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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

Backpacking in the Patagonian Andes

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina   Backpacking: Backpacking in the Patagonian Andes   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Dec 14 2018  5:00 pm >> Mon, Dec 24 2018 6:00 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 23 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 23 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Days 13 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:35 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$1,525.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Notice: This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify that you satisfy the registration requirements I will move you to the list of participants. See registration requirements below.

Day 1 (Friday, December 14): Departure from Atlanta.

Day 2 (Saturday, December 15): Arrive at Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport in Buenos Aires. (Airport code: EZE.) Take shuttle bus to Aeroparque (AEP),  where our domestic flight to San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). departs. Note: there are a few flights directly from EZE to BRC. Arrive in Bariloche around noon.  Meet with our local organizer. Pay for the event.

Day 3 (Sunday, December 16): Drive to trailhead at Colonia Suiza and ascend to Refugio Laguna Negra, also known as Refugio Italia or Refugio Manfredo Segre (1700m), where we will spend the night. Hiking time: about 6 hours. Elevation change: a little over 1000 meters.

Day 4: (Monday, December 17) We ascend the slopes of Cerro Bayley Willis, then follow the course of Arroyo La Chata down to Laguna CAB. Hiking time: about 7 hours.

Day 5: (Tuesday, December 18) We climb Cerro CAB (1935 m) and descend to Mallin de las Vueltas, where we camp. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 6: (Wednesday, December 19): We climb Cerro Cristal (1282 m) and descend to Laguna Cretton, where we camp. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 7: (Thursday, December 20): We wade across Laguna Azul and climb to the ridge of Cerro Capitan, which rises up to 2000 meters then descend to Laguna Ilon, where we camp. Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Day 8.  (Friday, December 21): In the morning hike to a nearby panoramic point. In the afternoon descend to Pampa Linda and return to Bariloche by van or bus (a two hour trip). 

Day 9 (Saturday, December 22) Return to Buenos Aires in the morning. Fly to Atlanta in the evening.

Day 10 (Sunday, December 23): Arrive in Atlanta.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.
The refugio is a fully staffed cabin with bunk beds and hard mattresses. If you prefer to prepare your own food, you can bring your supplies from Bariloche and use the shelter's wood burning stove for a small fee. The terrain is quite rugged, with a lot of scree and possibly plenty of snow. Crampons and other technical equipment will be provided if needed. 

For a detailed description of this trip have a look at:



The Trip Leader(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.


Required Items to Bring:

Clothing: Long johns - 2 pairs of trousers - 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pairs of sock liners - 3 sets of underwear - Hiking boots (waterproof) - sandals or booties for indoors - 3 t-shirts - 2 sweaters - Waterproof parka - Waterproof pant covers - gaiters - 1 pair of woolen gloves or mittens - 1 pair of waterproof gloves or 1 pair of waterproof glove covers - balaclava - Sun hat - Sleeping bag (rated 20 to 32 degrees F) - Sunglasses - Woolen hat

Toiletries: Toilet paper and paper tissues - Toothpaste and toothbrush - Deodorant - glycerine soap or detergent - Lip balm

Equipment: Backpack (minimum size: 50 liters). - Backpack cover or two large trash bags - Water bottle - Head lamp and spare batteries - Sunglasses (important!) - Trekking poles - Eating utensils.

Miscellaneous: Plastic bags for clothing and garbage - Personal First-aid kit - Sunblock (at least SPF 30) - Lighter (can be purchased in Bariloche)

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

 Camera -  Penknife - Pencil and paper - Thermos


Registration Requirements.
To participate in this event you must be either an AOC trip leader or be recommended by an AOC trip leader. If you wish to participate in this event you must place yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify you satisfy the requirements, I will move you to the list of participants.

Payment and Refund Schedule:
1. A deposit of $525.00 must be received by the organizer through PayPal to by November 1. This includes a $25 AOC user fee which is nonrefundable. The balance of the deposit will be nonrefundable after November 8. However, if a qualified substitute can be found to take your place in the trip, he can use your deposit. 
2. You will pay for your trip (less the deposit) in Bariloche. Payment must be in cash in US dollars.

Before booking your lodging in Bariloche please contact the organizer. This is important to ensure that all participants lodge close to each other.

If you wish to stay in the area after finishing the event, there are several alternatives available including climbing Cerro Tronador, but arrangements must be made in advance. Consult the event organizer for details.

- All prices quoted in this event description are in US dollars.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$1,525.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-All transportation to and from Bariloche to the trailheads and transportation to and from Bariloche to the airport.

A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee.

-Lodging in the shelter.


-All meals and snacks while on the trails and in the shelter.

-Licensed guide, assistant guides and insurance (these are requirements of the park authorities).

-Technical and cooking equipment as needed.


-Airfare (Atlanta to Bariloche and return, changing planes in Buenos Aires).

-Shuttle bus between airports in Buenos Aires (around $15.00 each way).

-Meals and lodging in Bariloche and in transit to and from Bariloche.  

-Beverages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       -US passport holders do not need a visa to enter Argentina.

Estimate the total cost of this trip, including airfare, lodging in hotels, event cost, etc, at around $4,500.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.