Guided ascent to Cerro Electrico in one day

Ascend the Cerro Electrico (2257 m) in a full day program suitable for well trained mountaineers. Your guide is local IFGMA-certified Manuel.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Let’s climb the Cerro Electrico (2257 m) and enjoy the most incredible views of the entire Fitz Roy Massif.

    The name of this mountain has many different stories. One of them involves a Salesian exploring monk, Father D’Agostini, who said that Cerro Electrico (Electric Mount) would be a good name since the wind passing through the valley created a special sound, resembling a lightning.

    Another story explains that the name is due to its two peaks. One of them is black and the other, red. So both look like the positive (+) and the negative (-) of electricity.

    Regardless the meaning of its name, Cerro Electrico is a great summit to climb. Although it will be a physically demanding day I can guarantee you’ll really enjoy it. We’ll have to cross the glacier through 40-degree slopes. That is why it is essential to have an excellent fitness level and feel comfortable with the use of crampons.

    The best season to do this climbing trip is during the Patagonian summer (from December to March). However it’s also possible to ascend Cerro Electrico all year round. I also offer a winter program there during which I lead my guests to the Cerro Electrico’s summit and then we descend it with skis.

    So don’t wait any longer and contact me to make the reservation for your group. Come and enjoy one of the best spots in El Chaltén!

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    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.


    About the Guide


    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.



    What People are Saying about Manuel Quiroga


    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!
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    Preetha Naidu
    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!
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    Sara S

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