Jean-Marc Kaufmann

Mountain guide UIAGM

Passionate about the great outdoors


Ski touring in Bariloche Argentina is a fascinating foray into the Patagonian Andes


Right in the heart of Patagonia, in the South of Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche is a small town typical of the Andes. It is situated at the edge of a huge and magnificent lake that is overlooked by a majestic mountain range.


We will start our stay with a few days of ski touring and off-piste skiing from the nearby ski resorts of Bariloche, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Bayo and ski touring in the valley of Rio Chalhuaco or on the Chilean side of the massif.


Then we will send several days in the lodge of Baguales Mountain Reserve, tow hours drive from Bariloche in southern Argentina and  surrounded by the Villegas River and the Foyel River, combines pristine forests, open wilderness, steppe, imposing mountains, deep canyons, valleys and curious rocky summits where the majestic Andean Condor can be spotted.

This vast panoramic scenery reflects the infinite length of this landscape with its deep valleys covered by lenga beech forests which host local fauna as well as other introduced species. The untouched serenity of this natural reserve and the surrounding region provides an invitation for birds and crystalline water sounds.

This lodge and its three satellite refuges, located 2 hours drive from the Bariloche resort, is the ideal starting point to begin the discovery this part of the Andes and practice a very wild ski touring.


A weekend in Buenos Aires, to explore this diverse city, is a great conclusion to this trip.

Dates : Wednesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 22, 2019


The highlights : It is a one-of-a-kind destination for off-piste skiing and ski touring in a fabulous wild Andean setting.

  1. Very good snow generally powder at this time.

  2. Very confortable hotels and lodges.

  3. Exclusivity and nature, you have a full mountain reserve at your disposal with probably nobody, surrounded by huge national parks.Ideal for backcountry  skiing.

  4. The excellent food and especially the steaks not to be missed

  5. The wine of amazing quality !!!


Programme : Day 1 (Wed 11/09) Flight from your departure airport to Buenos Aires.

  1. Day 2 (Sat 12/09)Arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning - Dinner and hotel in Buenos Aires. 

  2. Day 3 (Fri 13/09) Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche in the morning. Transfer from Bariloche to our hotel. Dinner and night in the hotel.

  3. Day 3 (Sat 14/09)  30 mn to drive by car then ski touring and off-piste skiing from the ski resort Cerro Catedral. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  4. Day 5 (Sun 15/09) 1 hour to drive by car to reach the Rio Chalhuaco valley and ascent to the Cerro Áspero. 3 hours of skinning. Return to Bariloche and dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  5. Day 6 (Mon 16/09) 1 hour to drive by car to reach Cerro Bayo ski resort. Ski touring and off-piste skiing on the resort. Return to Bariloche and dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  6. Day 7 to day 9 (Tue 17/09 to Thursday 19/09) Early departure for Baguales Mountain reserve. 1 hour to drive by car then 4x4 and snowcat to reach  Mesada lodge. 3 days of ski touring from the lodge. Several possible summits with 2 to 4 hours skinning up / 600 to 1200 m. - Dinner and overnight at Mesada Lodge.

  7. Day 10 (Wed 20/09) Transfer in the morning to Bariloche airport - Flight in the afternoon to Buenos Aires. Dinner and night in 4* hotel in Buenos Aires.

  8. Day 11 (Sat 21/10) Transfer to the airport and flight from Buenos Aires to your departure airport in Europe.

  9. Day 12 (Sun 22/10) Arrive at your final destination in Europe.

  10. This is the suggested programme which is dependent on snow and weather conditions.  It may change !

Best time of the year : Mid-August to end September


Other dates possible : For a group composed of 6 to 12 people we can offer you an other date for this programme.


Number of days away : 12


Number of days skiing : 6


Heliskiing : possibility of optional snowcat drops as extra


Level : Off-piste skiing level  ★ ★ ★      Fitness level  ★ ★ ★       Technical mountain level  ★ ★     ︎   Information


Number of participants : 6 to 12 people with 2 guides.


Guides : 1 French guide who know perfectly the country + 1 Argentinian guide.      


Accommodation : 4* hotels in Buenos Aires and Bariloche and Lodge in Baguales in double rooms.


Formalities : French citizens need a passport which is valid for more than 6 months.


Equipment to be carried : All the routes can be completed with a day pack. Travel bags are transported by minibus.


Local transport : Cars or minibus hire and 4 wheel drive / snowcats / skidoos are used for all transfers during the trip.


Air Travel : Several companies serve Buenos Aires from European airports : AIR FRANCE - IBERIA - LUFTHANSA - BRITISH AIRWAYS

                    Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche : LATAM ou ANDES


PRICE :  € 3890 per person in double room excluding flights

               + Flights to Buenos Aires and Bariloche.

               + Extra for single room.

               At the time we planned the trip, tickets cost approximately € 700 from Europe to Buenos Aires + € 200 from Buenos Aires to Bariloche.



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