• The two main summits of Monte Tronador, Pico Internacional & Argentino

(aka Highest Summit of Mount Tronador)


Length Trip
3 days

November through January

Advanced mountaineers/ we wil ride horses

Classic Mountaineering, glacier travel, ice/snow 40-50 degrees the top part


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!


Day 1:
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
Day 2:
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
Day 3:
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
  • Crocs

Technical Gear:

  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering boots as Scarpa Phantom Guide, Sportiva Trango or Trango Evo- Crampon compatible
  • Gaiters
  • 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)


per person
USD 1450.-/ 1 person
USD   950.-/ 2 persons
USD   750.-/ 3 persons max!

Private transportation
UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guide
All glacier gear and technical gear (crampons, ice axe, harness, binners)

Not includes:
Meals in town
Accommodation in town
Horses have to be paid by client (expect 60 usd per horse)

On request



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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