Data Sheet

Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.

3 days

Difficulty: Intermediate Mountaineering

Training required

1 - 2 people per guide

October to April


The Mount Tronador is one of the emblematic peaks of Northern Patagonia, with 3554m it is the highest in the “Nahuel Huapi National Park”. It consists of 3 summits: the International Summit, the Chilean Summit and the Argentine Peak; and it is surrounded by a total of 7 glaciers.

The “Pico Argentino” (3310m) is a classic ascent of Northern Patagonia, since its difficulty is intermediate and allows the ascent for those who are new to classic mountaineering or glacier travel. It is also a good challenge to do the ascent with skis in spring!



We will depart from Bariloche to “Pampa Linda” (2.5h drive). From there, we will follow the trail that takes us to the “Meiling Hut”, located at 1900m, (13km distance and ann 3000 ft elevation gain; about 5 hours approx.)
If there is time and energy, in the afternoon we will do a short trek on the glacier to test the gear.


We will leave at dawn towards the summit, in the “Castaño Overa” glacier we will rope up and use the crampons. We will pass the "Filo de la Vieja" to later reach the “Depression”, where there are large crevasses to be overcome. From there, we will go to the col between the International Summit and the “Pico Argentino”; from the col to the summit is the most technical section, an icy and sometimes mixed snow ramp that up to 50 ° slope.
After enjoying the summit and taking photos, we will return back to the refuge.


Descent along the trail to Pampa Linda and return to Bariloche.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Mountain Guide UIAGM - IFMGA
• First aid Kit
• VHF or In-reach radio communication
• Group equipment for the Glacier: rope, screws, carabiners, etc.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Lodging at Meiling Hut
• Transportation from Bariloche (to be arranged)
• Meals
• Personal equipment (see detailed list below)
• Personal travel & rescue insurance ( mandatory)
• Services not specified

Packing List

Weather: The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s (15°C) in October to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s (0-5°C). The wind-chill factor can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel much colder. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality rain and wind gear.



• 40-50 liter backpack
• Headlamp
• Personal hygiene set
• Pocket knife
• Bottle of water (1 liter) and small thermo (500cc)
• Light trekking shoes or snickers
• Mountaineering cramponable Boots
• Gaiters
• Merino underwear (T-shirt and pants)
• Mid-layer sweater or fleece and / or wind-stopper
• Light trek pant or softshell pants
• Puff jacket with hood (down or synthetic)
• 2 pairs of gloves (thin and thick)
• Warm hat and buff
• Sun hat
• Thermal socks (2 pairs)
• Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex)
• Sunglasses and goggles
• Sunscreen and lip protection
• Telescopic poles (with snow basket)
• Personal equipment for Glacier: Harness, helmet, Ice Axe and crampons (*).

NOTE: We could rent you the marked items*.
Please let us know when you register if this is required (also include your boot size). 

Please make sure you have all requested equipment.
Let us know if you need advice for buying or renting.


Water is potable in Southern Patagonia. Please bring your own water filter or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink the water untreated.
Sleeping bags/pads are available for rent in El Chaltén. Book early for best availability

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El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
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