From 4 to 6 hours per day
This three-day trip can be made from Pampa Linda to Frias Lake and Puerto Blest or in the opposite way. In its route we will spend two nights in two deferentâ€™s mountain huts â€śOtto Meilingâ€ť and â€śAgostino Roccaâ€ť, and we will connect them hiking by the beautiful "Alerce Glacier". In this adventure we are going to enjoy Mt. Tronador with its imposing glacial landscape, the â€śValdivian jungleâ€ť and the blue peaceful waters of â€śNahuel Huapi Lake".
Departure from Bariloche to Pampa Linda (2.5 hours trip). We ascents to the Meiling Hut by the normal trail through a beautiful â€śnotofagusâ€ť trees and Coihues forest. The trail goes up fast when the switch-backs begins and then we reach a nice ridge with stunning views of Tronador mountain, his glaciers and waterfalls. The Otto Meiling hut from this point is two hours away. Distance and estimated time: 12 km / 4-6 hours.
After spending the night in the â€śOtto Meiling Refugeâ€ť, we will wear all the â€śglacier gearâ€ť and descend the path for about 50 meters, after crossing a rocky area we will enter inside the â€śAlerce Glacierâ€ť. We will rope up in this point to cross the glacier full of crevasses and connect with the â€śPaso de las nubesâ€ť where is the â€śAgostino Rocca Hutâ€ť, our objective for that day. Once we get the hut we only need to relax and enjoy the view of the green â€śFrias Valleyâ€ť and in the end, the â€śFrias Lakeâ€ť the last point of our three-day adventure. Distance and estimated time: 6 km / 4-5 hours.
After spending the night in the â€śAgostino Rocca Refugeâ€ť, we will descend the path for about 300 meters, after crossing a rocky area we will enter inside the forest again and begin to walk the trail that goes along the east bank of the â€śFrias Riverâ€ť, we continue walking for about 3 hours until we cross the â€śFrias riverâ€ť, and then we continue for a mile and a half until we reach the southern cost of â€śFrias Lakeâ€ť. In this point we are next to one of the many borders between Argentina and Chile. Here we need to take a boat to cross â€śFrias Lakeâ€ť, and then a bus to conect with west cost of the â€śNahuel Huapi Lakeâ€ť in â€śBlest Portâ€ť, where a bigger boat will take us to â€śPaĂ±uelo Portâ€ť in â€śBariloche Cityâ€ť. Distance and estimated time: 10 km / 5-7 hours.
â€˘ Transfer to Pampa Linda â€˘ Overnight, dinner and breakfast in Refugios Otto Meiling and Agostino Rocca. â€˘ Lunchâ€™s and snacks. â€˘ Montain Guide AAGM / UIMLA. â€˘ Glacier gear (cramponâ€™s, helmets, ropes, harnesses) â€˘ Insurance â€˘ Boat transfer from Blest Port to Bariloche.
â€˘ Personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, trekking boots, etc.) â€˘ Drinks in the Huts. â€˘ Entrance to the National Park.