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Devon Brunner
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Hiking

Favorite trail run in El Chaltén. The crowds in December were as expected—high volume. Trail etiquette wasn’t really followed as is in other places. Start very early at sunrise to avoid the traffic—it’s worth it, especially if you’re a runner.

Kirstie Rascon
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Hiking

Absolutely breathtaking... a must-see!

Nicole Paul
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Hiking

Once in a life time hike. I highly recommend renting crampons.

Martin stych
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Hiking

best hike in Patagonia

MIN JUNG KIM
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HikingRocky

There are some rocky parts but overall it was the easiest trekking I have done in Chile/Argentina area.

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Tomas D.
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Hiking

The views are amazing, the trail is in perfect condition and even though it says hard only the last hour of the hike justifies this label. Still very doable. We did it on a sunny Sunday after a period of bad weather which resulted into this being the most crowded hike ever (queuing to go down etc..), hence the 4 and not 5 stars.

Tomas D.
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Very calm and accessible trail mostly through the forest.

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Peter Glossop
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Hiking

Delightful trail easy to start gradual for the most of it. A few steep sections at the end and an absolutely stunning view most of the way that got better at the top. Busy but not crowded and better on a sunny day.

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Gaelle Gralnek
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Very easy hike and totally worth it. Starts relatively flat through a lovely forest with occasional stream views. When you emerge from the forest and see the glacier, continue walking toward it and you'll find a gorgeous glacial lake.

Bill Beezley
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HikingScramble

Great hike with good perspective of Fitz Roy, et al at the top. Unfortunately for us, there were a few clouds covering Fitz Roy but the 360 degree views all around certainly made it worth the hike, anyway. I also had some serious wind to fight on the final push to the summit. A few days before, we were in Torres del Paine park with a wind advisory of 70 KPH. The wind at the top of this hill was every bit that strong and gusting higher. At the windiest point just before the summit, I was on all fours a couple times, crabbing my way up. The vast majority of this hike I would rate as easy-moderate, and only the final push is hard. If, like my wife, you choose not to summit the hill, you will still have excellent views from the lookout (the tip of the triangle in the map). We hiked at a leisurely pace. My inexact app showed 11.57 miles and 6:33 of hiking time. A great hike - highly recommended!

Chris S
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Hiking

brilliant easy walk tina viewpoint over the mountains and glacier. restrooms are available at the turnaround point. trail leads straight up out of town. A short pull at the start and at the end but nothing too hard. Poles not needed for this stretch. Path is very clear and well worn so you can't get lost!

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David Gottfredson
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Hiking

From the parking lot to the vista at the lake, we recorded 14.2 miles. The first 9 km is not that bad, the last 1 km is a serious grinder with ~1200 ft of elevation gain. Nice that much of the trail is shaded and you have glorious views of the mountains almost all the way up.

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David Gottfredson
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Hiking

Excellent hike! It was about 12 miles round trip from our lodging in town. ~1,826 ft. Total elevation gain. Not that difficult, much of the trail is shaded. Awesome views of Cirro Torre from Lago Torre. We were blessed with a blue bird day! Spectacular!

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Paraa Rohani
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Hiking

An amazing hike. Moderate and filled with unbelievable scenery. Highly recommended. The weather was just perfect

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Erika Hanson
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Hiking

Overcast day, so unfortunately didn't get to see Cerro Terre. very windy and started to sprinkle on the way back. Still a beautiful and worthwhile trail.

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martin godard
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Tres populaires

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Conio Sessa
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Hiking

This trail has some great views for a small effort. It seems to be the only place to see open plains. It got crowded with non hikers, so early start might be wise. I modified the hike a bit to go over the summit at the Eagles end. The wind, the wind, snd more wind. Be prepared. There would be fabulous views of the major peaks when the clouds clear.

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Conio Sessa
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Hiking

Ee started out just going to the white stones viewpoint.. a nice walk mostly up on a gentle path. The original track goes beyond the viewpoint some distance with out significant reward. We decided to continue on to the Fitz Roy trail and return to town instead of our car. This added 3 miles or so but was either flat or down hill all the way. Several different views this way. Other than getting to the trail head ( a shuttle is available) this seems like an easier approach to Fitz Roy. Big wind the day we went. Clouds and sun changing place every 20 min.

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Kimberley Ong
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cloudy :(

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James Kitahara
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Steven Jones
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Hiking

Spectacular hike. Left at 0600 to make it before the rains came in. Little clouds by 0830 when up top. Snow flurries and rain when leaving. Back to town before noon. Would definitely recommend on slightly cloudy days.

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Karen Sharpe
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Hiking

A winding boardwalk around the glacier. Mostly easy with magnificent views.

Robert Ross
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Awesome hike. Make sure you bring some extra layers. A rain shell saved our lives when it suddenly started blowing crazy wind and rain. Do the detour to Mirador Fitz Roy (the loop near Laguna Capri) and climb up the little hill next to the sign with the mountain names. Gives you a great view. For water you can refill in the streams, too. One water container is likely all you need. Maybe have 2 just incase. Once at the top (and you’ve stopped huffing and puffing), go down to the laguna and stick to the trail on the south side of it. You’ll hit a sign that warns you about lack of trails, make a left and go to the edge to see another glacial lake.

Katherine Lang
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HikingGreat!Rocky

My husband and I completed this hike in February 2020 and it was the most incredible hike we have ever been on. There are stunning views throughout the entire trail. It is well marked and easy to follow. We had been warned about the rocky ascent the final mile or so, but we were not fully prepared. It took us a little over an hour to make it up the final mile but it was so worth it. We felt like we were on top of the world and could do anything. We were glad to have good hiking shoes and hiking poles to make it back down the steep rocky path safely. My only wish is that I hadn't booked our bus back to El Calafate that same evening. It would have been nice to have time to really sit and enjoy the view at the top for a while and not have to rush back down.

Marc Rogers
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Hiking

Amazing. Last km is steep uphill but very manageable and worth it.

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Robert Lee
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I hiked only to the Mirador near the end. The view from there was excellent, looking down the lake we had hiked to a couple days earlier. A great view of Cerro Fitz Roy from another angle then we had seen before.

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Robert Lee
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Hiking

if you go only to the Mirador, less than three kilometers, you will enjoy a beautiful hike (given that the weather is clear) On clear, dry day you will have views of the river the mountains, the nathafagus forest.

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Jason English
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One of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Was lucky to have great weather with frequent clear skies over the course of the day. Would highly recommend using trekking poles coming down. A lot of the rocks had ice on them which made going down right after sunrise really dangerous.

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