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Explore the region of Mount Tronador glacier with this unique 8-day hiking trip in Argentina and Chile, with Lucas, certified mountain guide.
Mount Tronador (3554 m) is the highest mountain of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, near the city of Bariloche. It lies on the border between Argentina and Chile, in the South part of the Andes.
This mountain is formed by seven glaciers. In fact, the name ‘Tronador’ referrers to the word ‘thunder’, due to the frequent landslides ans seracs falling from the glaciers.
This 8-day trek offers a fantastic diversity of landscapes, from glaciers to jungle. Besides, you will have a variety of meals and accommodations, including camping and historic hotels.
You can find the complete program for this trip below. Actually, it is one of the few tours that offer access to the region of Mount Tronador glacier.
Interested in this trek? Then contact me to make a plan together!
We will sleep in huts, hotels at Peulla and Hosteria at Pampa Linda.
We depart Bariloche city from your hotel early this morning, for an 80 km drive to Pampa Linda in Nahuel Huapi National Park.
We register in the Park Ranger office. Then we begin a 4-5 hour walk along the trail to Meiling Hut (approximately 10 km and 1100 m of elevation gain).
After breakfast at Meiling Hut we prepare our equipment for crossing Tronador Glacier.
Our westward journey today goes across many glaciers and seracs on route to the original Tronador mountain hut, built in 1937.
It’s a total of 4-5 hours travel time today, this route is filled with incredible scenery and unbelievable views.
Today we leave the high alpine for the valleys below.
We are on route to the Chilean border and the temperate forests beyond.
Our destination today is the Huenchupan gaucho hut where we will spend the night.
Our hike today is 5-6 hours.
It’s all downhill today, through the forests of Chile to our next camp.
After setting up our tents, local friends Enrique and Leti will share with us some of the secrets of the area, including the lovely hot springs. Today’s route is about 5 hours in total.
On today’s journey (about 6 hours) we make our way to the shoreline of All Saints Lake and our boat connection to Peulla Hotel.
The Peulla region is an important historic hub for the crossing between Argentina and Chile on the ‘Lake Crossing Circuit‘.
We spend the night at Peulla Hotel, built a century ago for Germans pioneers. A great meal and accommodations are welcome after a few days of camping!
Refreshed and ready for our final days on the trail, our day starts with a bus transfer across the border to ‘Paso De Las Nubes’ trailhead.
A 4-hour trek brings us to the beautiful Roca hut surrounded by glaciers and waterfalls. Today’s trip is about 5 hours trekking for a total of 8 hours including bus transfers.
After an early start today we will make our way to ‘Paso De Las Nubes’ (Cloudy Pass) and onwards to Pampa Linda where we will spend the night at the Pampa Linda Hotel, at the base of the Tronador Glacier.
Our hike today is a long one, about 6-7 hours.
On our final day of the trip, we will make our way back to Bariloche city by bus from Pampa Linda. We will get there in time for flights out from Bariloche airport.
It is also recommended to have this extra night at Bariloche and leave the following day.
I was born in a very remote area of northern Argentina which gave me a special appreciation for the outdoors. When I was 16 my family moved south, closer to the mountains, and I started to climb in the Andes. I've been mountaineering – trekking and climbing – ever since.
I've traveled and climbed throughout Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, the USA, Canada and Europe. I spent two summer seasons working in Aosta, Italy where I completed numerous ascents and climbing on the area.
At some point in my younger years, my career path steered me to the telecommunications industry, scaling towers and fixing cellular systems. But the mountains were never far away and I eventually returned to my roots and become a mountain guide since 2001.
In the winter I focus on being a ski guide around the mountain range and also the volcanoes, this is how I spend part of my time on the winter seasons as well as teaching backcountry ski and avalanche awareness courses.
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Lucas is an all-round and really good guide. I really enjoyed my trip with him. He is capable of adjusting the difficulty of the terrain to the capabilities of his clients. Would recommend him to anybody.
It was a real pleasure to spend two amazing days with Lucas. Really nice to spend time with him and most important Lucas is really a good guide. The trips were amazing with a fantastic scenario. Even if snow conditions were not the best, the panorama has played a key role in making this trip unforgettable
My husband and I have been on many incredible hikes all over Argentina with Lucas as our Guide. He has taken us to the most phenomenal places and pushed us (willingly) to our limits whilst at the same time always feeling very safe knowing that he is such an expert and highly qualified mountaineer. We have crossed glaciers wearing crampons as the sun rises, we have climbed volcanoes that we thought would never be physically possible, and Lucas has been fun and entertaining along the way. He jas great judgement - the tripas are planned and amended along the way in order that you can totally disconnect from everyday life. Every trip also contains interaction with local people and so we have learnt a lot about Argentinean culture and Argentinean people. Georgina and Rob Smart - England
Have recently hiked up Mt Tronador with Lucas as a guide. The rest of the team and I were very happy to have him guide us. He is very professional and experienced, yet also very attentive and friendly. Would definitely consider hiring him again for our next adventure!