Come climb one of the most outstanding granite spires in El Chaltén: Aguja Guillaumet. Local IFMGA guide Manuel will lead this amazing 3-day alpine trip.
Let me show you all that Aguja Guillaumet has to offer, specially for newly arrived mountaineers. It is an ideal spot for a first approach to the place as well as to get used to weather and rock conditions.
As a passionate about alpine rock climbing I have guided in Aguja Guillaumet more than 25 times. No it’s your turn! Join me on this 3-day trip and discover such an amazing granite spire.
According to the amount of snow and the group’s level I can propose two routes to ascend Aguja Guillaumet.
On the one hand, we can try to climb its east face, known as the Couloir Amy. The total length of the route is 450 meters, with ice slopes of 60°. It is an easy to intermediate climb.
On the other hand, you will have the option to climb its west side. In this case I suggest the multi-pitch routes of Fonrouge-Comesaña. It has 12 different pitches ranging from easy to high technical difficulty.
All my guests should feel comfortable using crampons and some ice and snow techniques. You don’t need prior climbing experience. However, if you have some experience you will be able to perform better during the ascent.
It will be three days of great physical demand for which it is mandatory to have a good fitness condition. Also keep in mind that you must carry a backpack of about 25 kilograms. You will need to bring your personal equipment (clothes, sleeping bag, insulation mat, etc.), group equipment (tent, pots, heaters, etc.) and food. It is also possible to hire porters.
Please find more details at the bottom of this page. And if you’re already decided contact me now and let’s start the booking process. I’ll be happy to guide you in a place that I really love!
El Chaltén. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén. The easiest way to get there is flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. For those who come from other points I also recommend getting to El Calafate and from there, take the bus to El Chaltén. The transfer El Chaltén-Electrico River Bridge-El Chaltén is included in the price.
We will at 8:00 a.m. to check the equipment and then a transfer will take us to the Electrico River bridge. We will walk a couple of hours to get to Piedra del Fraile. From here we’ll ascend about 1000 meters by a well-marked trail at first and then by a series of moraines. After approximately 3 hours we’ll arrive at the Piedra Negra’s bivouac, where we will camp for the next two nights.
Very early in the morning we will get up, have breakfast and begin the approach to the base of the spire by the right bank of the glacier coming from the Guillaumet. Depending on the route chosen for the ascent our approach time will vary between 2 to 3 hours. You will enjoy the climbing and the beautiful panoramic views that this needle offers. We’ll rappel along the same track and return to our bivouac for a delicious dinner and a good night rest.
Today we will get up without alarm clock, disarm the camp, pack our backpacks and start our descent to Piedra del Fraile. After a rest we’ll continue our way towards the bridge of the Electrico River. Our transfer will be waiting for us to return to El Chaltén.
UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina
Based in El Chaltén, south Patagonia, since 2000. I was the first guide to complete the AAGM (Argentine Mountain Guides Association) complete training platform.
I did the first Argentinean guided ascent of Mt. Fitz Roy via Supercolouir route (la Supercanaleta). I have guided Aguja Guillaumet more than 25 times. I also guided Aconcagua, Alpamayo (Peru), Matterhorn (Switzerland), Mont Blanc, Dent du Geant (France), The Rockies & The Bugaboos (Canada), Torres del Paine (Chile), among others.
I am also member of El Chaltén Search and Rescue team. I have several WFR certificates with different schools such as NOLS & Fundacion Ecomed.
I speak Spanish, English and French fluently
My biggest passion is Alpine Rock climbing & Ski Mountaineering. Get in touch with me if you are interested in discovering the unique spots in the Fitz Roy massif, and other gems around El Chaltén! I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available when requested, one of my colleagues will guide you.
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 !
Manuel was very knowledgeable and worked with me with what I wanted to climb and learn. With his help, I climbed my first multi-pitch route! Would definitely recommend!
A big thanks to Merlin for organizing and guiding two unforgettable ascents during my trip to el Chalten! Merlin was very responsive and helpful ahead of the trip, sending me route ideas and answering all sorts of gear questions of a Patagonia novice! During the ascents themselves Merlin was extremely professional, helpful... and great fun! (and he always arranged delicious packed lunches for Day1 :)) I would totally recommend Merlin for any mountaineering ascents in Patagonia, in the Alps or anywhere else! I felt safe at all times and had an unforgettable time!
Group of 1
|USD 2439 each|
Group of 2
|USD 1418 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner