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The section of the trek between Refugio Jakob & Refugio Laguna Negra is NOT well marked; it is steep/exposed and very rocky in places. It can be especially dangerous in poor visability and should not be attempted. The National Park Office officially says that you must sign a 'Deslinde de responsabilidaded' - 'waiver of liability' at the park office before you go as well as the National Park Trek Registration. When arriving at Refugio Jakob there is a register to sign so they have a record of who is doing the trek. There may be snow on this section of the route until February.

During the 2014/2015 season, Refugio Jakob have a presentation each morning at 9am to explain and show photos of the route. They only offer the presentation at 9am so if you want to leave earlier in the morning or are passing through later in the day then your option for this information is not there!

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.

Nahuel Huapi Traverse

The Nahuel Huapi Traverse connects the main refuges in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is one of the longer treks in the Park.


The Nahuel Huapi Traverse is made up of the following sections and is best walked in the Frey to Lopez direction. (trekking times).

Refugio Frey or Frey por el Filo
Refugio Frey to Refugio Jakob
Refugio Jakob to Refugio Laguna Negra
Refugio Laguna Negra to Refugio Lopez
Refugio Lopez


Free camping at any of the refugios


Bariloche - Villa Catedral (Cerro Catedral ski resort): During summer there are public buses (Bus no. 55) 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 (ask at the Tourist Info or Mountain Info centres for up to date prices) per person one way, payable in cash; alternatively you can pre purchase tickets at the bus company offices. Get off at the last stop in the huge car park at the base of the ski resort.

As of April 2015 there is no direct service from the Bariloche center to Colonia Suiza. Take bus number 20 from the center and get off at the roundabout at KM18. It leaves the roudabout at about 20 minutes past every hour. From here take bus no.10 to Colonia Suiza but get off at Arroyo Lopez where the bus leaves the tarmac road and turns onto the gravel road. NOTE: Check the bus route as the service may have changed and only certain services may go via the Arroyo Lopez route. Return the same way. NOTE: You will need a rechargable bus pass or prepaid bus ticket to take this service. Ask at the Tourist Info or Mountain Info centres for up to date bus prices, and where to purchase tickets.

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See individual trail sections.


Nahuel Huapi Traverse (red trail 9 - consists of routes 1,8,7,6 & 5) nahuel huapi traverse

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