This is a very long trek one day trek if you want to walk to the refuge and back. This is really a 2 day trek!
On a personal note: I have always received a frosty reception at Jakob. One time I turned up and asked the rate for staying the night and was told 50% more than what was stated on their website, I mentioned this and they didn't say it was wrong, they basically told me to take it or leave it. The last time I was passing through en route to Refugio Frey, I stopped outside the refugio for only 2 minutes, took a photo, had a drink and just as I was leaving, was accused of throwing a cigarette butt down the toilet - I don't smoke and didn't even use the toilet!
If arriving at 'Tambo' by taxi it will probably drop you off at the gate on the dirt track. Continue up this track for about 100m to large clearing/car parking area, this is the start of the trail. Continue along the trail, after a few hundred meter there is a signpost (pointing to Cerro Bella Vista to the right); continue round to the left. The trail rises for about 1km before dropping down to continue alongside the river. After a couple of hours cross the bridge over the river and the trail heads into thicker vegetation and away from the river. After another couple of hours the trail start to ascent the hill, slowly at first before zig zagging up the steeper section before arriving at a new wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and climb over the rocks, the trail continues for about another 1km before arriving at Refugio Jakob.
Water: The trail crosses or goes close to the Casa de Piedra stream on numerous occasions.
Is the stream water safe to drink? As with any mountain region where lots of people trek, there will be pollution of water sources. The refuges provide safe drinking water; whilst out on the trails I would recommend treating water from streams found in the more popular areas and taking other water sources on a case by case basis depending on the stream source.
Free camping at Refugio Jakob. Refugio Jakob prices
The best option that I personally use is to take the local bus to KM 12,5 on Bustillio then take a remis to the trail head. 'Remises Bustillo' (0294) 4463003. A Remis is just like a taxi, but it has to be reserved by phone or at their office.
If finishing your trek at 'Tambo' it's about 6kms along a gravel road to the nearest bus! If you have a cell phone you can call 'Remises Bustillo' (see above). SECURITY NOTE: There have been a number of robberies over the last few years of people walking along this gravel road from the trail head back to the main road.
If arriving by car you can park in grassy clearing at the trail head. Sometimes a small fee is charged.
Unfortunately security is becoming more of an issue each year. Never leave anything in view in your car not even a jacket on the back seat, and never leave your equipment or any valuables in the car if you can help it....this also includes downtown Bariloche where break-ins have even been taking place in the busy main street.
|Duration:||1 day (trekking times)|
|Distance:||18 km's one way|
|Difficulty:||Easy but long|
|Park Entrance $:||None|
|Notes:||Long walk in|
Refugio Frey (orange trail 3)
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