Climbing the Frey Needles

Spend a week based at the isolated and idyllic Refugio Frey, next to the glacial lake of Laguna Toncek and surrounded by looming granite spires. Climb impressive multi-pitch routes and be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

7 Days


Climbing the Frey Needles - 7 - $2,100

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike up to Refugio Frey through picturesque forests littered with beautiful flora and fauna
  • Wake up to the sun rising over the granite mountains, reflected in the vast blue lake
  • Climb long multi-pitch mountain routes up vast granite spires
  • Take in the views from the summit of the surrounding mountainous landscape

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Climbing the Frey Needles

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 – 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'll drive to the foothills of Cerro Catedral, a world class ski resort. From here we'll traverse 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 few days. After getting there, we'll set up our tents and get the first glimpse of the areas iconic granite spires. Depending on how we feel, we might do some climbing in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Days 3 to 5 - Climbing Frey:

We'll spend the next three 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 ranging from bolted faces to long cracks, always surrounded by the amazing Patagonian landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Bariloche:

After our last session of climbing we'll hike down towards our car, in time to get to the hotel for a well deserved shower and a delicious celabration dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Flight Home: After breakfast we'll drive you to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price of the trip is $3200 USD per person for a group size of 1, and $2100 for a group size of 2.

Departure dates from October to March - available on request.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,100 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.


  • English speaking mountain guide (IFMGA/UIAGM)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Bariloche
  • All food when trekking/climbing
  • All meals included in the itinerary
  • All camping and cooking gear
  • Private ground transportation during the trip
  • Technical mountain equipment
  • Satellite phone service
  • 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program


  • Flights
  • Restaurant drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the trip

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