El Chalten is a small village that lives mainly of the hiking-tourist during the patagonia summer.
El Chaltén is our base for hikes for this part of Patagonia. Our original plan was to go to the Chiliean Puerto Torre del Paine but it turned out that there are several confusing registration systems that had to be used several weeks in advance. To save us hassle and a lot of money we went to El Chalten which happened to be just as impressive but without the need to plan far ahead :). We bought a tent, rented some sleeping bags and stepped 'into the wild'. Of course after two days into the wild we decided we liked the movie better and moved into a hostel to continue with day-hikes.
Main attraction is the mount Fitz Roy that looks like something straight out of The Lord of the Rings
Camping grounds are available for free in the park (although expect no service :)). Our backs were fully packed with gear and supplies.
Trekking through the beautiful landscape with everything on our backs.
This was the panorama 20 meters from our first campsite
After one more day hiking we arrived at the lake Laguna de los Tres, where Fitz Roy looms menacingly
Michiel tries to add to the menacing quality of Fitz Roy
Our humble abode for two nights was very cosy, but lacked central heating. Ymke was not a great fan of the near freezing temperatures
When on the third day the rain started, we decide to count our blessings and return to El Chaltén to sleep in a warm bed
The most challenging day hike turned out to be quite doable and resulted in this pose of Ymke in front of the mountains
The vegetation in patagonia is different from what we have seen elsewhere, like these half-death looking trees
And with that, our stay at El Chalten blew over :p