The weather was great but looking to deteriorate so we headed out next day under azure blue skies to explore the gem of this region – Cerro Fitz Roy. This 3359 metre high rock spire dominates the valley and was another impressive monolith on Chris’ must see list!
We caught a bus 7km north of town into the northern end of Los Glaciars National Park. From here we hiked trough beautiful beech forest in towards the base of Fitz Roy. The last hour was a killer stomp up the steep valley walls, through the snowline and up the moraine to a fabulous view over Fitz Roy its glaciers and glacier lake. Our 20km stomp brought us back into town at dusk in time to meet up with our new friend Jeff for another well deserved pint!
What a welcoming sight!
Our gentle stroll along the river towards Cerro Fitz Roy
A former river bed or maybe an old trail through the forest, this cutting reminded us of the old trails through the woods in the UK
These amazing knarled beech trees grow into tortuous shapes
Battered by high winds they eventually fall but if their roots are intact they don't die but just sprout new limbs and continue growing
Our first close up of Cerro Fitz Roy
and its impressive glaciers
Not much further
Not sure what this sign means...any guesses?
Our route back to Chalten lies straight ahead...once we've finished the climb!
The road where we started in the distance beneath the blue mountains
Snow line = suck time, very hot in this Andean sun!
There she blows
Spot the difference
Looking back to the start - nearly home
Our cosy home on the right
Celebrating with Jeff and the gang
Fancy a Penguin anyone?