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13/1/2018 El Chalten hike to Fitz Roy

It’s 9pm and I’m ready to fall asleep. My phone says I walked 30km today and did 40000 steps. Obviously it’s not true, it usually over-counts by something like 2 kms...

We got up at 7:30 in the morning, had our breakfast and headed to the trailhead for the Fitz Roy Lago de los tres. The mount Fitz Roy is 3359 m height (or 3405 m) and it is visible from pretty much all El Chalten. The trail is supposed to be 10 km long. But our hostal is about 1.5 km from the trailhead and I forgot my jumper in the room, so had to go all the way back to take it with me. 

So I think we started hiking at 9:30am at the end. The trail is quite busy, we met people coming back and also quite a few people were faster than us. The day was sunny and mostly not windy. Only some parts were windy. First 3 km going up the hill, then mostly stable, and the last 1 km was really steep. There is many places where we could take water from the river or streams and drink it, and many spots from where we could take some photos. The most difficult part was the last 1km - steep, sunny, but windy sometimes. It think the last kilometre took us 45 minutes. So by the time we got up the hill, our tshirts were sweat through and it was windy and quite uncomfortable. The Cerro Fitz Roy was in clouds. We had our packed lunch there and then went back to El Chalten. 


At about 7pm, we got back to the village and shopped in local supermarket. And met Andres and his gf on the way back to hostal. Second coincidence with them already! (Puerto Natales was the first one). We got back around 8pm to our hostal. 

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