Walking on the Edge: an Exhilarating Trekking Experience on Mount Catedral (private tour)

  • Your quest to conquer Mount Catedral begins with an ascent via cable car

Embark on an exhilarating full-day adrenaline-packed trek across Mount Catedral, through forests and rugged mountain terrain, all the while enjoying some of the most amazing scenic views of the Patagonian Andes mountain range and its lakes.

Your quest to conquer Mount Catedral begins with a morning hotel pickup by our expert trekking guide. From there we’ll head for our trekking destination, which starts with a lovely morning ascent via cable car or chairlift from ski resort Cerro Catedral. After a climb of around 3,300 feet (1000 meters), we’ll start our trek uphill through scenic mountain trails and ridges that will allow for some awesome views of Lake Nahuel Huapi (the region’s largest lake) and also Gutierrez Lake. We’ll also have the opportunity to see Mount Tronador as well. Spanish for “Thunderer,” Mount Tronador gets its name from the sounds of falling glacial blocks and columns known as seracs.

Within this three hour portion of the trek, we’ll be trekking our way through some rocky terrain with impressive granite formations all around. And with a few uphill sections as well, you’ll be taking on some of the adventurous challenges the area has to offer as you pass by the picturesque Lake Schmol. From here we’ll arrive along the edges of Lake Toncek at an elevation of around 5600 feet and come across Refugio Frey, a mountain hut situated along the lake. The trek down to “Frey” requires coordination skills navigating through loose and rocky terrain. If you’re up for the extra challenge, the surroundings of “Frey” provide some great rock-climbing experiences as well as awesome displays of granite rock formations.

We’ll choose a nice place with panoramic views to enjoy our lunch box and recover our energy.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll continue our trekking journey with a 3300 feet (1000 meters) descent down the mountain to “Villa Catedral.” On the way, we’ll pass through a beautiful lenga (Patagonia cherry) forest as well as “Refugio Piedrita”, a tiny mountain hut built against a huge boulder. We’ll also cross over the quaint Van Titter stream before heading back for our vehicle. From there we’ll take you back to your hotel where you can rest up from your trekking adventure and take pride in your accomplishment of conquering the feat of traversing Mount Catedral!

Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all of the stops you want while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide. You’ll also enjoy more convenient and faster transfers from and to your hotel, as there will be no other travelers to pick up or drop off at other hotels.

This trek is demanding and involves rocky terrain and steep climbs (it covers steep and exposed rocky terrain for the first three to four hours). It’s not recommended for those who are afraid of heights or are not experienced with trekking rocky terrain.

Difficulty: moderate/hard.
Trek distance: 11 miles (18 kilometers) with a a cumulative elevation gain (refers to the sum of every gain in elevation throughout the entire trek) of 820 feet (250 meters) and 4165 feet (1250 meters) of cumulative elevation loss (because the tour starts going up 3300 feet or 1000 meters on a chairlift, for then trekking down).
This trek involves rocky terrain and steep climbs with occasional use of hands to progress. It’s not recommended for those who are afraid of heights or are not experienced with trekking rocky terrain.

Duration: full day - approximately 6 to 7 Hours of trekking covering 11 miles (17 kilometers) + approximately over 1 hour of round-trip hotel transfer.

Guide: private guide.

Vehicle: private vehicle.

Includes: lunchbox + ticket for chairlift at Mount Catedral.