Mount Fitzroy Trek (12-14 Feb 2014)
El Chalten has been declared Argentine’s trekking capital, and there’s no doubt it deserves the title. With the mountain village as the base, hikers have plenty of routes to choose from. Since we have all the gear from our W Trek, we then opted to spend 3 days inside with a loop beginning from Hosteria El Pilar on the nortern end and coming out following Rio Fitz Roy.
Getting to El Chalten
Regular buses departed from Puerto Natales towards El Calafate about 5 hours for 280km. Much of the time was spent at the immigration border. Do be careful with fresh food coming back into Chile, as the guards are quite vigilant in confiscating these items.
Upon reaching El Calafate, there is some time to kill before connecting to El Chalten with the late afternoon 3 hours bus ride. Good idea to exchange some monies, stock up on food rations and get any camping gear sorted as El Calafate is a much bigger town compared to the small mountain village of El Chalten.
Best to buy the bus ticket to El Chalten from El Calafate bus terminal as several bus companies offer the services.
After going through all the park formalities at Torres del Paine National Park, trekking around Mount Fitz Roy is a breeze. There is absolutely no need to register with the park office as it is FREE entry for hikers & campers, and you can get a decent trail map from the main bus station or chosen guesthouse.
One can arrange for the 30min 9:30am shuttle bus to Hosteria El Pilar at Hosteria Senderos, directly opposite of the main bus station for ARG70/pax. Do check in advance on the pick-up times and places offered.
Mount Fitzroy Trail Map (Source : El Chalten Information Centre)