The 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 retreading.
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.