Chile Ski Mountaineering Basecamp
Guided Basecamp Skiing in the heart of Patagonia
A ski mountaineering basecamp in Chile is the ultimate way to explore the Andes. If you’re interested in an adventure of a lifetime, this trip is it.
The itinerary of this tent based expedition will be rich in adventure. We choose to be ambiguous about the ski mountaineering basecamp destination for two reasons:
1) In order to capitalize on the best conditions at the time of the trip, we keep our options open until the last minute. We’ll head where the conditions will provide the optimal ski and splitboard experience.
2) Out of respect for backcountry locales, we choose not to name the places we may go on this trip. Social media and the Information Age have brought crowds to incredible places; we practice Leave No Trace principles in advertising this trip. (And at our campsite.) If you choose to join us, we ask you to please tag responsibly if post about your adventures with us and don’t #doomthespot
BBA, the Balmaceda Airport, is our planned meeting place. However if the weather forecast in the Central Andes looks better, we’ll head where the weather looks best.
We’ll have guides skiing in Chile prior to the start of this trip. Based on weather and real time conditions, they’ll make a last minute call on the destination in order to optimize your experience.
This will be a true backcountry adventure, well off the beaten path.
Imagine spending 5-7 nights on a basecamp trip in a remote part of the Andes.
If you are up for an adventure and are a skilled rider this basecamp is for you.
Check out the wilds of the Andes with us.
Is this for you?
This basecamp trip is for advanced to expert level skiers or splitboarders. You should be comfortable using an axe and crampons and have some winter camping experience.
You should be in great shape and comfortable carrying your own pack with all personal equipment needed for winter camping and traverses. Days will range from 1,200-2000m (4,000-6,600ft) of vertical gain and 10-20km.
While this is a basecamp trip, we may choose to move camp to access different terrain. You need to be capable of moving yourself and your gear through mountainous terrain.
Glaciated Basecamp Equipment list
- Transceiver (3-antenna)
- Ski touring skis or splitboard
- Personal repair kit specific to your equipment
- Ski touring boots/snowboarding boots
- Ski poles
- Personal first aid supplies
- Minimum 1L water bottle or Thermos
- Gore-tex (or equivalent) jacket
- Gore-tex (or equivalent) pants
- Puffy jacket
- Warm layers for upper and lower body adequate for below freezing temperatures and wind
- Thick gloves
- Spare gloves
- Lightweight harness (if possible otherwise climbing harness will work)
- 3 locking carabiners
- 4 non-locking carabiners
- 240cm sewn sling (or 5m of webbing)
- 5m x 6mm accessory cord
- Personal prussik
- Micro-traxion (optional)
- Tibloc (optional)
- Ice screw (between 12-22cm)
- 70L & 40L backpack
- Ice Axe
- Ski crampons
- Lightweight crampons
- Puffy pants (recommended for around camp)
- Warm layers for upper and lower body
- Socks x 2-3
- Spare underwear
- Sleeping Bag (at least -18 degrees)
- Inflatable sleeping pad
- Foam sleeping pad
- Inflatable sleeping pad
- Down/synthetic booties for wearing around camp
- Large bowl
- Drinking mug with lid
- 4-season tent (rentals available)
- Cloth grocery bags (or stuff sacks) to anchor tent in snow
- Guy lines for tent
October 6-15, 2024
Day 1: BBA, the Balmaceda Airport and transfer to the staging town for the basecamp.
Days 2-3: Weather dependent, if the weather window is at the beginning of the trip, we’ll head straight to the basecamp location on day 2.
Day 4-10: Ski mountaineering basecamp location and transfer to the airport.
-Lodging at the beginning and end of trip.
– Transportation in 4×4 vehicle capable of handling the back roads of Chile and Argentina.
-Basecamp breakfast, appies and dinner. Lunch and tour food is personal, we’ll let you pick up what you like. (Meals on Days 1-3 and 9,10 are on you.) Weather dependent.
-Hot springs visit
$3900 USD including tax
Four clients : one guide
Patagonia Backcountry Hut to Hut Traverse
Refugio Frey Hut
Backcountry skiing Patagonia
Drop into a week-long ski mountaineering and backcountry ski touring adventure in Patagonia, Argentina. A professional guide will take you hut to hut deep in the Patagonia backcounty to seek out steep chutes and powder. Explore the granite peaks and spectacular landscape of Bariloche and northern Patagonia by ski (or splitboard) day, and stay in mountain backcountry refugios by night.
There’s potential for big days in the mountains followed by quality food at the refugios like—pasta, fondue, pizza and local vino tinto. After finishing seven days of hut to hut ski touring and splitboarding in Bariloche, you can check out some of Argentina’s best nightlife in downtown Bariloche.
This eight day adventure includes:
- ACMG certified guides
- Ground transportation
- Cerro Catedral lift ticket
- All trip logistics
- Avalanche safety briefing
- Shared hut accommodations (sleeping bag required)
- Hotel with private rooms Bariloche (double occupancy) private rooms are available for a $400 upgrade
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner at the refugios
- Two Argentine dinners in Bariloche
- Argentine Malbec vino tinto
Price and dates
$3400USD based on a group of four.
Custom Dates available September 2024