DEL AZUL CIRCUIT.
circuit allows joining the Hielo Azul, Lago Natación,
Cajón del Azul refugios and others far away without the
need to go back to El Bolsón town.
The track is marked in the same way than the one used to get
to the Hielo Azul refugio, red and yellow marks painted on round
To begin the circuit you have to go back ten minutes on the
same way you got to the refugio until you see ¨Lago Natación¨
sign and an arrow indicating to turn to your left.
away you reach the Teno stream which you cross over a fallen
tree. It has a red rope as a rail.
Afterwards you will find a steep climb that lasts about fourty-five
minutes. As soon as you reach the small hill you can see a lagoon
that you will border by its left. The track turns to the west
(left). Five minutes later you reach a deviation. The track
on your right indicates to Wharton, a farm from where you can
go straight back to El Bolsón Town and the left one which
follows the track you are walking through and goes to Lago Natación
Refugio. Ten minutes more and you will get to the Natación
In order to continue to El Cajón del Azul Refugio you
should border the Natación lake by its right following
the red and yellow marks. You cross some prairies surrounded
by trees and then start an abrupt descent through a Lenga forest.
about twenty minutes you cross over a stream that comes from
the Natación Lake and in twenty minutes more you reach
a viewpoint from which you can see the Azul River Valley.
From now onwards the descent is really steep and you will walk
through different kinds of forest. Forty-five minutes later,
when the steep descent comes to an end, you reach to a wide
track, the common access to El Cajón del Azul refugio.
Turn to your left.
about fifteen minutes the track joins the Azul River where it
turns to the left and gets narrower. There is a steep climb
for about twenty minutes. Then you cross over the river through
a wooden bridge and walk by some prairies and fruit plantations
till you reach the refugio.
Unevenness: 1400 meters
Walk level: Difficult
It is recommended to register and inform yourself before climbing.
- In summer season, begin the trekking from Hielo Azul before
2pm, so as to profit the sun light till the end without any
- Carry water from the main streams, Teno and Desagüe del
- Walk on the marked tracks (red and yellow marks)
If you get lost, return to the last seen mark and look for the
other marks on trees.
- Do not make fire or camp away from the indicated areas.