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More than 16 years guiding in El Chaltén, Patagonia

Chaltén Freeride

by Mountaineering Patagonia — since 1998 guiding in El Chaltén

About Chaltén Freeride

Chaltén Freeride ski guiding by Mountaineering Patagonia is the only mountain guide company of El Chalten specialized in ski touring. We are “Tourist Operators of Los Glaciares National Park" with over 16 years of experience leading trips in El Chalten and its surroundings.

Our base of operations is located in El Chalten, Province of Santa Cruz; starting point of all our tours.

Our mountain guides are certified by the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides (AAGM) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) as well as authorized by the National Park Administration (APN).
We provide a personalized guiding service in the mountains, prioritizing your personal safety and protecting the environment.


Merlin Lipshitz Director

He is a certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide, and lives in El Chaltén since ´98. He’s originally from Bariloche and he began his mountain activities more than 20 years ago. He has done climbings and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Peru, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such us 3 ascents on Fitz Roy, 2 on Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitan, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. He is also a Ski Instructor and he’s passionate for backcountry ski. He speaks fluent English, intermediate Italian and French. He has been leading trips and expeditions for more than 16 years. He is the Head Guide of Mountaineering Patagonia & Chaltén Freeride.


More than 20 years climbing and exploring in El Chaltén. Nobody knows better than us this area of Patagonia Argentina!.

Contact us and start enjoying your trip


Check our reviews on Tripadvisor:

“Ascent to the mountain on skis Vespignani”

30 january 2014
... Merlin, the manager and main guide of the agency, came to pick me up early, around 5:45 and it took an hour to get to the parking des of where we started to walk, loaded with skis and boots. After 1.5 hours of steady climb we reach the glacier point where we put on the boots and skis and started to climb at a good pace. For security reasons, we decided Merlin atáramos at the points where we had to cross crevasses. The road to the top, surrounded by impressive seracs, had some outstanding at some points but overall it was very demanding technically. We reached the top before noon and were able to spot great views of Fitz Roy, Lake Viedma, Lake San Martin and Lago del Desierto, among others. We were lucky because the visibility was excellent. Although the snow was not in the best conditions, we had a wonderful skiing back to the valley. Merlin and I were so excited that, once in the parking lot, we decided to throw us a dip in a frozen river, before sharing a beer in a makeshift bar. It was a great luck contact Merlin. And I have wanted to return to El Chalten for another way out together...
“Amazing ski out !!! Thank Merlin !!!!!”

30 january 2014
In the direction of the crease Lomo Lying on May 30 2012. First departure ski Traversia the year for me, second for Merlin. We went on this awesome place !!! It was bonísimo !!! As a gift, we had an incredible view of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy !!! Thank you very much Merlin
“Backcountry skiing in El Chalten!!”

10 november 2013
Awesome experience skiing around El Chalten with Merlin and Mountaineering Patagonia! Loma del Diablo for warmup, then 2 days at Cerro Madsen and Glaciar de los Tres to ride great and almost powdery slopes with the Fitz Roy in the background, and we finished with the outstanding ambiance of Cerro Vespignani, skiing in the middle of the seracs and enjoying...
“Ascent to the Cerro Solo, Chalten, Patagonia Argentina”

11 october 2014
Amazing experience with a professional like few I've met in my career as a mountaineer and director of EXTREME MAGAZINE. Merlin is a guarantee of professional service, experience and expertise. The ascent to Cerro Solo (a summit that offers the most spectacular views of Chalten and surrounding mountains) was a pleasure to 0 errors, both on the road, and logistics and service.!
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@Chaltén Freeride 2015 E. Brenner 88 (9301) El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Patagonia Argentina
Phone: ++54-2962-493194 Cel Phone: ++54-9-2962-409207


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