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.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    450 USD

    Group of 2
    250 USD

    Group of 3
    200 USD

    Group of 4
    175 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
     Please note that the group equipment includes: crampons, harness, rope, VHF radio or satellite phone, and first-aid kit.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

    More info

    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


    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 about Merlín Lipshitz


    We had a great experience climbing with Merlín in El Chalten. He did a great job of teaching us the basics and giving us a variety of climbs to do. The booking process was pretty straightforward, and overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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    J. Nyman
    Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!
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    Dorothy K
    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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    Jamie McCroskery
    Merlin is a very experienced mountaineering guide. It was a great trip. We can recommend him very highly.
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