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The hike is long, but can be done in a day easily, and it’s a must if you are in Calafate and the weather permits it. The whole way there is breathtaking views, and at the end the mirador is amazing. The sky was super...More
If I'd had to choose, I'd come here again instead of hiking in Washington back home. The place has been very remote and our chalet was first class. From far we've seen several groups taking another tour here but our 3 day trip was far...More
What a magic place! First 4 hour hike is easy. The last hour is tough since it it ice and snow and frozen mud and quite steep. At least bring a walking stick to support you in the way down. These walkingsticks and other gear...More
This was one of my highlight of my South American trips. El Chalten is one of my favorite places. The Fitz Roy is incredible and stunning.
I would recommend waking up early and getting an early start to avoid foot traffic on the trails and...More
This hike is incredible. It's quite long so plan accordingly. It's also very windy so dress for that. We were all tired by the end, but even the least experienced hikers among us said they were glad to have completed the hike.
Incredible hike with breathtaking views along the entire route. Accessible for all ages, last km is tough going but the prize is worth it. Basic toilet facilities along the way, but no food, water in streams is drinkable.
El Chalten - A small town with amazing Panoramic Patagonia hikes and scenic decor. Great Any Season - Fitz Roy with snow and lake capri , Laguna de los Tres -the wonderful silhouettes of the Fitz Roy, the Poincenot and the Torre
There’s not much more I can say/add that hasn’t already been said below.
Watch out for the weather! We hiked this in not so great weather.. If you’re prepared for the rain/wind/cold, it’s no so bad. If you’re not, it will be miserable. The wind...More
Response from Heather L | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We were in El Chaltén in November 2017. My husband is 56 and I am 46; we are reasonably fit but not athletic, and we wouldn't call ourselves hikers. We prepared for Patagonia by taking successively longer walks in the... More
Hi. We were in El Chaltén in November 2017. My husband is 56 and I am 46; we are reasonably fit but not athletic, and we wouldn't call ourselves hikers. We prepared for Patagonia by taking successively longer walks in the months leading up to the trip...and that "weekend warrior" approach turned out to be enough conditioning to get us through two weeks of covering some very long distances. The beauty of the scenery really does do a lot to carry you forward.
We did Chalten's two premier hikes back to back, on successive days: Fitz Roy/de los Tres on day 1, and Laguna Torres on day 2. The second trek is definitely flatter and easier, but still long.
With Fitz Roy, I strongly recommend doing it as a loop by taking the morning shuttle to the dropoff at Pilar. The views are better that way, and you aren't starting off by going uphill. Plus you're not repeating territory as you would if you choose to do it as an in-and-out. Any lodging in town will be able to hook you up with the inexpensive shuttle to Pilar.
In sum, I found the Fitz Roy hike challenging, especially that last hour when you are basically climbing straight up over tricky boulders, but it's soooo worthwhile. Just give yourself plenty of time to do it. Use hiking poles. And make sure, when you get to the top, that you also walk to your left to go see Laguna Sucia. Laguna de los Tres is not the only one up there.
To your last question - I think a person could still enjoy the hike even if they didn't do the last bit and waited while others went to the top. There are benches and an outhouse, at the warning sign that says "Now it's about to get hard."
If your companions know they don't want to summit, I'd recommend starting at Pilar even more, because only then do you get to see the very beautiful Glaciar Piedras Blancas...to me, the second-best part of the hike.
One last point to mention - We saw people of all ages making the ascent.
Response from Tessaanddennis | Reviewed this property |
YES, in one word. It will generally be level all the way, then downhill to the village/town. Great day hike. If the spires are clear you will see them on the later half of the hike. The 'steep 1 km climb' is steep, but I... More
YES, in one word. It will generally be level all the way, then downhill to the village/town. Great day hike. If the spires are clear you will see them on the later half of the hike. The 'steep 1 km climb' is steep, but I saw kids do it, and I did it at 70. Its worth doing for the great view of Laguna de los Tres corrie and its glacier, and (possibly more spectacular), after a short treck to the left (south) the adjacent corrie lake its glacier, and its classic U shaped valley; but it is hard. Actually the view of Piedras Blancas glacier and its corrie lake you will get about 1-2hour into your hike along the Rio Blanco valley is just as good as the Laguna de los Tres corrie and its glacier. So no sweat.
Response from Gabriel11 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I would advise checking with your accommodation place as we walked the area from El Chalten. Otherwise I would go with the Andesmar group of companies, which run on time and do not leave people behind at the drop off... More
Hello. I would advise checking with your accommodation place as we walked the area from El Chalten. Otherwise I would go with the Andesmar group of companies, which run on time and do not leave people behind at the drop off points. You would go on a day tour I expect. Good luck! It's amazing!