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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.

Hiking in the Patagonian Andes

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina   Overnight: Hiking in the Patagonian Andes   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 10 2022  9:00 pm >> Mon, Dec 19 2022 8:00 am
Registration Opens: Fri, Jul 15 2022 11:03 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 15 2022 11:03 am
Event Duration:8 Days 11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:55 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
Leigh B
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Member Cost:$1,225.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 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 we verify that you satisfy the registration requirements we will move you to the list of participants. See registration requirements below.

Day 1. (Saturday, December 10): Departure from Atlanta.

Day 2. (Sunday, December 11): 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.  You will be met at the airport and driven to the city.  Meet with our local organizer and pay the balance of the event cost. Meet with guides. Sleep in hotel or hostel. Dinner in town (lodging and dinner at your own expense).

San Carlos de Bariloche

Day 3. (Monday, December 12). In the morning transfer to the trailhead and ascend to Refugio Jakob, along Casa de Piedra creek. (Accomodations and meals at this refugio will be booked directly by the local tour organizer and are included in the event cost). Net ascent: about 3000 ft. Distance: about 9 miles. Hiking time: about 5 hrs.

Refugio Jakob

More on Refugio Jakob

Day 4. (Tuesday, December 13). Descend to Lake Mascardi along Casalata creek. Cross the lake on boats and transfer to Pampa Linda. Night in Hosteria Pampa Linda  (Accomodations and meals at this lodge will be booked directly by the local tour organizer and are included in the event cost). Hiking time: about 7 hs.

Day 5. Wednesday, December 14): We ascend the slopes of Cerro Tronador to Refugio Otto Meiling, where we will spend the night. This refugio is famous for its excellent wine cellar. (Accomodations and meals at this refugio will be booked directly by the local tour organizer and are included in the event cost). Hiking time: about 6 hours. Elevation change: a little over 3000 ft

Pics of Refugio Meiling 

Day 6. (Thursday, December 15): We cross over to Refugio Agostino Rocca which is in Paso de las Nubes. This involves crossing a glacier (Glaciar Alerce). Ropes, crampons and other equipment will be provided and we will be assisted by mountaineering guides licensed by the National Park. Their number will be proportional to the number of participants and is regulated by the park. There will be no significant elevation change and no particular skill or training is required. Hiking time about 5 hours, of which about 2 hours will be spent on the glacier. (Accomodations and meals at this site will be booked directly by the local tour organizer and are included in the event cost).

Pics of Glaciar Alerce

Pics of Refugio Rocca

Day 7. (Friday, December 16): Hike to Laguna Ilon, about 7 hs. I never measured the distance nor the elevation change, but the trail is reasonably well maintained and the elevation change is moderate. The accomodations at this site consists of domes, which can accomodate a large number of people on bunk beds.  (Accomodations andmeals at this site will be booked directly by the local tour organizer and are included in the event cost).

Day 8. (Saturday, December 17): Descent to Pampa Linda (about 4 hours) and transfer to Bariloche  (travel time: about 2.5 hours). Sleep in hotel or hostel.  Farewell barbecue. (Lodging at your own expense, the barbecue is my treat). Note: arrival time in Bariloche depends on weather conditions, so it is not advisable to book a flight on this date. 

Day 9. (Sunday, December 18): Return to Buenos Aires in the morning. Fly to Atlanta in the evening.

Day 10. (Monday, December 19): Arrive in Atlanta.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.
A refugio is a fully staffed cabin with bunk beds and hard mattresses. Crampons and other technical equipment will be provided as needed. 



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, except for the $25.00 user fee. 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 - light sleeping ba) - Sunglasses (IMPORTANT!) - Woolen hat

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

Equipment: Backpack (minimum size: 35 liters). - Backpack cover or two large trash bags - Water bottle - Head lamp and spare batteries - Sunglasses (important!) - Trekking poles.

Miscellaneous: Plastic bags for clothing and garbage - Personal First-aid kit - Sunblock (at least SPF 30)

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

 Camera -  Penknife - Pencil and paper - Thermos


Registration Requirements.

1. You must be an AOC trip leader or an active AOC member recommended by an AOC trip leader that I know well. This requirement is in place to verify that you have the necessary level of fitness and, most important, that you are a sociable person that will get along with the rest of the group and will not engage in disruptive behavior. This event is intended for bona fide AOC members and not for persons that join the club just to participate in this event. It is your responsibility to find a trip leader that will Richard a recommendation on your behalf. Please put yourself on the waiting list. Starting on August 15,  we will check whether you qualify, and, if you do, will move you to the list of participants, provided the maximum number of participants has not been reached.  (I will go through the list of participants in the order they are listed on the waiting list). If you do not qualify you will remain on the waiting list until you do, or the maximum number of participants has been reached. 

2. After we move you to the list of participants please send Richard a deposit of $225.00 by PayPal to If we don't receive your deposit by October 15 we will move you back to the waiting list.

3.  You will pay the remaining balance to the local tour organizer in Bariloche in cash, in USD. 

Payment and Refund Schedule:

1. A deposit of $225.00 must be received by the organizers through PayPal to by October 15. 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, she/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 Richard. 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:$1,225.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-All transportation to and from Bariloche to the trailheads and the boat dock, and transportation to and from Bariloche to the airport.

-A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee.

-Lodging in the refugios and in Laguna Ilon.

-Lodging at Hosteria Pampa Linda in a double room.

-All meals and snacks while on the trails and in the refugios and Laguna Ilon.

-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.  


-Two entrance tickets to the national park (around 15 USD each ticket).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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

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.