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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.

Patagonia Sampler 2

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina   Overnight: Patagonia Sampler 2  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 10 2023  5:00 pm >> Tue, Dec 19 2023 10:00 am
Registration Opens: Tue, Aug 1 2023 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Aug 1 2023 8:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Days 17 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:32 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$1,425.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 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.


This itinerary showcases some of the most beautiful spots in this corner of Patagonia. It is one day longer than last year's event and there is a small overlap: rafting on the Limay River and hiking on Quetrihue Pensinsula (although last year we did this hike in reverse order).

Day 1. (Sunday, 12/10). Departure from Atlanta.

Day 2. (Monday, 12/11): 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 San Carlos de Bariloche in the afternoon. 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).

More about Nahuel Huapi Lake

San Carlos de Bariloche

Day 3. (Tuesday, December 12). Hike from Catedral Village to Refugio Frei, where we will spend the night. Time: around 4 hours. (Elevation change: 700 meters up. D4).

Day 4. (Wednesday, December 13). Return to Bariloche on a different trail (Elevation chsnge: 900 meters down, D3).  Lodging and dinner at your own expense.

Day 5. (Thursday, December 14). In the morning we visit the caves of Cerro Leones. This involves a short hike (D1). After that we drive a short distance to Rincón Chico on the Limay River. Rafting to Villa Llanquín (about 90 minutes, D1), where we will have a barbecue lunch. Transfer to Villa La Angostura (around 90 minutes), where we will spend the night.  Lodging and dinner at your own expense.

Day 6. (Friday, December 15). We hike the length of Quetrihue Peninsula (7.5 miles, D2). We explore the Arrayanes forest at its tip, and then cross Nahuel Huapi Lake by boat to a small ranch on the other side. The accomodations are similar to those in a staffed refugio.

Day 7. (Saturday, December 16). Climb Cerro Dormilón (elevation change, 900 meters, on a good trail). Time: about 4 hours, D4). Spend the night in a refugio. (This refugio is unstaffed, but has good mattresses, a stove, and an outdoor privy; the guides will cook dinner).

Day 8. (Sunday, December 17). Return to the ranch (90 minutes, D2). Do local hikes.

Day 9 (Monday, December 18). Take a boat to Brazo Machete and hike to Gallardo Cascade (90 minutes, D2) or all the way back to the ranch (3.5 hours, D3; you may choose which option you prefer. Return to Villa La Angostura by boat and to Bariloche by van, where we will spend the night.  Lodging and dinner at your own expense.  

Day 9. (Tuesday, December 19). Transfer to Bariloche airport in the morning and fly back to Buenos Aires. Fly back to the US in the evening.

Day 10. (Wednesday, December 20). Arrive in the US.


This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Refugio Frei is a fully staffed cabin with bunk beds and hard mattresses. 

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 send me a recommendation on your behalf. Please put yourself on the waiting list. Starting on July 15,  I 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 I move you to the list of participants please send me a deposit of $225.00 by PayPal to If I don't receive your deposit by October 15 I 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. 


The Trip Leader for this event has 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 bag (rated at least 40 degrees F) - Sunglasses - Woolen hat

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

Equipment: Small backpack- 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.
To participate in this event you must be either an AOC trip leader, or be recommended by an AOC trip leader that I know well. 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 $225.00 must be received by the organizer through PayPal to by October 1. This includes a $25 AOC user fee which is nonrefundable. The balance of the deposit will be nonrefundable after November 10. 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 or Villa La Angostura 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:$1,425.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-All transportation to and from Bariloche, including to and from the Bariloche airport and to and from Villa La Angostura. All boat crossings (from Peninsula Quetrihue to the ranch, from the ranch to Brazo Gallardo and back), and from the ranch to Villa La Angostura).

-Entrance fee to the park (around $15.00, must be paid in the local currency).

-A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee.

-Lodging in Refugio Frey and in the ranch.

-All meals and packed lunches while on the trails, the refugio or the ranch.

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

-Technical and cooking equipment as needed.



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

-Meals and lodging in Bariloche, in Villa La Angostura, and in transit to and from Bariloche.  


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.