Patagonia skitouring adventure Bariloche & El Chalten, Argentina

Dates: September / October
  • 13 skiing days
  • 1 travel day from Bariloche to El Calafate
  • +/- 1000m of ascend and descend every day
  • 10 Hotel nights, 5 nights in mountain huts

Skitouring Patagonia … Sample some of the best skiing in Northern Patagonias Nahuel Huapi National park and around Fitz Roy in the Glacier National Park all the way in the South.

We use Bariloche as a base for our tours in the North and El Chalten for the same in the South. Skiing from hut to hut in the North and to the top of Cerro Tronador, the highest peak in the park. Than discover the wild Patagonia while skiing with your IFMGA – mountain guide in El Chalten.

We stay in nice Hotels and enjoy the atmosphere of Patagonias mountain huts.

 skitouring Patagonia in el Chalten
Tour Itinerary:

Arrival day

Airport pick – up in Bariloche and dinner with your local IFMGA – mountain guide to talk about the tours.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

Day 1: Cerro Lopez

From Nahuel Huapi Lake and the small village of Colonia Suiza we walk and skin up to the top of  Cerro Lopez. Great views over the lake basin and towards Cerro Tronador.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
5 Days in mountain huts

Day 2: Refugio Frey

Today we reach Refugio Frey situated above tree line. It’s next to a Lagoon and surrounded by Granit needles. This place offers many great options for ski touring lovers.

  • Night and dinner at Refugio Frey

Day 3: Skiing around Refugio Frey

We ski this backcountry area today and enjoy the great atmosphere of the hut.

  • Night and dinner at Frey hut

Day 4: Refugio Frey to Refugio Jakob

Traverse to Refugio Jakob which lies a couple valleys to the west. On the way there we can skin up to Tres Reyes peak.

  • Night and dinner at the new Jakob Hut

Day 5: Skiing around Refugio Jakob

Ski tours in this area with many options to ski some nice peaks like Cuernos del Diablos or Cela.

  • Night and dinner at Jakob hut

Day 6: Refugio Jakob – Bariloche

We ski back to Bariloche but not before exploring some more areas like Laguna Negra or we tour back towards Cerro Catedral.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
Cerro Tronador

Day 7: Bariloche – Refugio Meiling

We head into the heart of Nahuel Huapi National park today with a 2 hrs drive to Pampa Linda. There we start hiking up to Refugio Meiling. A mountain hut on the foot of the glaciers that cover Cerro Tronador.

  • Night and dinner at Refugio Meiling

Day 8: Cerro Tronador / Pico Argentina 

An early start and a great Glacier tour with some mountaineering on the top. Cerro Tronador is the highest peak in the National park so you can expect an amazing run dow back to Pampa Linda.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

Day 9: Volcano Casablanca, Chile

You can not leave the lake basin without skiing a volcano just over the boarder in Chile. This peak lies on the other end of Nahuel Huapi lake and is well worth a visit on skis.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche
Second part of the trip to Southern Patagonia

Day 10: Travel to el Chalten 

Flight from Bariloche to El Calafate (2hrs) and transfer to El Chalten (2hrs). Meet with the local IFMGA – mountain guide to talk about the program of the next four days.

  • Night and dinner at Hotel in El Chalten

Day 11 – 14: Ski days in El Chalten

Enjoy the great mountains around El Chalten during your 4 – day stay here. Cerro Vsepignani, Paso Superior, Cerro Electrico are options to name a few.

  • Nights and dinners at Hotel in El Chalten

Tour Fees: (max. 4 guests)
  • 1 guest:   7276.00 CHF
  • 2 guests: 4353.00 CHF (double rooms at Hotels)
  • 3 guests: 3962.00 CHF (double rooms at Hotels)
  • 4 guests: 3109.00 CHF (double rooms at Hotels)

Included in the Fee:

Organization, 13 guiding days with IFMGA – mountain guides, all accommodations as mentioned above with full board based on double occupancy, all ground transportation in Bariloche an El Chalten, lunches


Not included in the fee:

Flights, Transport from El Calafate airport to El Chalten and back, beverages, personal insurances (we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover you for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability.

 How to get to Bariloche:

Fly to Buenos Aires international airport (EZE) and than take a 2hrs flight to Bariloche (BRC). Several flights daily from the national airport in Buenos Aires (AEP) and also a couple flights from the international airport (EZE).

Flight to Bariloche:
The Flight from Bariloche to El Calafate is not included in the fee. We will advise which flight to buy so that all skiers can travel together.

Changes of Itinerary:
Changes of itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.

Equipment list:
  • Complete skitouring equipment:
  • Skitouring skis, skins, skitouring boots, telescopic poles
  • Skioturing backpack, 40-45L
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ski crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Beacon, Transceiver, Probe
  • Goggles, Sun Glasses
  • Gore-Tex Jacket and pants
  • Down Jacket
  • Functional clothing layers
  • Gloves thick and thin
  • Hiking boots
  • Thermos bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Personal medicaments
  • Toiletteries
  • Valid Passport

Video:A short video from a skiing day at Cerro Lopez, we skied only in the forest that day because it snowed over half a meter the day before:

 Check it out here!

Wonderful private house in Bariloche

Are you looking for a quiet place to relax before or after the tour? We offer this beautiful house in the forest. You can book trough Airbnb or directly with us:

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