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Ice climbing on “El Manto”, near Santiago, Chile

Follow Jose, IFMGA-certified guide on this ice climbing tour near Santiago, Chile. Discover the frozen waterfall of “El Manto”, in the heart of the Andes!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1+ day
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • Climb an impressive icefall in the Chilean Andes.

  • Spend one or more days in a beautiful winter destination.

  • Practice your ice climbing skills with an expert.


Chile is a perfect destination for ice climbing adventures. This trip is your opportunity to discover an amazing icefall near Santiago: “El Manto”. Join me and enjoy an unforgettable outing!

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is very close to the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. At 160km we find the Portillo Ski Resort, a famous destination among winter sports lovers. It is home to the Portillo Ice Fest, the oldest and most prestigious ice climbing competition in South America.

On this ice climbing trip, we will climb the frozen waterfall of “El Manto”. This amazing spot features a 120m climbing route with 3 pitches. Located in the heart of the Andes, it guarantees an awesome winter experience.

Furthermore, this tour is a great chance to discover the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores, a mountain pass between Argentina and Chile. Also called Cristo Redentor (Spanish for “Christ the Redeemer”), this 3km tunnel was opened in 1980.

Keep in mind that you can join me for one or several days. We can combine this activity with skiing or just focus on ice climbing!

So, if you are up for this stunning ice climbing trip in Chile, please get in touch with me. Let’s climb “El Manto”, near the Portillo Ski Resort, just 2 hours away from Santiago!

I also offer mountaineering tours in this same country. Check out, for example, my Cajon del Maipo 2-day program.

Meeting point

Santiago de Chile or Los Andes city



Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

Other gear: mountain boots & winter clothing

About the guide

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Aspirant IFMGA/UIAGM Guide from Chile

Guiding since 2001, before I started to guide clients in mountains I finished my studies as Tourism Technician (rafting & hydrospeed class 3). I like alpine climbing but also multiday hiking trips in Patagonia, some times I do logistic support for scientific expeditions and also avalanche control with Gazex, Avalancheur, Helibombing in operational areas (AIARE 2 rec).

Ice climbing in the Chilean Central Andes near Santiago is great during Jun/Sep as the rock climbing in Cajón del Maipo, plenty of 4000-5000 meters peaks are waiting to be visited, some of them with possibility of new routes, actually its possible to explore a lot and I have many proyects in differents regions of Chile!!!

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 258 each

Group of 2

USD 186 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transport during the trip

Price details

• possible to mix with ski at Portillo Ski Resort or any skitouring in the area

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