Hiking Lopez Refuge In Bariloche

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Highlights of Trekking Refugio Lopez

Refugio López, located near the top of the hill and 1620 meters above sea level, is the largest and most comfortable of mountain refuges in Bariloche. It has a capacity to accommodate 100 people and is easily accessible. 

Trekking to the Refuge is one of the best day hikes in Bariloche, as it offers a spectacular view of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Cerro Tronador on clear days.  Due to its location and height, the surroundings of the refuge retain snow until well into summer providing an unforgettable landscape.
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Pick up in downtown hotels in Bariloche from 8:00 a.m.
Drop Off in downtown hotels in Bariloche at 4:00 p.m. approx.
8 Hours
November - June
- Round trip transfer
- Certified guide (APN)
- Civil Liability and Personal Accident Insurance.
- First aid kit
- Lunch
- Drinks and energy boosters.
- Tips
No previous experience is needed for this trek, but you must be in good physical condition.
- Medium backpack
- Comfortable pants (quick-drying and removable better)
- Rain jacket.
- Inner coat: Polar or vest.
- Trekking shoes (or sports shoes)
- Telescopic trekking poles (optional).
- Sunglasses
- Cap
- Sunscreen
- Bottle or canteen of water (capacity 1 liter)
- Personal medications
Bariloche (AR)
- Itinerary subject to weather conditions.
- Private excursions: Minimum 2 people
- Regular excursions: Maximum 10 people

Details of Day Tours

Our adventure begins around 8:00 am with the pick up at your hotel, located in downtown Bariloche. 

We will head towards Kilometer 22.5 along the Circuito Chico route, There we will find the entrance to the path, which starts to the left of Arroyo López. The first meters, bordering the stream, rise slightly through a wooded area and then become a steeper path with the presence of roots and loose stones, so it will be necessary to see where you are standing and wear suitable footwear. The vegetation will become thicker with the constant ascent, until we reach a ridge where we will find a panoramic point of view, we will obtain the first views of the Perito Moreno Oeste lake and the Nahuel Huapi lake. 

After an hour of walking we will arrive at Roca Negra refuge , car stop and ideal place to recharge. After a short rest we will skirt the refuge and take the car path for a few meters until we find again the trail markings that will take us back to Arroyo López. If Arroyo López has little water flow (towards the end of summer) it can be easily crossed by stones, otherwise you have to wade through it (there is no bridge). 

The path continues zigzagging in its last section and alternate paths emerge without clarity of which it is the main one, however, all end up arriving at the shelter. Finally, after 4.4 km of walking, we will arrive at the López Refuge , right on the edge of the coigues and cypresses forest. We will enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the city of Bariloche and part of Cerro Tronador. 

In the López Refuge area we will stop to have lunch, take photos, enjoy the view and regain strength. The return to the starting point is done in the same way. 

The services will end with the drop off at your hotel around 04:00 pm. 
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Great experience in Bariloche

If you are visiting Bariloche, consider the tour Hiking Lopez Refuge. We had a really great time!

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