Cerro Madsen Ascent


Excellent ascent for those ones who want to push harder out a day hike.

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.

It is possible to do it in 2 days camping at Poincenot

It can be climbed in winter/spring with backcountry skies or in summer on crampons.


Guides and group sizes

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


Difficulty and prerequisites

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

Guest must be comfortable using crampons to flat foot and front point on moderate angle ice up to 30 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. About 10 to 20 kg. depending if it is in 1 or 2 days. Personal porters could be arranged in advance, if needed.



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.


Accommodation & Meals

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.


Weather consideration

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.

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