Hut to Hut trekking Bariloche, Patagonia

Dates: December – April; pick your date

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.

view over the lakes in Bariloche

  • 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 trekking Bariloche:

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 the beautiful and new 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


2-3 guests: 1700.- USD / guest
4 guests: 1500.- USD / guest

Included in the price: Organisation, local UIMLA-mountain leader guiding for 4 days, 3 nights in mountain huts with half board, pick nick lunches, transportation from Bariloche airport to Bariloche airport or town

Not included in the price: First and last night at Hotel in Bariloche, Drinks, personal insurances, equipment 

Personal requirements

You need to be in good physical shape for this trip. You should be able to walk around 6hrs each day with your backpack with a sleeping bag, some extra cloth and your lunch/drink.

Area map with the 4 mountain huts and Bariloche:

Map with the 4 mountain huts in Bariloche that we use for our trekking bariloche tour, Patagonia

1. Hiking start at Cerro Catedral

2. Refugio Frey

3. Refugio San Martin/Jacob

4. Refugio Italia / Laguna Negra

5. Refugio Lopez

6. Bariloche with the Bus terminal and the airport

Your perfect private house in Bariloche – Casa Verde Paraiso

If you’re looking for a house before and after the tour to relax in Bariloche and explore the area, here is a wonderful option. You can book it directly trough Airbnb or book with us.

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Hiking in Patagonia, Argentina

Dates: November – April 

Towering granite peaks, massive glaciers, deep blue lakes, rainforests and dry Gaucho – land. Discover all this while hiking in Patagonia, Argentina. Home of South America’s most spectacular national parks. Patagonia is a vast playground for hiking enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike. From the shark-fin profile of iconic Mount Fitz Roy to the unrivaled beauty of Bariloche’s Lake District area. Patagoniatiptop offers a great tour to experience the unforgettable Patagonian landscapes in an active way.

  • 12 days and 11 nights
    Accommodation in Hotels and typical Lodges in private double rooms with en-suite bath
    Private ground transportation and luggage transfer
    Daypack hiking
Highlights for hiking in Patagonia Argentina

Bariloche and Argentina’s lake basin
Arrayanes (Myrtle) forest of Villa la Angostura
A day in a typical Estancia (Cowfarm)
El Chalten with Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre
Perito Moreno Glacier

hiking in el chalten towards fitz roy and Kerri Torre
Tour Itinerary hiking in Patagonia Argentina 

Day 1. Arrive at Bariloche (2930ft)
We pick you up at the airport in Bariloche (Northern Patagonia) and drive you to the Hotel (30’) at the Nahuel Huapi Lake.
If there is enough time, we hike to the Cerrito Llao (3363ft), a well hidden viewpoint. 
Night in Bariloche (2 nights at the same Hotel)
4km, + 200m, -200m
Included meals: D

Day 2. Cerro Goye (5348ft) and Cerro Bellavista (5906ft)
After a 20’ Minutes shuttle, we start at the small town of Colonia Suiza (900m), where the first Swiss people saddled. We reach height walking through a Lengas forest and along a river. Maybe the Condors come to visit us while we enjoy the view over Bariloche and towards Chiles volcanos.
Night in Bariloche
10km, + 700m
Included meals: B

Day 3. Villa la Angostura, Bosque de Arrayanes
We drive around the north shore of Nahuel Huapi lake to Villa la Angostura (1h). A catamaran brings us to the Arrayanes National Park, the only Arrayanes (Myrtle) forest in the world. Enjoy a walk through the forest along the half island where Walt Disney got inspired to write Bambi. 
Night in Villa la Angostura
12km, +250m, – 250m
Included meals: B

Day 4. Villa Lago Meliquina
A short drive along the famous 7 Lakes route brings us to Villa Lago Meliquina (1h). This is a small quiet town right at the lake. We hike up to Cerro Ventana, a big volcanic rock arch and an incredible viewpoint.
Night in Meliquina
10km, +800m, -800m
Included meals: B

Day 5. Estepa, Estancia
We drive the windy road over Paso Cordoba (1h). A special hike in a typical Estancia in the Patagonian steppe desert, on the banks of Rio Limay river and the Enchanted valley (valle Encantado). Surrounded by volcanic rock formations that built incredible figures such as lions, castles and towers. This particular phenomenon gives its name to “Valle Encantado“. This is an off the beaten track kind of hike, exploring the towers and caves of this beautiful area. After the hike we enjoy typical aside dinner with meets and fresh vegetables from the grill.
Night at Hotel near Bariloche (30’drive)
8km, +400m,- 400m
Included meals: B, D

Hike to the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park

Day 6. Isla Corazon, Piuque Huapi Island
The private shuttle brings us between Lago Mascardi and Lago Gutierrez (30’) where we start our walk through very dense forests to the Isla Corazon (Heart Island) viewpoint. A heart shaped Island in the Mascardi Lake that can only be seen from our hike. A not very well explored but beautiful and tranquil area in the Patagonian woods. A small boat brings us to the Hotel that lies directly at the lake shore.
Night at Hotel Tronador on Mascardi lake
10km, + 500m, -500m
Included meals: B, D

Day 7. Pampa Linda, Refugio Meiling
We drive further into the Nahuel Huapi National park to the foot of the old volcano Tronador (30’). A hike up to the Refugio Meiling brings us very close to the glaciers that are fed by Cerro Tronador. The first part is in the forest with huge Lenga trees. After getting above tree line there are great views to Cerro Tronador, 5 different glaciers, amazing waterfalls and deep blue lakes. Drive back to Bariloche (2h).
Night at Hotel Tronador on Mascardi lake
22km, + 1000m, – 1000m
Included meals: B

Second part of the trip to the south:

Day 8. Flight to El Calafate, Arrival at El Chalten
A morning flight (2hr) brings us from Bariloche to El Calafate in southern Patagonia.
Drive to El Chalten and check in at the Hotel (2h). In the afternoon we enjoy the small town of El Chalten and the views from our Hotel overlooking Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. 
Night in El Chalten 
Included meals: B

Day 9. El Chalten, Loma del Pliegue Tumbado (1.535m)
A 20’ drive brings us to the base of a great mountain, a viewpoint more than 1000m above El Chalten.  Glacial valleys and Lago Viedma will be lying deep below us. On a good day we will be able to enjoy Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre while eating our Snack on top of the mountain. This hike is in the open Patagonian steppe land and the upper part is a bit rocky.
Night in El Chalten
12.5 miles, + 3600ft, – 3600ft
Picnic lunch
No organized dinner (Many options in El Chalten)
Included meals: B

Day 10. El Chalten, Laguna de los Tres
We hike to the basecamps of Fitz Roy and the deep blue Laguna de los Tres. You can’t get any closer to Fitz Roy with it’s glaciers than on this hike. After the hike we drive to El Calafate (3hrs).
Night in El Calafate 
20km, + 500m, – 500m
Included meals: B

Day 11. Los Glaciares National park with Perito Moreno Glaciar, El Calafate
After departing from El Calafate, you will make your way with the private shuttle to the park and the site of the Perito Moreno glacier (1,5h). Here you can appreciate majestic views of the imposing glacier and embark on a 45-minute boat cruise along a glacial lake on the south side of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Get up close to the impressive south wall, with sheer ice topping at up to 200 feet.
Next, you will walk along the footbridges in front of the glacier.
Drive back to town (1.5h) and enjoy an afternoon in the little town of El Calafate with an optional visit of the birds reserve.
Night in El Calafate
Included meals: B

Day 12. Transfer to El Calafate airport
Morning Transfer to El Calafate airport. Flight back home from El Calafate (FTE) airport.
Included meals: B

Price for hiking in Patagonia Argentina:
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Included in the price:
Organisation, Guiding, 11 accommodations in private double rooms with en-suite bath based on double occupancy, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, daily ground transportation and luggage transfer from airport pickup in Bariloche on Day 1 through shuttle to El Calafate airport on Day 12, National park fees, road fees, boat trips.

Not included in the price:
Meals: Snacks, drinks, lunches, 6 dinners (guide will assist in finding suitable places to eat and buy food items)


Flights are not included in your tour.
Clients are responsible for arranging and paying for their air transportation to/from South America. We recommend flying into Buenos Aires (EZE).
Also you are responsible for arranging the domestic flights from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Bariloche (BRC) on day 1 and to get back from El Calafate (FTE) on the last day of the trip.
On day 8 of the itinerary we travel from Bariloche, Argentina (BRC) to El Calafate, Argentina (FTE), clients are also responsible for arranging and paying for that flight.
We will attempt to coordinate so that everyone is on the same flight on day 8! Please contact us before booking your flight.
Domestic Airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas or LATAM airlines


Clients are responsible for Argentina Reciprocity Fee, other departure taxes as applicable, and personal travel insurance.

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