After an in-depth study of the El Chalten hiking map, we decided to opt for a transfer to the start of one of the “easier” walks and make our way back to town. According to the map and the tour operator, this required a moderate level of fitness and should take approximately four hours.
We opted for the 9:30am transfer and after an hour of bumping up the stone road (this is the major highway too, connecting Argentina to Chile) were ready to get started. Unlike the previous day, the sun was shining and there was a cooling wind – read head wind!
The route took us past the Glacier Piedras Blancs, on to Poincenot, down to Laguna Capri and back to where we started our walk the day before to Chorrillo del Salto.
All up, we did approximately 15 km and it took us just over 5 hours, including a short 20 minute stop for lunch. Now 15 km doesn’t sound that much but when you are climbing over a mountain range plus have the added obstacles of running water on the track creating deep, thick mud, it was quite the walk.
At one stage I asked Craig “would this be classified as hiking, walking or tramping?” His reply, “Torture!! Or maybe a heart attack”.
Needless to say, tomorrow will be a little more sedate!