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El Chalten

Lots of Hiking, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy...

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Tuesday morning we said goodbye to Buenos Aires and flew to Patagonia, beginning with el Calafate. Here, we rented a car and drove through what looked like New Mexico with slightly more dramatic mountains, to the small town of el Chalten. This is the gateway town to several beautiful hikes, including the base of Mount Fitzroy, famous among mountain climbers. We spent our first three days hiking Laguna Torre, Laguna de los tres, and Laguna del desierto, all hikes with fabulous mountain views that lead to emerald green lakes. we met a lovely couple from California who we shared dinner with one evening, and a couple of Basque guys who we gave a ride to for the third hike, as they were continuing on from there to cross the Chilean border.

Mardi 21 Mars au matin, nous quittons Buenos Aires pour le sud, la Patagonie, et atterissons a El Calafate. Nous louons une voiture et traversons la pampa jusqu'a El Chalten. Ca ressemble au Nouveau-Mexique, mais avec de l'eau et plus de montagnes. El Chalten est le point depart des treks locaux en direction des sommets tels que Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, et autres pics magnifiques celebres par les grimpeurs du monde entier. Nous passerons les prochains jours a marcher, tous les jours. Lagune Torre (6h), Laguna de los Tres (8h), Lago del desierto(4h), sont les trois sentiers majeurs du coin, qui s'achevent tous sur des lacs de montagne et respectivement sur les pics de Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, et le chemin du Nord vers le Chili. Les vues sont splendides, le temps est parfait-nickel-chrome. Pas un pet de pluie. A Chalten, nous passons un diner super sympa avec un couple de californien rencontres le jour meme, et passons un bout de temps avec deux espagnols basques qui remontent a pied vers le Chili avec 25kg sur le dos.

Where in the world is el Calafate

Where in the world is el Calafate


We're not that far from home now, respectively

We're not that far from home now, respectively


Llama crossing!

Llama crossing!


El Chalten is located in the national park

El Chalten is located in the national park

We start with Cerro Torre and Lagune Torre.
On commence avec Cerro Torre et le Lac Torre.

Resting at the river on the way to Laguna Torre

Resting at the river on the way to Laguna Torre


On the trail Laguna torre. Fitzroy is the tallest peak on the right

On the trail Laguna torre. Fitzroy is the tallest peak on the right


Waterfall

Waterfall


A huemul, an endangered Andean deer.  Only 1000 left

A huemul, an endangered Andean deer. Only 1000 left


Us at Laguna Torre

Us at Laguna Torre


Fitzroy

Fitzroy


Glacier at the back and ice chunks up close at Laguna Torre

Glacier at the back and ice chunks up close at Laguna Torre


Laguna Torre

Laguna Torre

Fancy restaurant where we tried tongue and enjoyed the company of a Californian couple

Fancy restaurant where we tried tongue and enjoyed the company of a Californian couple

Then we launch ourselves into the Fitz Roy track and the lagunas de los Tres.

Puis nous attaquons le gros morceaux, le trail de Fitz Roy, et le lac des trois pics

Varied terrains on the Fitzroy track

Varied terrains on the Fitzroy track


River crossing on Fitzroy track (Laguna de los tres)

River crossing on Fitzroy track (Laguna de los tres)


Laguna de los tres

Laguna de los tres


Fitzroy from Laguna de los Tres trail

Fitzroy from Laguna de los Tres trail


Us at Laguna de los tres

Us at Laguna de los tres

Andean condor

Andean condor


A lake on the Fitzroy track

A lake on the Fitzroy track


Laguna Capri on the Fitzroy track

Laguna Capri on the Fitzroy track


Loic on the Fitzroy track

Loic on the Fitzroy track

The third day, we go for a lac visit at the Lago del Desierto track.

Le troisieme jour, nous suivons le chemin du Lac Del Desierto.

Waterfall on the lago del desierto trail

Waterfall on the lago del desierto trail


Us and the lago del desierto

Us and the lago del desierto


Lago del desierto

Lago del desierto


Lago del desierto trail

Lago del desierto trail


Lago del desierto trail (3)

Lago del desierto trail (3)

Our fourth day in el Chalten was meant to be a rest day, but since there's nothing to do here but eat or hike, we hiked to two lookouts for view of the Andean condors, but, we had much better luck back on the road. We also did a very short hike to a beautiful waterfall.

Le quatrieme jour, nous voulions nous reposer, mais comme il n'y a rien d'autre a faire que marcher, boire et manger, nous marchons sur deux court sentiers et leurs points de vues. Nous prenons le temps de photographier les Condors des Andes.

View from Mirador los condores

View from Mirador los condores


Beautiful el Chalten from the lookout

Beautiful el Chalten from the lookout

6 condors

6 condors

El Chalten itself consists of hostels, lodges, restaurants, and a few supermarkets with very few food options and many empty shelves, as this is a pretty remote town to get to. We learned it will shut down completely April 1st and reopen again next summer. We count ourselves lucky to have had such gorgeous weather, with no chance of rain and warm enough temps to hike much of the day in a T-shirt. In spite of the distance to get here, I hope to return one day, more prepared to do some backpacking, as well as hike the W in Torres del Paine national park in Chile, only a few hours from here.

La saison a El Chalten se termine le 1er Avril, et ca commence a se sentir. Nous somme vraiment privilegies d'y avoir passer la fin de saison, sous le soleil, tous les jours. Le coin, (et le parc Torres del Paine au Chili) valent definitivement le coup d'y faire un tour, ce que nous ferons certainement dans le futur!

Posted by jillandloic 14:50 Archived in Argentina

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