El Bolson is situated about 130kms (70 miles) south of San Carlos de Bariloche and is largely overlooked as a trekking area but has many great options and is a lot quieter than Bariloche. There are a total of 13 refuges offering a wide variety of trekking routes for all abilities. The refuges are mainly within the tree line/forested mountains but there are options for treks to access the mountain tops and knock off some summits! If you have any questions or find any out of date info on the site please contact me.
The Tourist Info Office should be your first port of call in El Bolson. You should register your trek intentions there. They offers free information & advice about all treks in the area, guidance on what refuges are open, the best trails. It is NOT possible to make reservations for the refuges (as they have no phone connections). Availability is based on a first come basis, some will fill up faster than others, this is one reason why it is important to register at the tourist into office they will be able to advise which refugios are likely to be full and which are not.
The trekking season in El Bolson is November - March. The high season of January and February will be busiest, especially at weekends. Due to its low elevations some of the refuges stay open all year.
Camping is possible at the refuges and a fee is payable. This includes the use of the toilet facilities.
Due to a recent incident, the tourist information office recommends you trek in at least a group of three.
A good place to start. Check out the overview map of the trekking trails.
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The information contained within this site is no substitute for a qualified Mountain Guide and the site author accepts no responsibility for inaccurate or outdated information (nor omission of information), nor any accident or injury sustained while carrying out the treks described on the site. This website has no affiliation with any of the refuges nor business mentioned within it and does not receive commission not operate in any way for commercial gain.