Yesterday I joined a 12 hour trek from El Chalten, Argentina to the glacier at the foot of the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy peaks.
We began at 7am with the first hour of walking in the dark, followed by another hour in the dawn light up to a "base camp" where we picked up crampons and climbing harnesses. After this, another hour of walking to the glacial moraine and a rope traverse across a river. So far, all easy trail walking with little climbing as we were following the valley. After that it got a little steeper and we tarversed the forest alongside the meltwater lake and then onto the glacier itself for a walk in crampons. We stopped for lunch with a spot of ice climbing and then the long walk back into town.
The trek was organised through Fitz Roy Expeditions in El Chalten and they provided three guides and we paid AR$380 each. An excellent day out, although the guides set a fast walking pace for most of the day to ensure we completed it in twelve hours.
The Autumn colours were breathtaking. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...