HOW TO GET THERE
From downtown Bariloche: There’s no public transport.
By car: Distance 19 km. to the Neumeyer Hut
Operating hours to access the Challhuaco Valley (National Parks)
Summer: From Nov 1st. until April 30th.: 8 to 21 hs.
Winter: From May 1st. until October 31st.: 9 to 19 hs.
Directions: From the roundabout at Route 40 (Diarco supermarket) and the Ring road, take the Ring road for 1.5 km, turn left into a gravel road. Drive along this valley following signs, you will cross the Challhuaco Complex pretty soon, continue on up to the hut. Check with the National Park Information Office for road conditions
- Follow the signs, stay on the trail.
- Above the tree line there are markings on the rock and cairns to indicate the trail. Between July and December it may be covered with snow, crampons or snowshoes may be necessary.
- In summer the sun is very strong and there is no shade above tree line.
- Take plenty of water.
- Check the forecast, especially for wind.
- Check at the hut for the trail conditions and register with them.
The trailhead is right next to the Neumeyer Hut domes, in the Challhuaco Valley. The trail is very well marked and goes through a beautiful lenga (Tall deciduous beech) forest.
After roughly 15 minutes walk you will reach the first lookout, just a little ahead is the Duck lagoon. Soon after you reach a fork, follow the left trail which continues up to the summit of Challuaco peak, the right one goes to the Green Lagoon. After a few meters you’ll head out to a clearing with a great view, then the trail veers left back into the forest for a short while and soon you are above the tree line in a shoulder that takes you up towards the summit. Look out for markings on the trees and cairns or markings on the rock. The sun is very strong in the summer, have plenty of water and register at the hut.
Follow the same trail back to the hut.