Hiking mountains and glaciers in El Calafate
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
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Next we went to nearby El Chalten, home of the Fitz Roy mountain and glacier and an ideal place for some serious hiking...no, not me of course! We did a 4 hour hike through the valley to a beautiful sparkling lake where you can drink the water it is so pure with amazing views across the valley to the snow capped Fitz Roy. The following day we decided to go for the 12 hour ice hike...starting at 7am! Unfortuantely the weather was not so good which made it hard going and it took us 5 hours just to get to the glacier. We then had to put on crampons and make our way carefully across the glacier, leaping over yawning cravasses (just dont peer down, it seems to go on forever!). The ice also forms amzazing turqouise ice caves and tunnels.
Finally reached the hostel at 7pm, cold, wet, with aching feet and thoroughly exhausted!
So next stop is Puerto Natales, Chile, kick off point for the Torres del Paine National Park....more hiking!