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Colonia Suiza – Pampa Linda 5-day traverse

Colonia Suiza - Pampa Linda
Colonia Suiza - Pampa Linda
Colonia Suiza - Pampa Linda
Colonia Suiza - Pampa Linda 1

An unforgettable 5-day hike from Colonia Suiza to Pampa Linda, very close to the city of Bariloche. Your guide will be Camila, a local AAGM-certified.


5 Days

Jan - May, Dec




This 5-day trip between Colonia Suiza and Pampa Linda is the goal of many trekking lovers.

It is a challenging adventure because of its duration but also unforgettable due to its route. The trail will take us through green valleys, high lagoons, sharp edges and beautiful landscapes.

Regarding the itinerary, our starting point will be in Bariloche. From there a transfer will take us to Colonia Suiza, where the hike begins. We'll walk along a wide path in the middle of the forest. We'll spend the first night at the Italia Hut.

The following days we will walk among incredible lagoons, hills and beautiful valleys. During the nights we'll set up camp in a perfect site to admire the surroundings and the moonlight.

On the last day we will descend to Pampa Linda crossing a mallin terrain and then, going down along the Alerce River.

I also offer many other programs in this Patagonian region. For example, this one-day climb to Cerro Lopez. It is specially perfect for those who want to do a summit attack but don't have too much time.

And if you're ready to get lost in the incredible Colonia Suiza forests and hike to Pampa Linda, fill out the form! I will be happy to guide you there.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Personal insurance


Day 1: Bariloche - Colonia Suiza - Italia Hut

Departure from Bariloche by a transfer to the beginning of the trail to Laguna Negra Hut in Colonia Suiza. From this point begins the walk along a wide path, surrounded by a beautiful transition forest. The first 3/4 hours along the trail do not present any difficulty. We’ll then arrive at the end of the Goye Creek Valley in a large camping area. At this point the path becomes harder and we’ll gain altitude quickly. We’ll finally reach Laguna Negra, where there is the Italia mountain hut, at the edge of the lagoon. Walking time: 5 hours.

Day 2: Laguna CAB

In the morning the walk begins by skirting the lagoon and heading to the col that separates the Black Mountain from the Bailey Willis Mountain. From there the trail descends westwards until crossing the Lluvco Creek, to continue descending to the confluence between this stream and La Chata creek. After crossing them we will ascend to Laguna CAB. Camp and overnight in the lagoon. Estimated time: 6/7 hours.

Day 3: Cerro CAB - Sweet Mate Valley

In the morning the hike goes around the CAB Lagoon and then ascends to the CAB Hill. Without reaching the summit, it is skirted by the left and then descends to the Sweet Mate Valley. Camp and overnight in the Valley. Estimated hiking time: 6/7 hours.

Day 4: Cerro Cristal - Cretton Lagoon- Laguna Ilon

Today we’ll depart early in the morning because it is the longest day. We must ascend in direction to Cerro Cristal. Once we reach the edge we’ll get a beautiful view of Mount Tronador. From this point, the descent begins towards the Cretton Lagoon by a loose-rock area that requires attention. Once in the lagoon, we’ll walk by a ridge until we get to the Jujuy Lagoon. Here rises the edge of Cerro Capitán. We’ll descend by that edge to the Mallin Ricardo and then we’ll cross it, descending to Laguna Ilon. Camp and overnight in the lagoon. Hiking time: 8/9 hours.

Day 5: Pampa Linda

Depending on the energies of the group, before descending to Pampa Linda we can access from Laguna Ilon to the Doctor’s Viewpoint. It’s a panoramic point located an hour walk from the lagoon, where we can see all the majesty of Mount Tronador in conjunction with a beautiful postcard of Frey Lake and behind this, the Tristeza Stream of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. After that hike we will begin the descent along the trail towards Pampa Linda, crossing a mallin terrain. Then, we will go down the trail until we reach the crossing of the Alerce River. Arrival to Pampa Linda and transfer to Bariloche.



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Optional: porter service (they can help with the weight in your backpack)

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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I’m a Physical Education Teacher, Ski Patroller and AAGM- UIMLA Mountain Guide. I was born in S. C. de Bariloche (Patagonia). I started “to play in the mountains” in early age, skiing and exploring trekking trails and the most emblematic shelters around Bariloche.

After graduating I began working in environmental education with children and adults in the Club Andino Bariloche and in an educational NGO dedicated to tourism in natural environments. I worked several years in Europe as a ski patroller, and currently work as a teacher in the Argentinian Ski Patrollers School (EASP). I also worked as avalanche consultor in companies.

I have various certifications, among them: WFR (Wilderness First Responder), Lifeguard Equipie (Andorran Red Cross) and Observer Nivo- Meteo (ACNA "per the Association of neu coneixement I allaus them") and the AIARE Level II (Analyzing snow stability and avalanche Hazard course).

Last years, I’ve been working between ski stations and guiding in big and amazing mountains in Patagonia, Alaska, Bolivia and Peru. I’m a professional outdoor woman and mountain lover who appreciate the opportunity of guide new clients in the surroundings of my home: “Bariloche, in North Patagonia”.





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What people are saying about Camila



We had a different guide Mercedes at the last minute as Camilla’s daughter was sick. She was very nice and gave us lots of information. We did an up and back walk to Frey Hut and did not go up the cable car and along the ridge which was the circular planned route. It was raining in the morning which was the reason. The weather cleared as expected. It was a shame that this could not have done the walk the other way round. We are grateful Camilla organised another guide for us so that we were able to hike.


Camila has excellent knowledge of the area and was enjoyable to be with. Lunch was so so.



A tough but thoroughly rewarding hike. The challenges of the trek are matched by the stunning views, unique flora, and wonderful people you meet along the way.

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