We traveled north from El Calafate to El Chalten along Routa 40. There are many hikes around the town. The first day there we did a hike up a hill just out of town that led to a great view of the town on one side, and the endless Pampas surrounded by mountains on the other. It was a great place to have lunch. We found an Empanada shop that was given great reviews by may people in and out of town called Che Empanada. Their variety was almost endless.
We spent a day in the National Park trekking the famous Fitz Roy mountain. The walk was busy but not crowded. The last 400 meters was almost vertical so Sara decided to sit this part out and explore the nearby river. The climb was brutal. With so many feet wearing away at the trail. All that is left is sandy, slippery, unstable rocks. The view from the top was breathtaking. There are massive granite spires rising up into the clouds. At the base is a Lagoon fed by surrounding glaciers. I sat at the top for a good 30 mins and then headed back down.