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Before heading into the mountains check up-to-date trail info, & register your trek intentions with the National Park office in Bariloche, Pampa Linda or online.

Frey por el Filo (Ridge walk to Refugio Frey)

The best one day trek in the Nahuel Huapi National Park! A combination of rugged mountains, cool lakes and pleasant forest. Excellent views to Tronador


From Cerro Catedral take the Gondola (Amancay), then chairlift (Diente de Caballo): $120 (one way - Dec 2013) lift details. Walk about 1k to the pass. From there it's a traverse following red dots marked on the rocks (with a small section of scrambling) until you reach Roca Inclinada after about 2 hours. Pass through the 'Cancha de Futbol' - col between the two valleys and drop down to Laguna Schmoll (There is a plaque on the large boulder by the lake shore). Another 45 minutes onto Laguna Toncek (Refugio Frey) - you can walk either side of the Laguna Toncek to the refuge. Most people return via the normal route, descending through the forest, about 3 - 4 hours to Villa Catedral.

Camping / Mountain Huts

Free camping at Refugio Frey. Refugio Frey prices


Bariloche - Villa Catedral (Cerro Catedral): During summer there are public buses about once an hour between 7.00am and 8.00pm starting from the Bus terminal, passing through the centre of Bariloche then alternately going along Avenida Bustillo and Avenida Pioneros. The bus doesn't have a number but instead has a sign in the window saying 'Cerro Catedral'. The cost is $12 per person one way, payable in cash; alternatively you can pre purchase tickets at the bus company offices. Bus timetable & route map

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Frey por el Filo (pink trail 2) filo

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