Avg.Time : 3 days
Start / Finish :
- El Chalten
- During summer there are daily buses to and from El Calafate. Check the following website for an up-to-date timetable : www.elchalten.com
Season : November to April
Maps / Info :
- I used the trekking notes and basic map contained in Lonely Planet’s Trekking in the Patagonian Andes (1992). The most recent edition of this excellent guidebook came out in November, 09.
- If you are looking for more detail, a better map option is Zagier & Urruty’s Monte Fitzroy & Cerro Torre (2006).
- Bring all supplies from El Calafate.
Route / Conditions :
- My friends and I did an out-and-back hike from El Chalten to Fitzroy, which included side trips to Laguna Sucia and Lago Electrico. The route was reasonably well marked and easy to follow.
- In fine weather, the above-mentioned sidetrips both offer stunning views of Cerro Fitz Roy. The track to Lago Electrico is the more difficult of the two options, and should not be attempted if conditions have taken a turn for the worse.
- Weather in this area is notoriously unpredictable. It’s a good idea to have an extra day or two up your sleeve just in case. The views are definitely worth waiting for.
- In 1997 I drank the water without treating. That being said, things can change. Before setting out, check with the National Park information office in El Chalten in regards to the current state of water quality.
- Basic meals are available at Refugio Los Troncos.
- Cerro Fitz Roy is one of the most stunning peaks you are ever likely to see. Good luck with the weather.
- If staying in El Calafate, don’t miss a trip out to Perito Moreno Glacier. It used to be possible to camp out by the glacier, however, I think the campground may have closed in recent years. Check in El Calafate for details.