13-Day Backcountry ski tour in Bariloche and El Chaltén

Join Merlín, an UIAGM/IFMGA-certified guide on this backcountry ski adventure through Argentine Patagonia! We will ski to see some incredible views!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

13 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Sep

Type of Trip

Private and Group

Highlights

 
     

    Are you an experienced backcountry skier looking to make your way through Argentine Patagonia? If yes, then come join me on this 13-day backcountry ski tour!

    We will begin our trip in San Carlos de Bariloche, a town said to be a “Little Switzerland” located in the pristine region of Argentine Patagonia. Upon arrival, I will pick each of you up at the Bariloche Airport and transport you to our accommodation in order to debrief about the program before settling in for the night. The next day, we will disembark to the Catedral Ski Resort to enjoy our first day of off-piste skiing. We will return to Catedral Ski Resort in order to hike past the Nahuel Huapi Lake and up to the Van Tritter Valley, where we will ski for the day. After this, we’ll be accommodated in  Refugio Frey. After a few more days of exploring the slopes around Refugio Frey we will return to Bariloche on Day 7 in order to head further south to El Chaltén.

    Once we arrive in the quaint mountain town of El Chaltén, made famous by the towering Mount Fitz Roy, we will relax for the evening. The following day we will be spent skiing in Loma del Diablo (1800m), which has a vertical drop of 1200m. From there, we will also check out Lago del Desierto in order to ski at Cerro Vespignani (2146m), which has a vertical drop of 1500 meters. The following day, we will head out to the Fitz Roy Basecamp where we will camp for the night and then explore the rugged, powdered mountainside of Cerro Madsen (1806m). After another day of skiing, the trip will then conclude in El Chaltén 2 days later.

    This trip is designed for experienced backcountry skiers, who are in great physical shape, so please keep this in mind when signing up. There are some important personal items that you will need to bring with you, such as: sleeping bag and pad, crampons and ice axe, and a ski touring set, among other items, which will be made clear to you once you sign up.  The minimum number of participants on this trip is limited to 2 people, so if there is a person or group of people you have always wanted to do a trip like this with, please consider it now!

    So, if you are an off-piste skier who has always wanted to venture through the backcountry  of Argentine Patagonia, this trip is for you! And if you love skiing in Argentina, then check my other trip, doing a 5-day ski tour in Gorra Blanca!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    7500 USD

    Group of 2
    3900 USD

    Group of 3
    3500 USD

    Group of 4
    3000 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Price per person to join a group. Price does not include: personal insurance, equipment and flights, restaurant meals and drinks, porters, lifts, gratuity
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Day 1

      Meet at the Bariloche Airport and we provide transport to our hotel. Once there, there will be a debrief with the guide and equipment check.

    • Day 2Day 2

      Head to Catedral Ski Resort. Ski off-piste around Catedral mountain. Lodging at Bariloche.

    • Day 3Day 3

      Return to Catedral Ski Resort. We´ll take the lifts to reach the ridge of the mountain, and start our hike to our accommodation at Frey Hut. There will be excellent views of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding mountains!
      We´ll ski down the Van Titter Valley, and then go back up to  Refugio Frey before retiring there for the night.

    • Day 4Day 4

      With a light pack, we will take this entire day to ski around “Laguna Toncek,”
      and our options of sites to ski around there will be based on weather conditions.
      We will return to  Refugio Frey for the night.

    • Day 5Day 5

      There is the possibility of being able to ski in the morning, before we head back to the Catedral Ski area in the afternoon. Transport will then be provided back to Bariloche. Lodging in Bariloche.

    • Day 6Day 6

      We will go ski at Cerro López, which has very scenic views of Nahuel Huapi Lake.

    • Day 7Day 7

      Travel Day: Transportation  to Airport to fly to El Calafate. From there, transportation is provided to El Chaltén. Lodging in El Chaltén.

    • Day 8Day 8

      Transportation will be provided to our next stop: Mosquito Creek, where we will ski the Loma del Diablo (1800m).  Lodging in El
      Chaltén.

    • Day 9Day 9

      Transportation will be provided to Lago del Desierto. Then we will ski Cerro Vespignani (2146m).
      Lodging in El Chaltén.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Advanced

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Bariloche Airport

    More info

    The Itinerary can be modified and should be considered only as a guide.

     

    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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    What People are Saying

     

    Could not recommend both Merlin and his touring itineraries more. He went above and beyond from guiding us to lines I will never forget to showing us how an asado is done to renting me his *personal* skis for 2 weeks to make sure I had the best equipment for the adventure. He’s not like other guides I’ve had before, pushing us to get the most rewarding experience possible. Already looking forward to the next adventure.
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    Jamie McCroskery
    Merlin is a very experienced mountaineering guide. It was a great trip. We can recommend him very highly.
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