• The view of Refugio Italia, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina. Photo:Cheryl Chalbert

THE 4 MOUNTAINS HUTS TREKKING TRAVERSE
(Bariloche hut to hut traverse)

Length Trip
4-5 days

Season
December through May


Level
Advanced- Long hiking days and some scrambling involved


Style
Backpacking and trekking

DETAILS

Multiday guided hut to hut trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaOn this guided trek we visit the four main mountain huts, “refugios”, in the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia: Refugio Frey, Jakob, Laguna Negra, and López. Hike with your mountain guide across the Patagonian Andes of Argentina and spend the night in a cozy hut with great food, cold microbrews, and other mountain lovers.

Your mountain guide will guide you through the diverse terrain of Argentina’s first National Park, the Nahuel Huapi National Park, on this trek: crossing valleys, meadows, creeks, deep forests, and ridges. All of the huts are located beside a pretty alpine lake, so there is the option for a swim at the end of the day!
Some short scrambling involved on one day where our experienced Mountain Guides will rope you up.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Multiday hut to hut guided trekking in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWe begin this guided trek at the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort near Bariloche, Argentina and hike for approximately four hours through the Nahuel Huapi National Park to Refugio Frey. The first part of the trail traverses along the mountain and there are excellent views of the large Lake Gutierrez and the surrounding mountains. Then, you reach the Van Titter Valley and hike through a lush forest along a beautiful stream until the last climb up to Frey Hut and Laguna Toncek.

Or, there is an alternate path to Frey Hut with your mountain guide: if the weather permits, we have the option of taking the Alta Patagonia Ski Lifts from Cerro Catedral Ski Village up 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.
Multiday guided trek in Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina
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. You may get to see some rock climbers that look like little ants on the golden granite spires. Possible splash in the lake, and then a homemade meal in the hut with a good Malbec or local microbrewery on tap.
Night in Frey Hut.

Approach through the Van Titter Valley: Approx. 13 km with 800 meters elevation change in 4 hours of hiking.

OR, along the ridge of Cerro Catedral: Approx. 9 km with 400 meters elevation change in 3 hours of hiking.

Day 2:
Multiday guided trek in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaWe leave from Frey Hut early in the morning, and hike up the rocky flanks of Cerro Catedral all the way to the ridge. Views of Volcanos Osorno (2652m), Tronador (3354m), and Lanin (3776m). Hike down to the bottom of the Rucaco valley with help of your mountain guide. Climb Cerro Brecha Negra Mountain (1900 mt) to enjoy the view from the second summit of the day. Then hike down the mountain to Refugio Jakob.

Night in Jakob Hut.

Approx. 15 km with 600 meters elevation change in 6 hours of hiking.

Day 3:
Multiday guided hut to hut traverse in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaToday is the most challenging day of hiking. After departing Refugio Jakob, we scramble up to Pico Refugio. This is a 300 meter ascent with easy scrambling that takes more or less one hour to the top of the ridge. For this section of the trek, your mountain guide will rope you up for extra safety. From Pico Refugio, we traverse to Cerro Navidad, Christmas Mountain, to get the view of the beautiful alpine lake Laguna Navidad. The hike down to Goye’s Valley is through a huge gully with basalt walls. Beautiful terrain and lots of fun! Once we get to the valley, we will climb up to Laguna Negra where the Manfredo Segre Hut is located on the shore. Now we can relax, have a well deserved snack, and hang out by the lake. Laguna Negra is called the Black Lagoon because the dark rock makes the water look black. But really, the water is crystal clear and nice for a swim!
Night in Manfredo Segre Hut.

Approx. 13 km with 600 meters elevation change in 7-9 hours of hiking.
Day 4:
After a nice breakfast in the mountain hut, we hike around to the other side of Laguna Negra and then to the top of Cerro Bailey Willis. Down the valley and crossing to the other side you and your mountain guide climb to your 2nd summit of the day, Cerro Lopez. Cerro Lopez has excellent views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and it’s arm, Brazo Tristeza. You can see deep into the Nahuel Huapi National Park, and the huge glacier-capped Mount Tronador, the biggest peak in the Bariloche area. To the west lies the Chilean Volcanoes Lanin, Osorno, and Puntiagudo. It is about 2 hours of hiking from the summit to Refugio Lopez, a little mountain hut, and another 2 hours down to the trailhead. With your mountain guide you will descend compacted scree and on rocky domes, through little alpine meadows, and along a little lake. In the spring, there are still little snow patches on the dome.

Multiday hut to hut trekking traverse in Bariloche, Patagonia ArgentinaAnother beautiful and long day of guided hiking in the mountains with mostly good consolidated scree and rocky terrain. The trekking trail ends in the Llao Llao area of Bariloche, and even the drive back to town is incredibly scenic!

Approx. 16 km with 1200 meters elevation change in 7-9 hours of hiking.
Day 5:
Spare weather day.

For this trek, we strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM or AAGM Mountain Guides.

GEAR LIST
  • Backpack 55 lts
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar) and extra batteries
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or Camelbak
  • Trekking boots to hike comfortable in scree slopes, snowpatches and forest trail.
  • Crocs sandals (Optional)
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Hiking or trekking pants – Quick dry-(North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Capilene underwear
  • Polipropilene – capilene shirt
  • T shirt
  • Thin fleece
  • Thick fleece
  • Puffy or  down jacket, beautiful for cozy afternoons in the mountains
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex pants
  • Fleece gloves x 2
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Hiking poles x 2 (Leki , Black Diamond, etc)
  • Gaiters
  • Pocket knife
  • Small Tupperware – pot for meals- or similar (if you have it, if not we will provide it)
  • Sleeping bag (800 grs of goosedown or equivalent)  and sleeping pad (Therm-a-rest)
  • Spoon
  • Ipod- Mp3 player (optional)

Summer/ Fall Trekking Trips and Multiday Backpacking trips
This gear list is designed for Backpacking for Several days in the Mountains being able to carry the minimum but logical to travel light and safe in the mountains of Patagonia

  • Backpack 35-45 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)
  • Hiking or Trekking boots good to deal with wet meadows and scree slopes
  • Gaiters
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • 2 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 hiking
  • Thick gloves (according to season)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
  • Crocs
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player/camara- optional
  • Hiking poles

Camping  Gear:

  • Mug to go
  • Spoon

PHOTO GALLERY


Minimum 2 people.
2/3 people US$ 1250.-
4 or more people US$ 950.-


Private transportation
AAGM or UIAGM Mountain Guide
All meals and lodging in the mountains
Tents
Cookware


On request

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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