North Patagonia alpine trip: Tronador and Frey

Discover North Patagonia by the hand of Jorge, a local IFMGA mountain guide. During 7 days you will ascent Mount Tronador and enjoy some rock climbing in the Frey Valley.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Welcome to an unforgettable Northern Patagonia alpine adventure.

    The idea is to ascend the Mount Tronador and do some rock climbing in the Frey valley. This expedition in North Patagonia will last 7 days in total and will be really enriching for people who love outdoor activities.

    This great program does not only involve a peak ascent and a rock climb on perfect granite. It also offers some trekking adventures and a glacier travel. An experience that combines the best of Bariloche and North Patagonia.

    We will climb Mount Tronador facing a bit of ice climbing and glacier travel. Then, we will spend few days of multi-pitch climbing in the Frey hut surroundings. Finally, we will add a nice trek traverse to finish such a great trip in a different mountain hut.

    The day-by-day program is displayed at the end of this description. Of course, it can suffer some modifications depending on weather and terrain conditions. If that happens I will modify the itinerary some days before the date, offering you many other similar options.

    Contact me if you want to discuss some items of the program or simply to ask me your doubts before the booking. It will be my pleasure to be your guide through North Patagonia!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 3
    2200 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip
    • Drinks
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Bariloche - Pampa Linda - Vivac Hut

      I will pick you up at your hostel to leave Bariloche to Pampa Linda. Ride horses to the frontier of Chile (4-hour horse riding). Then, a 3-hour hike to the vivac hut on the South side of Mount Tronador.

       

    • Day 2Mount Tronador summit

      We will wake up early to prepare the equipment and head out to Pico Argentino hut (6 hours). This route will take us through a glacier terrain. The final section before the summit is a bit technical, involving a 50º ice slope and some scrambling. Finally, we will be at the top of the Argentine Peak, one of the summits of Mount Tronador. Return down to the Otto Meiling Hut, where we’ll spend the night.

       

    • Day 3Pampa Linda - Bariloche

      Descent to Pampa Linda and return to Bariloche. Night in the hostel.

       

    • Day 4Rock climbing in Frey Hut

      We will head to the Frey Hut for some rock climbing days. This place is a fantastic spot for rock climbers, surrounded by granite spires and lakes. There are pitches for all levels (tradicional and bolted routes). We will climb in the afternoon and spend the night in tents or in the hut.

       

    • Day 5Rock climbing techniques

      Full day of rock climbing. I will give you some tips to improve climbing techniques and safety skills. Night in tents or in the hut.

       

    • Day 6More rock climbing spires

      Another full day of rock climbing in different valleys and spires, same base camp. Night in tents or in the hut.

       

    • Day 7Jakob Hut

      We’ll leave the gear in the hut and hike over the mountain passes and ridges towards the Jakob Hut. It is a nice alpine landscape of rocky walls and green meadows. Night in the Jakob hut.

       

    • Day 8Jakob Hut - Bariloche

      Descent back to Bariloche (16-km hike down). Night in town.

    • Day 9Pico hut - Laguna Navidad - Bariloche city

      A long day awaits today! This is a semi-technical day trek. Early wake up and hike for 300 meters to the top of the Pico hut. Then, we will walk on scree slopes along the Laguna Navidad. We’ll get to the top of that lake and go down through a long chute to the bottom of Goye’s valley. From there, we will descend to town. If we are too tired we can spend the night in the Laguna Negra hut.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Fitness level required

    Open to everyone

    Meeting point

    Bariloche

    More info

    The price does not include:

    - Meals in town

    - Air tickets

    - Extra nights in hotels

    - Personal gear (sleeping bag and pad, clothing, etc)

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV Mountain Guide

    My name is Jorge, and I am one of the first IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Mountain Guides in Argentina. I got my full UIAGM-IFMGA certification in 2005. I was one of the pioneer mountain guides in Argentina and Chile to introduce Ski Mountaineering and Backcountry Skiing back in 1999.

    In 2009, I became one of the first Argentines to work as a Ski Guide on the Antarctic Peninsula and ski peaks in that area. I helped, co-worked and guided ski athletes from Salomon, Arcteryx, Smith and the North face, such as Xavier de Le Rue, Luca de Bari, Eric Hjorleifson and other pro-athletes of the ski industry in the production of ski films in Argentina and Chile.

    I have been guiding across Patagonia for more than 15 years now. In the past few years I have also guided in Antarctica, Norway and Iceland.

    Patagonia is my home. This is where I started to develop most of my guiding skills and experiences at an early age. Today, I spend half of the year guiding overseas, and the other half guiding in Argentina and Chile.

    Regarding my personal resume as a guide and sportsman, some of the highlights include classic Granite climbs in Yosemite National Park like the Half Dome Regular NW face in a day and Sentinel Rock (Herbert- Chouinard route); several ski mountaineering expeditions to Alaska including the inner Chugach range; the Wrangell's-Saint Elias range, spending two weeks in a tent in the Icefield, skiing couloirs and faces as much as we could. Other great mountaineering expeditions I went on include:
    - A remote expedition to Mariano Moreno in the Patagonian Icefield
    - Several rock climbs in Europe, like the Dolomites, Slovakia, French and Swiss Alps, and Spain
    - Guiding the Mont Blanc ascent on skis
    - Technical classic ice/rock Rebuffat- Terray on Pelerins in Chamonix
    - Frendo Spur in Chamonix
    - Fitz Roy and other satellites spires in Patagonia

    I happily spend a lot of my time on skis, and guiding mostly technical backcountry and volcanoes in Patagonia.

    I’m fluent in Spanish and English.

     
     
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    What People are Saying about Jorge Kozulj

     

    The trip was really successful. I got an excellent guide Pablo, I am sorry that didn\'t know his surname. Pablo is very professional and responsible guide. He knows an area perfectly, very attentive and caring in relation to client. Thanks to him I did evan more than really could. I learnt with him a new ski techniques and my ski level really rose. Patagonian mountains is a place of strongest beauty and I think that to spend there even a few days is a rare success. I surely recommend Andescross company and guide Pablo for turing skiing in Patagonia.
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    Alexander Guz
    This was my first experience of a backcountry and Patagonian skiing and it could not have been a more rewarding experience. Unbelievable scenery, fantastic skiing and great fun. Jorge is the consummate host, able to combine a group of mixed ability fitness and experience without ever compromising on the level of challenge: guide, teacher, asador, guitar master and now friend, I cannot recommend Andescross highly enough
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    James M.
    Jorge was a phenomenal mountain guide. He put us in some great snow and kept everyone safe. He is personally a great guy and went out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time. I\'m always happy to serve as a reference for anyone considering a trip with Andescross. Spent two days in Baguales. Snow as incredible and the food was tier I. A truly unique, top tier experience. Hundreds of acres of private ski land in the Andes provided a unique, isolated touring experience. Spent four days at Frey Hut. Jorge knew all the tips and tricks to make the stay very enjoyable. We toured up to a few peaks every day. Made lots of friends from all walks of life. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, and hopefully take more time to do a few volcanoes later in the season. Next on the list - Antarctica or Norway with Andescross!
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    Charles B
    I can\'t say enough good things about AndesCross and my recent 7 day backcountry hut tour. Trip of a life time in all aspects. We skied incredible terrain, experienced the local culture and had an amazing time as a group. Everyone had the opportunity to achieve bigger ski objectives while staying safe. Jorge made sure everyone in our group had a great experience, both while skiing and while in Bariloche. None of the pictures do justice. Everything was perfect. I\'ve done a number of similar trips in the US and Canada and would rank this at the very top of my list.
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    Rob
     

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