Ski Cerro Madsen & Glaciar de los Tres

Data Sheet

Best time of the year: Julio - August - September



Very difficult, training required



Ski touring experience required



1000 a 1300 m/day



1-4 people per guide


Day 1

We will depart early in the morning to El Pilar (15 km). Once there, we will head up around 2,5h to Poincenot Camp, were we´ll leave the camping equipment. After that, we´ll continue to “Río Blanco” valley, and start the steep ascent to “Laguna de los Tres” (1200m/a/s/l).
From there on, we will go up with the skis on the East face of Cerro Madsen for another 600m of elevation gain. The views of Fitz Roy and Piedras Blancas Glacier are very impressive at the summit ridge! After a break and some photos, we´ll ski down, sometimes all the way down to the Río Blanco, then hike back to Poincenot Camp.
Aproximate time: 10h – Elevation Gain: 1300m.

Day 2

After a good breakfast with a picturesque sunrise, we’ll return to “Laguna de los Tres”. From there, we’ll get across the frozen lagoon with the skis, in order to continue our way up the glacier until the saddle between “Punta Velluda” and “Cerro Madsen” (at approximately 1800m a/s/l).
Another great panoramic viewpoint! We´ll take off the skis and ski down to Río Blanco. After the ski descent, we will pick up the camping equipment at Poincenot and head back to El Pilar. Drive to El Chaltén.
Aproximate time: 10h – Elevation Gain: 1000m.


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.

Essential Information

Please take note!

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• 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
• Gaiters
• 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

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

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• Personal Equipment
• Meals not specified
• Services not specified

Some pictures of this program

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Our Office
Our office is located at El Chaltén, Patagonia Argentina.

This is our meeting point and base of operations for all our programs

Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301)
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina

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From outside of Argentina:
Phone: ++54-2962-493194
Cel Phone: ++54-9-2962-409207

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