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“Worth the 8 hours!”
Review of Refugio Frey

Refugio Frey
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US$335.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Nahuel Huapi Lake and Small Circuit
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US$119.99*
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Ridge Walk to Refugio Frey from Bariloche
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Owner description: Camping refuge in the mountain town of Bariloche.
Reviewed 7 December 2013

The highlight of our trip to Bariloche was this hike to one of the most beautiful spots on our planet. We took the bus to Cerra Catedral ($10.00 peso per person per leg...cash only) and with a bit of looking found the trail head. (Head left at the parking lot until you find a wood carved hiker / trail head)

The trail gradually heads up hill for about 2 hours until it basically turns right and heads up a large drainage/valley for your next 2 hours. All along the trail there are incredible views first down slope toward the lake and then uphill to the majestic mountains. About 2/3 of the way up there is monument that offers one a chance to leave a small stone to remember a loved one with a prayer and bell to send your prayer to heaven.

Refugio Frey is a picturesque stone building at the base of a small lake and an amphitheater of volcanic peaks. There are a few reclined wooden chairs to lay in while you watch the rock climbers ascend one of the multitude of nearby climbs. We did not spend the night but it seemed like it offered accommodations one would expect. They even have cerveza and pizza if you were so inclined. Numerous Rock Climbers had set up their small base camps in tents close by as well.

If you are taking the bus back to Bariloche it leaves once an hour. If you are early or late then you have the option to enjoy a meaningful refreshment at one of the establishments at the base of the ski area.

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Since we were camping at Coihues it was very easy for us to simply begin to walk towards Frey. We're pretty fast walkers, it took us about 3 1/2 hours. Beautiful hike.

The Refugio was clean and cozy and it was nice being able to buy a cup of coffee and socialize a bit. Stunning scenery up there and lots of nature lovers and climbing enthusiasts to take in the scenery with.

Thank Thriftydrifter
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Great hike, scenery is wonderful, woods, mountains, lakes. Once you reach the top, a lovely quaint refugio to stop off in have a coffee and relax, take in the wonderful beauty of the lake as a backdrop. You can also stay overnight, important to book ahead in peak season. Can be easily done as a day trip from Bariloche, 7 hour roundtrip, highly recommend doing it if in the area

1  Thank Dromid
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Located in a high valley just a few hours of walk outside of Bariloche. Don't miss that stunning place! I recommend to stay at least one night, the sunset is great but the sunrise is just amazing! If you have the chance, go on a clear day and enjoy the amazing starry sky!

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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Great atmosphere and good refuge in bad weather. Had a nice soup there. Beautiful walk down through the forest to get down

Thank Peter S
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