Dificultade técnica   Moderado

Tempo  5 días 5 horas 53 minutos

Coordenadas 14330

Fecha de subida 13 de septiembre de 2015

Fecha de realización febrero 2014

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103,02 km

Vista 4860 veces, descargada 268 veces

preto de El Chaltén, Santa Cruz (Argentina)

This is the big tour, in the Chaltén region, for those who want to escape the mad crowds, such those found at Laguna Torre or at the various Fitzroy campings and viewpoints. I did it clockwise, although I believe that the rule is to do it the other way. Let me point out two disadvantages of my choice, the second one being (at least for me) somewhat more serious than the first one:
A) the steep end somewhat slippery stretch from Paso Huemul to lago Viedma is tackled while descending;
B) the tirolesa at Laguna Toro has the rope anchored on the side of Cerro Huemul. If you approach it from that side, you are able to drag the wheel to you also if it is waiting on the other side. The converse is not true: for this reason I lost one day waiting at Laguna Toro. Lost so to say, because in any case the wind would have been too strong in the surroundings of Paso del Viento to have a comfortable walk. Of course the name of this pass has been set in a proper way.
The track features minor additions to the basic loop, which may of course be skipped, but which are very worthy:
1) a little summit above Paso del Viento, in direction Cerro Azara. Due to the bad weather, I did not insist in looking for higher viewpoints, let alone to try, on the other side, to go somewhere on Cerro Huemul;
2) panoramic detours on the rock nose close to Paso Huemul, dominating the front of the Viedma glacier;
3) panoramic detours on the saddle coming before the descent to Estancia Rio Tunel;
4) a final climb to the Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado. I had already been there the day before undertaking the present tour, but when I reached the path to the Lomo the weather was to perfect to descend to the village: so I went up again.
The loop reminds somewhat the classical O circuit in the Paine, with Paso del Viento in place of Paso John Garner. It is difficult to say which of the two is better.

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8 comentarios

  • Antucko 06-jul-2016

    Alucinante ! Must be a fantastic route. I will definitely hike this route when I am in El Chalten !! Thanks a lot to share !

  • Foto de Alberto Pedrotti

    Alberto Pedrotti 07-jul-2016

    Surely.
    But, I imagine, not in this season!
    Cheers, Alberto.

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    NIRGAL 17-sep-2016

    La ruta está muy bien explicada y presenta las características de travesía, lo que generalmente la gente busca en Patagonia

  • raygun 05-oct-2016

    Very helpful information to plan our 2017 April trip. Do you need to carry any rope for this trip? What are the essential gears other than climbing harness?

  • Foto de Alberto Pedrotti

    Alberto Pedrotti 07-oct-2016

    There is no real need for a rope. In the short stretch on the lower Rio Tunel glacier the crevasses are well in sight. If you find any different information, try to figure out the source: namely, in El Chaltén they rent every sort of climbing gear, and not for little money...

  • sudobringcookies 11-oct-2016

    Do you think we will need crampons if we do this tour in Dez. 2016? Thanks for your help!

  • Foto de Alberto Pedrotti

    Alberto Pedrotti 12-oct-2016

    You mean at the beginning of the season... I do not know, you should better ask when you register at the start of the path. Paso del Viento could well be partially snowbound.
    Cheers, Alberto.

  • etienne masson 13-nov-2016

    Sounds great. Need to look a bit more into it

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