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Cerro Madsen (Paso Inferior): 2-day Ski tour in El Chalten, Patagonia Sur

IFMGA certified guide Indio wants to lead you on a 2-day ski touring adventure on the Cerro Madsen (Paso Inferior) in El Chalten, in south Patagonia, Argentina.


2 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov




* Spend 2 exciting days ski touring on the Cerro Madsen near El Chalten.

* Ski on the peak's lower passage, as well as its East Face.

* Spend a night in the Rio Blanco Camp.


For 2 days, I would like to guide you on a ski touring adventure on the Cerro Madsen’s lower passage.

Located in Argentina’s southern Patagonia, near El Chalten, the Cerro Madsen’s lower passage is full of great snow. As a result, the ski touring available in the area is spectacular. Furthermore, the views you will get, particularly of the famed Fitz Roy peak, are spellbinding.

The day before the trip starts, we will meet and go over final details. We will also perform an equipment check as well.

On the first day of the trip, early in the morning, we will drive for approximately 30 minutes from El Chalten to the Hosteria del Pilar. After that, we will trek for approximately 2 hours to the Rio Blanco camp. Once there, you will get to spend about 8 hours skiing on the Lower Passage of the Cerro Madsen. At the end of the day, we will return to the camp, where you will spend the night in comfortable accommodations.

On the second day of the trip, we will ascend the Cerro Madsen. From the summit you will get to enjoy some marvelous views. Afterwards, you will ski down the peak’s East Face. At the end of the day, we will return to El Chalten.

Participants on this trip should be in good physical condition. They should also have prior ski touring experience.

Please keep in mind that this trip takes place in a quite exposed area, and the possibility of doing it is conditioned by the weather. In case it is not possible to do it, we can go instead for this 2-day trip on Creston and Vespignani.

Like many great skiing spots in Argentinean Patagonia, the Cerro Madsen will not only provide you with great slopes, but amazing views. To join me on this 2-day adventure, just send a request. I know you’ll have a great time.

Are you not sure where to ski around El Chalten? Then let me pick the right spot for you on this full-day trip.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

In addition to the guiding fee, the price also includes GPS, meals and accommodation.

The price does not include skiing equipment and safety equipment, including ARVA, shovel, probe and helmet.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am an IFMGA and a High Mountain AAGM certified Mountain Guide. I was born in San Juan, where I found my passion for the mountains when I was a child. Today my home is El Chalten, this magical place where I have my family and where I work and live since 2008.

I have climbed many different peaks along the Andes, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Germany Italy, Austria and Switzerland. I have climbed great mountains and new routes in Patagonia, both in Cerro Torre and in the Fitz Roy mountains. I climbed Mount Fitz Roy five times and Mount Torre three times. All of them through different routes and some of them opening a new one.

One of my biggest achievements was the Standhardt - Herron - Egger traverse and the "Directa Huarpe" new route, on the west face of Cerro Torre. As well as climbing the Tehuelche route on the Fitz Roy hill in 16 hours.

I also guide in the Central Andes, in places such as Cerro Mercedario and Vallecitos in Mendoza, among other mountains. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor in different associations and member of the relief committee at the Club Andino Mercedario of the San Juan Province. I am also a member of the technical committee of the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, in which I am part of the staff of instructors for IFMGA guides.

I guide my clients mainly in Patagonia. I spend summer in the town of El Chalten and I move to Bariloche, in northern Patagonia, in the winter, where I guide more technical excursions, like ice and/or rock climbing, as well as classic mountaineering ascents. During the year I also guide in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and in Europe.

Even when I’m not working I enjoy climbing, bouldering, sport skiing and mountaineering. Keeping at my highest level of performance helps me ensure my clients’ safety, that is always my top priority.





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What people are saying about Indio



Indio is an awesome guide and all around great guy. The trip up Aguja Guillaumet is absolutely amazing, we took the Comensana-Fonrouge route cause the Amy coluoir was in bad condition. Indio found a two day window of good weather for the climb. He also spent a day climbing in town to go over "systems" and gauge my ability. A great trip I will never forget. Can't say enough good things about Indio!


Indio was a fun and skillful guide! My friend and I did multi and single pitch with him and felt very safe. We felt like we were climbing with a friend and learned along the way! We will be back, maybe next time mountaineering with Indio!



Beautiful moment shared. First summit in the Fitzroy line. Magical and fascinating place. We climbed through the route Amy for the summit Guillaumet. Indio is the perfect, Professional and passionate, he's a perfect guide to do quality with security. Next time, we plan to clim both pics: Cerro Torres and Fitzroy. Enjoy seb



Indio is a very friendly and skillful guide who brought us on the top of the wonderful Cerro Solo. No doubt it's the best way to explore Patagonia!



Thanks for bringing us to Cerro Solo (el Chalten)! It has been a wonderful adventure! I'll come back or maybe we see each other in your region, San Juan, to climb some volcanos...! Take care, Gauthier

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