(Easy 4 hours)
Seeing how beautiful it had been at Laguna de los Tres, I decided to return very early in the morning to catch the sunrise. Hiking in the darkness was not too difficult, since there was some moonlight. And noticed couple of headlights shining ahead on the climb up, so knew I was not the only crazy person that morning.
Climbing up does really warm the body up, but best to be prepared with a thick fleece or down jacket while waiting for the sun to rise at the top. It does get very cold with the morning breeze and not much wind shelter can be found at the viewing points.
Waiting patiently in the cold was greatly rewarded when the sun broke through the horizon and started illuminating the tips of Mount Fitz Roy. Pretty soon, the mountains were dressed in yellow and orange hues as the sunshine grew more intense.
Mount Fitzroy glowing in the sunrise colors
After breakfast and packing up, it was time to leave for our next destination at Campamento D’Agostini. Trail was flat and undulating again, but more open so that magnificent views of Mount Fitz Roy can be clearly seen as we hiked southbound.
Signages inside national park
Just the two of us completing the Fitzroy trek
More open grounds with low shrubs, we passed by Laguna Madre before walking alongside Laguna Hija. Enjoyed a pleasant rest at the stony shores of Laguna Hija before pushing forward.
Serene reflection at Laguna Hija
Found a nice spot for lunch break when we caught sight of Cerro Torre. After that, it was an easy 1hour hike to camp, passing by a wide valley filled with dried up trees on our left and forested terrain on the hilly slopes on our right.
Campamento D’Agostini was another wonderful campsite, dotted with trees and the raging Rio Fitz Roy running besides it. After pitching up camp, we headed off on the ridge walk towards Mirador Maestri.
Walking along the rocky path, one gets the grand view of the peaks of Cerro Torre (3,102m) and Glaciar Grande flowing into Laguna Torre on our left. After walking for about 1 hour, the trail peters out. Exhausted from walking the pebbly trail and heat of the afternoon sun, we decided to turn back and stop at the shores of Laguna Torre to relax.
Glaciar Grande with Cerro Torre towards the far right
Ridge walk heading towards Mirador Maestri
Enjoying the late afternoon at Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre in the background