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Ski Touring & Backcountry skiing in Ushuaia

Join Merlín, a UIAGM-certified mountain guide, for this scenic, exciting and fun 7-day adventure backcountry skiing in Ushuaia. Explore a different mountain and valley each day of the trip before climbing Cerro Alvear on the penultimate day.


7 Days

Aug, Sep, Oct




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of Tierra del Fuego.

* Explore a different resort or mountain each day.

* Climb to the summit of Cerro Alvear and ski back down the East Face.


Situated on the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego,  backcountry skiing in Ushuaia is the perfect way to spend your last week of summer holidays!

Sandwiched in between the tail of the Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is home to plenty of incredible and isolated mountain and valley landscapes!

Over the course of our week together, we will head out into the heart of this pristine landscape, enjoying stunning views and some of the highest quality powder in the Andes.

Each day we will head somewhere new, starting out in the local ski resorts for a bit of a warm up before progressing to the highlight of the trip: climbing Cerro Alvear!

However, before then, we will head to El Castor mountain and Cinco Hermano peak to ski on their slopes. From scenic vistas, we’ll enjoy incredible views back over Ushuaia as well as over the Beagle Channel.

We will also have the chance to ski in the magnificent Olum Valley and El Martial.

We cap off the trip by using our ice axes and crampons to climb to the summit of Cerro Alvear, before enjoying a phenomenal run back down the East Face.

By the time the trip is over and we are taking you back to the airport, you will already be planning your next adventure back!

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this scenic and exciting 7-day adventure  backcountry skiing in Ushuaia!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my ski touring day in Cerro Vespignani!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Please note personal insurance is not included in the price of the trip and is mandatory.


Day 1: Arrival

After meeting at Ushuaia Airport, we will transfer to the hotel and go over the itinerary for the trip.

Day 2: El Castor

We will spend the day skiing at El Castor ski resort, including on the slopes of Castor Mountain.

Day 3: El Martial

We will spend the day skiing in the scenic valley of El Martial, above Ushuaia.

Day 4: Olum Valley & Cinco Hermanos peak

We will spend the day skiing on the Cinco Hermanos peaks above the Olum Valley.

Day 5: Cerro Alvear

We will climb to the top of Cerro Alvear using crampons and an ice axe before descending back down into the valley below.

Day 6: Paso Garibaldi

We will spend the day ski touring Paso Garibalid, either into Olum Valley or El Martial.

Day 7: Departure

We will take you to the airport and say our goodbyes.



More info

Equipment list: • Backpacks 30 liters • Head lump • Water bottle and small thermo flask • Merino or synthetic base layers • Mid layer fleece • Down or synthetic puffy jacket (hooded) • 2 pairs of gloves • Warm hut and buff • Extra socks • Waterproof pants and Jacket ( Gore-Tex) • Lens and goggles • Sun bloc & lip protection • Ski touring set: Skis, skins, boots, ski crampons, ski poles (compressible ideal). • Crampons & Ice Axe* • Safety avalanche set: Shovel, beacon, probe* • Helmet (optional)

Meeting point

Ushuaia Airport

About the guide

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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!



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What people are saying about Merlín



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.



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



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



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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