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Hike and Paddle in the Andes, Bariloche

The Andes Mountain Range cannot stop surprising us. This time, a 6-day expedition among Frey and Jakob huts, amazing summits and the crystal waters of the glacier lakes. The local AAGM Juan Carlos will be your guide.

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6 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




A 6-day challenge of 27 km of paddling and 30 of trekking is waiting for you. Are you going to refuse it?

The Andes Mountain Range and especially Bariloche, give us the opportunity of enjoying different mountaineering activities in a same expedition. And that's what I want to offer to you. A combination of snowy peaks, mountain climbing and kayaking from the west end of the Mascardi Lake to the east.

At the bottom of this page you will find a sample itinerary, so you can see how amazing experience I am proposing today. Any item can be changed depending on your own time, wishes and technical knowledge.

They will be 6 days full of excitement, variety of landscapes and extreme sports in only one place! And if you enjoy the outdoor activities in Bariloche please check out this kayaking trip for beginners!

Get in touch with me so we can plan this magical trip around the Argentinian Andes.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses


Day 1: Frey Hut

Our starting point will be the Cerro Catedral, in Bariloche. We will trek up for about 4 hours across an easy trail. When we get to the Frey Valley and its vertical rocks, you cannot believe what you are seeing. We will spend the night in Frey Hut, with meal and bed services included.

Day 2: Intense hiking day to Jakob Hut

Our second day will be more exhausting because the hike to San Martin Mountain Hut will take about 8 hours. Anyway, the trekking across the alpine valleys is amazing. We will reach the Jakob Lagoon, where we can rest and swim. We will spend the night in the hut.

Day 3: Summit day

Our day will start before the sunrise, with **a challenging climb up to the “Cuernos del Diablo” summit**, where we will reach by midday. After admiring such a viewpoint, we will return for a resting time in the Frey Hut. We will also dinner and sleep there.

Day 4: Lake time

We will leave the mountains and change our goals. Now it’s time for the Casalata Creek and the Mascardi Lake, after a whole day of trekking among beautiful forests and marshes. We will spend the night by the lake in our camp base.

Day 5: Kayaking day

At the beginning of the day you will have some kayak and rescue lessons so we can start our sailing adventure by water. We will paddle the glacier waters towards the east, an unbelievable experience you will never forget. We will have lunch in a lonely place called “Isla Corazon” and spend the whole day and night in a campsite on the lakeside.

Day 6: Mascardi Lake east end - Bariloche city

During our last day of expedition, we will keep paddling those calm waters until we get to the east side of the Mascardi Lake in where this fantastic adventure finishes. At the end, we will celebrate and have a hot shower in Bariloche.


About the guide

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Juan Carlos



Mountain Leader

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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What people are saying about Juan Carlos



Juan was an amazing guide! We had the best experience treking with him and would highly recommened this trip!


Juan was very informative and offered a well-rounded trip; would definitely do it again!



Juan was a great guide. We went in mid November and there’s no way we could have done the Frey to Jacob traverse without him. He’s very relaxed but you feel very safe and unhurried, good fun to be around. He looked after us really well and even let us take a shower at his place before we headed off to the airport.



Juan was an amazing guide! We had the best experience treking with him and would highly recommened this trip!

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