This great traverse to the Frey Hut, leaving from the Cerro Catedral, is a classic trek in Bariloche.
The day begins in Villa Catedral where we will use some chair lifts to gain elevation. At almost 2000 meters above sea level, we will be already enjoying an incredible view of the Nahuel Huapi Lake.
So, we will start walking on a well marked trail between rocks and stones. The first hour of hiking has some difficulty due to the rocky and steep terrain. There will be some times that we need to use our hands to help us cross steps between the rocks.
After several stops to have some snacks and drink water, we will be at the Arroyo Rucaco Valley. We will also be able to see, in clear days, the Mount Tronador, the Cerro Negro and why not, the Lanin Volcano far in the horizon. Then, we will continue the route that becomes easier and faster.
After two hours of hiking, we will reach the “Canchita de Futbol” where we will change the direction. It’s time to descend towards the Schmoll and Toncek lagoon. Now we will be literally inside the Frey Valley. The red granite needles we will see are magnificent and imposing.
We’ll stop for lunch at the shore of the Toncek Lagoon. The homemade box lunch gives us the energy to continue for 3 more hours, descending until we are again in our starting point, Villa Catedral. Of course that before that, we will visit the Frey Hut to know its history and mountain atmosphere that is breathed in this classic refuge of Bariloche.
We will gradually leave this high Andean terrain behind to immerse ourselves in the Patagonian rainforest. Flowers and lichens will give color to the trail. The Lengas will be getting bigger as we enter the Valley of the Van Titter, following its crystalline waters while we lose altitude.
The last hour of the trek is a long walk alongside the Southeast of the Cathedral Mount. That trail leads us to the parking lot of the Ski Center. Finally, after a long day in the mountains we deserve a good craft beer to celebrate!
In addition to having a good physical condition, keep in mind that this program is not recommended to people who suffer from fear of heights. During spring you will find large amounts of snow at the top of the mountain. It is therefore important to have good trekking boots and gaiters.
So, get in touch with me so we can plan together this hiking adventure towards the Frey Hut. I will be waiting for your contact!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
Skill level required
Fitness level required