• Trip duration
    4 days
  • Trip level
  • Max people per guide
    3 people
  • Mountain range
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec


Impressive 4-day trekking traverse trough Bariloche’s nicest mountain ridges and mountain valleys, in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National park, in North Patagonia.

On the shore of lake Nahuel Huapi, the city of Bariloche is the entrance door to the Patagonian Lake District. While crossing forests and valleys, we will appreciate beautiful views of the different lakes and volcanoes in the area.

For this trip, we’ll stay at the well equipped mountain huts Frey, San Martin and Italia. Although there are no showers, there are a lot of beautiful Lagunas to take a swim each day. As for each day meals, we will carry our food in our backpacks.

I particularly enjoy this unique trekking. Actually, here are some reasons why I think you’ll also have a great time:

– The fantastic atmosphere in the Argentinean refuges. People are very welcoming, friendly, relaxed and open minded. Sometimes they even play music.
– The chance to admire some breathtaking views along the way. One of the most beautiful is the one of the Nahuel Huapi from Mount Lopez.
– Our last stop in Colonia Suiza. This beautiful village is preserved like it was 150 years ago in Switzerland.

By the way, it’s important to mention that you need to be in good physical fitness for this trip, because it involves a lot of trekking.

Finally, you can find the itinerary I propose and the day-to-day program below.

If you are interested in this unique trek in one of the most beautiful parks in the world, please get in touch with me. It will be my great pleasure to guide you in Nahuel Huapi and show you one of the jewelries of Patagonia.

You may also want to look at other trips I organice in North Patagonia, like this Colonia Suiza to Pampa Linda 7-day adventure.


Day 1

Meeting in Bariloche.

Meeting and dinner all together.
Night at the hotel in Bariloche.

Day 2

Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey.

Our trekking starts at the feet of the ski area Cerro Catedral, one of the most known ski areas in South America. We’ll follow the “picada del Frey” up to Refugio Frey (1700 m) next to the Toncek Laguna.

It’s surrounded by nice granite towers which are famous for rock climbing. Night at Refugio Frey.

– Total ascent: 750 m
– Total distance: 12km

Day 3

Refugio Frey – Refugio San Martin (1650 m).

We walk up to la arrest del Cerro in-between the granite towers (los Catedrales) and down to Rucaco valley.

After reaching Brecha Negra pass it’s only an hour down to Refugio and Laguna San Martin. Night at Refugio San Martin.

– Total ascent: 743 m
– Total descent: 917 m
– Total distance: 9.5 km

Day 4

Refugio San Martin – Refugio Italia (1650 m).

A technical trail brings us up to Cerro Navidad. From here we descent the Goyes valley for a bit an take a short ascend up on the Laguna Negra trail to the Refugio Italia. Night at Refugio Italia.

– Total ascent: 850 m
– Total descent: 840 m
– Distance: 10 km

Day 5

Refugio Italia – Refugio Cerro Lopez – Bariloche.

Last trekking day with great views over the Nahuel Huapi Lake. We leave the Laguna Negra behind us and climb up to Cerro Baileys on an easy trail.

On our way down to Bariloche we will stop at Refugio Lopez (1670 m) for a drink. After a refreshing beer in Colonia Suiza we take the bus back to the Hotel in Bariloche. Night in Bariloche.

– Ascent: 750m
– Total descent: 1100m
– Distance: 16km

Price per person

1 Person1232USD
Group of 2735USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip