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More than 20 years guiding in El Chaltén, Patagonia

Since 1998

Ski Touring Patagonia

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.

Ski Touring Patagonia

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!.

Check our reviews on Tripadvisor

Real people, real opinions! These are some opinions of our clients, read more on tripadvisor

“Ascent to the mountain on skis Vespignani”
... 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...

30 january 2014

Amazing ski out !!! Thank Merlin !!!!!”
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

30 january 2014

Esquí Cerro Vespignani con Merlin
Nos lo pasamos de maravilla esquí Cerro Vespignani con Merlin! Él hizo un gran llamado a ir a Cerro Vespignani con el clima de incertidumbre que tuvimos. Mientras los vientos eran altas durante el comienzo del día se asentaron y nos permitió a la cumbre de la montaña y esquí todo el. A pesar de las fechas finales de temporada (noviembre 12) Merlin fue mentalizados para llevarnos a esquiar. Sus conocimientos de la zona realmente pagado y convertido este día a una experiencia inolvidable!

Recomiendo encarecidamente visitar el montañismo Patagonia y tener Merlin como su guía lo que sea aventuras favorito su mente!

november 2016

Esqui de Travesía en el Chalten
Estuvimos con Merlín tres días haciendo esquí de travesía en El Chalten y solo tenemos palabras de agradecimiento. Gran profesional, serio y divertido, además de apasionado. Solo esperamos poder repetir con él. Si vais a esquiar por la zona os recomiendo sin duda que contéis con él!!

agosto de 2017

Contact us and schedule your trip

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

Email for inquiries

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

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