A new series that recently appeared for the first time on our Facebook page and will now continue its journey on our website. Each Monday from now on we’ll share our favorite mountains with you, including a little bit of information about them. Today we are kicking off with one of the prettiest we have ever seen: Cerro Fitz Roy!
Monte Fitz Roy, as the locals call it, is located in the Andes Mountain Range on the border of Argentina and Chile, close to the town of El Chaltén. The 3.405 meter high giant has a prominence of almost 2.000 meters and can therefore already been seen from a far distance, when you are lucky. If you want to get up close and personal with Cerro Fitz Roy, we suggest you do the Laguna de los Tres mountain trail that will lead you right to the foot of the peak. It’s quite a hike up but eventually, the view is more than worth it. Go here to read a more thorough description of this trail, published on Anto’s Outdrr.com blog some time ago. If you wish to enjoy Mt. Fitz Roy from an easier hike, we suggest you do the Panoramic Trail that leaves right from the Visitors Center and is quite an easy stroll with some minor climbing. Here you will be able to admire all the surrounding peaks as well, including another famous one: Cerro Torre.
Fitz Roy is said to be one of the most diffucult mountains to climb. Not only because of its steep prominence, but also because of the weather situation. When on a typical day maybe as much as 100 climbers may reach the summit of Mount Everest, only 1 may summit Fitz Roy.
The town of El Chaltén can be reached by car or bus departing from El Calafate in Argentinian Patagonia. It’s about a 3 hour drive so you can visit for just for a day, however we suggest to hang around at least a couple of days since the weather may not be in your favor…
Next week: one that rules them all … and one that dooms them all. Feel free to guess which one we’re talking about!