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Nahuel Huapi Traverse

About This Project


Medium/ high

Walking time

From 4 to 7 hours per day


4 Days


This 4-day trekking, which connects 4 of the most emblematic refuges of “Club Andino Bariloche”, has become a classic of “trekking lovers” who come every year with the intention of complete this traverse. The imposing views, the beautiful lagoons, the endless green valleys, are all condiments that make this trekking an unforgettable experience. At the same time, the possibility of overnight nights during this trip in a different “mountain Hut” every night, gives to this experience an additional value, since the protagonist can live the hospitality and the warm atmosphere that is generated in these historical mountaineering places.

Day 1

Departing at half a morning from “Catedral, Ski Resort”, we will take a well sign traill who crosses a "burned forest" (the product of a fire that happened a few years ago). After a two-hour hike the trail goes into a valley called Van Titter and the trail runs through a tall forest of “lengas trees”. Then we cross the “Van Titter River” and ascent about 50 meters by the trail to get the “bivi refuge Piedritas". From this point begins the most physical part of this day, since the trail ascends 300 meters of elevation gain, in which the forest decreases its height, until arriving at the “Frey Hut” (1700 m), in the timberland area. We have rest and enjoy an excellent home made dinner at the Hut. Estimated time: 4 hours.

Day 2

After having breakfast in the Refugio, the walk begins bordering Toncek Lagoon, then we ascends 250 mts to the small “Schmol Lagoon”. From this point we keep ascending to the ridge of the “Cathedral mountain” passing by "the soccer field" (a small flat area). Once on the ridge begins the descent towards the “Rucaco Valley” by a loose rock terrain. After crossing the Rucaco 300 meters ascent, leaving behind the vegetation and reaching the edge of “Brecha Negra Mountain”. From this point begins the steep descent towards the “Refugio San Martin” next to “Jakob Lagoon” We have rest and enjoy an excellent home made dinner at the Hut. Estimated time: 6/7 hours

Day 3

Early in the morning the trek begins by walking along the trail who goes to the “Témpanos Lagoon”. After ascending 150 mts. We change our course to go to “Pico Refugio”. There are 400 meters of loose rocky terrain that requires some climbing steps. This is the most technically part of the trip. Once we reached the “Pico Refugio”, the route passes through a cutting edge that connects the “Pico Refugio” with the “Innocents Mountain” until reaching the edge of “Christmas Mountain”. After cross around the summit of “Christmas mountain” begins the descent by a canyon which it descends in to the “Christmas Creek”. And finally we connect with the normal trail that goes to “Laguna Negra”. At this point we ascent 300 meters of elevation gain by the switchbacks until the “Italia Hut” and “Laguna Negra”. We have rest and enjoy an excellent home made dinner at the Hut. Estimated time: 6/7 hours.

Day 4

In the morning, the trek starts along the north cost of the lagoon and goes to the path that separates the “Black Mountain” from “Mount Bailey Willis” (1800 mts). From this point it is directed towards the summit of the “Bailey Willis” crossing by its edge and crossing its summit by the West face. Then we descend to the “Bailey Willis Valley” without losing too much height, and we start to climb the South West slope of “Cerro López” to reach the path of the “Tourist Peak” (2050 m). From this point it descends towards “López Hut”(1718 mts.) And from here we continues descending for two more hours by a very big trail until “López creek” where it’s the main route to Bariloche. Estimated time: 6/7 hours.


-Montain Guide AAGM / UIMLA. - Insurance. - Overnight, dinner and breakfast in the Huts. -Lunch’s and snacks. -Transfers from Bariloche and from the end of the trekking.

Not included

- Personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, trekking boots, etc.) - Drinks in shelters.

Multi-Day Treks, Trekking