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2-day Cerro Madsen guided off piste snowboarding tour

Cerro Madsen
Cerro Madsen

Climb and snowboard one of the jewels of El Chaltén: Cerro Madsen. Your guide will be local IFMGA-certified Merlín who will lead this challenging full day tour only suitable for experts.

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2 Days

Jul - Sep




Ready to live an amazing adventure in a breathtaking scenery? Then join me on this 2-day Cerro Madsen guided off piste snowboarding tour.

While Cerro Madsen is one of the busiest places to visit in summer, it’s quiet different in winter. The trails, the surroundings, its slopes and its summit are painted white by snow and invite you to live an uncrowded snowboarding experience.

This 2-day program will start and finish at El Chaltén, from where we’ll drive to our trail head in El Pilar Farm. Once there we’ll start our hike up to Poincenot Camp,to set up our base camp, and continue to hike and use our skins to reach the point from where we’ll enjoy an amazing ride down**.** 

We’ll spend the night at our camp and go for another run the next day.

This trip will allow you to experience unique untracked slopes but it will also amazed you with incredible views of the Mount Fitz Roy and its surroundings.

Remember that to join this tour you must be an advanced snowboarder and be physically prepared. It’s a very demanding adventure!

If you feel you’re up to the task, send your request and book. I’ll take you on an unbelievable trip!

Looking for a similar trip on the other side of the Andes? Take a look at my 8 day splitboarding tour in the Chilean Volcanoes.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Included: Technical equipment: crampons, harness, rope, etc. / Not included: Personal Equipment and lunch box.


More info

I will have a VHF Radio or Sat Phone and a First-aid kit.

Recommended equipment: • 30-40 lts daypack • Water bottle & thermo 1l • Lunch box • Synthetic or merino base layers • 2 fleeces (100-200) • Hooded puff jacket • 2 pairs of gloves • Buff & warm hat • Waterproof pants & jacket • Sunglasses & googles • Sunbloc & lip protection • Trekking shoes • Gaiters • Headlamp • Splitboarding gear • Ski crampons and regular crampons • Ski poles • Beacon-shovel-probe

Meeting point

El Chalten

About the guide

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Mountain 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



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!



Everything about this trip was really great. Firstly explore-share was extremely helpful, really responsive. We felt really supported making all the arrangements from Netherlands to Argentina. Thanks for the team for that! In terms of the trip -- this was one of the most special trips we ever had. Huemel circuit is was very special. You start day1 in Patagonian forests and slowly ascend to the more rugged, stoney views of the circuit until you end up in the glaciers (and walk on them!) in day 2. Day 2 is slightly challenging due to the long ascend and walk until the camp. But without being very experienced we were able to do it (also thanks to our amazing guide Luis). We camped in an area only by ourselves, where it snowed overnight, which added to the majestic beauty of the whole trip. Day 3 mainly was descending to the 3rd camp area next to Viedma lake. This was also slightly challenging given the very steep descend in the forest, but despite the challenge it was fun, and was filled with great views. The reward is big, where Viedma lake is awaiting with glacier pieces floating on the lake just in front of you (and sometimes letting go some of it’s pieces). It’s a mesmerising area. And day 4 is going back to the start through next to the lakes, hares and guanakos. slightly easier trek but very peaceful, a nice goodbye to the circuit. We were picked up by a car at the end, arranged by Merlin/Luis. In all days, we were flabbergasted by the ruggedness and beauty of Patagonian mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes and everything we've seen. We were mainly alone in the circuit -- at least in the direction we were doing there was no one else with us. In that sense it was extra special. Our guide Luis was one of the main reasons for why this trip was so special. Very experienced and friendly -- made us feel really comfortable in what we were doing through his guidance on technical moves (e.g. in traverses, when we are descending etc). Also very experienced in the area, knew the circuit step by step - gave us a lot of information on the story of the geography not just like a guide but like a scientist almost (he was full of knowledge for this space). It was obvious that he really loves these lands and mountains, it was great to experience this route with him. I never write reviews, but this was a great trip on all levels, and want to make sure anyone who sees the review doesn’t doubt and just goes for it. Thank you Luis, Merlin and explore share - for your friendliness, professionalism and love of nature. You definitely added an incredible memory to our minds. I highly recommend everyone to experience Huemel Circuit with Luis and Merlin. Gulcin and Sebastiaan



Mojon Rojo was my second climb with Merlin (I climbed Cerro Electrico with him 2 days earlier.) But it was like climbing with your old friend. I had an amazing time climbing with him. His climbing skills and knowledge are top notch. I can’t wait to climb more peaks in Patagonia with him.



Trip of a lifetime! Merlin is great the setting is spectacular and we were blessed with perfect snow and bluebird skies. Couldn't ask for more.



Merlin is the man!! He made sure we got the most out of our week ski touring in El Chalten. Very memorable experience

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