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Data Sheet

1 days

Very difficult, Training and fitness required

Ski touring experience required

1-4 people per guide

August -September- October


For fans and lovers of backcountry ski, El Chaltén offers the possibility to climb and ski moderate mountains with incredible surrounding views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Southern Ice Field.
Some of the options are: Loma del Diablo, Cerro Vespignani and Cerro Crestón. These places are very remote, and you´ll rarely find any other people around...
It´s very important to have experience and very good fitness, because in all cases the approach to the snow is walking and carrying your own skis. .

Detailed Program

We will drive early in the morning from El Chaltén to Lago Del Desierto , located at 38 km (24 miles) North distance.
2 Miles before the end of the road, we will park and start our ascent trough a steep forest of Lengas following a creek.
The approach to the snow takes about 1 hour ( usually snow starts at the end of the tree line ). We´ll continue the ascent skinning and choose one of the shoulders of the Mountain according to the snow conditions, If there is time and energy is possible to do the South and North Shoulder.
Excellent views of Vespignani and Fitz Roy in the distance, skiing very close to Crestón Glacier!
With no doubt Cerro Crestón is one of the favourite options for ski touring at El Chaltén.
We will descent by the same trail and drive back to El Chaltén in the Afternoon.

Note:  The Itinerary can be modified and should be considered only as a guide. External factors such us the conditions of the snow or weather conditions could change the original plan, and your Guides will have the criteria to change the program if they consider is necessary.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Transportation from El Chalten
• Mountain Guide UIAGM - IFMGA ( 5 days)
• Technical equipment for Glaciers: Crampons, harnesses, ropes, etc.
• First Aid Kit
• Radio or Satellite communication

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Personal Equipment (see packing list below)
• Lodging
• Transportation from El Calafate
• Meals
• Services not specified
• Personal accidents & rescue Insurance (Mandatory)

Packing List



• 40 to 60 l backpack
• 30/35 liter Backpacks
• Head lamp
• Water bottle and small thermo flask
• Trekking shoes
• Merino or synthetic base layers
• Mid layer Fleece and wind stopper
• Down or synthetic hooded jacket
• 2 pairs of gloves
• Warm hut and buff
• Extra socks
• Waterproof pants and Jacket ( Gore-Tex)
• Lens and goggles
• Sun bloc & lip protection
• Ski touring set: Ski touring skis, skins, ski crampons, touring boots, and poles.
• Safety set: Shovel, beacon, probe*
Note: The items marked * could be rented at El Chaltén.

Please make sure you have all requested equipment.
Let us konw 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

If you like this program, you can start planning your adventure now!


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Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301)
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Phone: +54 9 2966 60-7070