Named after one of the firsts Europeans who came to explore Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Cone – Robert Fitzroy – a 23 years old young British aristocrat; Discovered by an Argentinian – Francisco Moreno; With half the size of Himalayas but it is one of the most difficult to be climb, Mount Fitz Roy makes a mandatory face to face date for all those visiting Patagonia.
20 km of medium – high difficulty trek is the price you have to pay, but the encounter with this granite gorgeous monster is magnificent!
How long it takes: from 7 to 10 hours depending on the weather and how many stops you have on the way. You can do it in one day, or you may chose to camp on the way – there are multiple camping places, but be aware they do not have any facilities, so you have to bring everything.
How to get there: El Chalten village is the base camp for trekking in Patagonia and Fitz Roy in special. You can start the trek from 2 sides – either from the back side of Fitz Roy or from the front. However you start, and no matter how difficult it may seem the roud for you, this is the motivational image you should always have in mind:
Option A – the classic road: you start from the end of El Chalten Village on a trail which is marked and every kilometer you have a plate counting the kilometers left till the base of the mountain which is in front of Mount Fitz Roy. The nice thing of this trail is that you always have the mountain in front of you and you can admire it, take photos, have the motivation carrot in front of you all the time. The downside of it, is that it is a bit more difficult.
Option B – the backside road: From the bus station take a minibus till Hosteria El Pilar (about 1 hr) and from there walk towards Cerro Fitz Roy. Be aware that this trail is not marked at all. Ask people to indicate you the right way to go and ones you are on the trail you are safe on the right way. As time it takes the same as option A, but on option B, you go by car the first hour of the trail.
The final challenge: When you think you made it to Cerro Fitz Roy, you get to the most challenging part of the trail – the last hour of hard core climbing. This part is very steep, long, nasty on bad weather days, so treat it serious.
I’ll not upload any picture to show you how steep it is to don’t discourage you. And I tell you that if you do some regular exercising, you can easily ascend the 2 mountains in about 50 minutes. And take all the time you want to enjoy its Majesty, Cerro Fitz Roy: