Paso de las Nubes Crossing
This crossing is one of the oldest in the Park and consists of linking Pampa Linda with Frias Lake.
This crossing is one of the oldest in the Park and consists of linking Pampa Linda with the Frias Lake.
It is necessary to divide it in two days. In the first stage you reach the Agostino Rocca Refuge where you can find the “Paso de la Nubes”. After staying overnight in the refuge, continue to Frias Lake from where you take the boat that takes you back to Puerto Pañuelo in front of the Hotel Llao-Llao (Bariloche).
An important fact is that you can buy the return ticket by boat at the refuge with the GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE PLACE thanks to an agreement with the lake company
This gives you the possibility of not being tied to a return date and losing your ticket , maybe because you decide to stay one more day in the refuge or because the weather does not allow you to continue as you planned.
Starting from the gate ,a few meters from Guardaparque’s house, begins the car track that after 3km takes you to Castaño Overo river, you cross it by the pedestrian bridge and follow the road that ascends a little. Approximately 800 meters after, you will find a sign that marks the detour to Paso de las Nubes, Refugio Agostino Rocca and Lago Frías.
Take this detour that goes to the right and after 700 meters you will reach Alerce river. The road continues always bordering the river, sometimes next to its shores and sometimes a little further. After 5km of walking, you will arrive to a bridge that cross the river. A few minutes later, and after skirting the mallín on the left, (you don’t wet your feet as before), the road begins little by little to climb with more slope, and without realizing you are already in the “snail” (rise with zigzag shape with steep slope).
After overcoming the “snail” the road ascends in a more gentle way with ascents and descents through a stone canyon and small mallines, until finally arriving at a large green grass mallín from where you can see the refuge that is already nearby.
Crossing the mallín and following the marks that go up to the left in 5 minutes you will be in the Refuge.
Difficulty: easy / medium (from November to April)
Distance: 14 km
Slope: 710 meters above sea level.
Walking time:4 – 6hs
You have to get up early as the return boat sails from Lago Frías at 4:30 p.m. The most convenient thing is to have breakfast in the early hours and leave to enjoy the tour that is 12 km long.
All the way is signposted and has signs that indicate the kilometers that you have already traveled: 00/12 – 01/12 – 02/12 – 03/12, etc. So you can go calculating times, enjoy the journey and get to the boat on time.
The road is well marked and begins in the same refuge with a descent that crosses a beautiful lenga forest.
Arriving at the end of the descent you will go to some rocks from where you can see the front of the Frias glacier. Here begins a small stone path downhill and at the height of Km 4 you will reach the Frias River that drains from the glacier with an impressive view of it.
The river is crossed by a wooden bridge and from this point the trail goes through the forest always on the right bank of the river but quite far from it. From this point you will be able to notice how the vegetation, thanks to the humid air coming from the Pacific Ocean (Chile is already close), begins to transform into a Valdivian jungle full of flowers, vines that cover the trees and, if you pay attention, you will see some very large and ancient alerces.
At Km 9 you will find a suspension bridge that crosses the Frías River and from here you have the last three kilometers that border the river along the left margin until you reach Puerto Frías.
Difficuly: easy / medium (from November to April)
Distance :12 km
Slope: the road always goes down or flat but never goes up
Walking time: 4 – 6hs YOU’RE GONNA TAKE THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME IT TOOK YOU TO GET TO THE REFUGE.
It is a cozy place nestled in one of the most beautiful views of the Park.
It has the best facilities and amenities that can be found today in a mountain refuge.