• Descending from Monte Tronador

Horse access and cross the border of Argentina & Chile

Length Trip
3 days

September to April

Intermediate mountaineering- comfortable on horseback (4 hours) and glacier terrain

Classic Mountaineering- glacier travel involved


This guided mountaineering trip is another option to climb Mount Tronador (3554 m), the highest summit of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Bariloche area.  This route is off the beaten path, and you will have a little more adventure while avoiding the crowds.

(Especially in January, Bariloche’s high season.)

We gain a lot of altitude on Tronador with an approach on horses until the border of Argentina and Chile. Get your passport stamped in one  the most remote customs offices in Patagonia.  Your mountain guide will take you hiking on the Chilean side of Mt. Tronador to a Vivac Hut very close to the Manso Glacier, “Refugio Viejo”, aka “Refugio Mt Tronador”.

From Refugio Tronador it is easier to access “Pico Argentino” and Tronador’s highest peak,“Pico Internacional”,  compared to the classic route from Refugio Otto Meilling.


Day 1:
Your mountain guide will drive you from Bariloche, Argentina on a scenic road through the Nahuel Huapi National Park, to a little settlement, Pampa Linda, at the foot of Mount Tronador.

From Pampa Linda, we start the day on horseback and ride at a mellow pace through the forest for about 4 hours gaining a lot of elevation.  The horses will leave you and your mountain guide in a high alpine meadow, Mallin Chileno, near the Chilean/Argentine border.  Here we get our passports stamped in a very remote location.  Just a little hut in the middle of the Andes serves as the customs office!

With your mountain guide, you will hike from the border of Argentina and Chile on the south face of Mount Tronador.  There are lots of waterfalls and volcanic formations along the 3 hour hike to Refugio Tronador, aka Refugio Viejo.  This little mountain hut is at 2200 meters and very close to Tronador’s largest glacier, Glacier Manso.  Your mountain guide will set up the tents, or we can sleep in the vivac hut.

Night in tents or vivac hut Refugio Tronador.

Approx. 5-6 km with 450 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.
Day 2:
Alpine start, gear up and head out across the glaciers to Pico Argentino (3200 m). We will hike over that invisible border line and cross from Chile back to Argentina. Your mountain guide will take you on a route hiking on a moderate slope across the glaciers.  The last last 300 meters or so of the climb is steeper, about a 40 degree slope on the snow, and only the last pitch is 50 degrees and requires some ice climbing. Your mountain guide will secure the team with an anchor here.

After summit of Pico Argentino, your mountain guide will take the team hiking back down across the glacier to another mountain hut, Refugio Otto Meiling.  This mountain hut, is fully staffed and offers excellent homemade meals and a nice wine selection if you’d like a bottle to celebrate!  Make sure to keep an eye out for the huge Andean Condors, the largest birds of flight in the world, who love to come play in the winds around Mount Tronador!

Night in Otto Meiling Mountain Hut.

*Optional attempt Pico International (3554 m) for very fit and skilled mountaineers.

Approx. 7 km with 900 meters elevation change in 6 hours of climbing.
Day 3:
After a nice breakfast in Refugio Otto Meilling, your mountain guide will take you back down to Pampa Linda. The first part of the descent is above tree line, and there may be snow or snow patches covering the rock in spring. Then, most of the hike is through a forest of lenga, coihue, and bamboo.

In Pampa Linda we can put down our packs and have lunch or a drink at the family-owned hosteria.  Then, your mountain guide will drive the team back through the Nahuel Huapi National Park to Bariloche.

Approx. 10 km with 900 meters elevation loss in 3-4 hours of hiking.


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)


Price per person
2 people US$ 850.-
4 or more people US$ 700.-

Minimum 2 people
* If you would like to carry a lighter load, Porters are available for US$ 110/day.

UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide
Private Transportation
2- 3 days guiding with side training on the glacier previous to ascent
Optional 3rd day weather
All technical gear for the ascent

All costs in Otto Meilling hut should be covered by clients (client and guide/ guide has 20% discount)
(expect full board for usd 60/70 a day including dinner, breakfast, lodging)

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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