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Ruta 40 Patagonia style – it goes on like this for hundreds of miles.

El Chalten is a little village located in the midst of the Andes, known as the trekking capital of Argentina. We rented a little cabin, and for the first time since leaving the UK had our own kitchen! (Well, a one ring camping stove but who's counting..)

 

Given that we were in the trekking capital of Argentina, we decided to don our walking boots and do some trekking. The weather is known to be unpredictable, and as we found out, can quickly change from bright sunshine to fierce winds with horizontal sleet.

 

The most famous trek is to the base camp of the Fitz Roy mountain. It takes about four hours to get there, with the last hour or so being a steep climb. When we reached this point, Steve wondered whether we should just give the last bit a miss and go back, but thankfully I persuaded him to see it through, and when we got to the top the views of Fitz Roy and the surrounding scenery were amazing (Steve agrees). There was also quite a lot of snow. As we were on our own at this point we did consider making a cheeky snowman, but in the end decided against it as we were not sure whether this would ruin the majesty of the experience for those coming after us (we were also worried we might get caught and tutted at).


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Ruta 40 Patagonia style – it goe…
Ruta 40 Patagonia style – it go…
Michelle trying out a new look in …
Michelle trying out a new look in…
Fitz Roy base camp – I think it …
Fitz Roy base camp – I think it…
Another view from Fitz Roy base ca…
Another view from Fitz Roy base c…
Eight hours later and back to wher…
Eight hours later and back to whe…
View across to Lake Viedma.
View across to Lake Viedma.
El Chalten nestled in the Andes.
El Chalten nestled in the Andes.
El Chalten
photo by: mountaingirl