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Climbing Tronador from Bariloche via the Refugio Otto Meiling

Follow AAGM certified mountain guide Eduardo on this 3-day program and reach the summit of Mount Tronador from Bariloche via the Refugio Otto Meiling, in the Andes.

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


Located in the north of Patagonia, in the border between Argentina and Chile, Cerro Tronador is an extinct stratovolcano with three summits: Internacional (3,478 meters), Pico Chileno (3,410 meters) and Pico Argentino (3,310 meters).

Cerro Tronador is also the tallest mountain inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park, one of the most important national parks in Argentina.

The goal of this mountaineering adventure will be Pico Argentino, situated on the Argentinean side of the range. First, we will have a brief, prepare our equipment and drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to the base of the mountain. On the way, we will get to see the Gutierrez and Mascardi lakes as well as some of the main mountains in the area, such as Cerro Catedral and Cerro Bonete, among others.

After registering to enter the park, we will begin the hike through the forest and discover the lovely local flora. We will slowly go into an alpine terrain and have the chance to see some of the beautiful condors. After 4-6 hours, we will reach the Otto Meiling Refuge, at 1,950 meters of altitude, where we will rest and enjoy a meal.

On the following day, we will put our crampons on and face a long and moderate climb through the glacier to the col between Pico Argentino and Internacional. At this moment, the conditions change and the slope will be more pronounced, with an elevation gain of 150 meters. Once at the top, we will enjoy the wonderful views of the surroundings. Then, we will descend rappelling the hardest section and head back hiking to the refuge from the col.

On the last day, we will go to Pampa Linda and return to the city of Bariloche. Please, take into account that this itinerary may vary due to the conditions of the glacier. We can also add an extra day and practice ice climbing.

As for the level, keep in mind that it is mandatory to have a good level of fitness. However, prior technical experience is not required.

Are you ready for this expedition to Tronador? All you have to do is send the request and book your place. I will be happy to be your guide!

Would you like to keep exploring the Andes? Take a look at this ascent to Osorno Volcano that I lead in Chile.


Meeting point

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.



Equipment you will need to bring




Ice Axe


Belay device

Other gear: Boots, warming clothes.

About the guide

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I’m a High Mountain Guide of Asociación Argentina de Guías de Montaña, Mountain Guide of UIMLA and a Physical Teacher Education also. I had almost 30 years with work like a guide.

I offer the classic course in Cerro Tronador, for 2019 I will make the 23 course, it demands nine days in one of the most beautiful mountains in the Patagonian andes.

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