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Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent

Merlin and Cerro Madsen
Splitboarding across the Tatras Haute Route in 4 days
Splitboarding across the Tatras Haute Route in 4 days
Cerro Madsen 1-day guided ascent
Splitboarding across the Tatras Haute Route in 4 days

Join local certified guide Merlin on this incredible 1-day guided ascent to Cerro Madsen. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Andes and Patagonia from the summit.

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1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec


  • Discover beautiful Patagonia landscapes on a fun 1-day ascent.
  • Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Cerro Madsen.
  • Join a seasoned certified local guide on an unforgettable adventure.


I  invite you on a full day ascent to Cerro Madsen at 1.806 meters above sea level.

The ascent to Cerro Madsen is a perfect challenge for beginners and those who want to climb to the top of a mountain in Patagonia and enjoy one of the most stunning views of the continent.

The trip starts early in the morning in El Chaltén from where we’ll drive to the Hostería El Pilar, our trail-head. From there, we will walk to the Fitz Roy Campsite and after that, we will continue up to Laguna de Los Tres. Then, we will finally reach the eastern ridge of Cerro Madsen.

Depending on weather conditions and the season of the year, we may find some snow patches. In that case, we’ll need to use crampons, ropes, and an ice axe. The reward will be one of the most imposing views of Mount Fitz Roy and Piedras Blancas Glacier. We will then descend the same way and finally drive back to El Chaltén.

Although it’s not mandatory to have previous experience you will need a good physical shape. Take into account it will be a very long day with a total trekking time of 12-14 hours.

If you’re interested in this trip, please contact me now and book your place!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

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

Charles B


February, 2019

Mi novia y yo pasamos un día con Merlín en el Cerro Madsen. Ella es nueva en el alpinismo y él le dio la confianza para lograr algo único y emocionante. Estuvimos en el momento de la caminata completa y terminamos queriendo volver para algo más desafiante la próxima vez. Verdaderamente una experiencia de primer nivel. Volveremos para esquiar en breve.

Alberto B


December, 2018

Ascensione di un giorno al Cerro Madsen, giornata perfetta. Partenza ore 4 sorseggiando del buon mate, ascensione perfetta con una giornata di pieno sole ed arrivati in vetta il Fitz Roy che si è mostrato del tutto nella sua bellezza! ottima esperienza, professionalità e simpatia con Merlin, giornata conclusa davanti a una buona pizza e una birra fresca in paese! consigliatissimo!



November, 2018

Booking with explore-share was so easy, Lupe was fantastic and despite it being so close to my trip date, very helpful and extremely responsive. Merlin was the perfect guide: knowledgeable, competent, patient, motivating and upbeat. We had snow on the ascent of Madsen but the clouds cleared for really excellent views of Piedras Blancas glacier, the valley below, and Fitz Roy. Thanks for the highlight of an incredible two weeks in Patagonia!



December, 2017

Merlin and his team worked with us to customize our trip to ensure we had an amazing time during our week in El Chalten. We completed a fantastic trek and climbed Cerro Madsen. The changeable weather in Patagonia means that you need to be flexible and Merlin's suggestions and his willingness to tailor his services to suit the conditions really enhanced our experience. The friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guides ensured we always felt safe and secure even when operating outside our comfort zone!

Sam K


April, 2017

Our day trip up Cerro Madsen was amazing! There was a chance of rain in the afternoon of our trip so Merlin and team made accommodations for us to leave early in the morning to try to beat the storm and we were so happy they did. We were able to beat the rain by hiking in the morning and made the ascent up to the top of Cerro Madsen. Our guide was superb at understanding our skill level and pushing us accordingly! I would highly suggest using Mountaineering Patagonia. They are professional, provide you with some of the gear needed, and make sure you have a safe trip. Thanks Merlin!

Sam K


April, 2017

Nuestro viaje por Cerro Madsen era increíble! Había una posibilidad de lluvia por la tarde de nuestro viaje, así Merlin y equipo hicieron alojamientos para dejar temprano en la mañana para tratar de superar la tormenta y estábamos tan contentos que ellos. Pudimos superar la lluvia en caminatas en la mañana e hizo la subida hasta la cima del cerro Madsen. Nuestro guía era excelente en nuestro nivel de habilidad y comprensión nos empuje en consecuencia! Sugeriría usando el montañismo Patagonia. Ellos son profesionales, ofrecen algunos de los equipo necesario, y asegúrese de tener un seguro de viaje. Gracias Merlin!



December, 2016

My wife & I had an absolutely amazing experience climbing Cerro Madsen. We were put in touch with Merlin through Explore-Share & he was really accommodating in helping us plan the experience & chose a mountain that best suited our capabilities. Merlin, thank you for being so patient with us & answering about a thousand questions from me. You were always extremely helpful, friendly & flexible with us.   Also, a massive thank you to our guide, Sebastian, for taking us to the top of Cerro Madsen. Sebastian is a truly phenomenal guide & mountaineer. He is an extremely capable, knowledgeable, friendly & encouraging person who made us overcome all the obstacles to reach the summit. His constant motivation & encouragement made us overcome our own shortcomings / limitations & drove us all the way to the top without ever compromising our safety.   It was an absolutely breathtaking & out of this world experience & I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to anyone looking for a similar adventure. My wife & I have used many companies / guides all over the world in the past, but Merlin & Sebastian have definitely set a new benchmark for us that is going to be really hard to beat.



December, 2016

Mi esposa y yo tuvimos una experiencia absolutamente increíble escalada Cerro Madsen. Nos pusieron en contacto con Merlin (Patagonia) por explorar el montañismo - Compartir y él era muy complaciente en ayudarnos a planear la experiencia y elegir un montaña que mejor se adapta nuestras capacidades. Merlin, gracias por ser tan paciente con nosotros y responder unos mil preguntas de mi parte. Usted siempre eran extremadamente servicial, amable y flexible con nosotros. Además, un enorme gracias a nuestra guía, Sebastián, para llevarnos hasta la cima de Cerro Madsen. Sebastián es un guía verdaderamente fenomenal y mountaineer. Él es extremadamente capaz, eficiente, amable y alentador que nos hizo superar todos los obstáculos para llegar a la cumbre. Su constante motivación y aliento nos hizo superar nuestras deficiencias y limitaciones y nos llevó hasta la cima sin comprometer nuestra seguridad. Era absolutamente impresionante y experiencia fuera de este mundo y no dudaría en recomendar el montañismo Patagonia a cualquiera que busque una aventura similar. Mi esposa y yo hemos usado muchas empresas/guías de todo el mundo en el pasado, pero sin duda y Sebastián Merlin han establecido un nuevo punto de referencia para nosotros que va a ser muy difícil de superar.


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