Hiking to Laguna de Los Tres

Our next stop after El Calafate was to visit the town of El Chalten, where we would base ourselves for a few nights and take on a couple of the day hikes around the area. One of them was to Laguna de Los Tres.

The day of the hike started bright and early. We were up at the crack of dawn to get ourselves ready, have breakfast, prepare snacks and lunch and then be on our way to the beautiful Laguna de Los Tres. The hike itself totalled 22.7km (according to my Strava activity) and we had gained approximately 900 metres in elevation. The total moving time I clocked in at was 5 hours and 44 minutes however, I believe we were out for 8-9 hours that day.

First light on Mount Fitzroy from El Chalten

First light on Mount Fitzroy from El Chalten

Some of the local stores in El Chalten

Some of the local stores in El Chalten

On our way out of El Chalten and onto the trails

On our way out of El Chalten and onto the trails

After leaving El Chalten with our hiking guide, we made our way to the start of the trails and were greeted with beautiful blue skies, crisp air and the most stunning lenticular clouds I had ever seen. It literally looked like someone had grabbed a giant paintbrush and painted huge brushstrokes of white paint onto a blue canvas.

Even at the start of our hike, we were treated with breathtaking views

Even at the start of our hike, we were treated with breathtaking views

Spotting the iconic Mount Fitzroy from afar

Spotting the iconic Mount Fitzroy from afar

First glimpses of the ice field and glacial lake

First glimpses of the ice field and glacial lake

L: It was impossible to take a bad photograph anywhere here R: One of the streams we filled up at

L: It was impossible to take a bad photograph anywhere here | R: One of the streams we filled up at

One hour to go to our destination

One hour to go to our destination

The terrain itself wasn’t too bad to start with. There is a clear path to follow and is a well maintained track. It was only when we started to ascend around the half way mark (about 9-10km or so in) where we were faced with a little bit more of a challenge. Terrain got rockier, steeper and even required the use of our hands to climb up some of the boulders… but, the view that we ended with (not to mention the many spectacular views along the way) made every little step and breath all worthwhile. We had made it to Laguna de Los Tres in time for lunch and got to spend just under an hour up there before having to make our way back down.

With this view, every little step on this journey was worth it!

With this view, every little step on this journey was worth it!

L: This little guy was not shy at all at the top of the mountain! R: One of my all-time favourite life moments, right here

L: This little guy was not shy at all at the top of the mountain! R: One of my all-time favourite life moments, right here

A close up of Mount Fitzroy's peak

A close up of Mount Fitzroy’s peak

Some of the bluest blues I had ever seen!

Some of the bluest blues I had ever seen!

Heading back from Laguna De Los Tres

Heading back from Laguna de Los Tres

A more rugged landscape away from the Laguna

A more dry and rugged landscape away from the Laguna

Spending time at the Laguna was undoubtedly one of the most favourite life experiences that I have ever had. Not only was the journey to get to our end destination beautiful in itself, but to just sit and marvel at Mount Fitzroy and Laguna de Los Tres was something on another level for me.

Maybe it was the fact that we don’t have mountainscapes anything like this in Australia? Or the fact that I had never done such a lengthy hike before this one and the landscape made it even more rewarding? Or perhaps it was just the simplicity of connecting with pure, untouched nature that made it such a euphoric experience? I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was, but I’m certain that there is magic in the air in Patagonia!