Monte Tronador 3187m, Mountaineering Argentina, 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
Prices:

1 guest: 1200.-USD
2 guests: 700.-USD/ guest

Included:

Organisation, 3 days IFMGA-mountain guide, transportation from Bariloche – to Bariloche, 2 nights at Meiling mountain hut, meals as mentioned above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Not included:
Personal equipment, drinks, personal insurances

  • We offer this tour for safety reasons with max. 2 people per Guide.
A bit of history of the mountain

Many of the first saddlers where struck by the snow-capped, volcanic Cerro Tronador that they could see as they arrived at Bariloche. Tronador means “thundering” because of the sound of ice cracking in its many glaciers. This peak, holy to the Mapuche Indians, separates Chile from Argentina. For a long time it was seen as invincible, especially as a German mountaineer called Federico Reichert tried and failed eight times to scale it. Only in 1934 Hermann Clausen finally climbed to the top, alone. He spent the night there after cutting ice steps up the sheer face of the needle. He left a piece of deer skin on a wire and his name and a line from a poem carved into press wood.  In 1937 one of the area’s most famous climber, Otto Meiling, scaled Cerro Tronador, aged eighty. The sacred Tornador did have an Indian name, Tralca Mahuida.


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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.

The Frey mountain hut in Bariloche lies on a beautiful lake in the mountains

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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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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates: March/April/May

Haute Route Skitour 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.

Daily itinerary

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)
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Add . 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.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should 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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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.

What to expect:

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 20 Minutes 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.

Prices:

2 skiers:  875€ per Skier
3 skiers:  660€ per Skier
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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Ski touring Refugio Frey, Bariloche


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Dates: September/October

Ski touring around Refugio Frey in Bariloche is a must on a ski trip down to Argentina!

The hut is legendary and the ambiance is great! Not to talk about the great skiing options between Granite towers and mountain lagoons. Come enjoy a couple great ski days with us.

Ski touring Itinerary

1st day: Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey
We pick you up at your hotel in Bariloche and drive to the Cerro Cathedral ski area. A few lifts bring us to the top of the mountain where our ski touring trip starts. We will reach the Frey hut after a first nice run down to Vantitter valley and a short ascend up to the hut. There will be plenty of couloirs with fresh snow to be discovered this afternoon.
Night and dinner at the cosy Frey hut

2nd day: Refugio Frey Ski touring
All day skiing around Refugio Frey today. We will discover mountain lagoons, ski between Granit towers and make sure you try a good Mate – Tee at the end of the day.
Enjoy a dinner and night at Frey hut

3rd day: Refugio Frey – Bariloche
There is lots to ski still today before heading back down to Bariloche.

Rates:

1 – 2 pax: 940.- USD
3 pax: 730.- USD
4 and more: 600.- USD

Included in the price:
Organisation, local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guide, Transport from/to your Hotel in Bariloche, Ski pass 1st day, 2 nights at mountain hut with full board

Not included in the price:
Hotel in Bariloche, personal insurance (accident, annulation, travel etc.), drinks

Refugio Frey

Located on the shores of Toncek lagoon, with turquoise cold waters, at the foot of Frey peak in Mount Catedral. Named after Engineer Emilio Frey, a member of the Border Committee presided by Perito Moreno since 1895. He was the park administrator of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and one of the founders of Club Andino Bariloche.

How to get to Bariloche
  • Take a 2hrs flight down south from Buenos Aires to Bariloche (BRC)
  • Coming from Chile: There are buses from Puerto Montt or Osorno

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