Cerro Madsen

The ascent of Cerro Madsen, in the Fitz Roy range area, is a perfect challenge for mountain beginners, or for those who want to reach their first summit in Patagonia, and delight in one of the most marvellous views in the world.

Day 1

The activity begins with a transfer from El Chaltén to the starting point, El Pilar (17 km), from where we commence our approach trek through a leafy lenga beech forest as far as the River Blanco area.

After a brief rest we start our ascent, enjoying spectacular panoramas on our way up to the famous Laguna de Los Tres. Desde allí continuamos el ascenso en pendiente moderada, al Cerro Madsen, ubicado a nuestra derecha. Transitaremos distintos tipos de terrenos (roca y nieve), por eso usaremos crampones, casco y arnés. El guía llevará una cuerda de asistencia, que se utilizará si es necesario.

Luego de aproximadamente 3 horas llegamos a la cumbre. Los últimos metros son en terreno vertical de escalada de baja dificultad (cuarto grado). Al llegar la cumbre nos regalará vistas increíbles de los glaciares y lagunas del área; y frente a nosotros el Cerro Fitz Roy, se alza imponente.

In the afternoon we start our descent towards El Chaltén, passing the famous Capri Lagoon.

– Meals: Packed lunch.

– Distance: 24 Km.

– Walking time aprox: 13 hours

– Height gain: 1400 m.

Requirements:

  • Fit – be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 6/8 Kg.
  • Trekking experience required.
  • Se requiere básica experiencia y/o técnica previa de tránsito en terreno con nieve/hielo, en pendientes de hasta 30°.

Includes:

  • Mountain guide (AAGM/EPGAMT – APN)
  • Transfer to El Pilar – start point
  • Technical mountain equipment: Snow shoes, crampons, ropes, helmet, harness, and safety equipment. First  Aid kit. VHF Radio.
  • Food during the ascent (Lunch box)
  • Tourist Activities Permit (Los Glaciares National Park)

Doesn’t include:

  • Personal kit (see suggested personal kit)
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Services not specified in the program

Recommended personal kit:

  • 30 litre back pack
  • Warm hat (fleece type)
  • Sun hat
  • Buff type neckerchief
  • Synthetic short and long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece
  • Gore-tex anorak with hood
  • Trekking trousers
  • Gore-Tex or Ultrex waterproof overtrousers
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece gloves
  • Trekking boots
  • Telescopic trekking poles
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sunscreen (FPS 60) and lip balm
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • Wide adhesive tape or blister plasters
  • Personal hygiene set
  • Swiss army knife

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Trip Facts

  • 1 Day
  • 4. Challenging
  • October to April
  • 1 to 3 people. Max 3 per guide
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