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Rock climbing in Frey, Bariloche (3 days)

Join IFMGA certified mountain guide Pablo for this amazing 3-days rock climbing in the absolutely beautiful Frey area of Bariloche, Argentina!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • Discover the amazing beauty of Bariloche and its stunning alpine mountains

  • Enjoy world recognised orange granite rock - some of the best in Argentina

  • Join a certified, local and greatly experienced guide for the best time


Welcome to Frey, Bariloche where the climbing is spectacular. Alpine mountains, gorgeous lakes and a charming town combine for an amazing Patagonian experience!

Situated roughly 20km from downtown Bariloche, the Frey refuge and climbing routes are elevated at 1700m above sea level and sit aside the prominent Frey spire.

This area is truly wondrous to behold with its pristine mountain terrain. The refuge itself overlooks the green coloured Toncek lagoon and there is Mount Catedral in the background to really put the icing on the cake.

I began my climbing in Frey when I was a child and I started learning to climb in my local school here. As a local it gives me great pleasure to offer you the chance to join me here, where I can show you the local secrets!

Renowned the world over, Frey’s climbing is done on orange granite of excellent quality and is shaped into fissures and other useful climbing formations.

With a variety of routes and level of difficulty you won’t be short of options and we can find what suits you best.

After meeting in Bariloche, our journey to the refuge will be about 3 hours.  A really lovely construction, the refuge is comprised of granite sculpture work, wood panels and a tiled roof.

Accomodating up to 40 individuals and with all the necessary provisions, the Frey refuge offers a comfortable retreat during your climbing trip.

This trip and its programme are flexible so you can select the routes and locations to meet your preferences. Please read the itinerary for more information.

So how does rock climbing in Patagonia’s Bariloche region sound? Epic mountains, pristine lakes, interesting town and most importantly top quality climbing routes! Sign up now,  I can’t wait to show you my home!

If you don´t have 3 days available, you can also check out my 2-day climbing trip in Frey.



The refuge is a wonderful and comfortable accomodation option, providing food and drink too. It is also possible to camp, although only high season - summer, is recommended.

More info

You can hire personal climbing equipment from us if you need. You can organise a trip for a longer duration is you would prefer.




Day 1: Frey Refuge and Climbing

We will leave early from Bariloche towards the base of Mount Catedral.

From there we can take a road leading to the Frey refuge.

This route is about 10km and inlcines roughly 700 metres.

It will take around 3 hours to arrive and once there we can relax and have lunch.

Then we will prepare our equipment and head out to climb some routes near the refuge.

Day 2: Frey Climbing

Today we will get up early to make the most of the day.

After breakfast we will head out climbing. Depending on your preference we can go to the well known sites of ‘La Torre Principal’, Campanile Esloveno and Aguja La Vieja.

Or perhaps you want to combine different routes or find smaller climbs, there are so many options close by so we will be spoilt for choice

Day 3: Climb and return to Bariloche

Our last day we see us rise early again and after a good breakfast, head out in the morning to climb.

We will climb some of the most beautiful routes available and you can really take in this experience.

Later on we will return to the refuge, organise our things and take the journey back to Bariloche.


About the guide

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AAGM-certified high mountain guide with international IFMGA certification, paragliding pilot (with tandem license) and physical education teacher.
I have made numerous climbs, ascents and ski trips in Patagonia, Mendoza, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Spain and the French Alps.
I work as an instructor and director in numerous mountain guide courses for the AAGM. I have opened many sport and multi-pitch routes in the Bariloche area and I am also author of climbing guide "Bariloche Vertical", published five times since 2004. In sport climbing I reach the grade of 8b worked and 7c on sight.
As a paragliding pilot, I have made numerous +100 kms flights in the mountains of Patagonia and several "hike and fly" tours, where I combine climbing mountains and flying down.
I look forward to guiding you in the beautiful mountains of Patagonia.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 851 each

Group of 2

USD 464 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal Insurance

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