Hike to Mount Fitzroy in Patagonia
Located in the south of the Argentinean Patagonia Los Glaciares National Park National Park can be geographically divided into two parts - north and south. Located 300 kilometers from El Calafate northern part of the more wild and less explored by tourists - and this is its beauty and charm.
The bus departs from El Calafate early in the morning, and soon comes to a desert highway leading north. Patagonia - very desert region. Going on the road the bus is accompanied by only the howling of the wind so rare oncoming cars that are fast disappearing in the distance. In this region there are only a few isolated sheep farms, which are more than 100 years, and all the forgotten village. Time seems to have stopped here ...
The stark, majestic beauty ... Autumn morning in a way ...
A short stop at one of the rare roadside ranch.
More about an hour way and opens before us a fantastic view of a large glacial lake Viedma (Viedma) and the beautiful peaks of the Fitzroy mountains (Fitz Roy, 3402 m) and Sierra Torre (Cerro Torre, 3133 m). We are at the gates of the national park.
The entrance to the northern part of the National Park Los Glaciares National Park free, tourist encounters Park representative, tells about the rules within its territory and gives the roadmap main pedestrian routes of kilometers and about the passage of time. And it is reasonable - the place here and wild desert, and being caught in darkness somewhere on a mountain trail - pleasant enough.
In spite of the fact that half of its surface is covered by glaciers, Los Glaciares National Park National Park is characterized by a great variety of flora and is located in three natural zones. In the eastern part are steppes of Patagonia (which we just went), which bloom Calafate, yellow flowers with sweet berries such as our blueberries. To the west, closer to the mountains, to replace the steppe come beech forests, and even further to the west, these forests are giving way Magellanic forests, climbs up the mountain slopes up to the glacier, covering the slopes up to an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. In autumn it is very beautiful! I think it was in May of Patagonia forests provide the most memorable!
El Chalten - lost in the mountains of the tiny provincial town in the three streets, being the original capital of the northern part of the national park.
After studying ...
From here on the northern part of the National Park Los Glaciares National Park begins a few hiking trails, length of 18 kilometers. The return bus from El Chalten to Calafate to be at 18-00, at my disposal a little more than 6 hours, it is enough to walk along the 10-kilometer path leading towards the famous peak of Fitzroy.
Panorama El Chalten from the top of the hill ...
The decoration of the northern part of the national park is a picturesque valley of Rio de las Vueltas River, which is near El Chalten flows into Lake Viedma.
May ... Fantastically beautiful golden autumn in the forests of the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere! How pleasant to walk in these woods!
On one of the hills a beautiful view of Mount Fitzroy. This ridged peak height of 3405 m is located in the Patagonian Andes on the border of Argentina and Chile, it was opened relatively recently, in 1877 and named in honor of Captain Robert Fitzroy, the British commander of the brig "Beagle", which made a great contribution to the study of the sea coast of Patagonia. Despite the relatively small height compared with other known peaks, Fitzroy is considered one of the most complex in the world for climbing peaks - its steep slopes are formed mushroom unstable layers of snow and ice. The first ascent of Fitzroy was committed in 1952.
Then the trail goes to the banks of the picturesque lagoon of Capri, beautiful autumn landscapes that deserve to make a stop here and a little rest.
The water is clean and transparent.
Most of the route I went, accompanied here this cute dog. At first I thought it was the dog some of the tourists on their way down the path at the same time. Then he thought that he was lost. But the dog was feeling on the path quite freely and independently, did not miss the lost somewhere owners and with great pleasure that made me company in a walk along the trail to the foot of the Fitzroy. Whose are you, White Bim with different eyes?
scarlet autumn foliage bright rdeet on the bushes by the roadside ....
- Amigo, stop taking pictures! Come forward!
A good dog ... But even at the entry cordon we were warned that it is a wildlife park and you should not go here with pets - it's bad for the nature park, and for the animals themselves (after all, in the park a lot of wildlife not only flora, but also the fauna). Therefore, when, soon to meet me on the trail got a girl-ranger of the National Park, I explained to her that the dog is not mine, but just attached, and asked to withdraw the dog's collar to the village.
Ice steep slopes Fitzroy already quite close.
In front of the river Rio Blanco, behind which begins to climb the mountain.
On the banks of the Rio Blanco is camping Poincenot, beyond which begins ascent to the farthest point of the trail - Laguna de los Tres. This is the farthest point of the trail and the closest point to Mount Fitzroy, where you can climb the usual travelers. Next - only climbers. I wanted to get to Laguna de los Tres, but leads to a fairly steep climb that takes about forty minutes of time. On the clock it was almost three, and it became clear that comfortably walk there and back to El Chalten before the departure will be difficult. And running, hustling and trying to grasp the immensity, in the first place, the most unpleasant, and generally do not like the bustle of the mountain, and not only the mountains, but in general - tour. Everything should be in first place in a fun and ohotku. Therefore, take a walk a little Poincenot area and enjoy mountain Fitzroy and the magnificent scenery of the foothills adjacent to the glacier, I comfort mode came back to the village, on the road enjoying magnificent sunny autumn day and the bright scenery of Patagonia.
In the ice-covered steep rocky slopes Fitzroy peak snagged a small cloud.
Closer to the village of El Chalten, I briefly got off the main trail and went to a rocky area, offering stunning panoramas of Rio de las Vueltas river valley.
20-kilometer route to the foot and back Fitzroy took a total of about 5 hours. Although the way and not too complicated, but still long enough, and a tiny bar of El Chalten town house with icy beer after a walk seemed a paradise on earth!
And after that, more than four hours on the road to El Calafate I slept like the dead, waking up only by a gentle touch on my shoulder female police that when the mandatory inspection to enter the city tour bus decided to check the backpack and personal belongings just at snoring at all Russian interior Man in the Norwegian T-shirt.
Despite the fact that back in the journey has been covered with the spirit of the Incas Andes north-western part of Argentina, as well as a very bright and memorable routes to Iguassu and Itaipu hydroelectric, Patagonia still struck to the core! Its open spaces, majestic, and somewhere in the harsh landscape, the silence, so close to the Russian people a bright golden autumn.