-/ 3 persons max!
UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guide
All glacier gear and technical gear (crampons, ice axe, harness, binners)
Meals in town
Accommodation in town
Horses have to be paid by client (expect 60 usd per horse)
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