Mascardi Lake to Pampa Linda - Trekking on Nahuel Huapi National Park - Patagonia

One of the 10 most beautiful treks in Argentina

  • Start Date : 2024-Dec-06
    End Date: 2024-Dec-08
  • Hora Inicio: 4 pm
    Hora Fin: 9 pm
  • Meeting Point:Bariloche, Argentina
    End point: Bariloche, Argentina
  • Duration:5 days + trip
    Availability: 4 spots
Trekking Viewpoints of Tronador - Stage 2 and 3 (Lakes and Rocca Refuge)


The art of living the great landscapes

The Nahuel Huapi National Park was the first to be created in our country when Dr. Perito Moreno decided to give a large number of hectares to the national state. It has an unparalleled beauty between lakes, hills, valleys, rivers, streams and ancient forests, which provide the visitor a state of surprise and permanent enthusiasm.

The main city is San Carlos de Bariloche, with its more than 160,000 inhabitants. Very close to it, begins one of the most extraordinary routes that can be done on foot, in Trekking mode, in our territory. Although there are numerous alternatives within the national park, the one we propose offers variety in difficulty and certain accessibility for any possible case of evacuation and also resupply.



Day 1: Meeting in San Carlos de Bariloche, downtown area, in the afternoon. We travel by private vehicle to the head of the Tronador arm of Lake Mascardi. Initial walk of 20 minutes to the camp, in Tres Alamos, next to the Rio Manso Superior, at the mouth with the Mascardi. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Refueling day and important ascent along a path that borders the Claro and Azul streams which leads to the Laguna Azul; the last part of it next to waterfalls and climbing stones, with great views. We camp next to the lagoon, framed by the great walls of the Bonete and Punta Negra hills. Time to enjoy the lagoon. Dinner and overnight.

Walking time: 7 hours.

Day 3: Long day. Ascent to the edge of the lagoon until you see Laguna Cretton. Then, you will reach Laguna Jujuy, ascend to the edge of Capitan Hill (a new great view of Tronador) and begin to descend to Laguna Ilon, first passing through a large Mallin (swamp with lagoons) called De Ricardo. Access to the lagoon and new camp. Dinner and overnight.

Walking time: 9 hours

Day 4: Very early: we continue towards Paso de las Nubes, passing through Mirada del Doctor (wonderful views of Lake Frey and the Tristeza branch of Lake Nahuel Huapi) and ascending to a new great viewpoint of Mount Tronador, next to Mar de stones. Continue along the path to Paso de las Nubes in a long section with ascents and descents, perhaps sections with patches of snow, and passing through the last great viewpoint of Tronador, in the passage of Cerro Constitución; Finally, you access the Agostino Rocca Refuge, in Paso de las Nubes. Rest and spend the night in the shelter, with beds.

Walking time: 11 hours

Day 5: Hike to Pampa Linda. We border the Alerce River, which we cross and also the Castaño Overo, with the fork in the path that goes up to the Otto Meilling del Tronador refuge. We finally arrived at Pampa Linda at approximately 3:00 p.m. Transfer to Bariloche. End of our services.

Walking time: 6 hours


For this Trek you can choose between two options:

  1. First stage of the circuit (3 days)
  2. Complete circuit (5 days)

Included Services
  • Your purchase from an official agency - Travel and Tourism Company registered with the Ministry of Tourism (Ascent 23 EVyT Leg: 16396)
  • Full guided tour
  • Mountain guides authorized by national parks
  • Assistant guide/s
  • Vehicle portage at the beginning of stage 2
  • Portage with porter and horse to start stage 3
  • Roundtrip transportation in any of the stages, from and to Bariloche
  • Tents
  • Shelter night in Agostino Rocca (with beds)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) in the mountains
  • Security elements: VHF communication, satellite phone if necessary, first aid kits.
  • Permanent assistance

Services NOT included
  • Equipment porterage for extra people, vehicles and/or horses
  • Personal equipment
  • Trip to Bariloche
  • Possible lodging and meals in the city

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Where do you sleep

You will spend the night in igloo-type tents, to share from 2 to 4 people. You wil need your sleeping bag and insulation mat.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have previous physical preparation, or be physically active.

Do I need to have previous experience?

No previous experience is required, we recommend having good physical condition, and knowing that the modality is a journey, where you walk during the day with a backpack, and spend the night in a wild camp.

Where do you spend the night?

The overnight is done in mountain camps in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. No restrooms or services

Do I have to bring a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring your own, please ask us.

Is there a bathroom?

No. There are no toilets or chemical toilets. Everything is in nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, taking the papers.

What is the weather or temperature?

Although the time of year is optimal for this journey, in Andean and/or wild areas, temperatures tend to drop at night.

Are there rest stops?

The stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity. There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.

From what age can they do this activity?

From 16 years of age. We also recommend that you contact us before registering or registering a minor.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman a range from 13 to 15 kilos, in a man from 15 to 20 kilos.

Is there a porterage service?

We have a vehicle porterage service until the end of stage 1 and the beginning of stage 2. There is no extra porterage, although you can hire a personal porter during the tour (separately).

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the service of meals IN FULL BOARD PLAN.

  • March lunches (cold meals): Milanese and tomato sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, appetizers, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast meat (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in a saucepan....
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit

It is necessary to complete the personal/medical record to clarify if someone does not eat any type of food.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Physical (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

  • Trekking backpack (65 to 80 litres)
  • Warm sleeping bag (-2 to -10 degrees comfort) (e.g. 800 gms. of down or synthetic equivalent)
  • Insulating mat (10 to 15mm)
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water-resistant plastic bags to store all the clothes inside the backpack
  • Poncho cape (plastic) for rain
  • Backpack cover or large consortium bag
  • Socks: 4 pairs of trekking
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of shoes – trekking boots (in good condition)
  • 1 footwear type running shoes, as a replacement for the first footwear
  • 1 light spare shoe for wading (crossing rivers) and getting wet. They can be crocks or full sandals, better slippers
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 long inner pants or leggings
  • 2 dry fit synthetic short-sleeved T-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • 2 coats (fleece jumpsuit)
  • Warm jacket (feather or synthetic)
  • 1 waterproof/breathable parka-type jacket (Gore Tex or similar)
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • ID/Passport
  • Health travel insurance
  • Headlamp with batteries (With spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. handkerchiefs Wet wipes
  • Water containers for at least 2 liters (it can be a plastic bottle)
  • Cutlery, plate or tupperware and glass. (Not glass or metallic)
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE, for blisters and repairs.
  • Mate, bombilla and yerba.
  • Steel thermos.
  • Telescope, monocle. Photographic or video equipment.
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc.
  • Penknife
  • Whistle and lighter.

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

Booking in Advance

US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

Booking in Advance

US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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