Laguna Torre

After an epic day of hiking to Laguna de Los Tres, it was time to back it up with another one the following day – this time to Laguna Torre.

It was another bright start to the day where we set off after arranging our packs and grabbing an early breakfast. Our guide had met us at our accommodation and we were then on our way to Los Glaciares National Park where we would begin our trek. From memory, the round-trip hike to and from Laguna Torre took approximately 9 hours.

One of the ice fields encountered on the hike

One of the ice fields encountered on the hike

It didn’t take too long before spotting some more breathtaking scenery that consisted of ice fields and spectacular mountain ranges – it almost seemed impossible to take a bad photograph no matter where you were in El Chalten! The highlight for me was seeing the absolutely jaw dropping mountains of Cerro Torre.

A close up look at Cerro Torre

A close up look at Cerro Torre

L: Cerro Torre in all its glory | R: Lush greenery en route to our destination

L: Cerro Torre in all its glory | R: Lush greenery en route to our destination

When comparing the hike to Laguna Torre to the hike to Laguna de Los Tres the day before, I can say that Laguna Torre was a much more leisurely stroll. Terrain en route to Laguna Torre was much more forgiving and overall, there was much less incline (I tracked it at 458 metres on Strava, where Laguna de Los Tres was 900 metres).

One of my favourite parts of this hike was walking past these 'deadwoods'

One of my favourite parts of this hike was walking past these ‘deadwoods’

After about 4 hours of walking, we had finally reached our destination: Laguna Torre. Weather was still quite pleasant (we had gotten two great days of weather during our hikes) however, that Patagonian wind was a little bit stronger at Laguna Torre. So much that we had to huddle away behind stacks of boulders while we ate our lunch!

Our final destination: Laguna Torre

Holding a piece of glacier that had washed up to shore

Holding a piece of glacier that had washed up to shore

Overall, we spent about an hour at Laguna Torre and part of the amazing experience included being able to pick up a piece of ice off a glacier that had drifted up to shore. When I realised I was holding a piece of ice that could’ve been hundreds, if not thousands of years old – it really hit me and made me feel even more grateful that we live on such a wonderful and beautiful planet, and to really take the time to appreciate the moment!