Climbing Mojon Rojo, El Chaltén

Climbing Mojon Rojo in El Chaltén, South Patagonia, with incredible views of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy with Merlin, IFMGA certified guide.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Mojon Rojo is the first Red Mountain to the south east of Cerro Fitz Roy range. When climbing Mojon Rojo, from the summit, we will see the peaks of this incredible mountain range as well as those of Cerro Torre.

    Starting from El Chalten, this is an ideal program to do as an initiation to Patagonian needles.


    Day 1

    Transfer to Hostería El Pilar. Trek towards Laguna Sucia, passing trough Piedras Blancas Glacier and Poincenot Campsite. From Laguna Sucia is an scree and scrumble terrain to reach the rock cave below the Rio Blanco Glacier. Aproaching time: aprox 5hs. Vertical gain: Aprox. 800m.

    Day 2

    We´ll start before sunrise from our bivouac (5-6 am aprox), after 45 min uphill trough rocky terrain, we´ll reach the base of the glacier. From there we´ll continue with crampons and rope to towards the rocky ridge.

    We´ll continue with scramble ( grade II & III) and short-roping, plus one pitch of IV (15-20m). The views from the top are very impressives! After a break on the summit (2163m), we´ll make one rapel and downclimb the same way back to the rock cave. We´ll get our camping gear and head back to El Chaltén.

    The activity will take around 12hs total, with an elevation gain of 900m aprox.

    This program is an excellent semi-technical experience which will take us to the heart of Patagonian needles.

    This place offers everything a climber could desire, from excellent quality granite to uniquely wild rime formations. All this is set in a dramatic environment, with the endless Patagonian steppe to the east and the broad expanse of the Ice Cap, an enormous network of glaciers that drops into Pacific Ocean fjords, to the west.

    Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this trip to go Climbing Mojon Rojo. Contact me if you are interested in this ascent, or for more information!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1200 USD

    Group of 2
    700 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     NOT INCLUDED; Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén, Lodging at El Chaltén , Porters ( at your request), Personal Equipment, Alcoholic drinks, Personal Travel & rescue insurance (highly recommended), Services not specified. INCLUDED: First-aid kit, Expedition food, kitchen utensils, Certified mountain guide, Technical equipment.

    Other details

    More info


    You can rent Glacier equipment on site


    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

    • 7 reviews


    I enjoyed the previous rock climbing trip so much! We had a fantastic time climbing, it has been an awesome time in Patagonia.
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    Naomi Altman
    Subimos al mojón Rojo con Merlin y no puedo decir suficientes cosas buenas. Fue una experiencia excepcional. Merlin es un excelente guía (ES certificado) con mucha paciencia, liderazgo, y atención a la seguridad. Por no mencionar, que es muy buena! Incluso nos servía café caliente en la cama (bueno, bivy sacos) cuando nos despertamos a las 4:00 am comienzo alpino. Merlin hizo un gran trabajo de elegir el derecho subir para nuestra capacidad. Era difícil y gratificante. Él claramente delineado expectativas antes empezamos, así que no sabíamos qué esperar. La subida en sí estaba fuera de este mundo - algunos de los paisajes más increíbles que he visto. Recomiendo encarecidamente una subida de Mojón Rojo durante su visita a El Chaltén!
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    Fuimos a un 1. 5 - ascenso día a mojón rojo, lo cual es altamente recomendado como técnicamente fácil, pero summit muy gratificante. Merlin es un excelente guía, él mantendrá su espíritu de alta y asegúrese de que él comparte con la cantidad adecuada de conocimientos locales. Él es técnicamente muy cualificada y se realizará siempre en la manera más segura. Comida excelente y buenas vibraciones!
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    Saverio P
    We went for a 1.5-day ascent to Mojon Rojo, which is highly recommended as a technically easy but hugely rewarding summit. Merlin is an excellent guide, he will keep your spirits high and make sure he shares the right amount of local knowledge. He\'s technically very skilled and will always operate in the safest way. Excellent food and good vibes, too!
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    Saverio P

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