A great climbing program led by local IFMGA guide Manuel, during which you'll ascend to the top of Cerro Vespignani and go back to El Chaltén in just one day!
It is a perfect peak if you’re in search of practicing some mountaineering in South Patagonia!
Cerro Vespignani involves an ascent of about 1,500 meters. Leaving form El Chaltén we’ll have a one-hour ride to the parking lot next to the lake “Lago del Desierto”. From there, there is another one-hour walk to the Huemul Glacier‘s base.
When we’re at the foot of the glacier we’ll have a final section where we’ll probably have to use harnesses and ropes to cross the glacier and get to the Vespignani summit. Of course it will depend on the snow and the general conditions of the mountain. Keep in mind that all participants should feel comfortable using crampons and coping with some steep slopes.
Once at the top of the mountain we will have the most impressive view of the Mount Fitz Roy and the Patagonian Ice Field. After taking pictures and admiring such a landscape, we’ll return to El Chaltén.
The best months to climb this mountain is from December till March. During the rest of the year, and especially in winter, Cerro Vespignani also offers the best quality snow to enjoy some ski touring. Actually I lead several ski tours there.
So get in touch with me if you want to reach this fantastic summit and live a different day in El Chaltén. It’ll be my pleasure to be your guide.
El Chaltén. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén. The easiest way to get there is flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. For those who come from other points I also recommend getting to El Calafate and from there, take the bus to El Chaltén.
UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina
Based in El Chaltén, south Patagonia, since 2000. I was the first guide to complete the AAGM (Argentine Mountain Guides Association) complete training platform.
I did the first Argentinean guided ascent of Mt. Fitz Roy via Supercolouir route (la Supercanaleta). I have guided Aguja Guillaumet more than 25 times. I also guided Aconcagua, Alpamayo (Peru), Matterhorn (Switzerland), Mont Blanc, Dent du Geant (France), The Rockies & The Bugaboos (Canada), Torres del Paine (Chile), among others.
I am also member of El Chaltén Search and Rescue team. I have several WFR certificates with different schools such as NOLS & Fundacion Ecomed.
I speak Spanish, English and French fluently
My biggest passion is Alpine Rock climbing & Ski Mountaineering. Get in touch with me if you are interested in discovering the unique spots in the Fitz Roy massif, and other gems around El Chaltén! I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available when requested, one of my colleagues will guide you.
Our Guide Juan did an excellent job . He was courteous, informative and a pleasure to spend the day with . He’s an experienced climber and knows his way around the mountains . I would definitely contact Juan again for any future adventures . Well worth every penny !
Manuel was very knowledgeable and worked with me with what I wanted to climb and learn. With his help, I climbed my first multi-pitch route! Would definitely recommend!
A big thanks to Merlin for organizing and guiding two unforgettable ascents during my trip to el Chalten! Merlin was very responsive and helpful ahead of the trip, sending me route ideas and answering all sorts of gear questions of a Patagonia novice! During the ascents themselves Merlin was extremely professional, helpful... and great fun! (and he always arranged delicious packed lunches for Day1 :)) I would totally recommend Merlin for any mountaineering ascents in Patagonia, in the Alps or anywhere else! I felt safe at all times and had an unforgettable time!