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

Description

Welcome to the “The crossing of the Five Lagoons”.

The Crossing of the Five Lagoons is an unparalleled experience in Northern Patagonia. This 5-day expedition along the Andes offers the opportunity to get away from the crowds that are usually found around the mountain huts, especially during January and February.

In addition, we will camp at a different lagoon every night, surrounded by the most beautiful peaks. You will live the unique experience of cooking outdoors, camping along the most amazing shores and feeling the calm of the Patagonian wilderness.

At the bottom of this page you will find a sample itinerary of the program. Please keep in mind that I can extend the trip two days or more so we can enjoy the famous Paso de las Nubes traverse. That way we will descend towards Lago Frias and catch the ship back to Bariloche.

Furthermore, I can also add a mountaineering trip to the Tronador’s Argentinean Summit.

So, if you find this program interesting get in touch with me. I am sure we will have the best time in Patagonia!

Itinerary

Day 0

Pre-departure meeting

The afternoon before departure we’ll have a meeting to check equipment and talk about the expedition and logistics.

Day 1

Trek from Colonia Suiza to Laguna Negra

Using a well marked trail we will follow the Goye river until we are at Laguna Negra. We will be hiking along a beautiful evergreen forest with wildflowers and the roar of the river crystal waters. This trail gets a lot of use by hikers that ascend just to Laguna Negra Mountain Hut. Then, we will set up camp close to the hut by the shore of the lagoon.

 

Day 2

Trek from Laguna Negra to Laguna CAB

After a good breakfast, the first challenge is to make our way around Laguna Negra. Before descending to Arroyo la Chata, we will take a moment to enjoy the view of Mount Tronador and the soaring summits. Then, we’ll descend to the dense forest and cross the creek. Arroyo La Chata is a good place for lunch and a well deserved break. In the afternoon the trek continues climbing towards Laguna CAB. Camp by the lagoon and take a swim at its shallow bays.

 

Day 3

Trek from Laguna CAB to Laguna Creton

This is the longest day, it begins by climbing CAB mountain and traversing towards Mallin Mate Dulce. There, a wide open meadow is great for a lunch stop. The second leg of the day climbs the ridge line of Cerro Cristales, another astonishing view from where we will be able to see the next campsite, Laguna Creton. Surrounded by granite walls and big boulder fields, we will camp on a completely different environment.

 

Day 4

Trek from Laguna Creton to Laguna Ilon.

Wake up by the alpine glow lights, have breakfast, pack camp and get ready for the most scenic part of the trek. Hiking above Laguna Azul (Callvu) gives us a magnificent perspective, followed by another alpine treasure, Laguna Jujuy. Lunch break will take place at the top of Cerro Capitan ridge. Here Condors flying close by are often seen. From this point the remain of the day is all downhill hiking across open meadows before entering the tall Lenga forest by Laguna Ilon. This last alpine lagoon reflects Tronador glaciers creating a peculiar scenery during the sunset.

 

Day 5

Descend to Pampa Linda

Everything has an end and this is your last day so we will add a morning hike to another view point before starting the descend to Pampa Linda where the traverse finishes. Mirada del Doctor panoramic point offers amazing granite walls and a view to Laguna Frey down valley. After lunch, we will begin the descent across a wide valley with open meadows. Then reaching a stead down climb to the valley bed where we will cross Castaño Overa creek. Finally we will end the traverse at Pampa Linda. Now it’s time to loosen your boots and enjoy a well deserved cold beer!

Looking to join a group?

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
14/01/2018 to 18/01/2018
We meet the day before (13th) in Bariloche
09/02/2018 to 13/02/2018
We meet the day before (8th) in Bariloche

Price per person

Group of 3500USD
Group of 4500USD
Group of 5500USD
Group of 6500USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Personal Insurance

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
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Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Colonia Suiza