Trekking in El Bolsón - Hielo Azul, Cajon del Azul - Rio Negro, Patagonia

Trekking in El Bolsón - Hielo Azul, Cajon del Azul - Rio Negro, Patagonia

A classic trekking in Patagonia, joining refuges

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Meeting Point:
El Bolsón
Patagonia, Argentina
End Point:
El Bolsón
1700 km from Buenos Aires
4 days + trip
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A classic of trekking in Patagonia that everyone wants to know

A paradise that always gives new sensations: Río Azul Protected Natural Area - Lago Escondido.

In this program we invite you to get to know several of the most famous refuges of this wonderful route on a medium difficulty trail, between forests, crystal clear and deep blue waters, eternal snow, glaciers, condors and many emotions.



We recommend sleeping the night before in El Bolsón, to be ready for the next day, the start of the trek.

Day 1: Meeting in El Bolson early. Presentation of guides and equipment check. Transfer to Mallín Ahogado. Start of the first stretch of trekking to the Hielo Azul refuge. Rest, snack and dinner in the refuge. Overnight.

  • Walking hours: 8

Day 2: Breakfast. Early we will visit the Hielo Azul glacier and return to the refuge; After lunch we will continue up a long ascent to the great plain that takes us to the Swimming Refuge, on the shores of the homonymous lagoon. Rest, enjoy the place. Dinner and overnight in the refuge.

  • Walking hours: 5

Day 3: Breakfast. The route, parallel to the mountain range, now takes us, first on the flat and then on a steep descent, to the magical Cajón del Azul refuge. From there we will continue to the El Retamal Refuge. Rest, enjoy the place. Dinner and overnight in the refuge.

  • Walking hours: 6

Day 4: Breakfast. We say goodbye to the refuge and slowly to the mountain. We descend passing through the great Cajon del Azul and its water pools. Finally we descend and access Mallín Ahodado where our transport will be waiting for us to take us, after a well-deserved toast for what has been done, to the town of El Bolsón. End of the program and our services. Approx 18 hours.

  • Walking hours: 5


Trekking carrying backpack of medium difficulty. Each one must carry their own backpack throughout the tour. Steep ups and downs. Consult porterage of equipment with horses.

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Transfers to and from El Bolsón
  • Professional mountain guides
  • 3 nights overnight in mountain refuges: Hielo Azul, Natacion and El Retamal or Hielo Azul.
  • Full board during the crossing
  • General camping equipment, kitchen and communication
  • VHF communication equipment and emergencies.
  • Permanent assistance

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Trip to El Bolson
  • Porterage of equipment with horses (consult)
  • Tips
  • Expenses caused by abandoning the program
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