Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Argentine Andes

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

   
Monte Fitz Roy Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3TerrainAndes, GlaciersDateLate Dec
Region/PlaceSanta Cruz, PN Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy sectionCountryArgentina  
Dist (kms)41Height gain (m)900Route findingEasy
RouteEl Chaltén - Campamento Madsen - Laguna Capri - Campamento Poincenot (N1) - (Side-trip Laguna de los Tres) - (Side-trip Laguna Piedras Blancas) - Laguna Hija - Campamento Bridwell (N2) - El Chaltén
NotesMonte Fitzroy is simply one of the most spectacular mountains in the world. Day-walks and multi-day walks of 3-4 days take you to various vantage points, past lakes and glaciers. It's well worth an early start for a view of Monte Fitzroy at sunrise from the Laguna de los Tres lookout. Even a novice (like me) has a fair chance of spotting a torrent duck or magellanic woodpecker.
Valle Río de las Vueltas from nr Cerro Rosado, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA765

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) above Laguna de los Patos, between Campamento Madsen and Campamento Laguna Capri, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA773

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) from mirador just beyond Laguna de los Patos, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA777

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) from path between Laguna de los Patos and Campamento Laguna Capri, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA783

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) (L) and Glacier Piedras Blancas (R) from beach at Laguna Capri, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA786

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle), with puddles on path between Laguna Capri and Campamento Poincenot, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA790

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) above Chorroillo del Salto, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA794

Mushroom cloud and stream nr Campamento Poincenot, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA799

Magellanic Woodpecker (Carpintero Negro) nr Campamento Río Blanco, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA801

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) from nr Laguna de los Tres lookout, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA802

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) and Cerro Poincenot (3002) (2nd pinnacle) reflected in Laguna de los Tres, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA805

Cerro Poincenot (3002) (R), Aguja Rafael (2482) (MR), Aguja Saint Exupery (2558) (M) and Aguja de la S (2335) (ML), with Glaciar Río Blanco leading down into Laguna Sucia from mirador above outlet stream of Laguna de los Tres, El Chaltén - Laguna Capri - Laguna de los Tres - Campamento Poincenot Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 26-Dec-03, SA809

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) (MR), Cerro Poincenot (3002) (ML), Aguja Rafael (2482) (L) and Aguja Saint Exupery (2558) (Far L) from nr Laguna de los Tres lookout at sunrise, Laguna del los Tres - Laguna Piedras Blancas - Laguna Madre - Laguna Nieta - Laguna Torre Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 27-Dec-03, SA812

Monte Fitz Roy (3441) (R), Cerro Poincenot (3002) (M), Aguja Rafael (2482) (ML) and Aguja Saint Exupery (2558) (L) above Laguna de los Tres, Laguna del los Tres - Laguna Piedras Blancas - Laguna Madre - Laguna Nieta - Laguna Torre Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 27-Dec-03, SA816

Icebergs in Laguna Piedras Blancas and Glaciar Piedras Blancas, with surrounding mountains, Laguna del los Tres - Laguna Piedras Blancas - Laguna Madre - Laguna Nieta - Laguna Torre Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 27-Dec-03, SA820

Icebergs in Laguna Piedras Blancas and Glaciar Piedras Blancas from nr Glacier face, Laguna del los Tres - Laguna Piedras Blancas - Laguna Madre - Laguna Nieta - Laguna Torre Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 27-Dec-03, SA824

Laguna Torre with Glaciar Torre leading into lake, with Glaciar Grande (upper L) and Glacier Adela (upper R), with clouds over Cerro Torre, Campamento De Agostini - Mirador Laguna Torre - El Chaltén Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 28-Dec-03, SA829

Aguja 4 Dedos (2281) (R) and Aguja Bífida (2394) (L) from nr Campamento De Agostini, Campamento De Agostini - Mirador Laguna Torre - El Chaltén Section, Monte Fitz Roy circuit (T), Parque Nacional Los Glacieres - Monte Fitz Roy section, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 28-Dec-03, SA830