Horseshoe Circuit Trek


During 3 days, the Horseshoe circuit will lead through some of the most beautiful areas in North Patagonia. Tronador Hill is probably the tallest and most important mountain peak, with its hanging glaciers and vertical cliffs.


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Discovery, Expedition, Explorer, Guided Tours, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Moderate
    • Group Size Large Group
    All about the Horseshoe Circuit Trek.

    During 3 days, the Horseshoe circuit will lead through some of the most beautiful areas in North Patagonia. Tronador Hill is probably the tallest and most important mountain peak, with its hanging glaciers and vertical cliffs.

    The itinerary will also take us to memorable views from differents scenaries, we will visit 02 (two) mountain refuges, explore the Alerce Glacier and we will go down walking through a path surrender by a dense vegetation and larches, very similar to the chilenean Valdivian Jungle, and we will reach the Frías Valley.

    Setting: West hills
    Activity: Trekking, Navigation
    Difficulty: Medium
    Altitude: 700 mts
    Duration: 03 days
    Trekking duration: from 06 to 08 hours
    Schedule: 09 a.m. to 05 pm | aprox
    Season: November to May

    1. Day 1 Trekking to Ilon Lagoon

      We will start our trekking path through a coihues* forest. Once we cross the Alerce river, our path will start to gain altitude during a few hours while we discover beautiful sceneries. Also we will be going through a demanding “snail” trail gaining even more altitude. While we are walking we will get into an ancient forest, surrender by mallines*, that will lead us to Ilón lagoon. At sunset, the lagoon area will amaze us with the view of Tronador Hill and its glaciers. After we set up to stay the night, we will relax enjoying the majesty of the forest and the mountains around us. Before dinner time we will have a brief conversation about the plans for the next day.

    2. Day 2 Paso de las Nubes (Cloud's trail) Trekking 

      After breakfast, we will pack our stuff and take off with the guides to Paso de la Marca, an ancient mountain path that will demand us more physical effort but worth it because we will have the best scenery views. Our trail allows us to contemplate Frey Lake from a fantastic view, generally reserved for the condors, and then we will continue our journey until reaching a path at 1600msnm level sea. Then we will start to go down to a fresh creek where we will have lunch. Continuing going up again until we arrive at “the pampas” that will lead us, at sunset, to Paso de las Nubes. We will have to descend, and this trail has steep parts that will require concentration, we will take the necessary time to cross the terrain without frights. We will cross green “pampas and mallines” before reaching the Rocca Refuge which is located on the path. With a privileged view, we will make the most of its terrace to stretch our muscles and take a rest after a beautiful journey through the mountains. In the evening, we have dinner at the refuge and share stories with other visitors and mountaineers. 

    3. Day 3 Trekking to Frías Lake - Navigation back to Bariloche

      We will have an early breakfast in order to have the best, and incredible, view of the Alerce Glacier at sunrise. Then we will leave the Rocca refuge and go around the Frias Valley following its water path until we arrive at its homonymous lake. We will go through a forest trail during 6hs surrounding by ancient alerces* and other typical flora from Valdivian Jungle. We will make a stop at Frías Viewpoint to observe the walls and waterfalls that give birth to the Frias creek. We will continue going deep in the forest and follow the channel of the creek and in the afternoon we will arrive at the Frías Lake, its turquoise water comes from the glacier and it creates a particular contrast view. We will take the boat that crosses the lake to arrive at Puerto Blest and from here we will start our comeback to Bariloche sailing the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Once we arrive, we will take our guests back to their accommodation place.

      End of our services  

    • Ground transfers
    • Ticktes to Nahuel Huapi National Park
    • Hydration, snack, gourmet lunch, mountain dinner.
    • 02 nights at the mountain refuge.
    • Professional bilingual guide.
    • Technical assistance.
    • Safety equipment and other equipment necessary for the activity.
    • Security elements (guide’s first aid kit, communication equipment – cell phone, VHF – SPOT).
    • Flora & Fauna interpretation kit
    • Navigation through Frías Lake and Nahuel Juapi Lake.
    • (*1) Pick up for guest staying / located far from Km.8 – Ask for the aditional price.
    • Any other item not mentioned in the Included Services.
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