• Views from Cerro Lopez towards Monte Tronador

  • Hiking in Frey hut area

  • Hiking across Catedral ridge

  • Day Hiking

  • Early light in Frey area

  • Day hike out of Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi Park

  • Catedral spires during the fall

  • Bella vista hike

  • A beautiful hike during the fall

DAY HIKING TRIPS IN NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK

Length Trip
Half or full day

Season
October through May


Level
Moderate- hike of approximately 5 hours


Style
Hiking

CERRO BELLA VISTA

This guided hike in the Nahuel Huapi National Park takes you to one of the most beautiful summits in the Bariloche area in only a few hours.

The hiking trailhead leaves from a little gaucho ranch and follows a crystal clear mountain stream. Then the trail becomes relatively steep, and you gain altitude quite quickly. Switchbacks take you through the various vegetation as you climb: bamboo and coihue forest to cypress to the Nothofagus. The Nothofagus, or southern beech, gradually change from trees to low bushes, and eventually we reach the tree line and continue hiking to the summit.

This mountain is called “Bella Vista” for a reason! From the summit the views of the Patagonian Lakes District and the Andes Range is “bellisima”! You will be able to see many of the arms of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and its little islands, as well as several other lakes in the Bariloche area. The impressive snow-capped volcanoes, Mount Tronador, Volcan Osorno, and Volcan Lanin lie in the distance. Lunch at the summit or in the forest below if it is windy.

Cerro Bella Vista guided adventure hike takes approximately 3 hours to summit and 2 hours to descend. A great day of exercise! This walking excursion is also great for families with children over 12 years.

For intrepid hikers who want a longer day, your guide can lead you to continue from the summit for an awesome ridge hike.

We strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

CERRO VENTANA

Cerro Ventana is a pre-range, or pre-cordillera, mountain that lays between the Andes and the Patagonian Steppe. It gets its name from “The Big Window” formed by a big boulder and some basaltic spires. The window is so large you can see it from town! Cerro Ventana guided hike takes around 3 hours to the summit. Once you are at the top, the terrain offers an easy walk over the ridge that invites you to combine few summits in a day.

There are beautiful views of the huge Lake Gutierrez and the granite spires of Cerro Catedral, that look like medieval castles on the top of the ridge. Good option for a unstable weather day!

We strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

CERRO CHALLHUACO

Cerro Challhuaco lays in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, and is a beautiful, mellow summit in the pre-cordillera range between the Argentine Andes and the Patagonian Steppe. Even the 4×4 drive to approach to the trailhead through the National Park is amazing with interesting rock formations and lots of crystal clear streams! The hike begins by a charming little mountain hut, and our hiking guide will take you along a gently-climbing trail through the forest.

Many wildflowers color the forest floor, and you may be able to see some local fauna like the large pileated woodpeckers. The trail takes you by a little mountain lake which is home to a species of frog found no where else in the world! Once you’ve reached the end of vegetation, the tree line, your hiking guide will take you up a mellow scree slope for about 2 more hours of hiking to arrive at the summit of Challhuaco. Enjoy views of the dramatic Patagonian Steppe and the Andes Mountains. This is a nice day of exercise, hiking around 4-5 hours total on a good forest trekking trail and some mellow alpine scree terrain.

We strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

CERRO LOPEZ

Cerro Ventana is a pre-range, or pre-cordillera, mountain that lays between the Andes and the Patagonian Steppe. It gets its name from “The Big Window” formed by a big boulder and some basaltic spires. The window is so large you can see it from town! Cerro Ventana guided hike takes around 3 hours to the summit. Once you are at the top, the terrain offers an easy walk over the ridge that invites you to combine few summits in a day.

There are beautiful views of the huge Lake Gutierrez and the granite spires of Cerro Catedral, that look like medieval castles on the top of the ridge. Good option for a unstable weather day!

We strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

HIKE TO REFUGIO FREY

Frey mountain hut along the cerro Catedral ridge trek is a classic of the classics for day hikes around Bariloche. Refugio Frey attracts mountain sport enthusiasts from all over the world to backcountry ski, rock climb, and hike. It is a quaint mountain hut in a breath-taking location in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

With our hiking guide, you will start at the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort and take the chairlift or gondola to the ridge. This way, we gain a lot of elevation quickly, and from the top of the lift, the terrain is mostly a good, solid alpine trail formed on scree.

While hiking along the ridge of Cerro Catedral, you will have excellent views of the Argentinian Andes Range, the mountains of Northern Patagonia, waterfalls cascading down in the valley, and many of the huge lakes of the Patagonian Lakes District. After about two hours hiking along the ridge, your mountain guide will take you down into Toncek Valley which has high meadows, golden granite boulders, and Refugio Frey sitting beside a bright blue alpine lake at the base of a cirque of huge granite spires.

Rest at Frey Hut, having some lunch, and even a splash in the lake if you’re up to it! You may get to see some rock climbers that look like little ants on the golden granite spires. The hike down from Refugio Frey is approximately two hours on a good forest trail crossing several pretty creeks. There are good views of Lago Gutierrez, and if we are lucky we may see some pileated woodpeckers. Back to Cerro Catedral Ski Resort parking lot. Drive to hotel in Bariloche.

We strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

GEAR LIST

This gear list is designed for Day Hikes in the Mountains, with warm clothing and all the basic you need to travel safe and light in the mountains

  • Backpack 25-30
  • Trekking, Running or approach shoes for hiking comfortable in the mountains
  • Thin Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool base layer is 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
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Pocket knife
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Hiking poles
  • 0.5 liters termo for hot drink (optional)
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player/camara- optional

PHOTO GALLERY


Price per person
1 person US$ 270.-
2 people US$ 165.-
3 or more people US$ 130.-
Minimum 2 people


Transportation
Lunch and snack
Certified mountain guide.


Everyday on request during patagonian summer

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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