Refugio Hielo Azul (blue ice refuge) stands at 4265 feet above
the sea level in the Cerro Hielo Azul (Blue ice mount).
The Hielo Azul massif rises to the Northwest of El Bolson, from
where, looking West, you can ricognize it as the highest and
snowiest summit all year round.
From the refuge you are a stone’s trow away from a hidden
glacier at the top of the mountain. This glacier is the largest
to be found
in the area and, like most glaciers in the planet, is slowly
Its natural boundaries are: to the East and North the Río
Azul (Blue river), to the South the Raquel stream with it’s
deep and narrow glacio-fluvial cannion and to the West the cerros
de Silvia (Silvia’s hills).
The massif belongs to the Andes range and ever since its formation,
it’s been eroded by glaciers, rain, wind, etc; all of
which shaped it into its present form.
For hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Hielo Azul refuge
is a must. It is also the starting point for a circuit connecting
several refuges and get away from the hustle and buste of the
city, to spend a couple of days trekking among exuberant wildlife
and enjoying breath takingviews.