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Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten | Argentina
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Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten
Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten
Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten

Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten

Ride on the magnificent De Los Tres Glacier in the scenic Argentine Patagonia, in a splitboarding day tour led by IFMGA-certified mountain guide Merlin. This is an advanced program.




1 Day


Jul - Sep






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De Los Tres Glacier (0,83km2) is one of the most visited sites around the small alpine village of El Chalten (400m), in the province of Santa Cruz, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region. Located within the Los Glaciares National Park (7,269.27km2), the largest natural reserve in the country, El Chalten is considered to be Argentina’s Trekking Capital. It is surrounded by stunning peaks in the southern Andes Range (6,961m), massive glaciers, glacial lakes, and virgin forests.

While De Los Tres Glacier is one of the most visited sites in the area during the summer, exploring it in the solitude of winter, surrounded by a white blanket of snow and ice, can be even more attractive!

Our day trip will depart from El Chalten early in the morning. We will drive 15 kilometers to El Pilar inn, in the middle of a dense alpine forest, where we will take a trail up to De Los Tres Glacier. The path climbs across the Rio Blanco Valley over 7 kilometers, up to the Rio Blanco Base Camp. A steep 1,200-meter ascent will then take us to the famous De Los Tres Lagoon, from where we will enjoy the most breathtaking views to the Fitz Roy (3,405m), one of the most iconic peaks in the Andes. Depending on the ice conditions, we will hike around or across the lagoon, and climb to the area between Punta Velluda (1,963m), the last base camp used to attempt Fitz Roy summit, and the Cerro Madsen peak (1,806m). During our way back, we will ride along wide slopes with amazing deep snow!

This is a challenging route, which involves a total ascent of 1,300-meters. Therefore, participants must be in good shape and have prior splitboarding experience. They need to take their own personal equipment, including regular and splitboard crampons. I will take groups of a maximum of 4 people.

Join this rewarding splitboarding day in the beautiful De Los Tres Glacier. Send me your booking request now!

For your reference, I also offer a ski touring version of this program. If you are looking for other similar outings in the area, I recommend the El Chalten splitboarding day tours and the Gorra Blanca 5-day splitboarding trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Please note that the group equipment includes: crampons, harness, rope, VHF radio or satellite phone, and first-aid kit.

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48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


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You need to bring the following personal equipment: • Splitboarding gear (splitboard, boots, bindings, crampons, skins, and poles) • Safety equipment (shovel, beacon, and probe) • Trekking shoes and gaiters • Waterproof pants and jacket (Gore-Tex) • Hooded puffer jacket • Merino wool or synthetic base layers • 2 fleece (100-200 weight) • 2 pairs of gloves • Warm hat and buff • 30-40-litres backpack • 1-litre water bottle and small thermo flask • Lunch box • Headlamp • Sunglasses and goggles • Sunscreen and lip balm

Meeting point

El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

About the guide: Merlín

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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



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!



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



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.



Trip of a lifetime! Merlin is great the setting is spectacular and we were blessed with perfect snow and bluebird skies. Couldn't ask for more.



Merlin is the man!! He made sure we got the most out of our week ski touring in El Chalten. Very memorable experience

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