A great ski touring day led by local IFMGA guide Manuel, where you'll ascend to the top of Cerro Vespignani and from there ski down about 1500 meters!
I would like to invite you to this ski touring day in Cerro Vespignani (2146 m). It is a really wonderful mountain for snowboarding and skiing. I have no doubt that you’ll love this place!
The 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 southern headland of the 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 put the skins on. After that it will be time to use harnesses and ropes and cross the glacier to get to the Vespignani summit.
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 begin our descent with the skis to the base. It will be a vertical fall of about 1500 meters!
The best months to enjoy this ski touring day are from June to November. This period offers the best quality snow. The rest of the year we can ascend Cerro Vespignani using crampons or snowshoes.
I also offer many other similar ski tours in the area, like this full day program in Loma del Diablo. If you wish you can take a look at it.
So get in touch with me if you want to ski on the exciting slopes of the Cerro Vespignani. 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.
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Group of 1
|USD 413 each|
Group of 2
|USD 310 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Transport during the trip
• Personal Insurance
• The price does not include: boots, skis and skins, personal clothing, box lunch.
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!