• Trip duration
    6 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

Description

Join me in this hike from Colonia Suiza to Pampa Linda! In my opinion it’s one of the 10 most beautiful and complete trips of Argentina. This is due to its landscapes and the land’s diversity.

During the itinerary we walk across the Patagonian forests full of larch, beech, coihues and cypresses trees. We will also have the luck to admire condors flying.

We can also hike among fun trails along streams as Goye. In addition, we can cross mallines (marshlands) as the valley of Mallin Mate Dulce. Besides, we can border amazing lagoons such as Laguna Negra, Laguna Cab, Laguna Cretón, Laguna Jujuy and Laguna Illon.

Some nights we sleep in mountain huts as Refugio Italia (1650 m). And other nights we will camp.

Before ending the tour, we enjoy the Cerro López viewpoint and cross some hills (as the Black Cerro, Cerro Bailey Willis, Cerro Cab or Cerro Cristal). Then we find Pampa Linda, a green land surrounded by mountains, forest and the majestic Cerro Tronador.

In addition, this hike begins in the picturesque Colonia Suiza, Bariloche.

I am sure you don’t want to miss one of the most complete trips across Patagonian lands.

Please contact me in order to plan your own adventure! You won’t regret it…

Itinerary

Day 1

San Carlos de Bariloche - Colonia Suiza

We are transferred from San Carlos de Bariloche to Colonia Suiza, our trailhead. From there we start hiking towards Refuge Italia in Laguna Negra, which we reach after 5 hours of trekking. Dinner and rest in the hut.

Day 2

Refuge Italia - Cab Lagoon

After breakfast, we walk to Cab Lagoon hiking up and down across the Cerro Negro and Bailey Willis. Dinner and rest in tents on the lakeside.

Day 3

Cab Lagoon - Mallin Mate Dulce

We leave the campsite to start the hike towards Mallin Mate Dulce across Cerro Cab. Dinner and rest in tents.

Day 4

Mallin Mate Dulce - Creton Lake

In our fourth day we ascend to Cerro Cristal. Once we hike down from there, we find the Creton lake and its natural water wells. Dinner and rest in tents.

Day 5

Illon Lagoon

We get to Laguna Jujuy by midday. Then, we keep hiking to Illon Lagoon, where we have dinner and rest.

Day 6

Pampa Linda

After the descent to Pampa Linda a transfer will be waiting for us in order to take us to Bariloche again, where this adventure comes to an end.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Group equipment

Extras

Accommodation

Accommodation is included in the price, except in the city.

More info

Optional services: Porters. Hostel in San Carlos de Bariloche.

General equipment: backpack of 60 L (minimum capacity), PVC 1.5 L bottle, LED flashlight and batteries, sleeping bag, insulating mattress.

Personal equipment: hiking clothes, hiking footwear, waterproof jacket, featherbed jacket, replacement clothes, appropriate footwear for crossing rivers and streams, waterproof gloves (warm), sunglasses with UV 400 mountain side protection, wool hat or similar, sun hat, sunscreen UVA/UVB SPF 40+.

Optional equipment: retractable hiking pole

Climate: Bariloche has high mountain weather with little annual thermal amplitude but a high daily temperature range. Temperatures in summer usually reach to 35°C during the day and can drop to a few degrees below 0. Wetness enters from the west, from the Pacific Ocean, crossing the western mountain range and discharging its waters in the eastern Cordillera. In summer months rainfall can reach between 20 and 30 mm per month. Therefore, climatic conditions are a determining factor of risk in outdoor activities.

AAGM guides: For expeditions of this level, it is essential to have certified guides AAGM (Argentina Association of Mountain Guides).

Meeting point

In San Carlos de Bariloche.

Disclaimer

In case of bad weather conditions, I reserve the right to change the agreed itinerary.