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Discovery journey Huemul Route, Fitz Roy, Argentina-Day 4

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Day four was my walkout again to El Chaltén. Everybody hikes counter-clockwise.

Right here’s the complete circuit visiting the Southern Patagonian Ice Subject.

Circuit map by way of Journey 2 Stroll

Very atypical for me, I didn’t sleep properly.

And it rained on and off via the evening.

Fortunately the solar got here out concerning the time I obtained out of the tent.

Regardless of my efforts of the day gone by, I’d solely saved about an hour by mountaineering previous the designated campground. I might nonetheless see the glacier. And there was once more a rainbow. 🙂

Discovery journey Huemul Route

The path continued in parallel to the Lake Videma shoreline thorough dry grasslands.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

Although nonetheless stunning, this was the least spectacular day, I’d say. Not a lot selection.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

The spotlight was rabbits extra rabbits. And one non-rabbit. He might have been a Patagonian mara.

Once I caught a glimpse I assumed it was a plains viscacha, however it was extra probably a mara.

I used to be wanting ahead to the second Tyrolean Traverse.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

Arriving alone, I discovered the pulley was at this, the far aspect of the river. 😕 There SHOULD have been a slim rope hooked up to drag it over to the beginning on the opposite aspect.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

What to do?

I knew I might stroll to the lake and (in all probability) wade the river mouth. However figuring a approach throughout was extra enjoyable.

My alternate options:

1. Connect my pulley carabiner on to the cable (relatively than the pulley)

2. Use ONLY my metal carabiner (usually a redundant security system). That is what the information did as soon as on our first Traverse.

I went with #1 considering it was the safer choice. That labored. However I needed to pull myself each inch with friction from the carabiner resisting. It was exhausting.

From there it was straightforward to seek out my approach all the way down to the Bahía Del Túnel dock.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

This boat takes vacationers to the Videma glacier.

I noticed no folks. No automobiles. So stayed on the ‘path’ headed in the direction of a ranch.

Really, my mountaineering map confirmed the path ending on the dock. Some in all probability stroll the (for much longer) highway to city.

I might discover no path. As a substitute I labored my approach via extra grasslands within the path of El Chaltén.

Able to be executed, I found to this calf. It was the second useless cow I’d seen.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

Once I hit the primary fence, being a well mannered Canadian, I attempted to stroll across the ranch.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

That was a mistake. Ultimately I hopped about 5 fences and opened one gate. It wasted at the very least one other hour. I ought to have hopped the primary fence and headed on to the freeway.

It was with satisfaction and reduction that my remaining fence hop delivered me to this roadside lookout.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

From there was a simple 3 km to city on pavement.

I dropped my registration kind on the Parks data workplace. They appeared joyful to see I had survived.

With a giant smile on my face I returned my rental Tyrolean Traverse harness to ‘Tenting Middle’ on the town. That was the one gear rental retailer I might discover that doesn’t shut for siesta.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

It was again to the hostel for a protracted, sizzling, lengthy bathe. 🙂

Discovery journey Huemul Route

YES my hostel had a 24 hour a day restaurant! It’s standard with the late evening partying backpacker crowd.

All I’d consumed today was espresso. At 6:30pm I splurged on an enormous meal. Breaded hen a lo pobre.

Discovery journey Huemul Route

The Huemul Route out of Fitz Roy, Argentina is great. A number of the greatest vistas of my life. One of many best possible hikes on the earth.


In case you are anxious in any respect concerning the Traverses … and navigation, contemplate signing on with a guided group. Chalten Mountain Guides, for instance.


For a MUCH BETTER journey report – Journey 2 Stroll: El Chaltén – Fitz Roy and Huemul Circuit, March 2017. (They did it once more January 2019!)

bookmundi – Argentina 2019 – Huemul Circuit Parque Nacional Los Glaciares of Argentine

In the event you choose your journey studies in video format, listed below are a number of to take a look at.

Click on PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click on PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click on PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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