Day 1: Drive to Pampa Linda and Trek to the Refugio Otto Meiling. We leave Bariloche , and drive 70 km trough valleys and pass many beautiful lakes until we reach the foot of Mount Tronador known as “Pampa Linda”. This impressive mountain has three peaks – Pico Argentino, Pico Internacional and Pico Chileno – and is striking when first seen from Pampa Linda, which is where we leave our transport and begin our trekkingtour to the Cerro Tronador.
We cross a river using a rustic bridge; surrounded by extravagant “Coihues” trees. As we get higher and higher, zigzagging through the forest in order to make the walk easier, we can always enjoying the remarkable view that Mount Tronador offers. We leave the forest behind and finally at almost 2000 meters above sea level we arrive to the Otto Meiling mountain hut where we spend the night. Refugio Otto Meiling (1,900m) has bunk beds, heating, and dining and kitchen areas where. This is a comfortable mountain hut, and the views from the large windows are spectacular.
Duration of trek: 4 hours.
Day 2: Trek to Pico Argentino 3200m. After a good breakfast, we leave the hut early in the morning and start climbing towards the Filo de la Vieja, which involves crossing the glaciar Castaño Overo and part of glaciar Manso. We will find variable snow-covered glacier conditions, precipitous ridges, short steep climbs and descents and crossing crevasses in order to reach the ‘Depresión’, a flattish area between Pico Argentino and Pico Internacional, at the foot of the summit.
From the ‘Depresión’ we go up to the col between the Internacional (3.554m) and Argentino peaks. Depending on the ice conditions, fixed ropes will be used to cover the final 40m below the summit from where a short and safe ice climb takes us to the top. The changes and difficulties encountered in this ascent make it an enjoyable but physically demanding. We take the same route back and stay an other night at the Otto Meiling refugio.
Duration of Trek: 8-12 hours, dependint of the condition of the glaciers. 9km and 1350m climb.
Day 3: Back to Pampa Linda and transport to Bariloche. After the breakfast we will hike down, back to Pampa Linda where a transportation is waiting for us. We drive back and can again enjoy the nice landscapes during this beautiful drive to Bariloche.
Duration of Trek: 3h.
Note: This tour is also posible as a great skitour, from September until November.
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