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Climbing Fitz Roy 1-on-1 with a local guide in El Chalten (4-5 days)

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Join Indio, IFMGA and AAGM-certified mountain guide, on this thrilling and challenging climb to the peak of the iconic Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia.

Private

Andes

4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Extremely Fit

Advanced


Highlights

  • Completing a challenging climb gives you a sense of achievement
  • Your experienced and qualified guide prioritizes safety
  • Admire the striking beauty of Fitz Roy and its surroundings

Description

Fitz Roy, with its distinctive shape and rugged granite, is a Patagonian icon. Though it rests on the border between Chile and Argentina, the Argentine province of Santa Cruz represents the peak on its coat of arms. Climbers from all around the world long for the opportunity to ascend this stunning mountain.

This expedition is an opportunity to make your wildest mountain adventure dreams come true. The challenging nature of this journey means you’ll feel deeply satisfied when you reach the peak and look out over the awe-inspiring scenery.

As an experienced IFMGA and AAGM-certified mountain guide, I am dedicated to making your climb safe and unforgettable.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Challenge yourself to go on a thrilling adventure and reach the peak of the famous Mount Fitz Roy. 

For an intermediate-level trip near El ChaltĂ©n, check out this ascent of Cerro Vespignani. For a challenging 3-day trip, you might like this Aguja Poincenot guided climbing trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Dinner

Price details

Price includes: expedition meals, tent, cooking gear, group technical

equipment, GPS, VHF and satellite communication, individual technical equipment (helmet, harness, crampons, safety carabiners, ice axes). NOT included: sleeping bag, insulation mat, high mountain boots, climbing shoes, backpack, technical clothing, meals outside the days of expedition, hotel.


Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1

Approach to the base camp, depending on the route: Paso Superior, or bivouac on the west
side. We travel through forests and glacier moraines with differences of 800m approximately. 8hs day.

Day 2: Day 2

Climbing until reaching the bivouac on the wall, on any of the different routes mentioned
above. A 12-hour climbing day.

Day 3: Day 3

We continue climbing to the summit and then start rappelling, usually via the Franco
Argentina route, which takes us to Paso Superior base camp.

Day 4: Day 4

Return to the town from the Paso Superior camp.

 

Details

More info

This climb is definitely not suitable for beginners or intermediate climbers, but for the advanced only. Due to the difficulty of the logistics and the high level of fitness and expertise required, there are only 2 or 3 guides, nowadays, that take clients up to this summit and that I can really recommend. This means that you need to book this trip months in advance. Each guide will take only 1 client. Although this summit is reached in 3/4/5 days only, you need a month (with a guide available for you the whole month) to wait for the perfect weather window. During this month, you will do some practice climbs near town. This is not cheap, it has a cost of about 12.000 USD. If the weather is unsuitable, then the guide will take you up to other fascinating mountains in the area such as Aguja Guillaumet or Aguja Poincenot, and refund you for the price difference if applicable. The route will be chosen by the guide and yourselves, depending on the season you come, the weather and your skill level. The route may be ice, rock, or a mix of both. The best option is super canaleta, MD, it's a big ice crag. The best time to do it is in November and December. Another option, with more rock, is the Afanasieff route. Two pitches of 6b are the hardest part. The best time is January and February. Also, there is a 3rd route, the Argentinean one, but has not been in good condition for some years. A lot of rock and ice and with 3 pitches of 6b.


About the 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.

Languages

English

Certificates

AAGM | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA


What people are saying about this trip

Ryan George

4.00

May, 2023

Indio is a boss. He knows everything about argentine patagonia and was an extremely solid guide. Furthermore, he's personable and makes for a nice partner in the downtimes. Although I'm very experienced, I learned some new alpine techniques from him. And when I had a housing snafu, he helpfully stepped in with recommendations, including a backcountry hut that ended up being my favorite part of the whole trip. I gave the trip four stars because we fell far short of my goals due to weather. Pretty much everyone left patagonia disappointed that summer, but our choices were *extra* conservative; we turned back after summitting Guillamet even though other (guided) groups were continuing through motocross.

Jean-Laurent Casanova

5.00

04/30/2023

Indio is a fantastic mountain guide and my 7 weeks in El Chalten were wonderful. Despite a capricious weather we climbed many summits including St Exupery and Guillaumet. Indio also always managed to take advantage of shorter weather windows to climb a route on a wall nearby. This was my best Alpine climbing experience ever đź‘Ť.


 

 

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