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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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • 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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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

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1000 each

Group of 2

USD 600 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

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

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