Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
The Cerro Vespignani is one of the most visited peaks around the small mountain village of El Chalten (400m), in the province of Santa Cruz, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region. Standing at 2,146 meters, it features great backcountry terrain and amazing snow, perfect for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts! Moreover, it offers breathtaking views to the Fitz Roy (3,405m), one of the most iconic peaks in the Andes Range (6,961m), and to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (12,363 km2), the world’s second largest contiguous non-polar ice field.
Our tour will depart early in the morning from El Chalten, located within the Los Glaciares National Park (7,269.27km2), the largest natural reserve in the country. We will drive 38 kilometers to the Lago Del Desierto (600m). From the parking lot, we will trek for an hour to the base of the Huemul Glacier, and then climb over 6 to 7 hours to the summit. After a short rest at the top, we will ride down Cerro Vespignani’s spectacular slopes over 2 hours, returning to the parking lot, and arriving back at El Chalten by the afternoon.
From the parking lot in Lago del Desierto, the route involves a 1,500-meter ascent. While this is not a technical climb, it features a few challenging sections. I will take a maximum of 4 people on this tour. To be able to join, they should be in good shape and have prior splitboarding experience. They also need to bring their own personal equipment, including regular and splitboard crampons.
Don’t miss this memorable splitboarding outing in the heart of the Argentine Patagonia. Book your trip now!
For your reference, I also offer a ski touring version of this program. If you are looking for other similar activities around El Chalten, check out the splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres and the tailored splitboarding 1+day tours to other iconic peaks in the area.
El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina
You need to bring the following personal equipment:
• Splitboarding gear (splitboard, boots, bindings, crampons, skins, and poles)
• Safety equipment (shovel, beacon, and probe)
• Trekking shoes and gaiters
• Waterproof pants and jacket (Gore-Tex)
• Hooded puffer jacket
• Merino wool or synthetic base layers
• 2 fleece (100-200 weight)
• 2 pairs of gloves
• Warm hat and buff
• 30-40-litres backpack
• 1-litre water bottle and small thermo flask
• Lunch box
• Sunglasses and goggles
• Sunscreen and lip balm
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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