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Guided splitboarding week tour in El Chalten

Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Merlín on a fascinating 7-day splitboarding trip around El Chalten, in the Andes Range, in the stunning Argentine Patagonia.

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Andes

7 Days

Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Description

El Chalten (400m) is a small alpine village located in the province of Santa Cruz, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region. It lays within the Los Glaciares National Park (7,269.27km2), the largest natural reserve in the country. Surrounded by scenic peaks in the southern Andes (6,961m), magnificent glaciers, glacial lakes, and virgin forests, El Chalten is considered to be Argentina’s Trekking Capital.

The village’s backcountry area features great off-piste terrain, in contact with wild nature, far away from the crowds. During our one-week tour, we will ride across several mountains, such as Cerro Vespigniani (2,146m), Cerro Madsen (1,806m), and Loma del Diablo (1,800m). Along the way, we will enjoy breathtaking views to the famous Cerro Torre (3,128m) and Fitz Roy (3,405m) peaks, as well as to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (12,363 km2), the world’s second largest contiguous non-polar ice field. The exact itinerary will be adjusted according to the snow and weather conditions, as well as to travelers’ preferences.

We will stay 4 nights in a comfortable hostel in El Chalten and the remaining 2 nights at the Poincenot campsite (750m).

I will take a maximum of 4 people on this trip. Participants must be in good shape and have prior splitboarding experience. They also need to take their own personal equipment, including regular and splitboarding crampons.

Explore El Chalten’s picturesque surroundings in this splitboarding week. Book your trip now!

In case you are interested, I also offer a ski touring version of this program. If you are looking for other winter activities in El Chalten, I recommend the ascent to Gorra Blanca and the ski tour day in De Los Tres Glacier. If you are considering other splitboarding experiences in the Argentine Patagonia, check out the 6-day adventure in Bariloche.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip


Itinerary

Day 1: El Chalten

Flight to the city of El Calafate’s airport (Santa Cruz) and transfer to El Chalten, around 220km away, where we will meet. Preparatory meeting to review equipment and itinerary. Lodging in El Chalten.

Day 2: Loma del Diablo

Transfer to the Mosquito River. Riding day in Loma del Diablo (1,800m). Vertical drop: 1,200m. Overnight in El Chalten.

Day 3: Cerro Vespigniani

Transfer to Lago del Desierto (506m). Splitboarding in Cerro Vespignani (2,146m). Vertical drop: 1,500m. Lodging in El Chalten.

Day 4: Fitz Roy base camp

Approach to the Fitz Roy base camp. Optional afternoon splitboarding in De Los Tres Glacier (0,83km2). Overnight at Poincenot campsite (750m).

Day 5: Cerro Madsen

Splitboarding in Cerro Madsen (1,806m). Vertical Gain: 1,000m. Overnight at Poincenot campsite (750m).

Day 6: Back at El Chalten

Return to El Chalten, where we will spend the last night.

Day 7: Farewell

Transfer to El Calafate airport. End of the program.

 

Details

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You will need to bring: • Splitboarding gear (splitboard, boots, bindings, skins, poles, crampons) • Safety equipment (shovel, beacon, and probe*) • Trekking shoes and gaiters • Waterproof pants and jacket (Gore-Tex) • Down or synthetic hooded jacket • Merino wool or synthetic base layers • Polar 100 and wind stopper • 2 pairs of gloves • Warm hat and buff • Extra socks • Sleeping bag and mattress* • 30-60-litres backpacks • Water bottle and small thermo flask • Headlamp • Sunglasses and goggles • Sunscreen and lip balm Items marked * can be rented at El Chalten

Meeting point

El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

About the guide

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Merlín

5.00

(4)

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!

Certificates

AAGM | UIAGM

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What people are saying about Merlín

Tatsuya

5.00

Mojon Rojo was my second climb with Merlin (I climbed Cerro Electrico with him 2 days earlier.) But it was like climbing with your old friend. I had an amazing time climbing with him. His climbing skills and knowledge are top notch. I can’t wait to climb more peaks in Patagonia with him.

Dorothy

5.00

Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!

Gülçin

5.00

Everything about this trip was really great. Firstly explore-share was extremely helpful, really responsive. We felt really supported making all the arrangements from Netherlands to Argentina. Thanks for the team for that! In terms of the trip -- this was one of the most special trips we ever had. Huemel circuit is was very special. You start day1 in Patagonian forests and slowly ascend to the more rugged, stoney views of the circuit until you end up in the glaciers (and walk on them!) in day 2. Day 2 is slightly challenging due to the long ascend and walk until the camp. But without being very experienced we were able to do it (also thanks to our amazing guide Luis). We camped in an area only by ourselves, where it snowed overnight, which added to the majestic beauty of the whole trip. Day 3 mainly was descending to the 3rd camp area next to Viedma lake. This was also slightly challenging given the very steep descend in the forest, but despite the challenge it was fun, and was filled with great views. The reward is big, where Viedma lake is awaiting with glacier pieces floating on the lake just in front of you (and sometimes letting go some of it’s pieces). It’s a mesmerising area. And day 4 is going back to the start through next to the lakes, hares and guanakos. slightly easier trek but very peaceful, a nice goodbye to the circuit. We were picked up by a car at the end, arranged by Merlin/Luis. In all days, we were flabbergasted by the ruggedness and beauty of Patagonian mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes and everything we've seen. We were mainly alone in the circuit -- at least in the direction we were doing there was no one else with us. In that sense it was extra special. Our guide Luis was one of the main reasons for why this trip was so special. Very experienced and friendly -- made us feel really comfortable in what we were doing through his guidance on technical moves (e.g. in traverses, when we are descending etc). Also very experienced in the area, knew the circuit step by step - gave us a lot of information on the story of the geography not just like a guide but like a scientist almost (he was full of knowledge for this space). It was obvious that he really loves these lands and mountains, it was great to experience this route with him. I never write reviews, but this was a great trip on all levels, and want to make sure anyone who sees the review doesn’t doubt and just goes for it. Thank you Luis, Merlin and explore share - for your friendliness, professionalism and love of nature. You definitely added an incredible memory to our minds. I highly recommend everyone to experience Huemel Circuit with Luis and Merlin. Gulcin and Sebastiaan

Jamie

5.00

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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