Cerro Capilla lies on the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, between the Tristeza and Bless streams. Its perfect location gives the mountain an stunning scenery since it is surrounded by crystalline waters and no high peaks.
Although the Cerro Capilla is quite close to the city of Bariloche, the views and its wild environment stands out as a highlight of the area. In fact, to get to the mountain it’s necessary to take a boat or kayak.
The ascent to Cerro Capilla is a gem for Bariloche mountaineering, offering an intermediate difficulty rock climb during the summer and autumn. However, it becomes a little harder in the spring as some ice climbing skills are necessary.
This 3-day expedition begins and ends at Bahía López, at the foot of the impressive walls of the Cerro Lopez. Please find more details about the day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this page.
Also, there is an optional acclimatization trek to get ready before the ascent. A good warm-up is for example, this half-day hike to Cerro Llao Llao. We can combine an easy hiking day with an ascent to Cerro Tronador as well.
So, I will be waiting for your contact in case you want to climb this summit with me. Get in touch so we can plan and discuss your wishes and expectations. I have no doubt it will be a really enriching experience!
Ascent to the Slovenian Mountain Hut
The expedition begins in Bahia López, below the amazing granite walls of the Cerro Lopez. Here we’ll jump on a boat to cross the Tristeza stream towards a small beach on the other side. The is quick rough and steep since it is not well marked. After 3 hiking hours we will start entering the alpine valley where the hut is. Once at the hut it is time to relax and enjoy the loneliness of the place. We’ll have dinner and talk about tomorrow’s climb. We’ll go to be early since tomorrow ascent starts with the first lights of the sun.
Today we must climb snowy and steep rocky slopes where the use of rope might be needed. This is not a climb for people who are afraid of heights. The way to the summit will take approximately 4 hours. Once we reach 2167 meters of elevation we’ll be right at the top of the mountain. The views from there are amazing. We can admire the Cerro Tronador and the Puntiagudo volcano as well as the entire Nahuel Huapi Lake. It is also common to see condors flying! The descent may include some rappelling and climbing down, depending on the weather conditions. By mid afternoon we will be at the hut again, for a well deserved rest. The extra time will be dedicated to relax on the alpine creek or to explore the forest. Tonight is time to celebrate our goal at the hut!
Descent to the lake and back to Bahia López
Easy morning start, where we’ll pack everything and begin the hike down following the same way. In a couple of hours we will be by the beach. Before sailing to the bay we can visit the waterfall which is formed by a creek that runs just beside the mountain hut where we slept during the expedition…
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
- Personal Insurance