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Cerro Tronador hike across Pampa Linda

Join Juan Carlos, a los AAGM mountain guide, on this 2-day hiking traverse across Pampa Linda, in Bariloche, and reach up the famous Tronador Mountain!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Cerro Tronador lies just in the border of Argentina and Chile, in the Andes Mountain Range. It is an active volcano even though its last eruption was 10.000 years ago. This mount divides two important national parks, the Vicente Perez Rosales (Chile) and the Nahuel Huapi (Argentina).

And as if wasn’t enough, there are more reasons to visit Cerro Tronador. One of them is the powerful noise the mount makes when landslides and falls of glaciers occurs. That explains its name “Tronador” (like a thunder).

From the Argentine side you will admire the best viewpoints of the Mount Tronador in the Pampa Linda Valley. It will be an exciting hike across the foothills, far from the crowds and full of amazing glaciers. Among them, the “The Ventisquero Negro” or “Garganta del Diablo”, at more than 3.500 meters of height.

And when you think you have seen the best landscapes of the trip, a hidden waterfall will surprise you and make you shake. It is known as “Las Nalcas” and you cannot believe how beautiful view we will have, until sunset comes and show us the hundred colors that Cerro Tronador has to give us. At night, we will sleep in a lodge or in the Tronador hut.

The following day will be intense because we will start early in the morning in order to gain altitude and get acclimatized to see the Otto Mount first, and then our mean objective: the Cerro Tronador Glaciers. The way to there will be full of vegetation, flowers and quality snow. Once in the hut, you cannot believe what you are seeing: a landscape covered by snow and overflown by the most beautiful Andean birds like condors.

We will rest there and get ready for the descent to Pampa Linda and the final point, in Bariloche. If you have some extras days in the city, let me recommend you to continue with this full day traverse to the Frey Hut!

Are you going to miss this thunderer experience? I don’t think so. Even less after reading this great itinerary for one of the best hills of the Andes Mountains. Get in touch with me as soon as you can!


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Meeting point




About the guide

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AAGM mountain guide from Argentina.

I was raised in Buenos Aires where I used to go sailing and fishing with my family during weekend and holidays. As a teenager I began traveling to Patagonia with friends to fish, hike and camp. Years later I became a rock climber and mountaineer since I wanted to asses more summits and amazing views.

At the age of 23 and after gathering a good amount of fun ascents and traverses along Patagonia, I decided to fully commit to a life in the outdoors. As a result I started my carrier at N.O.L.S. – National Outdoors Leadership School in the U.S.A. and Chile. I lead rock climbing and mountaineering trips in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Alaska and in Aysen (Chilean Patagonia) for nine years.

In 2009 finally settled permanently in Bariloche and focused my guiding work on the Lake District Region. Here I discovered new styles of guiding and service which were good to experience and helped me grow in this profession. Now I am able to mix my background on outdoor education with the guiding world and create unique experiences for active travelers.

I take advantage of every season of the year, going mountain biking and sea-kayaking in the summer, ice-skating on alpine lakes during the Fall, back-country skiing during the Winter, rock climbing and mountaineering as soon as the Spring makes it way through the snow.

Outdoor Certifications:

• N.O.L.S. Senior Instructor
• A.A.G.M. Mountain Guide
• W.F.R. First Aid Certified
• L.N.T. Leave No Trace Master Educator
• AV 1 Level Avalanche Awareness
• Nahuel Huapi National Park Mountain & Kayaking Guide
• A.C.A American Canoe Association Level 3, Coastal Kayaking

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