This hiking circuit is one of the most chosen to access the Emilio Frey Refuge. The good accessibility by public transport and the lower degree of effort, represent advantages over other route options.
The path is very well-marked and signposted, it is almost impossible to get lost. The ascent goes around Mount Catedral, with beautiful views of Gutiérrez Lake, and then continues along the Van Titter stream. These are about 10 km of distance crossing mostly forests of ñires and lengas, ascending 700 m by a path of medium difficulty. The estimated time to complete the route is approximately 4 to 5 hours.
In colder seasons it is not so easy to go up to the refuge. In autumn the rains generate mud on the trails. Then in winter the low temperatures can freeze the path, making it essential to use crampons to move safely.
It is important to be informed about the conditions of the terrain and the weather forecast, especially in winter.
It is mandatory to complete the Trekking Registration at the Nahuel Huapi National Park office before starting the route.
Tips and hints
Please note that in order to stay at Frey Refuge it is necessary to make a reservation.
From Bariloche we take Exequiel Bustillo Avenue or de los Pioneros Avenue towards the west. After about 8 km we turn left on Provincial Route 82. After 1.5 km we take the first exit of the traffic circle to the right, towards the Access to Mount Catedral. Arriving at Villa Catedral we see a fork, which we follow to the right. After about 600 m, we find the parking lot "Playa Sur" (paid) on our left. We can also choose to take the fork to the left, on Balcón Gutiérrez street, and park at "Playa del Valle" (free).
Two parking lots available:
- Playa Sur, at the end of the Access to Mount Catedral (Charged service).
- Playa del Valle, on Balcón Gutiérrez street (Free service).
The equipment will depend on the time of the year in which we want to make the hike. In summer with a little coat and good shoes will be enough, but in winter it is essential to be prepared and maybe even carry crampons and trekking poles.
For more information visit the following link: Packing list for hiking.