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Mountain Climbing in El Chaltén

Located at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, west of the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, El Chaltén is one of the most beautiful places on Earth to practice mountaineering. Climbing one of the Fitz Roy’s needles, for example, can become an unforgettable and very interesting experience. Always together with the reliable company of a qualified guide, in El Chaltén you will find the perfect mountain goal for you, adjusted to your wishes, expectations and technical level. Do not miss this selection of the best mountain climbing programs. Explore-Share.com only promotes trips led by certified guides. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lawrence Carter

5.00

March, 2022

Climb Aguja Guillaumet 2579m in Patagonia

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Tatsuya Sato

5.00

January, 2022

Cerro Eléctrico, 1-day guided ascent from El Chaltén

Merlin is a well accomplished climber, and he has shared with me his knowledge abs skills while we were climbing. Climbing Cerro Electrico was very physically demanding, but I had an amazing time climbing with him. I can’t wait to climb other peaks with him again.

Tatsuya Sato

5.00

January, 2022

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

Mojon Rojo was my second climb with Merlin (I climbed Cerro Electrico with him 2 days earlier.) But it was like climbing with your old friend. I had an amazing time climbing with him. His climbing skills and knowledge are top notch. I can’t wait to climb more peaks in Patagonia with him.

Erik Roslund

5.00

January, 2020

Guided ascent to Cerro Electrico in one day

Our Guide Juan did an excellent job . He was courteous, informative and a pleasure to spend the day with . He’s an experienced climber and knows his way around the mountains . I would definitely contact Juan again for any future adventures . Well worth every penny !

Elaine Mau

5.00

January, 2020

Climb Aguja Guillaumet 2579m in Patagonia

Indio was an amazing guide! I am safe and sound on the ground now :) He was very knowledgeable about the terrain and weather patterns; he changed plans, urged me to move faster accordingly. He answered all my questions and was really patient with my slowness. As for the climb, it's a great intro to Alpine world. I'm primarily a rock climber, so the ice/snow part was all new. The ice/snow part was strenuous, but doable as a completely newbie, and basically you can be pulled up or lowered if you're struggling. Approach was long, rocky, and windy. What a great experience. Highly recommend Indio and the climb!

John Lucasuk

5.00

January, 2020

Cerro Solo 3-day guided ascent, El Chalten

Juan is a knowledgable, personable and strong guide. Cerro Solo is a great short peak for those wishing to hone their skills. Campsite is beautiful

Charles B

5.00

February, 2019

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Mi novia y yo pasamos un día con Merlín en el Cerro Madsen. Ella es nueva en el alpinismo y él le dio la confianza para lograr algo único y emocionante. Estuvimos en el momento de la caminata completa y terminamos queriendo volver para algo más desafiante la próxima vez. Verdaderamente una experiencia de primer nivel. Volveremos para esquiar en breve.

Alberto B

5.00

December, 2018

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Ascensione di un giorno al Cerro Madsen, giornata perfetta. Partenza ore 4 sorseggiando del buon mate, ascensione perfetta con una giornata di pieno sole ed arrivati in vetta il Fitz Roy che si è mostrato del tutto nella sua bellezza! ottima esperienza, professionalità e simpatia con Merlin, giornata conclusa davanti a una buona pizza e una birra fresca in paese! consigliatissimo!

Diana

5.00

November, 2018

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Booking with explore-share was so easy, Lupe was fantastic and despite it being so close to my trip date, very helpful and extremely responsive. Merlin was the perfect guide: knowledgeable, competent, patient, motivating and upbeat. We had snow on the ascent of Madsen but the clouds cleared for really excellent views of Piedras Blancas glacier, the valley below, and Fitz Roy. Thanks for the highlight of an incredible two weeks in Patagonia!

Joe McMahon

5.00

October, 2018

The Aguja Guillaumet guided alpine climbing

Awesome three-day climb of the Aguya de Guillaumet, challenging but incredibly rewarding, especially due to the exceptional views from the top (Fitzroy seemed to be within touching distance!) Thanks for such an excellent trip Merlin, will remember it for ages!

Brian Banta

5.00

January, 2018

Climb Aguja Guillaumet 2579m in Patagonia

Indio is an awesome guide and all around great guy. The trip up Aguja Guillaumet is absolutely amazing, we took the Comensana-Fonrouge route cause the Amy coluoir was in bad condition. Indio found a two day window of good weather for the climb. He also spent a day climbing in town to go over "systems" and gauge my ability. A great trip I will never forget. Can't say enough good things about Indio!

Naomi Altman

5.00

January, 2018

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

I enjoyed the previous rock climbing trip so much! We had a fantastic time climbing, it has been an awesome time in Patagonia.

George B

5.00

January, 2018

Paso del Cuadrado Alpine Climbing

I have been fortunate enough to visit El Chalten twice this year. The first time was with friends and we used Mountaineering Patagonia to climb Cerro Madsen. The weather was terrible, but the experience could not have been better. This winter though, I took my parents down and we signed up for Paso Del Cuadrado. We were joking today that it was the best hike we have ever been on. The guides (Martin and Max) met us the night before to check gear and go over the route. They were very good at explaining every detail. They met us the next morning with hot coffee and even better attitudes. As my mother put it, they set the perfect pace as we climbed 4000 vertical feet over 7 miles. I repeat the trip could not have been better. We made it to the pass with ease, never feeling out of control or unsafe. Bottom line: I am going to keep coming back to El Chalten and every time I will visit Merlin and his staff and go on one of their hikes. You would be foolish to not go with them.

CDR1999

5.00

December, 2017

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Merlin and his team worked with us to customize our trip to ensure we had an amazing time during our week in El Chalten. We completed a fantastic trek and climbed Cerro Madsen. The changeable weather in Patagonia means that you need to be flexible and Merlin's suggestions and his willingness to tailor his services to suit the conditions really enhanced our experience. The friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guides ensured we always felt safe and secure even when operating outside our comfort zone!

Rob E

5.00

November, 2017

The Aguja Guillaumet guided alpine climbing

Aguja Guillaumet con Merlin escalada montañismo en la Patagonia fue una experiencia magnífica. Merlin era flexible con las fechas y se aseguró de que tenía la ventana óptima para la excursión de tiempo de 3 días. Se ocupó de todos los detalles del viaje y estaba muy bien informado sobre la región y la ruta. Me impresionó especialmente la comida para la excursión que organizó y siempre estábamos bien alimentados. Yo recomendaría un viaje de escalada alpina con el montañismo Patagonia, sé que regresaré.

wanderbaby

5.00

November, 2017

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

Subimos al mojón Rojo con Merlin y no puedo decir suficientes cosas buenas. Fue una experiencia excepcional. Merlin es un excelente guía (ES certificado) con mucha paciencia, liderazgo, y atención a la seguridad. Por no mencionar, que es muy buena! Incluso nos servía café caliente en la cama (bueno, bivy sacos) cuando nos despertamos a las 4:00 am comienzo alpino. Merlin hizo un gran trabajo de elegir el derecho subir para nuestra capacidad. Era difícil y gratificante. Él claramente delineado expectativas antes empezamos, así que no sabíamos qué esperar. La subida en sí estaba fuera de este mundo - algunos de los paisajes más increíbles que he visto. Recomiendo encarecidamente una subida de Mojón Rojo durante su visita a El Chaltén!

Sam K

5.00

April, 2017

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Our day trip up Cerro Madsen was amazing! There was a chance of rain in the afternoon of our trip so Merlin and team made accommodations for us to leave early in the morning to try to beat the storm and we were so happy they did. We were able to beat the rain by hiking in the morning and made the ascent up to the top of Cerro Madsen. Our guide was superb at understanding our skill level and pushing us accordingly! I would highly suggest using Mountaineering Patagonia. They are professional, provide you with some of the gear needed, and make sure you have a safe trip. Thanks Merlin!

Sam K

5.00

April, 2017

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Nuestro viaje por Cerro Madsen era increíble! Había una posibilidad de lluvia por la tarde de nuestro viaje, así Merlin y equipo hicieron alojamientos para dejar temprano en la mañana para tratar de superar la tormenta y estábamos tan contentos que ellos. Pudimos superar la lluvia en caminatas en la mañana e hizo la subida hasta la cima del cerro Madsen. Nuestro guía era excelente en nuestro nivel de habilidad y comprensión nos empuje en consecuencia! Sugeriría usando el montañismo Patagonia. Ellos son profesionales, ofrecen algunos de los equipo necesario, y asegúrese de tener un seguro de viaje. Gracias Merlin!

travel123runner

5.00

April, 2017

“Aguja de la S” alpine guided climbing

Tuvimos una experiencia fenomenal, culminando en una cumbre exitosa de aguja de la S, y recomiendo encarecidamente el montañismo Patagonia. Juan Aguada fue nuestro guía, y él estaba bien informado, capacitado, entusiasta y alentador (y parecía conocer a todos en la montaña! ) - con un montón de historias sobre la zona y sus increíbles escaladas en Fitz Roy, Cerro Solo, etc. Todas nuestras experiencias con el montañismo Patagonia, desde la reserva inicial a la última poco del viaje, era muy profesional. Cuando hice la investigación inicial sobre las opciones de viaje, Merlin se ofreció a Skype y me dieron una minuciosa descripción de las diferentes opciones, y comprensión que necesitamos ser flexibles dado tiempo l�iles de la Patagonia. Él era atento y receptivo a las preguntas que conducen a la vuelta, y se reunió con nosotros tan pronto como llegamos a El Chaltén. Hemos revisado los pronósticos del clima, tanto con él y Juan, para venir con un plan de acción que maximice las posibilidades de tener una subida algo divertido. Cuando el pronóstico del clima cambió, fueron rápidos para comunicarse con nosotros y cambie nuestros planes en consecuencia. Terminamos siendo increíblemente tuvimos suerte con el clima, y tenía un enfoque sorprendentemente soleado para el campamento base. Llegamos a dormir en una cueva de roca, con una magnífica vista de la puesta de sol, y despertaron a un claro y viento matinal. Cruzando el glaciar en el amanecer fue espectacular, y luego nos volvimos locos para llegar a poner en los zapatos de rock y empezar la escalada! La subida era hermosa, y no pudimos conseguir por el hecho de que estábamos mirando en Poincenot y Fitz Roy (espectacular). Juan era cuidado, atento, detallista y entusiasta todo el tiempo, realmente no podría haber pedido una experiencia mejor. Nos gustaría hacer este viaje de nuevo en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.

Saverio P

5.00

January, 2017

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

We went for a 1.5-day ascent to Mojon Rojo, which is highly recommended as a technically easy but hugely rewarding summit. Merlin is an excellent guide, he will keep your spirits high and make sure he shares the right amount of local knowledge. He's technically very skilled and will always operate in the safest way. Excellent food and good vibes, too!

Michael F

5.00

December, 2016

The Aguja Guillaumet guided alpine climbing

Me and my friend spent 3 days with Merlin and had a fantastic time in Chalten area. He's very a very experienced fully certified guide, very strong, flexible and has excellent English. We were lucky with the weather (which can be very unpredictable) and climb Aguja Guillaumet along Fonrouge route. Highly recommended.

Rusty

5.00

December, 2016

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

My wife & I had an absolutely amazing experience climbing Cerro Madsen. We were put in touch with Merlin through Explore-Share & he was really accommodating in helping us plan the experience & chose a mountain that best suited our capabilities. Merlin, thank you for being so patient with us & answering about a thousand questions from me. You were always extremely helpful, friendly & flexible with us.   Also, a massive thank you to our guide, Sebastian, for taking us to the top of Cerro Madsen. Sebastian is a truly phenomenal guide & mountaineer. He is an extremely capable, knowledgeable, friendly & encouraging person who made us overcome all the obstacles to reach the summit. His constant motivation & encouragement made us overcome our own shortcomings / limitations & drove us all the way to the top without ever compromising our safety.   It was an absolutely breathtaking & out of this world experience & I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to anyone looking for a similar adventure. My wife & I have used many companies / guides all over the world in the past, but Merlin & Sebastian have definitely set a new benchmark for us that is going to be really hard to beat.

Carine S

5.00

December, 2016

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

L'ascension du Mojon Rojo sur 2 jours avec Merlin est une expérience inoubliable! Merlin a choisi une bonne fenêtre météo, a pris le temps de parler du sommet avec nous et de préparer le matériel. La nuit en bivouac a été agrémentée d'un dîner de pâtes carbonara délicieux et l'arrivée au sommet d'une vue incroyable. Je vous recommande!

Rusty1976

5.00

December, 2016

Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Mi esposa y yo tuvimos una experiencia absolutamente increíble escalada Cerro Madsen. Nos pusieron en contacto con Merlin (Patagonia) por explorar el montañismo - Compartir y él era muy complaciente en ayudarnos a planear la experiencia y elegir un montaña que mejor se adapta nuestras capacidades. Merlin, gracias por ser tan paciente con nosotros y responder unos mil preguntas de mi parte. Usted siempre eran extremadamente servicial, amable y flexible con nosotros. Además, un enorme gracias a nuestra guía, Sebastián, para llevarnos hasta la cima de Cerro Madsen. Sebastián es un guía verdaderamente fenomenal y mountaineer. Él es extremadamente capaz, eficiente, amable y alentador que nos hizo superar todos los obstáculos para llegar a la cumbre. Su constante motivación y aliento nos hizo superar nuestras deficiencias y limitaciones y nos llevó hasta la cima sin comprometer nuestra seguridad. Era absolutamente impresionante y experiencia fuera de este mundo y no dudaría en recomendar el montañismo Patagonia a cualquiera que busque una aventura similar. Mi esposa y yo hemos usado muchas empresas/guías de todo el mundo en el pasado, pero sin duda y Sebastián Merlin han establecido un nuevo punto de referencia para nosotros que va a ser muy difícil de superar.

LucaDomi

5.00

May, 2016

“Aguja de la S” alpine guided climbing

I got in touch with Merlin well in advance (strongly recommend to) to prepare an alpine ascent in Fitz Roy area. Merlin and Jaun were really fantastic in the support. We had several chat while I was still back home to assess experience, gears, possible alternatives in case of bad weather. I found everything managed in a very professional, friendly and safe way, both down in the village and during the climb. Really fantastic! Thanks a lot!

LucaDomi

5.00

May, 2016

“Aguja de la S” alpine guided climbing

Me puse en contacto con Merlin con antelación (fuertemente) para preparar un ascenso alpino en la zona del Fitz Roy. Merlin y Juan eran realmente fantástico en el soporte. Tuvimos varios chat mientras todavía estaba de vuelta a casa a evaluar la experiencia, marchas, posibles alternativas en caso de mal tiempo. Me pareció que todo gestionado de una manera muy profesional, amable y seguro, tanto en el pueblo y durante la subida. Realmente fantástico! Muchas gracias.

Lars B

5.00

April, 2016

The Aguja Guillaumet guided alpine climbing

We went with Merlin to attempt to scale Guillaumet. Merlin was a great guide and was super flexible. We didn't make it to the summit because of weather, and so he took us rock climbing around el chalten instead. If I went back, I'd definitely go with him again.

Marcochileno

5.00

December, 2015

Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

Ich habe zusammen mit Merlin die zwei Tages Tour auf den Mojón Rojo gemacht. Es war eine geniale und abwechslungsreiche Tour und ich empfehle sie euch gerne weiter. Merlin ist ein super Guide, spricht sehr gut englisch, er kennt die Berge, Flora und Fauna und gibt das Wissen gerne weiter. Die Tour war sehr gut vorbereitet, das Equipment in einwandfreiem Zustand, sehr gutes Essen und wir hatten Glück mit dem super Wetter. Zuerst läuft mann den normalen Wanderwegen bis Campamento Poincenot, anschliessend bis zur Laguna Sucia wobei der Weg langsam endet und mann über grössere Steine und auch Felsen steigen muss bis Laguna Sucia erreicht wird. Hier, auf der Höhe der Lagune geniesst mann bereits die Sicht auf die umliegenden Berge und die tolle Farbe der Lagune. Es geht weiter am Rande der Lagune entlang bis vor dem herunterfliessenden Bächlein dann der Aufstieg beginnt. Dieser erfolgt über grössere Steine, durch den kleinen Bach, über kleines loses Geröll und in unserem Fall auch noch über einige Schneefelder wobei wir hier das erste Mal die Steigeisen verwendeten bis schlussendlich das Tagesziel, das Biwak unter dem Fels erreicht wird. Am nächsten Morgen geht es früh los, wir wollen für Sonnenaufgang oben am grossen Schneefeld sein. Der Sonnenaufgang ist atemberaubend, herrliches Panorama und perfekte Sicht auf den Fitz Roy. Danach geht es im Zweiergespann mit Steigeisen und Eispickel sehr steil Bergauf bis es nur noch Felsen hat. Jetzt dauert es nicht mehr lange bis zum Gipfel, es folgt jedoch noch eine gesicherte ca. 20m hohe Kletterpartie. Bald darauf ist unser Ziel erreicht, der Gipfel des Mojón Rojo. Glücksgefühle und 360° Aussicht, einfach perfekt und Atemberaubend! Jeder Meter und jeden Schweisstropf ist es wert. Es folgt nun der Abstieg zurück zum Biwak, dort Zusammenpacken und Mittagessen. Jetzt folgt der Rückweg. In El Chaltén angekommen kehren wir im Restaurant ein und gönnen uns ein Bier und eine Portion Pommes.

Lachlan W

5.00

November, 2015

Climb Cerro Solo, South Patagonia

I did an ascent of Cerro Solo and some ice climbing with Merlin in November 2015. Merlin was incredibly accommodating, as a solo traveller he was able to customise the trip for me so it included a few elements I was really keen on. I asked him a ton of questions before the trip and he called me on whatsapp to give me all the information I wanted. Merlin's english was excellent which made him a great conversation buddy on the trek, I even had dinner with his family when we got back to town. The mountain ascent itself was hard work. We had a 3am start, carried 20kg backpacks, scrambled over loose scree in huge mountaineering boots and shared a tiny tent, but that's what made it special and so rewarding when we reached the top. We were also very lucky with the weather. One thing to be aware of, if you're doing a technical ascent that involves ropes, crampons and ice axes like Cerro Solo, it's mountaineering as opposed to trekking, which is excluded from all standard travel insurance policies in Australia. Having said that I trusted Merlin's 20 odd years of experience so I felt completely safe. Do it, the memories are worth the money!

dadsantafe

5.00

November, 2015

Climb Cerro Solo, South Patagonia

Cada día me asombro más del profesionalismo de Merlin Lipschitz. Nada queda librado al azar. De cada palabra suya se aprende algo. La vuelta al Cerro Solo es muy exigente y dependen fundamentalmente de las condiciones climáticas, pero vale la pena el esfuerzo. Son tres o cuatro días de caminata dependiendo del clima. Solo para personas con muy buena preparación física. Recomiendo esta travesía pero especialmente recomiendo la guia de Merlin, una garantía de seguridad.

Anonymous

October, 2015

Climb Cerro Solo, South Patagonia

Cada día me asombro más del profesionalismo de Merlin Lipschitz. Nada queda librado al azar. De cada palabra suya se aprende algo. La vuelta al Cerro Solo es muy exigente y dependen fundamentalmente de las condiciones climáticas, pero vale la pena el esfuerzo. Son tres o cuatro días de caminata dependiendo del clima. Solo para personas con muy buena preparación física. Recomiendo esta travesía pero especialmente recomiendo la guia de Merlin, una garantía de seguridad.

Anonymous

October, 2015

Climb Cerro Solo, South Patagonia

Cada día me asombro más del profesionalismo de Merlin Lipschitz. Nada queda librado al azar. De cada palabra suya se aprende algo. La vuelta al Cerro Solo es muy exigente y dependen fundamentalmente de las condiciones climáticas, pero vale la pena el esfuerzo. Son tres o cuatro días de caminata dependiendo del clima. Solo para personas con muy buena preparación física. Recomiendo esta travesía pero especialmente recomiendo la guia de Merlin, una garantía de seguridad.

Sébastien

5.00

April, 2015

Climb Aguja Guillaumet 2579m in Patagonia

Beautiful moment shared. First summit in the Fitzroy line. Magical and fascinating place. We climbed through the route Amy for the summit Guillaumet. Indio is the perfect, Professional and passionate, he's a perfect guide to do quality with security. Next time, we plan to clim both pics: Cerro Torres and Fitzroy. Enjoy seb

Frédéric

4.00

May, 2014

Climbing Cerro Solo, El Chaltén

Beautiful experience, profesional guiding, excellent group, perfect climate, what else do you need. Thanks to Indio for his professional skills has Guide and thanks to Explore&Hare for the service and this unforgettable opportunity. Fred

Indio

5.00

April, 2014

Climb Aguja Guillaumet 2579m in Patagonia

Gracias por los comentarios, la pasamos muy bien en la Ascensión. un muy buen grupo y divertidos!!

Charles

5.00

April, 2014

Climbing Cerro Solo, El Chaltén

Indio is a very friendly and skillful guide who brought us on the top of the wonderful Cerro Solo. No doubt it's the best way to explore Patagonia!

Guillaume

4.00

April, 2014

Climbing Cerro Solo, El Chaltén

If you think of organising a trip to the "6miles" in Catamarca, I am in! Thanks for your guiding tour around "El Chalten"!

Nicolas

5.00

April, 2014

Climbing Cerro Solo, El Chaltén

With Indio you will surely spend a great time! Very professional and friendly. I recommend him. He guided me to the top of Cerro Solo in El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina. I am looking forward to going with you for a coming expedition in San Juan province.

Gauthier

5.00

March, 2014

Climbing Cerro Solo, El Chaltén

Thanks for bringing us to Cerro Solo (el Chalten)! It has been a wonderful adventure! I'll come back or maybe we see each other in your region, San Juan, to climb some volcanos...! Take care, Gauthier


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