(2.5 hr to campsite)
Trail head begins next to Hosteria El Pilar. There is no proper signage to mark the park entrance until much further in amongst the forested area. If in doubt, just follow the trail besides the river (Rio Blanco).
It was heavenly walking amongst the trees, as the weather is turning out to be wonderfully clear and hot again. Plus it was mostly flat and undulating terrain – a great change from the tougher W Trek few days back.
Shady trail between Hosteria El Pilar & Mirador de Piedras Blancas
Short break came when we arrive at Mirador Glaciar Piedras Blancas. It was pure joy as we savored the beautiful scenery of snow-capped mountains & glaciar framed against the clear blue skies. More so when we had a wet & cloudy ending to our W Trek.
Mirador de Piedras Blancas
We arrived at Campamento Poincenot by 1pm. Pretty campsite with plenty of tree covers, small stream minutes away and huge area at back for the natural toilet. There was a single portaloo made available, plus a shovel on hand for those who prefer their own space!
Tent at Campamento Poincenot
Toilet area at back
After lunch, we headed up to Laguna de Los Tres for the viewpoint of Mount Fitz Roy (3,405m). Short 3km hike, but the final 1 hour hike up was hardwork because of the steep incline over rocks and finally pebbles at the top. Definitely worth every ounce of energy burnt off, the views were simply spectacular.
Rocky trail up to Laguna de los Tres
Final ascent to the glacier lake
Once at the top, we took our time to soak up the breathtaking views from every angle possible. Even went down to the lakeshores to test out the icy waters.
Laguna de los Tres with iconic Mount Fitzroy at the back