February 2010. El Chalten, Argentina
Patagonia is one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have seen so far, and El Chalten is the most beautiful part of Patagonia I have visited. Actually it’s not El Chalten that’s beautiful – it’s what’s around El Chalten.
It’s hard to find the words to describe them. What’s unique about the peaks around El Chalten – Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy being the most famous – is their sheer granite faces, which make them some of the most difficult mountains to climb in the whole world. They are not very high, but so stunning.
My stay in El Chalten was not very lucky in terms of the weather. It was cloudy and it rained a lot, so I wasn’t able to make the most of this experience. But despite the mother nature not being very collaborative back then, I consider those few days in El Chalten to be some of the best during my career break trip.