FREY HUT, LANIN & VILLARICA VOLCANOES

Duración

9D / 8N

Tipo de tour

Sky

Altitud del tour

3777 M

Tamaño de grupo

2 a 10 personas.

At 3777 meters, Volcan Lanin is one of the highest volcanoes in Patagonia’s “Ring of Fire”. This beautiful volcano is the namesake for Argentina’s Lanin National Park.  Lanin has that perfectly aesthetic volcanic cone shape. The south and east faces of Volcano Lanin are glaciated, but the classic route on the north face is over volcanic rock and snow. (Remember, we’re climbing in South America where the North Faces of the Andes Mountains get more sun!)

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Tour Program

Itinerary

Day 01
From the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort we will take the Alta Patagonia Lifts to get above tree line quickly. Skis on, and we skin up for less than an hour to the ridge and the border of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  We’ll have excellent views of the Patagonian Lakes District before we drop into the Van Titter Valley, choosing the best aspect according to conditions and snow quality. Once in the valley, we’ll skin up to Frey Hut, drop our gear, drink some water, and get a snack.  Then we can head out to enjoy the area with a mellow run in the forest, an easy tour to explore, or a nice 40 degree couloir. Night in Frey Hut with homemade pizza, fresh pasta, micro-brewed beer and/or fondue.
Day 02
Patagonia ski trip Frey mountain hut ski touring – South AmericaAfter breakfast we get our skis and skins ready, and make our way across the frozen Laguna Toncek looking for the aspect that holds the good snow.  It is easy to find hidden powder snow in the cirque.  Your ski guide will be able to show you the variety of terrain Frey has to offer for every AT skier to get in a nice long day of fresh tracks.   We’ll bring lunch with us so we can eat it while enjoying the views of the Patagonian Andes.  Back down to Frey Hut for another homemade dinner. If weather doesn’t cooperate, it is nice and cozy in the hut.  Enjoy a cup of tea by the fire while reading a book or chatting with other backcountry skiers who come here from all over the world.
Day 03
After breakfast, we can ski one more run if you’re up to it, and then start skiing and skinning our way back to Villa Catedral. Your mountain guide will drop you off at your lodging in Bariloche.
Day 04
Rest day
Day 05
From Bariloche we will travel by private transport to Junin de Los Andes, where we prepare the food for the following days.
Day 06
After breakfast we will drive to Paso Trome, where we will leave the car. with a good season of snow from this point we can go up with the skis. We start hiking through a forrest, We start walking through a forest, which quickly gives way to a wide, flat glacier that leads us to the shelters. There are three mountain huts between 2400 and 2600 meters on the North Face of Lanin.  Depending on conditions, your mountain guide will take you to the appropriate hut and prepare a nice, hot meal. Night in bivouac hut. Approx. 8 km with 1400 meters elevation change in 6 hours of climbing.
Day 07
Because of Volcan Lanin’s perfect cone shape, the climb to the summit is on a gradual slope that becomes steeper as we gain altitude.  The views from the summit of Volcan Lanin are amazing!  The blue waters of the Patagonian Lakes District below, and the Andes Mountains all around!  You can see some of the other volcanoes like Villarica, Osorno, Puntiagudo and others. The descent of the volcano on skis takes us from the summit down to 1200 meters, giving us a 2500 meter ski run!  Lanin is definitely the best volcano to ski in Patagonia’s Ring of Fire! Approx 7 km with 1200 meters elevation gain in 6-7 hours of climbing. Once in the car, we prepare to enter Chile to Pucon. Night in hotel.
Day 08
Volcan Villarica Climb up Villarica volcano (2840 mts). 1500 meters elevation gainAfternoon in the local hot springs. Relax, visiting the nice town of Pucon. Night in hotel.
Day 09
Return to Bariloche

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