Kayak the highlights of Nahuel Huapi

Spend 5 days kayaking on the huge Nahuel Huapi lake and exploring the Mascardi Lake and Manso River. You'll be surrounded by impressive mountains and lush green forests and camp in fantastic locations each night. This is a medium - challenging trip, so some experience is required.

5 Days


Kayak the highlights of Nahuel Huapi - 5 - $1,375

Itinerary Map

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Kayak the highlights of Nahuel Huapi

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Passengers are collected from their hotels and driven in a private vehicle to the expedition's starting point at Bahia Lopez, a bay located 30 kilometers west of Bariloche, where we'll organize belongings into dry bags to pack into the kayak compartments. Before leaving, guides will give a talk on safety, review paddling / kayaking techniques, and briefly describe the outing / itinerary and low-impact measures to bear in mind during the expedition.

After a few minutes of easy paddling, we'll get to the sound of the lake known as Brazo Tristeza through a beautiful entry flanked by the Mounts Lopez and Capilla.Gradually, a variety of features come into view, such as waterfalls, sheer walls of rock dropping into the lake and Patagonian birds, with the backdrop of snowcapped Mount Tronador and its glaciers. There is plenty of time to stop, relax and enjoy the surroundings. We will have lunch on one of the secluded beaches, and then paddle on to the campsite. During the afternoon, we can go for short walks to explore the area, take photos or relax on the sandy beaches with splendid views of the mountains and lakes in the midst of pristine natural surroundings.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

After a homey breakfast and some free time, we'll pack up our gear and tents and paddle on to the far end of Brazo Tristeza sound, where we'll take an easy yet fascinating walk up the banks of River Frey to an impressive waterfall and granite toboggans.

The area is in the luxuriant Valdivian rainforest, which includes species such as one of the world's southernmost conifers - alerce (Fitroya cupressoides), pangue (Gunnera tinctoria) with its gigantic leaves, and bamboo-like cana colihue (Chusquea culeou), as well as a variety of climbing plants, growing in an extremely rainy area of the Andes very near the Chilean frontier. Back in the kayaks, we'll set out on the return trip along the opposite coast to continue sightseeing and discovering this wild part of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Kayaking ends at Bahia Lopez in the afternoon, and we'll drive to Mascardi lake.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

We will start kayaking along the northeastern sound of the Mascardi Lake . Among the highlights of its lush shoreline are its oak trees and other smaller species. After paddling for a couple of hours we will get to a windless bay, a perfect location for setting camp and spending our first night. From there, we will start a fine trekking towards the Llum lagoon. Here, the afternoon is at your leisure to relax on the lakeshore or explore the area.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

After a delicious homemade breakfast, we will dismantle the camp and continue kayaking towards the Tronador branch. Here, we will paddle around the heart-shaped Corazon Island as we notice that the water becomes deep greenish turquoise as a result of the sediments brought by the Manso river from the Mount Tronador glaciers. One of its beaches will be the ideal location to enjoy a picnic, surrounded by the marvellous views of the National Park. In the afternoon, we will continue paddling in the waters of this beautiful lake until we get to a superb bay with a breathtaking view of the Mount Tronador and its southeast slope. Here, we will set camp and spend the second night.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

The next day we will dismantle the camp and start our last journey on our sea kayaks. We will visit the mouth of the Manso River and explore the southwest lakeshore. Among the highlights of this journey are the Bonete and Cresta de Gallo mounts. We will keep on paddling slowly towards the south until we get to our final destination. Here, our vehicle awaits us to take us back to Bariloche. A well-deserved shower will be our reward for having embarked on this sea kayaking adventure in the Argentine Patagonia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,375 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.

Please note:

Price from USD $1375 per person, based on a group of 4 people. For a group of 2 the price is $2000 per person.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for details.


  • Guide
  • Accommodation as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Group Equipment


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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