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.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2400 USD

    Group of 2
    1250 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • 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 3Summit 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 4Piedra del Fraile / El Chalten

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

      Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    El Chalten, Argentina.

    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.


    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 about Merlín Lipshitz


    We had a great experience climbing with Merlín in El Chalten. He did a great job of teaching us the basics and giving us a variety of climbs to do. The booking process was pretty straightforward, and overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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    J. Nyman
    Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!
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    Dorothy K
    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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