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USD 3,499

HUT TO HUT RANDONEE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | Max 6 Guests

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin-share in Bariloche & multi-share in huts.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
Guaranteed departures; you book, you travel!
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,499
Experience some of Patagonia's famous huts & backcountry terrain in the Hahuel Huapi Park near Bariloche. Stay in rustic mountain huts, eat incredible food & ski/board sublime untracked lines...and repeat.
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Fixed Date(s): Sep 02 - Sep 09, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 3,499
Availability: Available
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Patagonia Huts Tour

Leave the Bariloche ski resort lift lines behind on this week-long ski mountaineering and backcountry ski touring adventure in Patagonia, Argentina. This expert guided Patagonia Huts backcountry expedition from Powderquest is for experienced ski tourers and splitboarders and will take you deep into Patagonia backcountry to find some of the best powder and steepest chutes. Explore the epic peaks and stunning landscape of Bariloche and northern Patagonia as you ski undiscovered terrain by day, and stay in rustic mountain backcountry huts by night. You’ll earn your turns then enjoy fondue, pizza, and local vino tinto—finishing your hut to hut tour in Bariloche. There, those who aren’t completely burnt from seven days of hut to hut ski touring and splitboarding heaven, can check out some of Argentina’s best nightlife in downtown Bariloche.

Tour Highlights

  • Earn your turns via the ultimate backcountry access outside of stunning Bariloche, Argentina
  • Experience hut to hut skiing in Argentina’s oldest national park- Nahuel Huapi National Park
  • Stay in the classic backcountry huts; Refugio Frey and Jacob Hut
  • 2 nights in beautiful downtown Bariloche- famous for friendly mountain culture, bustling nightlife and world-class restaurants

Terrain & Ability

Experienced ski tourers and skilled split boarders looking to get deep into Patagonia will love this expedition. This Patagonia backcountry tour is geared toward expert level skiers and snowboarders who are willing and able to earn their turns. Expect steep terrain, all types of snow, big days, and a 10 mile/16 km walk out of the wilderness, (yes hiking) at the end of the trip.

Recommended Equipment

  • Telemark, Splitboard or ski touring set up with skins.  
  • Skis should be 85 -110 mm underfoot.
  • Boots and Boot Crampons
  • Shovel, Beacon and probe
  • Ice axe
  • Ski crampons obligatory
  • Ski touring poles
  • Backpack 40 lts ski pack
  • Sleeping bag 600 grs down or equivalent (small and compressible). Avoid bulky sleeping bags
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black Diamond or similar)
  • Pocket knife Small roll of toilet paper
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or Camelbak
  • Thermos style bottle for hot drinks
  • Crocs or light weight sandals (optional) 2 pairs of sintethic ski socks (smart wool or similar are recommended)
  • Quick dry pants with schoeller fabric -or liner below ski pants (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Capilene/Polipropilene/ Merino wool base layer and underwear
  • Thin fleece
  • Thicker fleece windstopper or similar for skinning
  • Recommended down jacket or warm puff*
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • Fleece thin gloves for skinning
  • Winter ski gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter + goggles
  • Sun screen and lipbalm
  • Ipod or MP3 player- optional
  • Earplugs (for Mt huts)
  • Tooth brush and paste

Itinerary

Starts & Ends: San Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina (airport code BRC)

Day 1 (Check-in day):
Day 1: Arrive to Bariloche airport by 5 PM to meet up with the group and guides, Bariloche hotel check-in, group and trip intro, prep for tomorrow’s departure, dinner on the town.

Day 2 (Warm up at Cerro Catedral & then to Frey Hut):
Breakfast, depart to Catedral ski resort for some warm up runs and then access our backcountry route, ski to Refugio Frey Hut, dinner.

Day 3-4 (Ski touring around Frey Hut):

Breakfast, 2 days of ski touring between the beautiful granite spires and steep powder chutes, overnight at Refugio Frey Hut, dinner.

Day 5 (Traverse to Hut Jacob):

Breakfast, full day skiing touring on the Refugio Frey-Jacob hut traverse. Overnight Hut Jacob, dinner.

Day 6 (Ski touring around Hut Jacob):

Breakfast, touring and skiing around Jacob’s backcountry, overnight Jacob Hut, dinner.

Day 7 (Day of touring & return to Bariloche):

Breakfast, more skiing and ski tour out of the Argentina backcountry, over night in Bariloche, dinner and fun night on the town.

Day 8 (Departure day):
Breakfast at the hotel.The hotel can arrange transportation to the airport based around your departure time.

Lodging

For our 5 nights in the backcountry, we will be in rustic, yet comfortable, shared backcountry huts with a friendly staff. Sleeping bag required. There are no showers at the huts.

In Bariloche, stay 4 blocks from Bariloche’s main square in a mountain style lodge that has everything you need to get away. A breakfast buffet, hot chocolate, daily homemade pastries, 24 hour bar, and massage services—you’ll feel taken care of by the friendly owners and staff.




2023 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

USD 3,499
  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy in Bariloche & group in huts.
  • Single travelers, can be placed with a room mate or request a single room upgrade in Bariloche
  • GUARANTEED departures; no minimum guest numbers required for tour to run.
  • Payments are in USD
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Inclusions
  • 5 nights in backcountry huts (sleeping bag required) & 2 nights twin-share in Bariloche
  • Daily breakfasts, dinners in backcountry plus welcome & farewell dinner in Bariloche, Argentine malbec wine
  • Ski lift ticket to get to Frey hut via Catedral
  • 2 full-time, certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA), the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), or the Argentine Mountain Guide Association (AAGM)
  • Group transport to/from Bariloche airport
  • All trip logistics
  • Avalanche & mountain safety instruction
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrade (Bariloche only) - USD 395 per person
  • Required equipment rentals - (Request price)
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PowderQuest Tours, Inc. Travel Policy Terms and Conditions

These Terms will govern your trip with PowderQuest Tours, Inc. (“PowderQuest”). The individuals participating in a trip will be referred to as “Client” throughout the Terms. Any individual booking a trip offered through PowderQuest will be required to agree to the terms. The following Terms apply to Clients joining our guided tours. We reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice. Before the start of your trip with PowderQuest, you will be required to sign the Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy online. You will be provided a hyperlink to access the policy along with instructions on how to sign after booking your trip. You may preview the policy here. The Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy and the Terms set forth below constitute the entire, complete and exclusive agreement between the Client and PowderQuest and no waiver, modification, alteration or termination thereof shall be permitted unless set forth in writing signed by both parties.

Reservation Deposit

In addition to agreeing to the Terms below, the Client will be required to submit a deposit to PowderQuest. Most trips require $600 at time of booking with the following exceptions: Chile Backcountry Lift Assisted Tour: Chillan to Corralco (20% deposit required) Patagonia Resort Advanced Off-Piste + Mallin Alto Snowmobile Access Backcountry Tour: (25% deposit required) Ultimate Andes Adventure: Chile to Las Lenas (20% deposit required) Once the Client has paid the deposit, PowderQuest will provide confirmation of Client’s reservation. The remaining balance for the trip will be due ninety (90) days before the trip departure date. By agreeing to these terms, PowderQuest will charge your final balance to the credit card you provide. If the outstanding balance is not paid by this time, PowderQuest reserves the right to charge a $100 late fee or cancel the Client’s reservation. If a reservation is made less than ninety (90) days prior to trip departure date, the full balance of the trip is due at that time.

Cancellations by Client

Any cancellation by the Client must be made in writing via email. The date on which PowderQuest receives the Client’s written cancellation will determine the charges applicable. The schedule of Cancellation charges is as follows:

  • 91+ days prior to trip: Our Risk Free Booking and Life Time Deposit Policy is applied
  • 61-90 days prior to departure: 50% refund
  • 31-60 days prior to departure: 25% refund
  • 30 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% Cancellation Fee

Risk Free Booking Policy

After paying your deposit, you can cancel within 10 days for any reason and get a full refund

For cancellations made after the 10 day Risk Free Booking window expires and up to 91 days before your PowderQuest trip, select from a full deposit refund less a $100 cancellation fee or 100% deposit credit towards a future trip (Lifetime deposit)

Lifetime Deposits Details

  • Your Lifetime Deposit does not expire and can be used for any available future guided trip to the same country/region. You may also transfer the deposit as a gift to a friend.
  • A Lifetime Deposit can be granted once per Client. If a Client needs to cancel a second time, the deposit will be forfeited.
  • Transfer of deposit as a gift is valid on new bookings only.
  • Lifetime Deposits are not refundable in cash.
  • Future trips may have updated Terms and Conditions and Client will need to agree to any updated terms before starting the trip.
  • Private customized adventures may be exempt from Lifetime Deposits.
  • The value of the Lifetime Deposit is the amount of the original deposit. If the deposit requirements of the new trip being booked are higher, the difference must be paid in order to confirm the booking.
  • Lifetime Deposits cannot be combined and are limited to one per tour booked per person.
  • Not redeemable with any other offer, discount or promotion.
  • Lifetime Deposit cannot be used to rebook the same tour at a discounted price.
  • Our cancellation policy is strict. We urge you to purchase trip cancellation/ interruption insurance or Cancel For Any Reason insurance that cover loss of effects, trip delay, cancellation insurance and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client.

Mandatory Insurance

In addition to the suggested trip cancellation/ interruption insurance, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses, and air ambulance (emergency evacuation). If you are joining our Off-Piste or Backcountry trips, you need to make sure your insurance covers off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the countries you will be visiting. For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to PowderQuest. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation.

Visit our insurance page for details.

Departures

PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel a trip if it doesn’t have a minimum of four guests reserved by 40 days before the trip’s departure date. If a trip is cancelled due to insufficient numbers of guests, a 100% refund will be provided to Client.

PowderQuest cannot be held responsible for departures that are canceled or changed due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to natural disasters, political instability, disease, pandemics, border closures, travel bans, quarantines, terrorist activities, or strikes. Therefore we strongly urge you to purchase cancellation/ interruption insurance. Purchasing a Cancel For Any Reason insurance will provide additional benefits and reimbursement during pandemics and more.

If we do need to cancel due to circumstances beyond our control, we give you a spot on another departure of the same trip, or a full credit to use towards any of our other trips in the same country the following season. Services Not Covered

Additional activities may be offered by PowderQuest during a trip. Client, however, will be responsible for all extra expenses incurred as a result of Client’s participation in the activity. Only those activities described in the trip description are included in the total cost of the trip. Client will be responsible for charges issued by any airline used while on tour for any or all of the following: Excess baggage, over weight, oversize, or ski and snowboard charges.

Most tours include meals and drinks. Details are indicated on our website. When meals and drinks are not included, client will be responsible for the expenses.

Price Adjustments

PowderQuest reserves the right to adjust the price of a trip due to changes in exchange rates, inflation, increases in air fares or other transportation costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In the event the price adjustment is an increase, PowderQuest will be responsible for the first 2% of the increase and Client will be responsible for the balance.

Changes to Itinerary

Client acknowledges that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and changes to the itinerary may occur. Therefore, the agreed upon itinerary does not serve as a contractual obligation on the part of PowderQuest. Client understands that the route, schedules, itinerary, amenities and mode of transportation may be changed without prior notice due to local circumstances or events, which may include sickness or mechanical break down, flight cancellation, strikes, events occurring due to political disputes, entry or border difficulties, weather, climate, snow conditions and other unforeseeable circumstances. In the unlikely event the group is unable to travel as described on the itinerary due to weather or road closures, additional accommodations may be required. Expenses for additional accommodations will be charged to the Client.

While PowderQuest will make its best effort to provide its services as advertised, changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed appropriate, advisable or necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. If PowderQuest makes a change in the trip, the client will be informed prior to departure when possible. If the change is made due to unforeseen circumstances no compensation is payable.

Trip Guides; Laws

The trip guide’s decisions will be final on all matters. The client will at all times comply with the laws of all countries visited. If the client fails to comply with any law, or refuses to comply with the decisions of the trip guide, then the trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

Health, Fitness and Ability

Given the nature of the trips, PowderQuest requires that Client acknowledge that he or she is in good health and physical shape at a required level appropriate for this form of adventure activity. Client represents that he or she is capable of participating in all activities without endangering himself or herself or any other of the Clients or guides of PowderQuest. Client agrees to provide pertinent medical and health details in our pre-trip questionnaire. If the client fails to provide pertinent details or does not meet the required physical, health or ability levels, then the trip guide may not allow the Client to participate in select guided activities. The trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

Claims and Complaints

If Client has a complaint against PowderQuest, Client must first inform the trip guide of the complaint while on the trip so that the trip guide has a chance to rectify the situation. Any further claim or complaint against the PowderQuest must be received within thirty (30) days of the end of the trip.

Travel Documents

Client agrees to have a valid passport and necessary visas, permits, certificates of vaccination and any other necessary document for traveling to the destinations of the trip. PowderQuest does not assume any responsibility for securing those travel documents necessary for the trip and said responsibility will be that of the Client. Any advice or information provided by PowderQuest with respect to visas, vaccinations, passports, clothing, climate, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility of PowderQuest.

Airlines

The responsibility of the airline is limited to the carriage of passengers and baggage in accordance to the conditions of carriage. When the client has arranged for airfare through PowderQuest, it is not responsible for the carriage of the clients. Client acknowledges that it is his responsibility to arrive on time for departure, and Client acknowledges that these arrangements are made in good faith but are in no way legally binding.

Photographic and Video Release

Client agrees to permit PowderQuest employees and other guests to take photographs and make film and digital records of the trip without further recourse. I understand and agree that such photographs and/or film records may be used for commercial and/or promotional purposes.

Equipment

Client agrees to arrive with required equipment as listed on trip packing list and that required equipment is in good working order and ready to use upon arrival. If Client does not have this equipment, Client agrees to contact PowderQuest to arrange appropriate rentals.

I understand that PowderQuest may rent or outfit me with equipment required for backcountry travel or other tour use. I agree to treat the equipment as if it were my own, and if damaged or destroyed, I am responsible for the cost of the equipment, to be paid immediately and that may include international shipping costs and additional taxes.