Cerro Madsen ascent

We start hiking early n the morning, some times in the dark. We can either take a transfer to El Pilar or start hiking from of the town. We take Fitz Roy trail up to Campamento Poincenot, then after crossing Rio Blanco, we start going up to Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy Look-out). In our right lays Cerro Madsen. The amount of snow we’ll encounter will depend on the time of the year and mountain conditions. Crampons, helmet and harness will become very Handy, if needed. Eventually we’ll use our hand to pass over a third class terrain, the guide will assist us with a rope if necessary. Best views of Fitz Roy range ever! We go down the same way we came up. Approximately 1100-meter elevation gain from el Pilar and 1100 meter from El Chalten.

We can add a 2nd day to make this ascenst less demanding. Please, ask about this option if you are interested.


Ratio is 1 guide/assistance per 3 guests. Maximum group size is 6 guests 1 guide and 1 assistant guide



Guest must be comfortable using crampons to flat foot and front point on moderate angle ice up to 35 degrees.

These are all physically demanding days and participants must be in good hiking shape.

Guests are required to carry a backpack with their personal gear (clothes, sleeping bag, pad, etc), group (tents, pot, stoves, etc) and food if it is done in 2 days.. About 15 to 20 kg. Personal porters could be arranged in advance, if needed.

No mountaineering experience is required, however if you have had some, it helps a lot.



Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén, Argentina.  Your travel agent should be able to arrange this for you. You can get there by flying to Buenos Aires, and then to El Calafate, and from there, a bus to El Chaltén.



Tents will be provided for the ascent. Accommodation in El Chaltén is not included. However, we can help you making your booking.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you have when booking. All meals are included during the ascent.



The fame of the area regarding wind and fast changeable conditions are not a legend. Be ready to experience nature and all its beauties and power.

From Cerro Madsen

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