Patagonia: Hiking to Mount Fitzroy, Argentina

 When I think of Patagonia, my first thought is of hiking. And glaciers. Argentina’s Mount Fitzroy is a excellent alternative to the Torres del Paine circuit in Chile for hiking in Patagonia. Or…you could just do both like we did! There are several different trekking routes near Mount Fitzroy ranging from a day hike to Lago del los Tres and Laguna Sucia, or a five day circuit around the mountain.

We only had enough time to do the day hike, but the circuit is well marked and can certainly be tackled independently with the right camping and trekking gear.

 

 

Mt Fitzroy, Argentina

Mt Fitzroy, Argentina

 

 

The morning of our trek, we arose early to blue skies. Given that there is only a 10% chance of the weather being clear enough to see the snow capped granite peaks of Mount Fitzroy, it was likely that these blue skies would disappear by the time we reached the top.

 

The fall colours were stunning as we made our way up the path towards Mount Fitzroy. Apart from a few wispy clouds, the weather remained clear and the views of the mountain were glorious. 

 

Having had a only a small taste of hiking in this area of Patagonia, I would definitely allow enough time to hike the Mount Fitzroy circuit next time.

 


Travel Info: Mount Fitzroy, Argentina
Mount Fitzroy is located in Parque Nacional Los Glaciers in Argentina. Use the lovely little town of El Chalten as your base. There are regular buses to El Chalten from the larger town of El Calafate which is also a good base for exploring more of Argentine Patagonia.

The best time for hiking in Patagonia is November to April although the weather can still be quite unpredictable at any time so be sure give yourself more time to allow for bad weather. OR, like us….you could have gorgeous weather but your bus could break down leaving you stranded on the side of the road for half a day…You just never know!

The day hike to Mount Fitzroy is not difficult, but it takes around 8 hours on a return trip, so take plenty of snacks and water.

 

 

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