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Data Sheet

1 day

Elevation gain 1300 meters

1 - 2 people per guide

Difficult, physically demanding as it is a long journey


The objective of this trip is to climb “Cerro Madsen” (1806 m/a/s/l), which is a the easiest and closest peak to Fitz Roy. The terrain involve steep screes, scramble, and snow slopes between 30° to 40°. Fantastic views of Fita Roy and surrounding Glaciers!

Detailed Program

We'll leave El Chaltén early in the morning, transfer to Río Eléctrico. After passing Fitz Roy camp, We will continue up to Laguna de los Tres and, continuing up, we will mount the rocky ridge east of Cerro Madsen. Depending on the time of the year, it is common to find some snow patches above. In the prescence of snow, we will most likely use crampons, ice axe and short roping.

The view from the top is possibly the most imposing and closest view to mount Fitz Roy and Piedras Blancas Glacier. We´ll descent back same way to El Chaltén. This is a long day, estimating from 12 to 14 hours of activity.
Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Certified Mountain Guide
• Transfer to Río Eléctrico
• Ropes & Glacier gear
• VHF Radio
• First-aid kit

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
• Lodging at El Chaltén
• Porters (at your request)
• Personal Equipment
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal Travel & rescue insurance (highly recommended)
• Services not specified
• Gratuities

Packing List

Weather: The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s (15°C) in October to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s (0-5°C). The wind-chill factor can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel much colder. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality rain and wind gear.



• Waterproof trekking boots (*)
• 30L dayack
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Pocket knife
• Headlamp
• Water bottle (1l)
• Gaiters
• Trekking pants
• Sweater (medium weight)
• Insulated hooded jacket(down or or synthetic)
• Waterproof pants & parka (gore-tex)
• Fleece jacket or wind stopper
• Windstopper and waterproof gloves (plus spares)
• Sun cap & wool or fleece hat
• Buff, or balaclava



• Crampons
• Ice Axe
• Harness & carabiners
• Helmet

NOTE: We could rent you the marked items*. Please let us know when you register if this is required (also include your boot size)

Please make sure you have all requested equipment.
Let us know if you need advice for buying or renting.


Water is potable in Southern Patagonia. Please bring your own water filter or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink the water untreated.
Sleeping bags/pads are available for rent in El Chaltén. Book early for best availability

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Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301)
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Phone: +54 9 2966 60-7070
Email: info@mount-patagonia.com