7-day ski touring trip in Bariloche

Enjoy the best of Patagonia with this 7-day ski touring trip led by IFMGA-certified mountain guide and ski instructor Merlin.




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip

Private and Group



    Enjoy the most stunning Patagonian scenery with your skis on with this 7-day ski touring trip in Bariloche!

    During this ski touring trip, you’ll get to ski some of best backcountry terrain in Cerro Catedral (2405 meters). You’ll also skin up to reach Refugio Frey and, once there, pick and choose between the different slopes and chutes around the hut. You’ll have the time of your life!

    With the Nahuel Huapi Lake as a backdrop, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Bariloche and its surroundings. Cerro Catedral and the Lake District are probably among the most breathtakingly beautiful areas in the world. Snow-capped mountains, deep blue lakes and magical mountain huts make for perfect pictures that will stay engraved in your mind forever.

    Experience Patagonia at its best with this amazing 7-day ski touring trip. I was born and raised in Bariloche, so come enjoy all of my favorite spots!

    Visit during the months of August and September to find the best snow and weather conditions. You need to be an expert skier and, additionally, be in very good physical condition to take this trip. I can take between 2 and 4 people on the tour.

    Also, if you’d like to experience the Patagonia to the fullest, be sure to check out my 8-day ski touring program in Chile’s volcanoes and this ski tour in El Chalten for a week.

    I am an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and I am excited to show you around my hometown. Contact me and we’ll start planning a very exciting week together!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    4600 USD

    Group of 2
    2400 USD

    Group of 3
    1800 USD

    Group of 4
    1500 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     This is the price to join one of our group tours.


    • Day 1Meeting at Bariloche airport

      Transfer to the hotel. Equipment check.

    • Day 2Cerro Catedral

      Off-piste skiing. Lodging in Bariloche.

    • Day 3Traverse to Refugio Frey

      From Cerro Catedral, we’ll traverse to reach the Frey Mountain Hut. We’ll spend the night there.

    • Day 4Ski touring around Laguna Toncek

      Night in Refugio Frey.

    • Day 5Traverse back to Cerro Catedral

      From Cerro Catedral, we’ll head back to the hotel in Bariloche, where we’ll spend the night.

    • Day 6Transfer to the airport

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    At Bariloche airport.


    Three nights in a hotel in Bariloche, two nights in Refugio Frey.

    More info

    Personal equipment, personal accidents and rescue insurance (mandatory), restaurant meals, lift tickets, alcoholic drinks and gratuities are NOT included in the price.


    - 30 and 45-liters backpack

    - Sleeping Bag

    - Head lamp

    - Water bottle and small thermo flask

    - Merino or synthetic base layers

    - Polar 100 and wind stopper

    - Down or synthetic hooded jacket

    - 2 pairs of gloves

    - Warm hat

    - Extra socks

    - Waterproof pants and Jacket (Gore-Tex)

    - Goggles

    - Sun bloc & lip protection

    - Ski touring set: Skis, skins, boots, ski crampons, ski poles (compressible ideal).

    - Crampons & Ice Axe*

    - Safety avalanche set: Shovel, beacon, probe*

    - Helmet (optional)

    * If you need to rent equipment (crampons, ice-axe and avalanche safety equipment) please make sure to let me know in advance.


    September: 3th to 8th

    September: 10th to 15th


    About the Guide


    Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

    I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

    I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!



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    What People are Saying about Merlín Lipshitz


    We had a great experience climbing with Merlín in El Chalten. He did a great job of teaching us the basics and giving us a variety of climbs to do. The booking process was pretty straightforward, and overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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    J. Nyman
    Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!
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    Dorothy K
    Could not recommend both Merlin and his touring itineraries more. He went above and beyond from guiding us to lines I will never forget to showing us how an asado is done to renting me his *personal* skis for 2 weeks to make sure I had the best equipment for the adventure. He’s not like other guides I’ve had before, pushing us to get the most rewarding experience possible. Already looking forward to the next adventure.
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    Jamie McCroskery
    Merlin is a very experienced mountaineering guide. It was a great trip. We can recommend him very highly.
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