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Starting in Colonia Suiza, a very small town near Bariloche, the trail goes through forests and follows a creek.
After 2 or 3 hours of hiking, we arrive to the tree line at the foot of Cerro Negro and Laguna Negra.
The lake water is clear, but due to the dark stones in the lakebed it looks black.
An early departure this morning and we’re on our way to the Bailey Willis ridge and our first glimpse of glacier-covered Mount Tronador.
Continuing westward, our journey takes us to Cab Lagoon and the beautiful Mate Dulce meadows where we will camp for the night.
Our total distance today is approximately 19 km or 7 hours.
A hearty breakfast and cup of coffee will fuel us to the Cristales ridgeline, at an elevation of 2000 meters.
From there, we’ll continue on to Creton Lagoon where we will set up camp and enjoy the sunset.
Today’s hike of about 5 hours is relatively short, but our efforts are rewarded with stunning views of the Andes and the valleys below.
Our destination today is Illon Lagoon. On this route, we’ll traverse a mountain ridgeline before dropping down to scenic meadows, perfect for lunch and maybe even a siesta.
Then it’s on to our tranquil, forested campsite with incredible views of Mount Tronador, the highest peak in Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Later this afternoon, a short hike to Mirada del Doctor offers one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the National Park, overlooking Frey Lagoon.
Today’s hike is about 6 hours in total.
It’s all downhill from here! Our final day is one of the best, with amazing views of Mount Tronador’s hanging glaciers.
Lunch at Park headquarters in Pampa Linda at the base of the mountain will take your breath away.
Afterwards, we make our way back to Bariloche and look forward to a final evening meal together.
Meet at one of Bariloche’s best parrilla’s for a traditional Argentine ‘asado’ dinner and a glass (or two!) of classic Malbec. Let the reminiscing begin!
This items are not included in the price:
- Personal camping equipment (for example sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack)
- Cancelation and rescue cost in case we need it
Upon booking, you will be provided a complete equipment list for this trip. I will be happy to provide further guidance to ensure you have the right equipment for a comfortable trip.
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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