7.5 km from Pampa Linda to the trailhead.
(return trip from the trailhead)
How to get there
HOW TO GET THERE
From downtown Bariloche:
Bus: In summer season there is a minibus transfer to Pampa Linda which takes roughly 2 hs. Reservation required.
By car: 85 km. total. Take route 40 towards El Bolsón, soon after Villa Mascardi at 36 km., there is a right turn off onto a gravel road. Another couple of hundred meters and you are at the Park Rangers Office “Mascardi”, where is the paid entrance fee to the National Park. From here there are 50 km. to Pampa Linda.
The road between Los Rápidos and Pampa Linda has timetables of restricted one direction:
- One way up: from 10:30 to 14 hs. from Los Rápidos.
- One way down: from 16 to 18 hs. from Pampa Linda.
- Two way road: from 19:30 to 9 hs.
- From 14 to 19:30 hs you cannot head towards Pampa Linda.
- Very steep trail and loose rock, have good hiking shoes.
- Hire a Mountain guide is recommended.
- Take plenty of water.
The trail is well marked and starts next to the “Confiteria Los Ventisqueros” at the base of Mount Tronador. There is no public transport up to there. The only way is by car or walking from Pampa Linda (7.5 km. away).
At the start you need to cross a few creeks which depending of the time of the year and how much water they have may require to wade through them. The trail is very steep with mostly switchbacks all the way up to the ridge, where above the vegetation you continue along the rocky ridge looking out for cairns.
From the first lookout you have a great view of the Ventisquero Negro, part of the Manso glacier and further on a second lookout to view the Castaño Overa glacier.
Take the same trail back down.