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Cerro Tronador, 3-day Ascent in Bariloche

Join IFMGA certified mountain guide Pablo for this unforgettable 3-day ascent of Mount Tronador near Bariloche in the stunning Patagonia region of Argentina!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodFeb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Discover the beauty of alpine Patagonia and the extinct volcano - Mount Tronador

  • Ascend a 3448m peak and enjoy breathtaking views of the Patagonian Andes

  • Join a local and enthusiastic guide who has years of experience in this region


Straddling the border between Argentina and Chile, the spectacular and extinct Tronador stratovolcano in Patagonia is truly a wonder to behold!
Located about 30km west of Bariloche, this goliath rises beyond the clouds to its highest point with El Pico summit at 3448m above sea level.
The tallest mountain of the stunning Nahuel Huapi National Park, Mount Tronador has three summits and eight main glaciers that are emphasised by its height and imposition on the landscape!

El Pico is the easist summit to acess due to its proximity to the mountain refuge of Otto Meiling, which is where we can begin our ascent from.

This normal route is wonderful as it presents little technical difficulty and provides great glacier traversing with breathtaking vistas all the way!

On the first day we will leave Bariloche in the morning and head to Pampa Linda which is the base of the mountain and where we begin the trek.

From here we set off for Meiling refuge on a 4-5 hour hike, we’ll pass through the pristine forest and coming out the other side will begin to enjoy stunning views over the mountainside.

The day of the climb we will leave at about 4am and we will cover about 7.5km and 1350 metres in ascent and descent.

On route we will cross many glaciers and snow fields, with mostly smooth slopes. There may be some cracks in the glacier but we will be sure to use our ropes to ensure your safety.

The final path of 200 metres to the summit is steep and we will use our technical gear to ensure you can acsend smoothly. After a long and immensely rewarding rest at the summit we will return to the refuge.

The third day will see us descend from the refuge and return to Bariloche where you can really let your experience sink in!

You don’t need previous glacial experience but you will need to be in good physical condition for this trip. We will be hiking between 10-12 hours in the day and often at an incline of 40°.

If ascending this amazing mountain in the epic Patagonian region near Bariloche sounds exciting, then sign up now becuase this is not an experience to be missed!

Perhaps you have time for only a single day of exploration, then join me on this 1 day of excellent climbing on Mount Lopez in Bariloche! Or if you have longer then consider this week of climbing in the Bariloche region on its fantastic orange granite rock!


More info

In summer (January to March) its possible that I can meet you at the refuge the day before the ascent. This will mean a lower cost with guidance only being from Refuge - Summit - Refuge. You can enquire about this. You can hire personal climbing equipment from us if you need.

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About the guide

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AAGM-certified high mountain guide with international IFMGA certification, paragliding pilot (with tandem license) and physical education teacher.
I have made numerous climbs, ascents and ski trips in Patagonia, Mendoza, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Spain and the French Alps.
I work as an instructor and director in numerous mountain guide courses for the AAGM. I have opened many sport and multi-pitch routes in the Bariloche area and I am also author of climbing guide "Bariloche Vertical", published five times since 2004. In sport climbing I reach the grade of 8b worked and 7c on sight.
As a paragliding pilot, I have made numerous +100 kms flights in the mountains of Patagonia and several "hike and fly" tours, where I combine climbing mountains and flying down.
I look forward to guiding you in the beautiful mountains of Patagonia.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 825 each

Group of 2

USD 464 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Personal Insurance

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