Fitzroy trek, Patagonia Argentina

This is one of my favorite treks and if you like to see icecaps not in the polar region, the Fitzroy trek awaits you.

Fitz Roy is located on the northernmost tip of the Parague Nacional Los Glaciers which is part of the Hielo sur. If you have a taste for the impossible and fascinating side of nature, the icecaps located on the Hielo sur will satisfy that taste. This mountain and trek are touted to feature prominently in five of the hardest mountains to climb in the world.

Things to keep in mind

The Fitz Roy is known for its strong winds. This means that you are going to have a hard time keeping your hat on. These winds are known to blow strongest between November and April. Due to the presence of icecaps, you can also expect that temperatures at the tip fall to life-threatening levels. You have to also come prepared for the risk of hypothermia. The cold combined with the strong winds make this hike one of the most challenging in the world. You are advised to come with very strong tents and pin them to the ground the right way. Since fires are prohibited on the mountain, you should also think of coming with a stove from any of the towns at the bottom before you start the hike.

Enjoy the different views according to season and time

Depending on where you decide to camp, the season and time of day, the views that you get of this mountain vary greatly. As the sun rises, you will see the mountain turn into a rose hue that will be reflected back to you by the granite surface: a view that will make you appreciate that you rose early to experience it. In the evening, there normally are clouds doing laps around the mountain that make for a massively enjoyable viewing experience.

Fitzroy trek, Patagonia Argentina

What to expect and carry

According to the route that you take and the stop-overs you make, you can expect to do the hike in 2-5 days. The best option is to pace yourself so that you are able to take the trek in four days. The whole trek is about 65 kilometers so you have to be ready to walk and be fit enough physically. What you need to take are the essentials of trekking: a map, a compass and other personal belongings that you sure are going to use on the hike. Since you are going to be gaining over 4000 ft in elevation, it would be a good idea for you to carry only what you need and to keep your backpack as light as possible. The trek is best experienced when you are guided but if you are very adventurous and you are confident about your hiking skills, you could also do an independent hike.

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