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Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten

Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten
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Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten
Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten

Join an IFMGA mountain guide into this 5-day trip to Gorra Blanca, a beautiful mountain of El Chalten, in the border between Argentina and Chile.


4 Days

Jan - Mar, Jul - Dec




On this 4-day program, I invite you to climb to Mount Gorra Blanca, a beautiful mountain in the region of El Chalten.

At 2,920 meters above sea level, Gorra Blanca lies near Paso Marconi, on the edge of the Southern Ice Field. This is, indeed, the third biggest ice field in the world.

This impressive mountain is normally full of ice and snow, which makes it a fantastic expedition for climbers. Also, it shows breathtaking views of the Ice Cap and its surroundings.

Does this ascent sound attractive? Please contact me for this trip in a remote area of El Chalten, in Patagonia. Besides, we can combine Gorra Blanca with an expedition to the Southern Ice Field.

Located in the same area, I can also lead you to the top of Cerro Solo. Check this program out!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance


Day 1: 'La playita'

A transfer takes us to Río Eléctrico and we start the trekking.

It takes 2 hours to get to ‘Piedra del Fraile’ Campsite or 5 hours to ‘La Playita’ Camp (600 m), at the foot of the Marconi Glacier.

‘Piedra del Fraile’ is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest.

After getting there, the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite (La Playita).

Day 2: 'Paso Marconi' / Gorra Blanca hut

Ascent to ‘Paso Marconi’ (1550 m); a walk of about 8 to 10 hours with an elevation gain of about 1000 m.

This is the crux of the trip; we will need a reasonable good day to reach the pass.

If the weather is good, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others.

We will set our base at Gorra Blanca hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Summit attempt

Gorra Blanca summit attempt (2900 m) by the normal route (NW ridge), with average ice slopes from 30° to 40°.

There may be a short steeper section to climb the final mushroom at the summit.

If the weather is good, we will be able to contemplate part of the Ice Field, the Cordon Gaea, Volcano Lautaro, Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre, among others.

We´ll return by the same way back to the refuge.

This is about a 10 hour day with a gain of 1300 meters.

We estimate an extra spare day in case of bad weather.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Piedra del Fraile / El Chalten

Return to Rio Eléctrico bridge and transportation back to El Chaltén.

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.



More info

Level: the trip requires previous glacier experience.

The price includes technical and security equipment (crampons, harness, rope, helmet, Etc.), a VHF radio and a first-aid kit.

Meeting point

El Chalten, Argentina.

About the guide

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Mountain 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 about Merlín



The guide was Valerie not Merlin. Valerie was super helpful and we had one of our best days in Patagonia! We hope that our use of Explore Share website ensured that the local guide was well compensated. Everything was well organised, the talk on the way about the trek was super interesting. The views stunning.



Teo was our guide and he was great! He was very knowledgeable about the different wildlife and plants. Without him we would have never attempted to summit or descend (which was worse - his belaying and short roping was totally awesome and we felt in good hands). The weather wasn’t the best but he definitely helped guide us on what to do with the crazy winds we got. His English was very good as well. Totally recommend this for anyone seeking a great adventure and these guys made us feel very ready with all the questions and information they gave us before the day! If you want a real adventure do this and not just Laguna de los Tres!



Great hike, exhilarating and so much beautiful scenery! Thank you Marco. Grateful for the hiking poles on the incline to the Laguna.



Teo was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the area. He was very considerate of how I was getting on. I had an amazing time!



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!

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