The Fitz Roy Mount: the trekking Mecca

El Chalten and Fitz Roy, Icon of Patagonia

The famous Fitz Roy, also known as Cerro Chaltén, is a mountain located in the southern part of the Andes mountain range, on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is part of the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and is considered one of the most challenging peaks to climb in the world, due to its difficult access, unpredictable weather, and the technical skills required to climb it.

Fitz Roy is a granite peak that rises to a height of 3,405 meters (11,171 feet) above sea level. Its name was given in honor of Robert Fitz Roy, a British naval officer who was a captain on the Beagle expedition during the 1830s. The mountain has a distinctive shape with steep rock walls, ice and snow formations, and a narrow peak that is often shrouded in clouds.

The Fitz Roy mountain is also famous for its stunning beauty and attracts thousands of hikers, climbers, and tourists each year who come to admire its breathtaking views. The surrounding area is home to many other notable peaks, including Cerro Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world.

The Fitz Roy mountain and its surroundings are also known for their natural beauty, with glaciers, lakes, forests, and rivers all located within the park boundaries. The area is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including condors, guanacos, pumas, and Andean foxes.

Overall, Fitz Roy is a symbol of Patagonia’s natural beauty and a challenge for those seeking to test their mountaineering skills. Its majestic presence continues to inspire awe and admiration in those who visit it.


The Fitz Roy Mount in El Chalten

The Fitz Roy Mount: a bit of history

The Fitz Roy mountain was first sighted by European explorers in 1877 during a mapping expedition led by Argentine explorer Francisco Pascasio Moreno. However, the mountain was not named Fitz Roy at that time. It was later named in 1880 by Argentine explorer Perito Moreno, who named it after Robert Fitz Roy, the captain of the HMS Beagle which carried Charles Darwin during his expedition to Patagonia in the 1830s.

The Fitz Roy Mount: the peaks

Fitz Roy Mount is a massif located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, in the border between Argentina and Chile. The massif includes several peaks, the most prominent of which is Fitz Roy, also known as Cerro Chaltén, which is the highest peak in the massif, standing at 3,405 meters (11,171 ft) above sea level.

Other notable peaks in the Fitz Roy Massif include Poincenot (3,002 m), Saint-Exupéry (2,850 m), Mermoz (2,800 m), Guillaumet (2,700 m), and the northern and southern towers (2,800 m and 2,600 m, respectively).

The peaks of the Fitz Roy Massif are characterized by their jagged granite spires, steep walls, and difficult climbing routes. They have been the destination of many mountaineers and rock climbers seeking to test their skills and endurance. The Fitz Roy Massif is also a popular destination for hikers and trekkers, who can explore the surrounding valleys and glaciers and enjoy the stunning views of the peaks.


Fitz roy peaks

Trekkings from El Chaltén to the Fitz Roy Mount and surroundings

El Chalten is known for its stunning hiking trails, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, and towering peaks. Here are some of the most popular treks you can do in El Chalten:

  1. Laguna de los Tres: This is one of the most popular treks in the area, offering breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks. The trek is approximately 24 km round trip and takes around 8-10 hours to complete.
  2. Laguna Torre: This trek takes you to the base of Cerro Torre, one of the most iconic peaks in the area. The trail is approximately 20 km round trip and takes around 6-8 hours to complete.
  3. Loma del Pliegue Tumbado: This trek offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes. The trail is approximately 20 km round trip and takes around 6-8 hours to complete.
  4. Piedra del Fraile: This trek takes you through lush forests and past stunning waterfalls before reaching a beautiful mountain refuge. The trail is approximately 10 km round trip and takes around 4-5 hours to complete.
  5. Cerro Huemul: This challenging trek offers stunning views of the Viedma Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail is approximately 12 km round trip and takes around 8-10 hours to complete.


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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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