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El Chalten Guided Ski Touring Week

El Chalten Guided Ski Touring Week
El Chalten
El Chalten Guided Ski Touring Week

Ski touring week in El Chalten with Merlin, IFMGA local guide. Enjoy great snow and incredible views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Southern Ice Cap!


7 Days

Aug, Sep


El Chalten, located in the Argentinean Patagonia, has amazing options for backcountry ski lovers. Not only the terrain is perfect but the views of Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and the Southern Ice Field are breathtaking.

Some of my favourite places where to ski are the following:

  • Loma del Diablo

  • Cerro Vespigniani

  • Cerro Madsen

Since they are extremely remote, it will be rare to find other people around us. Of course there are more popular places that offer us unforgettable experiences on snow. That's why I would also like to recommend my ski touring programs in Bariloche (6 days) and around the Chilean volcanoes (8 days).

For this ski touring trip in El Chalten, having experience and a good fitness level is very important, since we will approach the snow carrying our own skis.

During the week we'll spend the night in the best campsites in El Chalten. However, we are flexible to adapt the itinerary according to the weather conditions and your wishes.

So, if you find this ski touring program interesting, please get in touch with me so we can plan the trip together! If you prefer to join me only for a ski touring day in El Chaltén, it's also possible, or join me on a 2-week combined El Chaltén and Bariloche ski touring program!

El Chalten has something for everyone. Contact me now!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

Price details

Price per person to join a group (Min group size: 4 people).

Price does not include personal insurance, personal equipment, international or internal flights, restaurant meals and drinks, porters, lift tickets, or tips.

It includes meals when using mountain huts or camping.

In the case the group is less than four people, we will give you the option to pay the additional cost for a small group or get a refund 30 days before departure:

Group of 3 guests: USD 1800

Group of 2 guests: USD 2400

Group of 1 guest: USD 4600


Day 1: El Chaltén

Reception at El Calafate Airport and transfer to El Chaltén, where we will meet. Check your equipment and the program in detail. Lodging at El Chaltén.

Day 2: Loma del Diablo

Transfer to the Mosquito River. Ski in Loma del Diablo (1800 m). Vertical drop: 1200 m. Lodging at El Chaltén.

Day 3: Cerro Vespigniani

Transfer to Lago del Desierto. Ski touring in Cerro Vespignani (2146 m). Vertical drop: 1500 m. Lodging at El Chaltén.

Day 4: Fitz Roy base camp

Approach to the Fitz Roy base camp. Optional ski in the afternoon at Glacier de los Tres. Camp at Poincenot.

Day 5: Cerro Madsen

Skiing day in the Cerro Madsen (1806 m). Vertical Gain: 1000 m. Camp at Poincenot.

Day 6: El Chaltén

Back to El Chaltén where you’ll spend the last night.

Day 7: Ending point

Transfer to El Calafate Airport. End of the services.



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Necessary Equipment:

Backpacks 30 and 60 liters, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress*, headlamp, water bottle and small thermo flask, trekking shoes, gaiters, merino or synthetic base layers, polar 100 and wind stopper, down or synthetic hooded jacket, 2 pairs of gloves, warm hut and buff, extra socks, waterproof pants and Jacket (Gore-Tex), lens and goggles, sunscreen & lip protection, ski touring set (skis, skins, boots, and poles), safety set (shovel, beacon, probe*)

Note: The items marked * can be rented at El Chaltén.


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Meeting point

El Chaltén.

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 this trip



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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