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Cerro Creston Ski Touring in El Chalten (South Patagonia)

travesia invernal, Campo Hielo Sur

Juan, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, offers a stunning ski touring 2-day trip in Patagonia Sur. Join him and explore the slopes of Cerro Crestón under expert guidance!



1 Day

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Discover a beautiful destination in the Argentine Patagonia.
  • Combine mountaineering and skiing in a scenic alpine area.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Andes and its surroundings.


Have you ever been to Patagonia? Then this is your chance to come to El Chalten, Argentina, for an exciting ski touring adventure in Cerro Creston!

El Chalten is one of the most beautiful mountain villages in South America. It is in the province of Santa Cruz, within Los Glaciares National Park. Surrounded by huge snow capped peaks and colorful lakes, this town is a wonderful option for an unforgettable holiday.

On this 2-day outing, we will combine mountaineering and skiing in Cerro Crestón, located south of Cerro Vespignani. With slopes ranging from 20 to 50 degrees, this mountain is suitable for both beginners and experts. On its south face there is a small glacier and we can ski close to the seracs!

We will spend the night in a cozy and comfortable refuge in the Crestón valley, to get a good rest in order to enjoy the second day of skiing.

This ski touring trip requires intermediate skiing skills. There are many options depending on the skiing level of the participants, with slopes ranging from 20° to 50°. Furthermore, we will walk 200m carrying our skis, so a good fitness level is recommended.

So, do you want to explore the slopes of Cerro Crestón, in Southern Patagonia? Then contact me! Come to El Chalten for an amazing 2-day tour!

El Chalten is full of ski touring options: I can also take you, for example, to Cerro Vespignani and Cerro Eléctrico.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Also included: Accomodation at Creston refuge with half-board, VHF communication, GPS /// Not included: ski touring equipment and safety equipment (arva, shovel, probe and helmet).


Day 0:  Previous meeting

Briefing and equipment check.

Day 1: El Chaltén - Crestón refuge

After midday, we will fi a 1-hour drive towards Lago del Desierto (Desert Lake). 200m-hike carrying skis to reach the refuge. During the afternoon we can hike in the area, and prepare the equipment for the following day.

Day 2: Cerro Creston ski touring day

At 9:00 am, after breakfast, we will get ready for the ski day. Depending on the terrain and weather conditions, there are several options: The south valley (also known as 'lomo del refugio') will give us great views of the valley, the river, and Fitz Roy range. Another option is the north-east face of the main valley, with 25-30° slopes, or the south face.

In the afternoon we will go back to the refuge and drive back to the town.




At Creston refuge

Meeting point

El Chalten, Santa Cruz (Argentina).

About the guide

IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Argentina.

I’m trekking guide since 2009, and became fully IFMGA certified in 2014.
I’ve climbed in many destinations in the Andes in Argentina, and also in Perú, Brasil, France, Spain, Italy and Austria.

I work together with two other colleagues and friends, Indio and Tomás, who are also IFMGA. So if I’m not available to guide you, one of them can do it.

The three of us live in El Chalten, where we practice our profession and develop our passion for climbing and skiing. And we want to share it by opening the doors to all those who want to live their Patagonian experience in a safe and unforgettable way.

We are also committed to mountain training. Therefore, we can give you the basic tools to move in the mountain safely and smoothly. That's why we offer courses for all levels depending on the terrain you want to train. We give lessons of rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier transit and mountain skiing.






El Chaltén

What people are saying about Juan Raselli

Stephanie Bana


November, 2022

Juan was the best guide! Very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly! We had a great time climbing!

Ginny Carlson


February, 2022

Indio is awesome! Great teacher. Great fun to be around. Would climb with him again. Highly recommend him no matter what your climbing level is.

Erin Kyle


December, 2021

This trip was amazing! Highly recommend. Juan was a great guide. He showed us all the basics of ice climbing and glacier transit. I feel comfortable as a beginner ice climber to go out on my own safely. We practiced top rope ice climbing, placing ice screws and glacier travel. We learned crevasse rescue. We stayed in the Refugio Valle del Creston (Google it, the place is beautiful). On the last day we put all our skills to practice to attempt to summit a glaciated mountain. Totally recommend the trip!!

John Lucasuk


January, 2020

Juan is a knowledgable, personable and strong guide. Cerro Solo is a great short peak for those wishing to hone their skills. Campsite is beautiful


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