Over the last several years, trekking (long hikes in natural environments) has become the most popular activity for adventure travelers. Bariloche and its surroundings offer paths ranging from easy day trips to tough mountaineering journeys lasting several days. Before departing, it is important to learn about the chosen path and be aware of the weather forecast for the area. When traveling through difficult paths, it is advised to hire a professional mountain guide.

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Paths and Journeys

Journey Estimated walking time
From Lake Gutiérrez to Emilio Frey mountain hut 5 hours

The hike begins at the campground on Lake Gutiérrez, at the end of the gravel road that leads to Villa Los Coihues. From there, follow the horse trail for a rather long stretch. It is important to not take a wrong turn at any of the forks on the path. The trail leads away from the lake and joins the old wagon trail coming from Cerro Catedral. Keeping the lake to the left, continue along the path until reaching a sign that reads "Picada Eslovena" (Slovenian Trail), the point that used to be the end of the wagon trail. The trail then goes uphill until merging with the path that leads to Cerro Catedral, and then to the mountain hut.

From Emilio Frey mountain hut to San Martín mountain hut 6 hours

This trail, which is among the most popular in the area, connects two of the mountain huts of the Club Andino Bariloche. It crosses steep slopes and the peaks of Cerro Catedral, so it is advised to be cautious and prepare beforehand. Beginning at the Emilio Frey mountain hut, it follows the shore of Toncek Lagoon and then climbs up to Schmoll Lagoon and the "football court". There begins the Valley of the Rucaco. The road is well marked and it is difficult to get lost. Once in the valley, the trail goes through forests and marshes, always keeping the stream to the right. After leaving the valley, it climbs up the north edge of Cerro Brecha Negra until being within sight of San Martín mountain hut, on the shores of Lake Jakob. Following a steep rocky slope, it leads down to the center of the marsh at the north end of the lake, and then crosses a dry riverbed to reach the mountain hut.

From San Martín mountain hut to Italia mountain hut 6 hours

This is a difficult trail. It requires basic knowledge of climbing techniques, and safety ropes or ice gear may be needed. It is advised to hire a professional mountain guide. Leaving from San Martín mountain hut, it reaches Los Témpanos Lagoon, and from there it climbs the north slope up to the back edge of the Pico Refugio. It is very important to learn the path before beginning the ascent. This is the most difficult part, as it is exposed and requires some rock climbing. The path continues along the central part of the face, with short detours towards the edges. After passing between two small rock towers, it reaches the edge of the mountain, where there are great views of the surroundings. It continues along wide areas filled with loose rocks, around the peak of Cerro Inocentes. After reaching the other side, it descends towards Navidad Lagoon and climbs up Cerro Navidad. After 500 meters of walking along the edge of the mountain, it descends towards Piedra Vivac (Vivac Rock), follows the trail that leads to Laguna Negra, and finally arrives at Italia mountain hut.

From Italia mountain hut to Lake Mascardi 18 hours

This journey takes two days of walking through unmarked trails. Beginning at Italia mountain hut, it follows the shores of Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon), climbing from its northern end. From there, it descends towards the top of the valley of a minor creek, following it until it merges with Arroyo Lluvoco (Lluvoco Creek). After crossing the creek, there is a steep uphill climb through reed forests and woodlands, reaching the CAB Lagoon. The path follows the shore for about 100 meters, then climbs the Cerro CAB and then descends to marshlands that make a good camping place to spend the night. From there, the path leads up to the edge of the Cerro Bonete, and then downhill towards Cretton Lagoon. From the opposite side of the lagoon, up a gentle slope, it reaches the Azul Lagoon, then continues down towards the valley, following Azul Creek, crossing the Manso River over a suspension bridge, and after another 2 kilometers, it reaches Lake Mascardi.