Bariloche and 4 Refugios Trek

7 days | 6 nights
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Tour Description

Experienced hikers wanting to explore the natural beauty of Patagonia should look no further.

A short flight from Buenos Aires will take you to picture-perfect Bariloche, an exciting ski resort reminiscing of Swiss Alpine slopes, that turns into a hiker's dream during the long days of Patagonian summer.

After exploring the amazing shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi you will venture out on the 4 Refugios trek, the best opportunity to tread the pristine natural playground of Patagonia.

4 days crossing mountain ridges and ancient valleys, up and down rocky terrain, through native forests and along mesmerizing lagoons to get unique views of the giant glacier lakes below and the not-so-distant Andes.

This 4-day Bariloche trek is for seasoned hikers only, as it involves technical parts and requires some experience but, together with your visit of Bariloche, it will leave you with the most amazing memories of this land of natural beauty and extremes.



Trip at a glance


BARILOCHE: Circuito Chico, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Playa Bonita, Huemul Island, Llao Llao Peninsula, San Eduardo Chapel. 4 Refugios Trek: Schmoll Lagoon,Cathedral Hill, Refugio Frey, Toncek lagoon, Refugio Laguna Negra, Los Témpanos Lagoon, Pico Refugio, Cerro Navidad, Cerro Bailey Willis, Pico Turista, Cerro Lopez shelter

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Trip details


Day 1 Bariloche, Circuito Chico


Morning transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport and assistance with check-in (30min).

Direct flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche (2 hours 20 min).

Meet and greet with your local host, transfer to your hotel (25 min) and assistance with check-in.



Pick-up from your hotel to go on the "Circuito Chico", a guided tour of the magnificent area surrounding the town of Bariloche: driving along the banks of the Nahuel Huapi Lake heading west, enjoy your first impressions of Patagonia and postcard-perfect places such as Playa Bonita and Huemul Island.

Crossing the smaller lake Perito Moreno you will stop at the foot of Cerro Campanario, where you will have the opportunity to take a chairlift to the top of the hill for unrivaled views of the surrounding lakes, forests and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

The drive then takes you to the Llao Llao Peninsula, stuck between the northern end of Lake Perito Moreno and lake Nahuel Huapi. Visit the San Eduardo Chapel, an architectural treasure designed by Eduardo Bustillo who is also responsible for the imposing Llao Llao Hotel standing strong on the peninsula.


Free evening

Day 2 4 Refugios Trek - Day 1: Refugio Frey (Total hiking time: 4-5 Hours)

Morning pickup from your hotel to drive to Cerro Cathedral (30 min) where you will start your hike to the Frey shelter.

Leaving the base of the Cathedral, the trail starts with a gentle walk around Lake Gutiérrez with mirroring views of the surrounding peaks over the water.

The path then goes uphill following the Van Titter stream on the way to the Piedritas shelter. From there, as you keep climbing up towards the Refugio Frey, the lush vegetation becomes sparser and gives way to a more rocky environment.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to relax on the shores of Toncek lagoon and enjoy your sublime surroundings or hike to the nearby granite towers, a place that attracts many rock-climbers in the warmer season.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Box Lunch
  • Dinner at the Refugio

Day 3 4 Refugios Trek - Day 2: Refugio Jakob (Total hiking time: 7-8 Hours)

After a hearty breakfast, head off on the path around Toncek lagoon before hiking up towards the Schmoll lagoon on the edge of Cathedral Hill. Getting to the flat pass known as "La cancha de football (the football pitch) you will have a vantage point of view from where you can catch a good sight of two summits: Cerro Tres Reyes and Cerro Tronador, both overlooking the great lake Nahuel Huapi below.

Going down towards the Rucaco valley you will pass a large scree which will require to be crossed carefully. After lunch in the valley you will hike through dense forest that cuts all the way to another pass right above the treeline close to Mount Brecha Negra before descending towards the Jakob lagoon where the refuge is.

The most adventurous ones should try to go for a swim in the cold waters of the lagoon.

  • Breakfast at the Refugio
  • Box Lunch
  • Dinner at the Refugio

Day 4 4 Refugios Trek - Day 3: Refugio Laguna Negra (Total hiking time: 8-10 Hours)

Early morning breakfast to get ready for the most technical and demanding part of the trek. Set out on a hike to Los Témpanos Lagoon to the base of Pico Refugio, a rock-climbing part will take you to the pass of Pico Refugio from where you will traverse to the pass of Cerro Inocentes on an exposed ridge made of bare rocks and scree before climbing up Cerro Navidad to get 360 degree views of the whole area.

The trail then descends into the valley where you will hike to the Laguna Negra and find your well-deserved rest at the refuge.

  • Breakfast at the Refugio
  • Box Lunch
  • Dinner at the Refugio

Day 5 4 Refugios Trek - Day 4: Back to Bariloche (Total hiking time: 8-9 Hours)

Start your hiking day after breakfast along the shore of Laguna Negra, before climbing up the slopes of Cerro Bailey Willis on the rock ledges sticking out of the mountain.

The track then drops down to the valley below and goes on to the foot of the Pico Turista where another steep and technical climb awaits.

You will be rewarded with the best views of the whole trek before the final descent to the Cerro Lopez shelter where you will have a deserved break before hiking to the bottom of the mountain where your transport will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Bariloche.

Transfer back to your hotel (30 min).

  • Breakfast at the Refugio
  • Box Lunch

Day 6 Free day in Bariloche

Day at leisure to explore the city and its surroundings.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 7 Departure

At the indicated time, transfer to Bariloche international airport (25 min).

Check-in and assistance.

Direct flight to Buenos Aires (2 hours 20 min).

  • Breakfast at the hotel


What's included


3 nights in 3* Premium Hotels + 3 nights in shelters


Bed & Breakfast plan
6 Breakfasts + 4 Lunches + 3 Dinners
Full board plan
6 Breakfasts + 7 Lunches + 7 Dinners


First category private tourist vehicule for all transfers.


A private (or shared) local guide for all excursions mentioned: Private transfers with guide from airports to hotels in Bariloche |Shared local guides for excursions on days 2,3,4 & 5 (trekking 4 Refugios) | Private guide for visits on day 2 (Circuito Chico).

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees included for all sites mentioned

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights
    • Buenos Aires to Bariloche
    • Bariloche to Buenos Aires
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips


Important notes

We strongly recommend you to get a travel insurance policy that covers hiking up to 15,000 feet (4500m) above sea level.

Trekking packing list:

  • 50 liters backpack
  • 15/20 liters backpack
  • hiking shoes
  • hiking poles
  • full-length hiking pants
  • hiking shorts
  • waterproof pants (x1)
  • long and short sleeves synthetic tops
  • medium-weight fleece jacket
  • sun hat or cap
  • woolly hat
  • water and windproof parka jacket
  • waterproof gloves
  • hiking socks (1 pair/day)
  • sunblock SPF 50+
  • binoculars
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