17 Day Climbing Adventure

Having the chance to experience the best of Patagonian rock, following the good weather, this trip is for anyone who wants to experience a real rock climbing adventure. Starting with the Frey needles and making your way south to El Chalten, you will finish on a literal high, summiting an iconic Patagonian peak.

17 Days

$5,100

17 Day Climbing Adventure - 17 - $5,100

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Enjoy climbing on the stunning needles of Frey, surrounded by incredible mountainous views and glacial lakes
  • Summit the impressive Tronador, crossing both glaciers and rocky terrain 
  • Experience the beauty of Piedra Parada, sport climbing in the desert with views of the vast canyon beyond
  • Finish your trip by reaching the summit of Aguja Guillaumet by a technical multi-pitch rock route

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on 17 Day Climbing Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 – Bariloche: Bariloche: We’ll meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel, where we’ll have an introduction to your trip and check our gear. Afterwards, we’ll go out for dinner. This cosy town by the lake offers both good restaurants and nightlife.

Meals: Dinner.


Day 2 - Frey Approach: From downtown we drive to the foothills of Cerro Catedral, a world class ski resort. From here we pass by the Gutierrez Lake to get to the Van Titter creek and walk the last switchbacks to Refugio Frey, at 1770m above sea level. A porter will help us with the supplies for the next days. After getting there, we set up our tents and get the first glimpse of the area granite spires. Depending on how we feel, we might do some climbing in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Days 3 and 4 - Climbing Frey: We spend the next two days in this rock paradise by the lake, choosing routes according to individual climbing skills and objectives. Here we’ll be able to climb single and multi-pitch routes from bolted faces to long cracks, always surrounded by the amazing Patagonian landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 5 – Frey to Bariloche: After our last session of climbing we hike down towards our car, in time to get to the hotel for a well deserved shower and a delicious dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 6 – Bariloche to Pampa Linda: We pick you up at your hotel and drive to Pampa Linda, check in with the park rangers and hike 4-5 hours to Meiling Hut at 1900m. In the evening we arrange our equipment, enjoy dinner at the hut and get ready for summit day.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 7 - Tronador Summit: Early in the morning we start hiking on the glacier to take advantage of the firm frozen snow. Our first challenge will be to traverse the Filo de La Vieja, a sharp ridge that divides two glaciers. After a technical descent from the Filo, we keep traversing though crevasses and seracs until reaching the big plateau before the summit. From here the terrain gets steeper and the wind increases at the pass, so we change techniques to short roping, pitching and/or rope fixing to face the last challenging section that leads us to the summit of the Argentinean Peak. After spending some time on the top, we traverse back to the hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 8 - Pampa Linda/El Bolson: We leave Meiling Hut after breakfast. We return through the moraines and forest to get back to Pampa Linda, where we have lunch before we drive to El Bolson, for dinner and lodging at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Days 9 and 10 - Piedra Parada: From El Bolson we drive to Piedra Parada, where our fingers need to be strong at this great crag in the Chubut desert. With a magic Patagonian landscape as our backdrop, we’ll get in shape, refine techniques and climb lots, before moving on to our next objective.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 11 - El Chalten: Early in the morning we drive south to El Chalten, where we will arrive in the evening. During the ride we will witness the immense Patagonian steppe and its wildlife. Once in El Chalten we will have dinner and enjoy the comfort of our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 12 - El Chalten: We take a deserved rest day in El Chalten, getting everything ready for our next goal.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 13 - Piedra Negra Camp: We use the morning to rest and organize final details. Just after brunch we drive to the Rio Eléctrico bridge where we’ll start hiking towards Piedra del Fraile, and then through the steeper trails in the area, to reach our bivy site. After a good dinner, it’s early to bed and our focus is on the next peak. 4 to 5 hours hiking. Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 14 - Aguja Guillaumet: Depending on personal preferences and conditions, we’ll choose between two classics: a mostly rock climbing route on the northwest face or a classic ice and snow couloir on the Amy Route. Both routes are fantastic, and it will be the perfect finale for this alpine trip. 10 to 12 hours hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 15 - El Chalten: We break camp and get back to El Chalten for our last night together, which we celebrate with a traditional “gaucho’s asado” (Cowboy’s BBQ).

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 16 - Extra Day: We’ll use this as a back-up day for weather and other considerations.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.


Day 17 - El Calafate/Bariloche: Drive to El Calafate airport for your flight home or back to Bariloche.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price of the trip is $8800 USD per person for a group size of 1, and $5100 for a group size of 2.

Maximum group size: 2 people

Departure dates: October to March -  available on request

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $5,100 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.

Includes

  • English speaking mountain guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation in Bariloche
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation in El Bolson
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation in El Chalten
  • All food when trekking and climbing 
  • Restaurant dinners (drinks not included) as seen on itinerary 
  • All camping and cooking gear 
  • Private ground transportation during the trip 
  • Group technical gear (ropes, climbing gear, snow shovel, maps, G.P.S, compass, etc) 
  • Satellite phone service 
  • 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program. 

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Access fees 
  • Porters 
  • Restaurant meals and those meals not listed in the itinerary 
  • Restaurant drinks 
  • Personal equipment 
  • Personal expenses 
  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the trip

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