11-day ski tour in Coyhaique, Chile and El Chaltén, Argentina


Join Merlín, an UIAGM/IFMGA-certified guide on this ski tour through Chile and Argentina! You will find scenic beauty on every slope!

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11 Days

Aug, Sep




Calling all experienced skiers who want to come discover the beautiful slopes of Argentina and Chile! Come join me on this 11-day ski tour!

We’ll begin our trip in Coyhaique, Chile, which is home to what some say are the world’s most beautiful mountains. I’ll pick you up at the airport and transport you to our accommodation in order to debrief about the program before settling in for the night.

From there we will go to Cerro Castillo, which houses many mountains and valleys that are perfect for ski touring and backcountry skiing. While there, we will eventually hike to our campsite in the mountains, with porters to help us carry our camping equipment. We will camp for 2 nights, in order to be in the closest proximity to the ski slopes.

After a week around Cerro Castillo, we will cross to Argentina. We’ll take the scenic Route 40 to El Chaltén. This small town is home to the incredible Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Southern Ice Field, all of which we will have the opportunity to see as we ski through the region, before finishing the trip in El Calafate.

This trip is meant for experienced backcountry skiers, who are in great physical shape, so please keep this in mind when signing up. Prices for this trip also vary based on group size, so if you happen to have a group of 4 or more people who like to backcountry ski, this might be the trip for all of you!

So, if you are an avid skier, eager to unearth the amazing mountains of Chile and Argentina, this trip is for you!

And if you love skiing in Argentina, then check my other trip, doing a guided ski tour in El Chaltén for a week!


Day 1: Day 1

We will pick everyone up at the Coyhaique Airport, and then transport everyone to Villa Cerro Castillo. Shortly after we arrive, we will spend the day debriefing; conducting an equipment check, and going over the details of the program. We will spend the night at Villa Cerro Castillo.

Day 2: Day 2

We will take a short drive to ski at Portezuelo Ibáñez. Assuming the conditions are good, we will take 2-3 different ski runs once there. Then return to Villa Cerro Castillo for lodging.

Day 3: Day 3

We will take a 30 minute drive to the beginning of the ski trail. For this trip, we will carry skis and personal equipment and the porters will
carry the camping equipment and food on the walk to our campsite (Camp Neozelandés). The walk takes between 3-4 hours; optional ski in the afternoon.

Day 4: Day 4

There will be different full-day ski options depending on the weather and snow conditions. We will again stay at Camp Neozelandés.

Day 5: Day 5

There is a possibility that we will do a ski tour in the morning. Then we will go to Villa Cerro Castillo in the afternoon (3 to 4 hours). We will stay at
Villa Cerro Castillo that evening.

Day 6: Day 6

This is a long day on the road, but it will be very scenic as well: We’ll drive for 12 hours along Buenos Aires lake, which is the second largest lake in South America, and then on the historical “Route 40,” which is the longest road in Argentina
from North to South along the Andes). Total driving time: Aprox. 12-14hs. We will stay in El Chaltén.

Day 7: Day 7

We start the morning driving to Mosquito Creek (1 hour); we will then hike from there carrying our skis until we
reach the snow, usually starting above the three line (1000m above sea level). We will Ski the Loma del
Diablo, which has a vertical gain of 1200m. We will stay in El Chaltén.

Day 8: Day 8

We will drive to Lago del Desierto ( 1.5 hour drive). We’ll then hike to Laguna Huemul in order to reach the base of the Huemul Glacier (1 to 1.5 hours). From there, we will ski the “Cerro Vespignani.

 Vertical gain: 1500m.
This is our last night in El Chaltén.

Day 9: Day 9

We will drive 30 minutes to “El Pilar” to start our ascent into Fitz Roy Basecamp (3 hour hike). After setting up our
campsite at Camp Poincenot, we will continue to Laguna de los Tres (another hour carrying the skis on steep rocky trail). We will then
cross the frozen Lake and Ski at Glacier de los Tres, the closest you can get to Fitz Roy Mountain!

Day 10: Day 10

After breakfast, we’ll go back to Laguna de Los Tres, and skin up the Cerro Madsen, with great views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier. Back to the camp and hike back to El Chaltén.
Vertical Gain 1000m.

Fare well dinner with a good “Asado” ( barbecue). Lodging at El Chaltén.

Day 11: Day 11

Transfer to El Calafate Airport. End of the services.



Meeting point

Coyhaique Airport, Chile


About the guide

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 8452 Each

Group of 2

USD 4226 Each

Group of 3

USD 3506 Each

Group of 4

USD 3195 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

Price details

Price does not include: personal insurance, equipment and flights, restaurant meals and drinks, gratuity



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