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Ascend Cerro Madsen in El Chalten, Argentina

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Looking for a truly unique and challenging hiking experience in Patagonia? Join certified guide Juan and conquer Cerro Madsen, a formidable peak standing at a towering 1,806 meters (5,925 feet). Experience the raw beauty of the Argentina as you travel across one of the most impressive mountanous landscapes in the world.



1 Day

Jan - Apr, Oct - Dec




* Challenge yourself with a full-day trekking adventure in Patagonia.

* Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Cerro Madsen.

* Get a sense of the vastness and wilderness of Patagonia.


Come face to face with Cerro Madsen, an impressive 1,806 meters (5,925 feet) tall peak near El Chalten, Argentina. Experience the incredible journey of conquering one of the most sought after mountains in Patagonia.

Your journey to the Base Camp of Cerro Fitz Roy begins in El Chaltén, a small town in the Patagonian Andes of Argentina surrounded by towering glaciers. From here, we will take a transfer via vehicle to the "Puente del Río Electrico", the starting point for the hike to Laguna de los Tres. Along the way, we will pass by a number of stunning viewpoints, including the Laguna Capri, a captivating turquoise lake.

Once at the lagoon, we will continue the ascent up the eastern slope of Cerro Madsen, in search of the northern edge from where you can see the Piedras Blancas Glacier. On steeper terrain and with patches of snow, it is likely that we will use crampons, ice axes, and ropes.

Ascend the mountain, and take in the breathtaking vistas that await at the summit. These panoramic views encompass the valleys, lush forests, and neighboring peaks. When the sky is clear, you might even catch a glimpse of the city of El Chaltén, located approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. It is a place where you can feel the power of nature and the beauty of the Patagonian landscape.

After relishing the mesmerizing views from atop Cerro Madsen, we will return in the afternoon by the same road to El Chaltén.

Previous climbing experience is not required, as this is a relatively easy route for beginners. However, good physical fitness is essential; the ascent of Cerro Madsen is a long hike, with a total trekking time of 12–14 hours. I will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you have the best and most enjoyable experience possible!

If you are ready for an unforgettable climbing experience in El Chaltén, contact me! It will be a fantastic day in the wilderness of Patagonia!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

Price Includes:

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip.

- Technical Equipment: Harness, carabineers, crampons, helmet, rope, ice axes.

- Emergency Equipment: first aid kit, VHF radio, InReach satellite communication.

Not Included:

- Personal equipment,

- Light mountaineering boots

Equipment you will need to bring

Water bottle

Equipment rent on site

**On this trip you'll need:** * Poles * Sunglasses * Backpack * Water bottle


What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

While previous climbing experience is not required for this hike, good physical fitness is essential. The ascent of Cerro Madsen is a long hike, with a total trekking time of 12–14 hours.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

Training for a mountaineering trip requires a combination of physical fitness and mental preparation. This trip involves long hikes, so focusing on cardiovascular exercises like hiking, running, cycling, and stair climbing will improve your endurance. Start with shorter sessions and gradually increase the duration and intensity.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own?

You'll need to bring the following:




-Water bottle

What is the best time of the year to climb Cerro Madsen?

The optimal months for ascending Cerro Madsen are January, February, March, April, October, November, and December.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Argentina - Patagonia

I live all year in Chalten, southern Patagonia, since 2015. I started guiding trekking in 2009. At the end of 2012, I started with the fanaticism of alpine climbing. I have climbed Mount Fitz Roy three times and all the satellite peaks of this range.

I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Andes Range, Bolivia and Argentina, such as Condoriri, Ojos del Salado, Pisis, Patagonia southern Icefield among others

I am passionate for backcountry ski. An activity to discover in these latitudes!

I belong to the new generation of AAGM high mountain guides, committed to teaching you all the necessary techniques to make your challenges safe and unforgettable!


English | Spanish



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