Cerro Eléctrico, 2-day guided ascent from El Chaltén

Conquer the thunderous Argentinian Cerro Eléctrico with incredible views before camping overnight on the glacier with AAGM-qualified guide Merlin.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • 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 2-day guided ascent to the Cerro Eléctrico beginning in the mountain village of El Chaltén.

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Price per person

Group of 1
1000 USD

Group of 2
600 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


More info

Equipment list: backpack 50-60 litres, sleeping bag, insulating mattress, 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 bloc & lip protection, headlamp, pocket knife, bivi sac, walking poles, light trekking shoes.


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


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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