Woke up early again for another sunrise experience at Laguna Torre. This time it was not too cold because the elevation was much lower compared to the viewpoint yesterday. It was another breathtaking sunrise, which was perfectly reflected on the wide glaciar lake waters. We spent more time enjoying the vista since it was our final day of hiking.
Sunrise at Cerro Torre
Reflection of Cerro Torre in the morning hours
We retraced our steps again to the junction from Laguna Hija. The next section of walking was through flat open grounds. With the late morning sun shining down on us, it was a relief to get some tree cover when we neared Mirador del Torre. Definitely bring enough water, as there were no rehydration points available during this section.
Open valley filled with barren trees between Campamento D’Agostini & junction to Laguna Hija
With one final look at Cerro Torre, we turned and headed downhill all the way into El Chalten. By the time we stumbled out to the village edge, it was close to 1:30pm. Exhausted more from the heat than walking, we had to walk nearly back to the bus station to find an open store selling cold drinks. Yes, folks here do take their after siesta time seriously!
Mount Fitzroy trail was definitely unforgettable because of the spectacular vista of mountains, glaciers and lakes. Camping facilities were clean and impeccable. Enjoying all these was FREE, which was an added bonus after the experience at W Trek.
Those with less time and hate camping can complete the entire loop walk within a day. However, that meant sacrificing the sunrise experiences and joys of just chilling out at nice scenic spots.
National Park signboard at our trail end
Full picture album for Patagonia hikes – W Trek & Mount Fitzroy