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

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Backcountry ski tour
Backcountry ski tour
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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.


7 Days

Jul - Sep

Very high



* 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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Price per person to join a group (Min group size: 4 people). Price does not include: personal insurance, personal equipment, and international or internal flights, restaurant meals and drinks, porters, lift tickets, or gratuity.

Also includes meals when using mountain Huts.

In the case the group is less than four people, we will give you the option to pay the additional cost for a small group or get a refund 30 days before departure:

Group of 3 guests: USD 1800

Group of 2 guests: USD 2400

Group of 1 guest: USD 4600


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

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

Day 2: Ski off-piste around Catedral mountain (Lagunita area at Punta Princesa)

Day 3: Traverse to Frey Hut over the Col del Viento

Day 4: Ski tour around the frozen Laguna Toncek

Day 5: Ski in the Catedral Ski area

Day 6: Ski touring in the Cerro Lopez Area

Day 7: Transfer to Bariloche Airport



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.

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About the guide

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Mountain 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



The guide was Valerie not Merlin. Valerie was super helpful and we had one of our best days in Patagonia! We hope that our use of Explore Share website ensured that the local guide was well compensated. Everything was well organised, the talk on the way about the trek was super interesting. The views stunning.



Teo was our guide and he was great! He was very knowledgeable about the different wildlife and plants. Without him we would have never attempted to summit or descend (which was worse - his belaying and short roping was totally awesome and we felt in good hands). The weather wasn’t the best but he definitely helped guide us on what to do with the crazy winds we got. His English was very good as well. Totally recommend this for anyone seeking a great adventure and these guys made us feel very ready with all the questions and information they gave us before the day! If you want a real adventure do this and not just Laguna de los Tres!



Great hike, exhilarating and so much beautiful scenery! Thank you Marco. Grateful for the hiking poles on the incline to the Laguna.



Teo was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the area. He was very considerate of how I was getting on. I had an amazing time!



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!

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