Glaciers and snow capped mountains
25.01.2010 - 29.01.2010 28 °C
When we arrived in Bariloche and found we couldn't go that day went straight away to book for the bus the next morning - then hung out in Bariloche for the day:
Laguna Nahuel Huappi from our hostel
Chilling in Bariloche's park
Church in Bariloche
Josh and Rob playing with the canons!
The bus took us on a 2.5hour journey to Pampa Linda, a little gathering of refugios and hotels at the bottom of Mount Tronador, a 3200m snow capped peak. We had decided to go for the hard option and rather than just see the glaciers from below on a short day walk we opted to walk up to the refugio about half way up the mountain, where 2 of the glaciers were right next to and either side of the refugio. The walk was lovely, apart from the huge horseflies they are swarmed with here. There were parts of the walk with small inclines and other with difficult inclines, so it was nice and varied. We were glad to finally get there, take off our shoes and packs and watch the glaciers from the rocks outside the refugio, hoping to see some of the ice fall off. The noise is like thunder and is where Monte Tronador, literally Thunder Mountain, gets its name. We unfortunately didn't see any fall from the 2 glaciers that were in view from the refugio, but frequently heard it from another glacier, which was falling lots at the time.
Pampa Linda, at the bottom of the mountain
View of Mount Tronador
Josh and Rob walking up
Looking out over the Pampa Linda Valley
View of the Pampa Linda valley from Mount Tronador
The 3 of us near the glaciers
Me and one of the glaciers
Josh and Rob hiking the snowy slopes
The Refugio on Mount Tronador
View of one of the glaciers from the refugio
One of the glaciers near the refugio
Josh and Rob cooked our winning spaghetti meal again, but were disappointed that we had to eat it with conventional cutlery as we had no plastic bottles to make their eating invention - i'll let them fill everyone in on that one, lol! We sat up watching the stars then headed for the room of matresses, which was to be our bed along with maybe 50 other people who had decided to stay at the refugio rather than hire a tent. They just lay mattresses all over the floor of the upstairs room and allocated 7 people 4 mattresses between them - needless to say it wasn't a cold night in that room!
Mount Tronador - nearly sunset
Sunset on Mount Tronador
View of the Black Glacier from Pampa Linda
We walked back down with Steve and Andrew, 2 guys we had met up the mountain and all went out together that night when we got back to Bariloche. The 5 of us, plus 2 girls Erina and Chelsea that the boys knew, went round some bars and then went to Dusk, a club in Bariloche. We danced the night away and didn't get back til 6.30am. I don't know where the time went, but the next day we were all rather achey and tired from 2 days of walking and dancing!
We knew we wanted to move on from Bariloche ASAP, so we decided that we couldn't miss the wildlfie on the coast seeing as we had come down this far south, so booked the bus to Peninsula Valdes for the next evening.