Hiking

Greatest hike out of Ushuaia, Argentina

journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

Zoe Agasi and Olivier Van Herck from Netherlands spent 2 months in Ushuaia. For them the very best native day hike (of many) was Laguna de los Tempanos and Glacier Vinciguerra.

That was ok for me. I walked from my hostel to the trailhead.

Just like the north of North America, everybody right here has massive canines. Most roam free. This one most likely wanted to be chained up.

What I hadn’t realized that morning is that it was 7.3km to the beginning. I ought to have taken a taxi.

From there it’s solely a steep 5.6km as much as Laguna de los Tempanos under the glacier. The signal says 6km.

Up there’s the place I used to be headed.

The climate was atypically affordable at the moment. Little or no wind.

As soon as on the trailhead, navigation shouldn’t be troublesome.

Your toes do get moist on this hike — I wore neoprene booties reasonably than socks — however at the very least you don’t should wade the most important river.

Subsequent is an extended, steep part by way of the timber.

It’s muddy and you might want to be agile as a gymnast to barter fallen timber. There doesn’t appear to be a lot path upkeep.

Close to the highest you attain an alpine meadow. Then a brief climb up a waterfall to the Laguna.

Carlos from Colombia and I walked up collectively. He’s a Grasp’s scholar learning in Argentina at present on his summer season vacation.

Carlos

The glacial lagoon is beautiful.

It’s not usually the climate is that this good. One lady went for a swim!

Like most on this planet, this glacier is quickly receding. ☹️

Wanting again on the Beagle Channel.

I extremely suggest Laguna de los Tempanos and Glacier Vinciguerra. However solely in good climate. It’s powerful, as effectively. I fell as soon as into the mud on the best way down.

And arrange transport to and from the trailhead. The Los Humedales cafe on the trailhead will name you a cab in case you don’t have telephone that works in Argentina.

Rick at Laguna de los Tempanos, Ushuaia, Argentina

P.S. There are two facet trails that I didn’t have time to do:

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