GLACIER CROSSING ADVENTURE
“CRUCE DEL GLACIAR ALERCE”

Length Trip
3 days

Season
December through May


Level
Beginner to advanced. Ideal for families


Style
Mountaineering, glacier crossing , trekking adventure

DETAILS

We started to do this trip back in 1999 , connecting the entire Tronador East Massif from South to North in our trip Glacier, Jungle and Deep Blue Lakes (https://www.andescross.com/trips/glacier-jungle-and-deep-blue-lakes-trek-trip/)

Now we offer  this short version of the big loop for persons who have less days and experience to enjoy the big glaciers of Tronador

The idea of this guided trek trip is to offer to adventurers a good short experience of glacier travel, connecting two huts, some glacier crossing and a boat ride back to Bariloche.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
From Bariloche to Otto Meilling hut in Monte Tronador

Early in the morning, we depart from Bariloche driving scenic 80 km in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Arrival to Pampa Linda and around five hours guided trek to Otto Meilling hut, the hike consist in 15 km day and 900 meters elevation gain to get to the foot of the Tronador glaciers

Short walk on Castano Overa glacier to get use to crampons and gear. Little trek in between traverses.

Night in Otto Meilling hut
Day 2:
Cruce del Glaciar Alerce – Alerce glacier crossing

After breakfast we start our hike, get our harness and gear ready. After 30 minutes approach we get to the entrance of the glacier, then rope up and do this fantastic scenic crossing.

The crossing is short and takes less than an hour, appreciating big ice holes and beautiful waterfalls. After that we will navigate on rock and trails until we get to the high pass of  “Paso de las Nubes” (cloudy pass)- Here is located the new hut “ Refugio Roca”

If the team is avid and want we can climb some of the peaks in that area during the afternoon.

Nice dinner with the scenic view of Valle Frias

Night in Refugio Paso de las Nubes (Refugio Roca) .
Day 3:
Paso de las Nubes- Lago Frias – Bariloche

Early morning, breakfast and start our hike  through the Frias valley, all the way to Lago Frias.

This part of the trip is in deep Valdivian lushly forest. Big millennial Alerce trees, jungle terrain. Feels like being in middle of an Amazon jungle, but is just the Valdivian Patagonian forest 🙂

The trek starts at 1400 mosl , and we descend to close to 800 meters along the day. Takes an average of 6 hs to descend to the bottom valley, hike across it and arrive to lago Frias.

From here we take the boat of Lago Frias along the lake and connect the catamaran in Puerto Blest to get back to Bariloche.

We will get picked up in Puerto Panuelo and drive you to hotel.

GEAR LIST

Backpacking 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

Price per person
USD 750 –  Private 2 clients
USD 650-  Private 3 clients
USD 550-  Private 4 or more  clients


  • IFMGA-UIAGM MOUNTAIN GUIDE
  • All transportation to Pampa Linda and back to hotel
  • Snacks and sandwiches for lunches
  • Boat Cruising in Lago Frias
  • Glacier gear as crampons, harness, winners

Not Includes:

  • Meals in Restaurants
  • Air tickets
  • Accommodation in Bariloche
  • Hut expenses in Otto Meilling and Refugio Roca (paid on the go by guests)


On request-

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