This HIKING ADVENTURE will take you to the heart of the Northern Patagonian Andes. A combination of traverses through mountains, valleys and backcountry trails that combine classic hiking trails with some of the most amazing panoramic views in Patagonia.
The adventure starts at Bariloche with 3 days traverse in-between Catedral Massif and Frey and San Martin (Jacob) Mountain Huts. Then continues with an easy hike among the most incredible panoramic views of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Then you will move to San Martin de los Andes to climb the Lanín Volcano at Lanín National Park.
Time of the year: from DECEMBER to MARCH
Adventure Level: from moderately strenuous to difficult, hiking through trails, rocks, snow and ice; using technical equipment and exposed to possible hard weather conditions.
  • Experience needed: NO

  • Day 1: Hiking time: 3-4hrs. Distance: 10km/6,2ml.
    Altitude gain: 700m/2300ft. Terrain: trails.

  • Day 2: Hiking time: 7hrs. Distance: 17km/10,5ml.
    Altitude gain: +700m, -800m /+2.300ft, -2.600ft. Terrain: trails, rocks, snow.

  • Day 3: Hiking time: 6hrs. Distance: 18km/11ml.
    Altitude gain: – 600m /-1.950ft Terrain: trails, rocks, snow.

  • Day 4: Hiking time: 3,30hrs. Distance: …km/…ml.
    Altitude gain: …m /….ft Terrain: trails.

  • Day 6: Hiking time: 6hrs. Distance: 10km/6,2ml.
    Altitude gain: 1300m /4260ft Terrain: trails, rocks, snow.

  • Day 7: Hiking time: 10-13hrs. Distance: 35km/22ml.
    Altitude gain: +1400m, -2700/+4600ft, -88500ft Terrain: trails, rocks, snow, ice.


DAY 1 Starting after lunch. Transfer from your hotel or Bariloche Airport to the base of Mount Catedral to start the hiking to the Refugio Frey (1650 msnm). The trail goes along native forest ascending up to the glacier cirque valley where the Frey Mountain Hut is located. 

DAY 2 After breakfast you will start to climb from Frey to the Rucaco pass on Catedral Ridge (2050 msnm), where the view of the valleys, mountains and volcanoes that forms the Andes is superb! The trekking continues downhill to Rucaco valley where you will stop for lunch. Then the ascent continues to gain the Brecha Negra pass with a new breath-taking panoramic view and another descent to reach San Martin Mountain Hut (1520 msnm) and Jacob lagoon.

DAY 3 After breakfast you will hike around the area to visit “Laguna de los Tempanos”, back to the Refugio to have lunch and start the long trail down to the village. Overnight at Bariloche.

DAY 4 Excursion BARILOCHE HIKINGThis excursion goes along the most classic circuit of San Carlos de Bariloche combined with a 3,30 hours hike at Llao-Llao Nature Park. During the tour, the guide will explain the story of Bariloche and it’s surrounding natural environment. We also do the classic stops at Punto Panorámico and San Eduardo’s Church to enjoy views of Llao-Llao Hotel and Mount Tronador. The hike ascend to the Mount Llao-Llao and goes through the impressive Patagonian forest with fantastic views of Lake Escondido, Lake Moreno, Blest and Tristeza branches of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Mounts Lopez and Capilla.

DAY 5 Today you will be transfer to San Martin de los Andes taking the famous “Road of the 7 lakes” Arriving at the hotel on the afternoon in order to meet the mountain guide and check the gear for the next adventure, the climb of Lanín Volcano.

DAY 6 Early breakfast and 1 hour drive to the base of the volcano. After completing the registration procedures you will start the slow ascent up to the area of CAMP and Refugio (2400 msnm). Once at the Camp, you will adjust the equipment and practice ice walking and self-arrest techniques.

DAY 7WEATHER PERMITING – The climb starts at 3AM. You will leave the hut with head torches walking first over rocks and later hard snow and ice.  It is an ascent of 1400m in 5 to 7 hours to reach the Summit at 3776 msnm. Once there the landscape is superb!  The descent is as challenging as the ascent. Back at the CAMP you will have lunch and continue hiking down to return to the village. Last overnight at San Martin de los Andes.

DAY 8 Trasnfer to the Airport.


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"Hicimos tres días de kayak+camping en los lagos Gutiérrez y Mascardi. Fuimos con nuestros hijos (11 años). Ideal para q estén en contacto con la naturaleza y tengan actividad también.La travesía guiada por Rodrigo y Esteban fue un lujo. Excelentes anfitriones de expedición. Son muy atentos y están excelentemente predispuestos para ayudar a remar"

− Miasarita - Buenos Aires | Via TripAdvisor

"Excelentes guías locales para mostrar que Bariloche como debería ser visto. Hicimos el cicuito y caminata por la naturaleza hoy con aventuras Kawen. Federico, y su conductor, amigables guías locales increíbles, mostrando los lugares de Bariloche, tales como el Cerro campanario y Lago Moreno caminata por la naturaleza."

− mattox27 - Roma | Vía Trip Advisor

"Hicimos el paseo en kayak todo el día y un maravilloso día. Rodriguez es muy consciente y tiene seguridad de primera clase. Él y Estefan educados en la zona del lago, ya que viajamos. El almuerzo en medio día era comida de 5 estrellas!"

− JuddyF | Vía TripAdvisor