Mount Tronador 3-day hike by the Cloud Pass

Join local IFMGA mountain guide Craig on this 3-day mountain trek up to the Cloud Pass in the Mount Tronador, Bariloche. A great backpacking trip!




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Welcome to one of the best backpacking options in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche. During this 3-day trip I invite you to reach the amazing Cloud Pass in Mount Tronador and go over the Alerce glacier.

    This fantastic program combines the best views of the Patagonian peaks, lakes and waterfalls with the unparalleled experience of walking on a glacier.

    As for the itinerary, we’ll meet up in the city of Bariloche and drive through a scenic road to Pampa Linda, a beautifull valley at the base of the Tronador Massif (a 2-hour ride). From here we’ll start hiking up to the Otto Meiling hut for about 5 hours with 914 meters of elevation gain. I think it’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the area with enormous Coihues or Evergreen Beach forest at the start. Then we’ll have fantastic views of the hanging Castaño Overa glacier and we’ll be able to listen to the thundering sound of the huge chunks falling off. Once at the hut, we’ll enjoy a good ‘mate’ while some condors fly above us. Before going to bed we must prepare everything for the following ascent day.

    On day 2, we will start early before dawn. Gearing up with crampons and ice axe, we’ll head up the glacier to our summit point: “Filo de la Motte”. One of the most beautiful experiences of this trip is enjoying the sunrise up on a glacier with the world around us! After 2 more hours we’ll be at the summit where we’ll admire the incredible scenery and drink some mates. On the way down we’ll head further north crossing the Alerce Glacier. Then a ridge with fantastic views and finally a meandering trail down to the Rocca Hut perched right on the Clouds Pass. What a day!

    On our last day we can sleep and rest till mid-morning after a good celebration night. The trail head down the zigzags to the bottom of the Frias valley entering then the incredible Valdivian Forest with huge species of ancient “Alerces” trees of more than 3000 years old. After a good rest and lunch we’ll continue to the Frias Lake, reach the pier and head for a quick swim in its pretty cold emerald waters. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the views from the boat that will take us back to Bariloche. We’ll be arriving at Puerto Pañuelo by 8 PM, a perfect moment for a good dinner and celebration!

    So I look forward to sharing this spectacular adventure with you. Contact me now by clicking on the green button. Make your reservation now!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    900 USD

    Group of 2
    475 USD

    Group of 3
    450 USD

    Group of 4
    400 USD

    Group of 5
    400 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     Price does not include accommodation and transfers.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    About the Guide


    UIAGM-IFMGA guide in Argentina

    I grew up in Buenos Aires to Scottish parents. I was lucky to travel and camp all around this beautiful country hence developing a great passion for the outdoors.

    So once I finished my degree in Physical Educacion and also had a Trekking Guide certification (1997), and after spending my summers as a climbing bum up at Frey, I decided Bariloche was the place I wanted to live in.

    My passion has allowed me to pursue my dreams of climbing some big walls in Yosemite, the Bugaboos, some faces in the Alps and Dolomites and other closer to here in Brasil, Peru and Bolivia.

    I spent a few season working down in Southern Patagonia, El Chalten at the Base of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Here I learned my skills in dealing with all the minor details of managing groups.

    Later when Argentina proudly became part of the IFMGA/UAIGM, I took part in the first course/promotion and got certified as a Technical guide (2005).

    I’ve been leading trips with NOLS and Outward Bound for the last decade almost and got to learn the soft skills for personal development which has made my expertise as a Guide a lot richer.

    Now settled for sometime in Bariloche with a family (two beautiful daughters Sarah and Camila), I’ve decided to work more and more for myself and directly with potential clients and future friends.

    Focusing mainly in tailor made programs specially developed for each individual interest. Backcountry skiing, Mountaineering, Rock cimbing, etc!!!

    Looking forward to sharing some great times together!!!



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    What People are Saying about Craig Ross


    Amazing experience with Craig, he brought me and a friend of mine at la ventana to do beginner routes, teaching us how to climb while enjoying breathtaking view. Greatly recommend.
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    Cyril Migeon
    Craig was a phenomenal guide for the half-day we spent climbing. It had been a few months since I had last climbed and Craig was very attentive and paid a lot of attention to take me to a spot I would feel comfortable with. We had a great time climbing a lot of single pitch routes and just going over basics to make sure I knew what I was doing. I would highly recommend going with Craig if you have any interest in climbing in the area.
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    Chad Peterson
    I did a multi-pitch climb in Cerro Lopez with Craig, an amazing experience! We enjoyed some of Bariloche\'s finest rock, with a superb view of Nahuel Huapi lake and surroundings. Craig is a true expert, and a great guy to spend time with. I can\'t recommend him, and this trip enough!
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    Our group had the pleasure of trekking with Craig over a 4 day hike to Mt. Tronador. First of all, Craig is an absolute professional whose focus is on safety first and then on adventure. His Scottish accent and quick wit were a perfect fit for our group of 5 Dads and 5 teen sons. I would highly recommend Craig for any adventure in Patagonia!
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    Patrick Telan

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