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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
Best hike of my three week tour of Patagonia. Don't miss it. Take food (chocolate and caffeine help) and water to maintain energy for the last part of the hike. Go by yourself or hire a private guide - don't go with a group. This...More
We chose this route at the park rangers suggestion, because the weather wasn’t due to be so good, but was supposed not to be windy. The walk is not particularly strenuous, but the weather is key. It closed in when we were there and began...More
This walk is locally known as Sendero al Fitz Roy. It's a beautiful hike through forests, marshlands and up a mountain. The route is about 10 kilometers one way, with sign posts every kilometer. Most if the walk was easy, except a difficult last kilometer....More
Best walk in the area. Initial hour is uphill then largely flat with stunning panoramic views of Fitz Roy range, last 45mins is step and big steps but worth every step as you get close to Fitz Roy and lagoon. Take a picnic and enjoy...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.