Monte Tronador 3187m, Bariloche

Dates:
Summer Mountaineering: November – April
Ski Mountaineering: September – November

Monte Tronador, an old sleeping volcano with 3 different peaks, is the most appealing mountain for mountaineering in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It bears a total of eight glaciers, which is why the mountain has become a mecca for mountaineers. It is named for the thunderous sound the volcano made before it went extinct, but the name (Thundering Mountain) is still apt, for the rumbling icefalls as giant pieces of ice shed from the glacier, which are audible at a safe distance. We will attempt to climb  the Pico Argentina, which is the summit that lies completely in Argentina.

We offer this tour also as a Ski Mountaineering tour. The itinerary is the same.

 

Itinerary:

1. Day Bariloche – Refugio Meiling
Meet your UIAGM-mountain guide in Bariloche and check the equipment.

The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. We get there after a 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake. First trough a forest and later reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls. Night at Meiling hut (D)

  • Total ascent: 900m / Distance: 10km

2. Day Refugio Meiling – Pico Argentin0 3187m
We start very early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. The whole trek leads over glaciers. The last bit from the Blanco Pass to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required. The average time for this mountaineering day will be about 8-10 hours. Night at Meiling hut (B,L,D)

  • Total ascent:1200m / total descent: 1200m / Distance: 8,5 km

Day 3: Refugio Meiling – Bariloche
We walk/ski back down to Pampa Linda and drive back to Bariloche (B)

  • Total descent: 900m / Distance: 10km

 

We offer this tour with max. 2 people per Guide

 


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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix


Dates: January to May 2017

The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!

This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers, thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!


We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent including steeper skiing or a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix. If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!

  • Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
  • Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
  • Vertical Descent: 2727m
  • Length: 18Km
  • Season: Usually January to April
  • Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-6 hours

Price: 330.00€*
*The price for for a private guide is 310€ up to 4 skiers, 15€ per extra skier up to a maximum of 6.

Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you.

Bad weather option:
If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.

Lift Pass:
A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.

 


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Chamonix freeride skiing week


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Dates: January to April

Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.

During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold.  The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!

Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.

Tentative plan

Arrival day: 

Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check

Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière
We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area.
This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.

Day 2: Vallee Blanche
We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.

Day 3: Courmayeur
Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!

Day 4: Brévent – Flégere
We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible form Chamonix town today.

Day 5: Toule Glacier
The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.

Dates:
We offer this weeks from January trough April

Prices:

With 2 skiers:  875€ per Skier
With 3 skiers:  660€ per Skier
With 4 skiers:  600€ per Skier

Included in the price:
Organization, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide

Not included in the price:
Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation

  • We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.

Day Guiding:
Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.

Accommodation:
Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.


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Rock climbing Bariloche, Refugio Frey – Patagonia

Dates: October through April

“Granite spires in an uncomparable setting!”

Climbing experience:

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.

Prices:
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.

Hiking Bariloche

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.

 


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Bariloche Hut to Hut trekking

Dates: December – April

Impressive 4-day trekking traverse trough Bariloche’s nicest mountain ridges and mountain valleys, in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National park, in North Patagonia.
On the shore of lake Nahuel Huapi, the city of Bariloche is the entrance door to the Patagonian Lake District. While crossing forests and valleys, we will appreciate beautiful views of the different lakes and volcanoes in the area.

For this trip, we’ll stay at the mountain huts Frey, San Martin and Italia. Although there are no showers, there are a lot of beautiful Lagunas to take a swim each day. As for each day meals, we will carry our lunches in our backpacks but enjoy dinner and breakfast from the huts.

Highlights:

  • The fantastic atmosphere in the Argentinean refuges. People are very welcoming, friendly, relaxed and open minded. Sometimes they even play music.
  • The chance to admire some breathtaking views along the way. One of the most beautiful is the one of the Nahuel Huapi from Mount Lopez and Cerro Tronador, an old sleeping volcano.
  • Our last stop in Colonia Suiza. This beautiful village is preserved like it was 150 years ago in Switzerland.

Hiking Itinerary:

Arrival Day:
Meet your UIMLA hiking guide in  Bariloche and enjoy a dinner together.
Night at a hotel in Bariloche (D)

Day 1 – Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey (1700m)
Our trekking starts at the feet of the ski area Cerro Catedral, one of the most known ski areas in South America. We’ll follow the “picada del Frey” up to Refugio Frey (1700 m) next to the Toncek Laguna.
It’s surrounded by nice granite towers which are famous for rock climbing.
Night at Refugio Frey (B,L,D)

  • Total ascent: 750 m / Distance: 12km

Day 2 – Refugio Frey – Refugio San Martin (1650 m)
We walk up to la arrest del Cerro in-between the granite towers (los Catedrales) and down to Rucaco valley.After reaching Brecha Negra pass it’s only an hour down to Refugio and Laguna San Martin.
Night at Refugio San Martin (B/L/D)

  • Total ascent: 743 m / Total descent: 917 m /  Distance: 9.5 km

Day 3 – Refugio San Martin – Refugio Italia (1650 m)
A technical trail brings us up to Cerro Navidad. From here we descent the Goyes valley for a bit an take a short ascend up on the Laguna Negra trail to the Refugio Italia.
Night at Refugio Italia (B/L/D)

  • Total ascent: 850 m /  Total descent: 840 m / Distance: 10 km

Day 4 – Refugio Italia – Refugio Cerro Lopez – Bariloche
Last trekking day with great views over the Nahuel Huapi Lake. We leave the Laguna Negra behind us and climb up to Cerro Baileys on an easy trail.
On our way down to Bariloche we will stop at Refugio Lopez (1670 m) for a drink. After a refreshing beer in Colonia Suiza we take the bus back to the Hotel in Bariloche.
Night at Hotel in Bariloche (B,L,D)

  • Total ascent: 750m / Total descent: 1100m / Distance: 16km

 

We pick you up from the airport in Bariloche and bring you back on the last morning.  

You need to be in good physical shape for this trip, because it involves a lot of trekking each day and you need to be able to carry your backpack with a sleeping bag, some extra cloth and your lunches.

 


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Ski touring Mont Blanc summit

Dates: March until May

Skiing Mont Blanc – a challenging dream can come true…

Ski touring up to the summit of Mont Blanc can be done from end of march until may and is a great spring 2-day adventure!


Very good physical fitness, expert skiing skills and to be well acclimatized to altitude are needed to do this tour.
If you have a solid experience in ice climbing and ski touring, you’re ready to let the dream come true.

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Chamonix – Grand Mulet hut
Afternoon ride with the first part of the Aiguille du Midi – cablecar up to Plan de l’Aiguille.
Skitour up to the Grand Mulet hut.
Vertical gain: 800m, Night at Grand Mulet hut (3051m)

Day 2 : Grand Mulet Hut – Summit – Chamonix
Very early  ski touring start up the North ridge of Dome du Goûter continuing over to Bivouac Vallot to the great summit of Mont Blanc (4810m).
Descent: 2500m , Vertical gain: 1700m

Price:
1300.-€
(Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA-mountain guide)
(Not included: Overnight stay at mountain hut, Liftticket, Food & drinks, Guide expenses, personal insurance)

Max. 2 Persons per guide


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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates: March/April/May

Ski touring from Chamonix to Zermatt…from the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This six day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes.
We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis region of Switzerland.  The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.


A serious hut to hut adventure for all ski-touring lovers. Good experience of multi-day ski touring trips, and good off-piste skiing skills are needed.

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 200m
Vertical loss: 800m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentiere  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 450m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 850m

Day 6: Zermatt
Cabane des Vignettes – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2100m

Price:
1560.-€ (min. 4 persons, max 6)
We also offer this tour as a private tour. Please contact us for more informations.

Included in the price: Organisation, mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier Day 2,  half board in the huts
Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance.
*We also advise you to purchase personal ski insurance .

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
You have to be good and efficient in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
You have to be skilled using ice axe and crampons and be happy to climb over steep, snowy and rocky terrain.
You have to be an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without stopping or losing control over your skis. You have to be confident and safe skiing on slopes of 40 degrees.
You have to be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).


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