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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 Madsen. 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.
The program it´s designed to do 2 or 3-day trips plus one camping trip for one or two nights. This flexibility will allow you to adapt according to the weather conditions.

Data Sheet

5 days

Very difficult, training required

Ski touring experience required

Double rooms & Mountain Hut

Septiembre - October



Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start the trekking. It takes 2 hours to get to “Piedra del Fraile” Campsite or 5 hours to “La Playita” Camp (600 meters or 1968 feet a/s/l), at the foot of the Marconi Glacier.
“Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest. After getting there, the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite (La Playita).


Ascent to “Paso Marconi” (1550 meters or 5085 feet a/s/l); a walk of about 8 to 10 hours with an elevation gain of about 1000 meters (3280 feet).
This is the crux of the trip; we will need a reasonable good day to reach the pass.
Weather allowing, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others. We will set our base at the Gorra Blanca refuge.
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

DAY 3-4

Gorra Blanca summit attempt (2900 meters or 9514 a/s/l) by the normal route (NW ridge), with average ice slopes from 30° to 40°.
There may be a short steeper section to climb the final mushroom at the summit. Weather allowing, we will be able to contemplate part of the Ice Field, the Cordon Gaea, Volcano Lautaro, Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre, among others. We´ll return by the same way back to the refuge.
This is about a 10 hour day with a gain of 1300 meters.(4000 feet). We estimate an extra spare day in case of bad weather. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

DAY 4-5

Return to Rio Eléctrico bridge and transportation back to El Chaltén.
Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.

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 Guide will have the criteria to change the program if he consider is necessary.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Certified Mountain Guide UIAGM
• Technical equipment: crampons, harness, rope, etc.)
• Local transfers
• VHF Radio or Sat Phone
• First-aid kit

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Personal Equipment
• Meals not specified
• Services not specified

Packing List



• 40 to 60 l backpack
• Sleeping bag (-15c) *
• Sleeping mattress*
• Water bottle & thermo
• Extra t-shirt and socks
• Synthetic or merino base layers
• 2 fleeces (1 wind-stopper)
• Hooded puff jacket
• 2 pairs of gloves
• Buff & warm hat
• Waterproof jacket & pants
• Sunglasses & googles
• Sunbloc & lip protection
• Trekking shoes
• Ski crampons
• Headlamp
• Ski touring boots
• Ski touring skis & skins
• Ski poles
• Beacon-shovel-probe*
• Helmet (optional)

If you need to rent some of these items, please let us know in advance 

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

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