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Splitboarding day in Glaciar de Los Tres, El Chalten

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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

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




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.


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

Meeting point

El Chalten village, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

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


We came to El Chalten late season (mid to late May) and wandered into Merlin's office hoping to find an open climbing guide. We discussed options with him given the upcoming weather and our abilities and ended up doing a day of sport climbing and a day of mountaineering on Cerro Madsen. Through both adventures he was knowledgeable, friendly, and safe. He encouraged us through the entire climb and even brought some treats for the top. I would highly recommend Mountaineering Patagonia if you are in search of a guide.


Had a great trip with Merlin and looking forward to a return trip next year. Highly recommended to anyone looking to explore the mountains near El Chalten or wherever he happens to be guiding.


Merlin is everything you would expect from a professional mountain guide and more. He looked after our creature comforts in camp with hot tea and hot meals not from a package. He will push you hard when on the move and is happy when you succeed. I highly recommend his service in the mountains and the accommodations he offers in town. Would be my first Choice for our next trip!


Awesome trip, challenging but incredibly rewarding. Thanks for such an excellent trip Merlin, will remember it for ages!


We just completed the Base Camps Trek with Frederico and it was incredible! It exceeded all our expectations, everything was taken care of, and Merlin and his team are great! Can't wait to do the Huemul Loop in the next year or two.

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