El Chalten and Los Glaciers National Park
Trip Start Mar 07, 1998
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it was another day long journey to get to the Andes. Myself and
Andre decided to visit Los Glaciers National Park to do some
hiking. The area is famous for its Glaciers and Mount Fitz
Roy. We spent four days hiking around the area, with two nights
camping in the mountains.
The trek from the village into the mountains was the hardest part of the
trip with steep hills and heavy back packs. We visited a frozen
lake at the base of Fitz Roy (picture below).
From here we walked for a day along the valleys to meet our tour group the next day to explore Glacier Torres.
We met up with our tour group the next morning for the glacier hike.
The first part of the trip was crossing a river by hanging upside down
and pulling yourself across (see the video of this if it works).
We then hiked upto the Glacier, where we put on crampons and hiked
across the ice for an hour or so.
We then reached a part of the glacier where we could have a go at ice
climbling. Even though it was a smallish wall of ice I still
really felt my arms and legs by the top.
We then hiked back down the glacier and back to the river and the rope
crossing. The weather is so changeable and we had really strong
winds coming back, enough for our small guide to be blown of the path
by the force of the wind. After the river crossing it was back to
El Chaltan and some nice food and a hot shower.