Circuito Catedral Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos

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Circuito Catedral Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3 (One way)TerrainAndesDateLate Dec
Region/PlaceRío Negro, PN Nahuel HuapiCountryArgentina  
Dist (kms)40Height gain (m)1550Route findingMedium
RouteVilla Catedral - Refugio Piedritas - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Upper Arroyo Rucaco (N1) - Paso Brecha Negra - Refugio Jakob (N2) - (Side-trip Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra - Puerto Moreno
NotesOne of the best Andean multi-day walks on the Argentine side of the Andes, this walk explores jagged mountains, lakes and cool temperate valleys. Even in late Dec, heavy snow can slow progress over the two high passes on this route. With fresh snow however, the area around Laguna de los Témpanos is turned into a picturesquely icy frozen world. Public buses provide fairly regular access to both ends of this trail.
Track from Villa Catedral to Arroyo Van Titter Valley, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA729

Path from Villa Catedral to Arroyo Van Titter Valley, looking north back towards Villa Catedral, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA731

Lenga forest on path leading up Arroyo Van Titter Valley to Refugio Piedritas, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA733

Path just beyond Refugio Piedritas looking up Arroyo Van Titter Valley, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA734

Scrub Lenga bushes on path leading up Arroyo Van Titter Valley, beyond Refugio Piedritas, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA735

Cerro Catedral (L) (2405), Refugio Frey and Laguna Tonchek (1700), Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA740

View from Laguna Schmoil, with Cerro Catedral (L) (2405), Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA742

View north along Arroyo Rucaco Valley with Cerro Bella Vista (L) and Lago Nahuel Huapi (far), from Cancha de Fútbol pass, Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA744

View to west from nr Cancha de Fútbol pass, with Pico Internacional about 25km away (MR), Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA745

Path nr campsite in upper Arroyo Rucaco Valley, with Cerro Claussen (L) and Paso Brecha Negra (R), Villa Catedral - Refugio Frey - Cancha de Fútbol - Arroyo Rucaco Campsite Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 20-Dec-03, SA748

Descent from Paso Brecha Negra to Refugio Jakob, Arroyo Rucaco Campsite - Paso Brecha Negra - Refugio Jakob Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 21-Dec-03, SA749

Snow-covered Laguna de los Témpanos and cirque above, Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA752

Brecha Negra (R) (2010) from nr Laguna de los Témpanos, Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA753

Pico Refugio (2050) and path between Laguna de los Témpanos and Refugio Jakob, Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA755

Arroyo Casa de Píedra valley from nr Laguna de los Témpanos, Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA754

Refugio Jakob (R) and Laguna Jakob, with Paso Schweitzer (L), Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA758

Arroyo Casa de Píedra valley from path leading down valley from Refugio Jakob, Refugio Jakob - Laguna de los Témpanos - Arroyo Casa de Piedra valley - Lago Nahuel Huapi Section, Circuito Catedral Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Río Negro, Argentina, 22-Dec-03, SA759