Hike Hut to Hut in Bariloche

A route for the more experienced hiker, that traverses rocky slopes and ridges looking down on shining lakes and descends into forested valleys, threading its way between basic mountain huts as your guide leads you deep into this spectacular area.

4 Days


Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Cerro Catedral - Laguna Toncek
  • Laguna Toncek - Jacob Lagoon
  • Tempanos Lagoon - Refugio Italia
  • Negra Lagoon - Cerro Lopez

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Hike Hut to Hut in Bariloche

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Our hike starts at the base station of Cerro Catedral skiing resort. We follow a hiking trail which goes at the side of the mountain slowly going higher, smooth slopes that cross some creeks. Gutierrez lake and Cerro Ventana are at sight along the first part of the hiking trail.

Then the trail gets into the Van Titter creek valley. Lenga (nothofagus) forest and some shrubby species dominate this section of the trail. We will pass Refugio Piedritas (little rock refuge), an unusual bivouac built under a big rock. From there onwards we will observe on the traverse how the vegetation gets smaller and scarce as we get higher, the Lenga shrubs will allow us to see the first rocky formations of the valley.

After 4 hours hike we will see at the the foot of Aguja (spire) Frey, by Toncek lagoon the Refugio (mountain hut) Emilio Frey (at 1.700 m above sea level) surrounded by a circle of granite spire.

Meals: L, S & D

Accommodation: Mountain hut

Day 2:

Hiking along the Toncek lagoon and ascending at its end we get into rocky terrain until we reach the Catedral mountain ridge, passing along Schmoll lagoon and the so-called 'cancha de futbol' (football court). From the ridge the view is magnificent to Rucaco valley, Cerro tres Reyes, torre principal (main Catedral tower) and the majestic Mount Tronador at the background. We descent to Rucaco valley, then ascent again to Brecha Negra pass and descending to Refugio (mountain hut) San Martin, Jacob lagoon.

Meals: B, L, S & D

Accommodation: Mountain hut

Day 3:

After breakfast we continue hiking to Tompanos lagoon and Refugio peak. This part may be the most technically difficult section of the traverse, trekking through the Los Inocentes Andes ridge to Cerro Navidad, descending to the stream that comes from Negra lagoon. From there, the last part of the hike is an ascent to Refugio Italia "Manfredo Segre" mountain hut.

Meals: B, L, S & D

Accommodation: Mountain hut

Day 4:

We hike along Negra lagoon, with some rocky parts. We continue hiking, ascending through a wide valley to Negro mountain ridge. We have wide view to mountains such as Bailey Willis, Negro, CAB, Capitan, Tristeza lake branch and CAB lagoon. We hike around Bailey Willis mountain, descending to Goye valley, and then ascending to Turista peak at Lopez mountain, descending to the mountain hut to the end of our hiking traverse.

Meals: B, L & S

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $1350 per person is based on a group of 4 people. Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more, and supplements apply for smaller groups.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,350 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.


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