Snowed out bundt it's all good
Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
34Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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Where I stayed
Rancho Grande Hostel
A cheap Albergue near the bus station
On the third day we were starting to disbelieve the rumors that there were actually spectacular views in the mountains in these parts, but we stubbornly set off for another 6-7 hour hike. This one did not disappoint. A not-too-rigorous three hour hike led us to Lago Torre at the face of Glacier Grande. Almost immediately upon arrival the clouds began to part, leaving an incredible vista of the once-rumored Cerro Torre, Poincenot, and Fitz Roy. Surrounded by glaciers, snow, and still some red and orange foliage, we sat and stared at these mountains while eating yet another lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches. Cold, yes, but we couldn't take our eyes from it. El Chalten, in the indigenous language of Tehuelche, translates to "the smoking mountain". The views made this translation obvious, as clouds seemed to disappear and then re-collect on the tips of the mountain to be blown off and up on the other side. It seemed like the torres (towers) were creating the clouds around them.
Other activities in El Chalten included eating the camp food we brought with the best intentions of camping. Yay, pasta and ham and cheese sandwiches for three more days
The next morning we returned bright and early (yes, actually bright this time) to El Calafate for our flight to Bariloche the next evening.
PS- According to the ranger in the information center in El Chalten, pumas are in the area, but are only a threat to young humans. She recommended not leaving your one-year old alone in the park. Seems like a good idea for any park.