Backcountry skiing week in Bariloche, 7 days near Cerro Catedral and the Frey Hut

Explore the stunning backcountry of Bariloche, Argentina, on a 7-day adventure close to Cerro Catedral and the Frey Hut with IFMGA-certified mountain guide Merlin.




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Private and Group


  • Discover the mountainous delights around the town of Bariloche.

  • Capture breathtaking views of the Argentinian Andes.

  • Benefit from having a fully-qualified mountain guide aiding you.


The jewel among the Andean mountains, the Argentinian town of Bariloche is the perfect springboard to explore the majestic backcountry.

Situated in front of the epic glacial Nahuel Huapi Lake that is fully protected within a national park, Bariloche is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Lying at the foothills of the Andes, the prominent peaks acts as guardians to the town. It is very close to the Catedral Ski Resort, the biggest skiing centre in the whole of South America.

We’ll locate some great backcountry trails close to Frey Hut, considered one of the best mountain huts for ski touring and freeriding as if offers a large bundle of possibilities.

Here we will find every type of terrain from easy and simple slopes to steep chutes. We will be able to choose depending on the weather conditions and the group’s general level of ability.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the world-class mountain town of Bariloche for a 7-day backcountry skiing trip.

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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, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 1Reception at Bariloche Airport and transfer to your hotel

    Briefing with your guide; equipment check and details of the program.

  • Day 2Ski off-piste around Catedral mountain (Lagunita area at Punta Princesa)
  • Day 3Traverse to Frey Hut over the Col del Viento
  • Day 4Ski tour around the frozen Laguna Toncek
  • Day 5Ski in the Catedral Ski area
  • Day 6Ski touring in the Cerro Lopez Area
  • Day 7Transfer to Bariloche Airport

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Extremely Fit


4 nights lodging in Bariloche, based on private double rooms, and 2 nights at the Frey Hut.

More info

Required personal equipment: backpack of 30-45 litres, sleeping bag, head lamp, water bottle and small thermo flask, synthetic base layers, wind stopper, synthetic hooded jacket, 2 pairs of gloves, warm hat, extra socks, waterproof pants and jacket, sunglasses and goggles.


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


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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R. Mathes
We had a great time!
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Bethany Forrester

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