BARILOCHE - CERRO CATEDRAL - EL CHALTEN - FITZ ROY - PERITO MORENO GLACIER
Explore on skis the virgin and wild routes of Los Glaciares and Nahuel Huapi National Parks in Patagonia Argentina.
The first part of the trip takes place on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, at the foot of the Cordillera, a few kilometers from the Chilean border in the Seven Lakes region. Welcome to San Carlos de Bariloche, the historic capital of Patagonia. Lakes, mountains, pine forests, wooden chalets, fondues and chocolates await you… Skiing with a bird’s eye view of the lake is fantastic and the snow is often powdery. 2 nights spent at the Frey mountain refuge easily accessible from Cerro Catedral, allows to explore the many couloirs and needles so typical of this beautiful part of the mountain …
The second part of this trip takes place 1,500 kilometers further south, on the edge of the third largest glacial expanse on the planet. Based in El Chalten, we will be on the outskirts of Los Glaciares National Park and at the foot of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. These granite giants emerge from the third largest glacial expanse on the planet. In the heart of this grandiose setting, numerous itineraries are ideal for ski touring. Depending on the weather and the group’s wishes, we can also ski the Magallanes peninsula and its belvedere overlooking the famous Perito Moreno glacier …
What you will do during your trip
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
TRAVEL BAG AND SKI BAG
As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.
BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.
You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.
Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.
If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.
Yes, and that’s all we’ll be doing – there won’t be any ski lifts around!
If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.
The 9V guides use and recommend 80 mm to 95 mm wide touring skis, depending on your build. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings, preferably with ski stops, these skis are light enough for climbing with skins on, and a joy to ski down. We recommend 3 or 4-hook touring boots with 60° of travel.
DAY 1: Arrival at Buenos Aires (EZE) International Airport. Domestic flight to San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) .
Upon arrival in San Carlos de Bariloche, meet the guide and get a minibus transfer to the hotel. Checking everyone’s equipment and distribution of the safety equipment provided. Overnight at Cabanas Ecobox andino.
Day 2: Ski Cerro Catedral
Warm up day. Discover the scenic off-piste itineraries easy to access from the ski resort. Overnight at Cabanas Ecobox andino.
Day 3: Frey or Jakob mountain hut
Departure from the Cerro Catedral ski area then hike to the refuge. Overnight in a mountain hut.
DAY 4: Mountain hut – Bariloche
Opposite the refuge, an impressive mountain circus provides access to numerous couloirs and needles. We will ski some of these before heading back to Bariloche. Overnight at hotel Sol del Nahuel
DAY 5: Bariloche – El Calafate
After a 1.5 hour flight over the Cordillera, we will collect our car and drive to El Chalten through breathtaking landscapes. Overnight in El Chalten.
DAY 6: Cerro Mosquito
It is a magnificent belvedere offering a breathtaking view of all the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre chains. Overnight in El Chalten.
DAY 7: Vespigniani glacier
Superb day of skiing on this glacier which preserves the powder snow well whatever the season. Overnight in El Chalten.
DAY 8: Rio Blanco base camp
Approach walk to reach the Rio Blanco base camp at the foot of Fitz Roy.
Overnight in tent.
DAY 9: Glacier de Los Tres towards Passo Superior
An extraordinary atmosphere for this day of skiing under the sign of the Fitz Roy which dominates us from the top of its 3400 mts of granite. Overnight in tent.
DAY 10: Lago de Los Tres towards Cerro Madsen
Another great day of skiing at the foot of the Fitz. After the ski return on foot to El Chalten. Overnight in El Chalten.
DAY 11: El Calafate
Transfer to El Calafate and city tour. Overnight in hostal El Glaciares.
DAY 12: Perito Moreno
A spectacular ascent above the famous Perito Moreno glacier. An unforgettable descent! Overnight in hostel El Glaciares.
DAY 13: Buenos Aires
Flight to Buenos Aires, Tango and Passo doble evening in the lively district of Palermo. Overnight at Cabanas Ecobox andino.
DAY14: End of the trip:
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.
Hotels and Huts
Hotels and Huts
During this unique experience we sleep turns into a hotel, hostel, mountain hut and tent. The adventure is waiting for you, but everything has been pre-arranged for the comfort of the group so that we can maximise the skiing fun factor. Portage is limited to what is strictly necessary, ie a sleeping bag for the nights in a refuge and in a tent!
HOTEL SOL DEL NAHUEL : On the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, this small, comfortable family hotel is ideally located in a quiet area between the ski resort and the town of San Carlos de Bariloche and not far from the best “parilla” restaurant in the region …
REFUGE FREY : On the shore of Lake Tonsec, at an altitude of 1700 meters, Refuge Frey is surrounded by needles and couloirs, each more attractive than the last. It is a legendary place for ski touring.
PATAGONIA HOSTEL : In September in El Chalten, spring arrives, the tourist season has not yet started. Our hostel offers spacious and clean rooms and plenty of hot water …
BIVOUAC EN TENT: The Bivouac area is located in a beautiful forest of Linguas, at a place called Rio Blanco, less than an hour from Lago Los Tres.
HOSTAL EL GLACIAR : Simple and efficient accommodation, a shower like at home!
HOTEL SISSIHAZ : Cozy boutique hotel well located in the district of Palermo, “donde hai el ruido”. A good evening in perspective to celebrate the end of this amazing ski trip.
Full-time supervision by a fully qualified UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide.
13 nights :
-1 night full board at the Frey or Jakob refuge,
-10 nights in comfortable hotels and hostal on a B&B basis on a double room basis.
-2 nights camping in Rio Blanco base camp at the foot of the Fitz Roy.
Comfortable dome tents specially developed for mountain bivouacs.
All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage. Transportation will be by 4 wheel drive pick-up truck driven by your guide.
LUNCHS AND DINNERS
GLACIER SKIING GEAR
All plane tickets are at your expense.