Hiked to Fitzroy and Laguna de Los Tres….the most spectacular viewpoints of this National Park!!! So glad we chose to do it! I enjoyed every step to get there (even though the last hour is a steep ascent!)
We take a 40 minute bus to the trailhead that will allow us to hike a loop rather than return by the same route. This small bus which easily fills to capacity had to be pre-booked the day before (there are just two departures daily, one at 8 and another at 9:30).
An hour or less into the hike, the sweat is running down my face, my heart is beating wildly, and my lungs are stretched nearly to their fullest. I talk to myself, convincing myself that this is my new normal for the next 7 hours….to just enjoy every moment, and know that it is completely possible to go beyond what I think is my limit….there is much more capacity than we think at first. Yep….from the start, I am thoroughly enjoying the choice I made to hike to Glacier Blanco and Fitz Roy mountain. 🙂
Way in the distance looms Fitz Roy…clouds above him, looks like he’s smoking.
I have the best video of these woodpeckers. They were so unbothered by us. And my were they busy….chop chop chop. Great entertainment.
Such cool cloud formations around here!
When we left this morning, we decided we’d wait and see how we felt when we got this far. We feel great so Laguna De Los Tres it will be!
Really, a video would more accurately capture the effort required.
Looking behind us to the right.
Behind us to the left.
We think we are arriving at the top.
But there’s more….moraine.
It was worth the effort!
The pano shots are WAY better (but too large to post). And being there tops every photo!
The return. After the steep one hour descent, the trail is new to us.
Fitz Roy is clear as can be during our descent.
We pass by Lago Capri and stop for some relaxation; it’s just too gorgeous a spot not to stop to soak it up.
We see the fox, a blonde/red one this time, rather than grey.
The entire day, we have been passing by reams of lady slippers.
Views during the descent.
Fitz Roy is seen from all angles, always looming in the distance.
I loved this entire trail. Much of it through the forest and on earthy paths.
One great pano! There are so many.
Just recalling how this day went:
9:00 – start the trail (where the bus left us off)
11:15 – arrived at the signage indicating the choices – to El Chalten or to the base of the mountain….that is the decision to be made!
11:15 to 11:40 took a break to pee and have a bite
11:40 headed on up – I was up for it! Harold is always up for it!
11:53 … another sign saying 1 h up
1:00 – we reach the top (4 h since we started) It is an impressive view of Fitz Roy and the whole massif of the Laguna de los Tres path. Multi-languages being spoken around us. Fitz Roy at 3405m is in the clouds. We wait…for the clouds to clear and for the tip to show itself. Take photos, have lunch, visit with a couple from Iqaluit. It is stunning, beyond photos!
1:45 – head down
3:05 – arrive at the river
6:05 – down to the bottom (4h 20m descent)
Chicken, salad, and bread for dinner “at home”. What a day! I felt the most “in-shape” today…I managed the ascents with much more ease.