Morning departure from your hotel towards Lake Mascardi located 40km south of San Carlos de Bariloche. After an introduction in basic kayak techniques and safety procedures, we will get on the water and start the first day┬┤s paddling. Today we will kayak for approximately 4-5 hours. Along the way, we will stop for lunch at one of the secluded lakeside beaches before an afternoon arrival to the campsite. At camp, there will be time to relax and explore the surrounding forest trails as well as to enjoy an afternoon "mate" (tea) with "facturas" (argentine pastries). In the evening, you will be treated to a traditional Argentine "asado" of delicious, tender grilled Argentine beef. The first night will be camping.
After breakfast, we will prepare our kayaks for our second day┬┤s adventure. We will kayak along the most remote part of Lake Mascardi that offers some amazing views of Cerro Bonete and Mount Tronador (our next adventure). If wind conditions are gentle, we will stop on Piuke Huapi Island for a snack before lunch. Later in the afternoon we will transfer to our mountain hostel at the base of Mount Tronador. Dinner and night in hostel.
After breakfast we begin the hiking adventure! Starting at an easy pace, we continue through a forest of giant beech trees towards the Meiling Refuge at 2000meters. Along the way we will stop for a picnic lunch at our favourite spot...that offers an amazing view to the Casta├▒o Overo Glacier surrounded by stunning volcanic landscape. Make sure your camera┬┤s memory card has plenty of space!
After breakfast we have the chance to gear up with glacier equipment, learn the basics of "ice-trekking" and begin our ascent towards the border with Chile among the highest peaks of the Andes. We will hike along crevasses up to 40 meters deep and take regular breaks to take photographs. After 2 hours of walking, we will arrive at La Motte Ridge at 2400 meters above sea level- famous for the spectacular glacial landscape that descends towards the green Chilean valleys. After lunch in the mountain shelter, we will start the 4-5 hour hike back to the pickup point before transferring back to the hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. End of our services.
- . Certificated PNA kayaking guide and AAGM mountain guide.
- . Accommodation: 1 night in camping (1 tent for 2 persons). 1 night in hostel and 1 night in mountain refuge in common dorms.
- . Food: 3 breakfasts. 4 lunches. 3 Dinners.
- . Equipment: all the necessary safety material and gear for both activities.
- . Personal accident insurance according PNNH regulations.
- . Internacional or Domestic Flights.
- . Extras and drinks during meals.
- . Personal items and equipment..
- . Sleeping bag.
- . Other items not listed.
- . Staff & guides gratuities.
Details of the excursion:
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Experience needed: moderate
level of fitness.
Day 1: Kayaking time: 4-5hrs. Linear distance: 17km.
Day 2: Kayaking time 4-5hrs. Linear distance: 16km.
Day 3: Trekking time: 5hrs. Linear distance: 15km.
Altitude gain: 900m. Terrain: trails, rocks, snow.
Day 4: Trekking: 3hrs. Linear distance: 5km (Morning).
Altitude gain: 400m. Terrain: snow/ice.
Trekking time: 5hrs. Linear distance: 15km (Afternoon).
Altitude gain: -900m. Terrain: trails, rocks, snow.
Time of the year: November-April.