There is no doubt that it is a special hill wherever you look. His height, origin, texture, and silhouette set him apart from the rest. This is how it feels even for the best climbers in the world.
At 3,405 meters high, Mount Fitz Roy emerges as one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world. It is located in Los Glaciares National Park and is a demarcation of the border with Chile.
Despite not having a record height when compared to Everest or other mountains in the Andes, Mount Fitz Roy has earned its reputation as one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world. The ice and wind it receives constantly keep it that way, even in good weather.
The ancient inhabitants called this mountain “Chaltén”, a name that comes from “ahónikenk” and means “smoking mountain”. This is because the clouds rest most of the day at their peaks, so for the ancestors, it was more of a volcano than a hill.
The expert Francisco Pascasio Moreno baptized him on March 2, 1877, as Fitz Roy in honor of the Beagle captain, Robert Fitz Roy, who had toured Santa Cruz fifty years earlier.
Today, geographically, Fitz Roy is the main peak of a crescent-shaped chain that opens to the east, with the main axis running north-south.
In 1952, a French expedition consisting of Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone, among others, who climbed the southeastern route, was the first to reach the summit. Thus, a new chapter has been written in the history of mountaineering in Argentina and the world.
With a very unstable climate, Fitz can only be climbed for a short time in the summer months. Those who are trying to reach the top do have to be fast and play with good weather conditions to reach it.
The second ascent occurred in 1965 when Carlos Comesaa and José Luis Fonrouge (from Argentina) tried and succeeded via the supercanaleta route, a task that took two and a half days.
In 1968 there was the third ascent and until now not many adventurers have been motivated and managed to reach the top. Obviously, among them is Argentina.
To appreciate the majesty of this mountain, if you are not an experienced mountaineer or climber, it is ideal to take a trip to the Laguna de Los Tres (a very scenic trail that starts from El Chaltén and lasts about 4 hours). From there you get a magnificent view of this mythical hill of Patagonia.