Climbing Fitz Roy requires mountaineering skills and prior climbing experience. The jagged granite spires and ice of this peak make it challenging, and going with a certified guide is a must. The most common Fitz Roy climbing routes are:
This route tackles Fitz Roy from the east. The approach begins from El Chalten and has a clearly marked out path to Laguna de Los Tres. The first stretch is quite friendly, especially on a sunny summer’s day. However, once the actual summit ascent begins, the landscapes become more rocky and glaciated and that’s where the fun begins.
The Afanasieff route tackles the northwest side of the Fitz Roy and is one of the longer routes on the massif. It involves moderate climbing up the northwest ridge, first on the north side, then around the south, and later straight up.
Technically the easiest but also the longest, the Supercanaleta route is a complex climb involving 1000 meters up a simple snow and ice gully, and then 15 pitches of moderate rock and mixed climbing.
Regardless of the route that you decide on with your guide, keep in mind that you should be able to face rock and ice climbing stages with more than 30 pitches. A good fitness level is a must!
In the summer months, the base of the Fitz Roy is sunny and warm, however, it is icy and snowy at the summit. Below 0 temperatures characterize the summit.
The Cerro Fitz Roy approach can be done from El Chaltén, which you can get to easily from El Calafate.
November through March is the climbing season in El Chalten, however, most climbs are done between December and February.
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