As we told you at the beginning, climbing Mount Tronador and sleeping in Otto Meiling Refuge is priceless: you can make ice activities while enjoying different landscapes and all the grandeur of the place. About two hours’ drive from Bariloche city you will get to Pampa Linda, where you will find the Park Rangers in a green field that pays tribute to the name, and where you can observe the prominence of the hill. The walk takes about 5-7 hours and starts on level ground. Then, you will go after a “snail” full of vegetation to pass through “La Almohadilla” and reach to the “Descanso de los Caballos”.
Here begins the final part of the climb, advancing by an edge, no vegetation, and with paint marks on the stones to indicate you how to get to the refuge, which is located on the hillside, between Castaño Overa and Alerce glaciers, about 2050 amsl.
The Tronador glaciers offer you an optimum ground to practice ice climbing and glacier hiking. It is called like this because of the sound, similar to the thunder, which produces frequent landslides and falling seracs on the same glacier. From the Refuge you can climb the three peaks of the mountain: Argentine, International and Chilean side, of course, all along with specialized guides, since there are numerous cracks across the glacier.