Hiking

Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral is the ski area just outside Bariloche.

What makes this hike so special?

Spectacular scenery

a ski lift ride to get you started

a hut on a pristine lake for the night

We took the Frey Por El Filo (Fry Hut Ridge) circular route that brought us right back to the base of the ski area

Cerro Catedral

Hiking Cerro Catedral via Frey Ridge

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

Frey Por El Filo means Fry Hut via the ridge

The terrain is rugged

 stunning in the contrast off each side of the ridge

 

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There is a short section along a steep cliff

 

 

 

where a little bouldering is necessary

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral ArgentinaHiking Cerro Catedral ArgentinaHiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

After the cliff section,

the trail makes a steep ascent to Punta Nevada…the highest point on this route.

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

Enter a basin of fantastic rock pinnacles and spires

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina
Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

….and descend to Frey Hut along Toncek Lagoon

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

Frey Hut gets a lot of visitors.

It can be very crowded. Mattresses are spread out on the second floor.

It was full to capacity when we arrive,

so we slept in the rock shed nearby.

Hiking Cerro Catedral Argentina

It is about 7 miles hiking from Frey Hut back to the parking lot. The route winds gently downhill on a wide path most of the way.

Hiking Cerro Catedral Logistics

Getting There:

  • During the summer months, there are daily public buses every hour from Bariloche Bus Station to Villa Catedral, the ski area base town. Look for the bus with a sign in the window saying ‘Cerro Catedral’.
  • The cost is $12 pesos/per person one way. Pay in cash and try to bring the correct change. It is possible to purchase tickets in advance at the bus company offices.
  • Get off at the last stop in the huge car park at the base of the ski resort.
The Route & MapFrey Hut

 

 

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