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Published: March 15th 2015
Having enjoyed a few beers and rested our tired legs and feet we made our way back into Argentina and up to El Chalten, the self proclaimed trekking capital of the world in southern Patagonia.
Patagonia is largely untouched and barely inhabited, some call it the last refuge left on earth, home to wildlife and dazzling scenery with vast horizons. It is a land of contrasts, the arid plateau, the lush vegetation and forests, the lakes/rivers and glaciers.
El Chalten is a tiny outpost town in the Andes, it is quiet and picturesque and the perfect place to see the transition between the vast dry Patagonian steppe and the majesty of the mountains and ancient ice. It is a town that is only open for a few summer months to facilitate the trekking and climbing season and many modern day convienances like wifi are still lacking.
This trek was much easier than Torres del Paine primarily due to the fact that we were able to base ourselves at 2 main camps and from those day hike up into the mountains returning to camp in the evening. The main advantage being that we were largely trekking without the packs
After a long day hiking this lake was a welcome oasis.
and their weight. As this was only a 5 day and 65km hike we were able to pack a few luxuries this time including some red wine for the evenings.
Trekking has been a great way to meet people, there is a real sense of camaraderie on the trails. One particularly inspiring person we befriended is a gentleman who has logged some 15,000 miles trekking since his retirement in 2009. You name it he has hiked it, including all the US great hikes; the Appalachian (twice), Pacific Crest Trail, and probably the most impressive the Continental Divide trail.
Tot: 1.665s; Tpl: 0.046s; cc: 13; qc: 61; dbt: 0.0292s; 1; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
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