About us

Mountaineering Patagonia

We are a Guiding Company, with national AAGM and international UIAGM-IFMGA certifications, specialized in Southern Patagonia. We are located in El Chaltén, were we began our mountain activities in 1998, surrounded by the mythical Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains.
We specialize in Mountain Trips: Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Ascents, Rock Climbing, Ski Touring & Southern Ice Field Expeditions. We consider El Chaltén as a unique place to develop this activities, surrounded by a magnificent atmosphere
We also offer our guiding services in other destinations along year round: North of Patagonia, Mendoza, Chile, Bolivia, Perú & Europe.

Merlin Lipshitz

Merlin in Cerro Torre Summit

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, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such us 3 ascents on Fitz Roy, 2 on Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, 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 15 years. He is the Head Guide of Mountaineering Patagonia & Chaltén Freeride.

Staff de Guías

Juan Aguada

He was born in Northern Patagonia.
He is certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide.
He live and works at El Chaltén since 2003, and he has done several climbs in the area, including the ascents of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
His hobby is fly-fishing.
Languages: Spanish & English.

Laura Sanchez

She was born in Córdoba, were she studied Tourism.
She is a Mountain Guide AAGM, and she has worked in Patagonia since 2005.
Her hobbies are trekking and sport climbing. She loves nature, photography and travels.
Languages: Spanish & English.

Andres Kosmal

He was born in Buenos Aires.
He has a degree in Geology and he is a Mountain Guide AAGM-UIMLA.
He lives at El Chaltén since 1997, and he has been guiding in the region since 1994, he has done several mountain ascents including Fitz Roy.
He lives all year round at El Chaltén with his family, and he´s focused on sport climbing.
Languages: Spanish & English.

Juan Jerez

He was born in Córdoba.
He is a Mountain Guide AAGM . and he has worked in Patagonia since 2010.
He has done mountain ascents in Mendoza, Bolivia and Patagonia, including mount Fitz Roy.
He is also a Wilderness First Responder Instructor.
His hobby is sport climbing.
Languages: Spanish & English.

Gomez Jochymek Leandro

Born in Cordoba, he studied the superior technique in mountain activities at EPGAMT Guides school and he is a UIMLA MOUNTAIN GUIDE from AAGM. He started to work as a guide and porter in the high mountains of central and northern Argentina when he was 20 years old; mainly in Aconcagua. He has climbed several mountains in Latin America and Europe.
He has Been working in Patagonia since 2016. In his time off he enjoys rock climbing.
Languages: Spanish and English

Roberto Spinelli

He was born in Buenos Aires, but lives at El Chaltén since 2011.
He's an EPGAMT Certified Mountain Guide, and has been climbing and working in Patagonia since 2010.
He has done mountain ascents all over the country, being winter and ice climbing his favourite ones.
Languages: Spanish & English

Jimmy Heredia

Born in General Roca Rio Negro, he has been living and working in Chalten for more than 20 years.
He is IFMGA-UIAGM Certified Mountain guide.
Active lifeguard, rescue instructor, he has been teaching snow-avalanches courses, courses AAGM and CAB.
As an alpinist since 1996, he is a deep expert of Patagonia mountains with several ascents, which include Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy.
Languages: Spanish and English

Federico Casali

He was born in Buenos Aires.
He has a Degree in Biomedical Ing. and he is a professional Mountain Guide as well.
Always committed with the environment and conservation, he also collaborates with  Patagonia Inc Argentina and the National Park “Los Glaciares” trying to save and preserve most of this incredible landscape.
He´s been working in Patagonia since 2011.
On his time off, he´s love´s rock climbing , bouldering and alpine ascents.
Languages: Spanish and English

Federico Maggioli

He is a Biologist and a Mountain Guide, born in Italy in 1978, he has been living now in Chalten since 2012.
He started guiding in Europe when he was 25 years old. He loves ski mountaineering and climbing.
Languages: Spanish, English and Italian ( mother language)


​We provide a proffesional guiding service in the mountains.

Skype: Mount-Patagonia | Toll Free Number in the USA & Canada: 1-888-2282451