Dates: October through April
“Granite spires in an uncomparable setting!”
Rock climbing from 2 – 5 days with a certified UIAGM – mountain guide. There is something for every level of traditional and sport climbing. A wide spectrum of climbing from the clean cracks to challenging heady sport cracks to chimneys to off widths with each ending atop some precipitous spire with a view.
Imagine a wonderland of endless spires of quality granite bathed in alpine sun amid a backdrop of snow capped volcanoes, enormous alpine lakes, soaring condors, and friendly Argentines that know how to make pizza, beer and chocolate. Indeed such a land does exist nestled on the east side of the Andes a short steep hike up from Bariloche in the lake district of Argentina.
It’s regarded by many as the best rock climbing area in South America. Honey-coloured granite pinnacles surround a beautiful basin with a laguna. The rock is weathered, solid and breathtakingly beautiful.
To climbers, Patagonia means rumbling glaciers, ceaseless wind, and world-class alpinism. Frey, a pair of connected alpine cirques in northern Argentine Patagonia, borrows from both of these perceptions. It’s the Patagonia of steep splitters and looming spires. If you’d rather climb than scowl over bleak forecasts, Frey’s one- to 10-pitch granite routes, following steep splitters and huecoed faces, might just be Patagonian paradise.
2 days of guided rock climbing:
1 person: 600 USD
2 persons: 300 USD each
Every following day: 300 USD
(max. 2 climbers/guide)
Price does not include transportation, huts, meals, insurances
Frey Hut, 1700m: A two-story stone Refugio above tree line, a mere frisbee toss from frigid Lake Toncek that servers delicious food and Argentine wine and their own beer. You can camp out or sleep in the dorms.
Getting there: A flight to Buenos Aires and a 21 hrs deluxe tour bus ride, or a 2hrs direct flight from Buenos Aires to reach San Carlos de Bariloche. A 10km +700m hike from Villa Cathedral brings you in 3-4 hours up to Refugio Frey.