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Cerro Eléctrico, 1-day guided ascent from El Chaltén

Cerro Eléctrico
Cerro Eléctrico
Cerro Eléctrico
Cerro Eléctrico
Cerro Eléctrico

Conquer the thunderous Argentinian Cerro Eléctrico in El Chaltén with incredible views with IFMGA-qualified guide Merlin.



1 Day

All year




  • Climb the Cerro Eléctrico in the Argentinian Andes.
  • Capture the stunning scenery as you ascent the mountain.
  • Benefit from having a fully-qualified guide leading the way.


Rising in the south of Argentina is the Cerro Eléctrico that measures 2,257 meters.

Its name comes from the fierce noise that is created by the wind in the valley, which resembles the strikes of thunder.

Beginning in the mountain village of El Chaltén, which is located in the gorgeous Glaciares National Park, we’ll take an early morning drive to Río Eléctrico, which is about 10 miles away.

From the Río Eléctrico, we will begin hiking on the trails to Piedra del Fraile, a comfortable and easy trail which provides access to the Valle del Río Eléctrico.

After 30 minutes we’ll head off the trail and turn towards a dry canyon that presents steep slopes. This route brings us to the base of the glacier.

It is from here that we need to use crampons and rope to help us climb the very steep section.

Conquering the glacier will take us to the great summit of Cerro Eléctrico, which stands at 2,257 meters.

Upon a successful climb you’ll gain access to breathtaking views of the Fitz Roy mountain and Piedras Blancas Glacier.

The climb takes in total approximately 12 hours and gaining 1,700 meters. The steep slopes reach peaks of around 35 degrees. This makes the climb very difficult, and participants must have a very good level of fitness. 

Get in touch now to reserve your place on a 1-day guided ascent to the Cerro Eléctrico beginning in the mountain village of El Chaltén.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back


More info

Equipment list: backpack 50-60 litres, mountaineering boots, bottle or thermo flask 1 litre, synthetic underwear, 2 polar jackets, fleece jacket or wind stopper (heavy weight), puff jacket, wool or fleece hat, neck warmer, buff, or balaclava, sun cap, warm trousers and t-shirt, waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket & trousers (gore-tex), gaiters, extra socks and t-shirt, sunglasses & goggles, hygienic set, sun block & lip protection, headlamp, pocket knife, walking poles, light trekking shoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have previous mountaineering experience for this trip? Is this trip suitable for beginners?

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!


Italian | French | English



What people are saying about this trip

Tatsuya Sato


January, 2022

Merlin is a well accomplished climber, and he has shared with me his knowledge abs skills while we were climbing. Climbing Cerro Electrico was very physically demanding, but I had an amazing time climbing with him. I can’t wait to climb other peaks with him again.


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