Guided splitboarding day tour in Cerro Vespignani

Explore the stunning 2,146m high Cerro Vespignani, in the beautiful Argentine Patagonia, in a splitboarding day tour along with IFMGA-certified mountain guide Merlin. This program is for experienced riders.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    550 USD

    Group of 2
    300 USD

    Group of 3
    250 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
     Please note that the group equipment includes: crampons, harness, rope, VHF radio or satellite phone, and first-aid kit.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

    More info

    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

    • Headlamp

    • Sunglasses and goggles

    • Sunscreen and lip balm


    About the 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 Merlín Lipshitz


    We had a great experience climbing with Merlín in El Chalten. He did a great job of teaching us the basics and giving us a variety of climbs to do. The booking process was pretty straightforward, and overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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    J. Nyman
    Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!
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    Dorothy K
    Could not recommend both Merlin and his touring itineraries more. He went above and beyond from guiding us to lines I will never forget to showing us how an asado is done to renting me his *personal* skis for 2 weeks to make sure I had the best equipment for the adventure. He’s not like other guides I’ve had before, pushing us to get the most rewarding experience possible. Already looking forward to the next adventure.
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    Jamie McCroskery
    Merlin is a very experienced mountaineering guide. It was a great trip. We can recommend him very highly.
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    R. Mathes

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