Trip Start Nov 30, 2010
43Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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Hostel Condor de los Andes
Now, considering people in El Chalten seem to be born with hiking boots on their feet and own incredibly defined leg muscles, I should have realised that a ´walk´three hours each way was going to be taxing to me, anexercised, slightly doughy urbanite. Nonetheless with some water, salami sandwiches and a new woolly hat I set off with Andy. Trek One consisted of up hills and srubland, past petrified felled trees, through snow-covered énchanted´forests and finally over and up and snow covered peak. The wind howled and blew icy gusts from the top
In the evening we ate uninspiring pasta and talked to German girls and their new friend who was exactly like Hugh Grant. I hobbled to bed and aimed to rest the next day.
The next day. And oops, I´d organised to do another trek with two Dutch girls called Yessica and Kirstin. This one was even LONGER and apparently ´quite hard at the end but mostly easy´. Gulp. Two hours through woodland gave amazing views of FitzRoy and the glaciar, which every now and again would rumble and let more ice break off into the lagoons below. We reached the beginning of the summit and started climbing. Puff puff puff. This time even Andy was tired! The steep track changed from soil to log steps to boulders to just rocks and scree we had to scramble up. And up. And up. We both got a touch of vertigo (and a lot of sunburn). An hour and a half of climbing, in which the four of us seriously considered going back, we reached the top of the mountain and stared straight into the face of Fitz Roy and it´s lagoon. Another short climb revealed the second lagoon, complete with crashing waterfall
On the three hour walk back I stopped having fun and got eaten by mosquitos. We ate burgers for dinner and played cards. I made Andy promise we wouldn´t have to walk the next day!
Thank god, we just walked 15 minutes to a secluded stream and ate sandwiches before we were forced to return to the comfy (but crowded) warmth of the hostel. The next day we attempted a longer walk (2 hours only in total) to the waterfalls ´Chorrillo del Salto´. The weather was gloriously bright and sunny, which was good, because Andy managed to slip on a rock into the river and needed to dry out his boots! Our planned lazing in the sun didn´t really work out, however, because we were plagued by horseflies and mozzies almost constantly. Ay mi, what a joke! We ate out first steak in Argentina (the size of my head I kid you not). Buenisimo!
The final day in El Chalten was blustery. The weather tends to change very quickly through the valleys and mountains, however, so we set off to do the 6 hour trek to Laguna Torre, the lagoon coming off of Cerro Torre. This trek was mainly flat through forests, scrubland and next to a river
It´s getting colder and nearer Christmas, which means a little further til the end of the world and the land of fire. But first, a visit to a glaciar called Moreno.
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