Monte Fitz Roy (also known as Cerro Chaltén, Cerro Fitz Roy, or simply Mount Fitz Roy) is a mountain in Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, near El Chaltén village and Viedma Lake. It was first climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone.
The first Europeans recorded as seeing Mount Fitz Roy were the Spanish explorer Antonio de Viedma and his companions, who reached the shores of Viedma Lake in 1783. Argentine explorer Francisco Moreno saw the mountain on 2 March 1877; he named it Fitz Roy in honour of Robert FitzRoy who, as captain of HMS Beagle, had travelled up the Santa Cruz River in 1834 and charted large parts of the Patagonian coast.
Cerro is a Spanish word meaning ridge, while Chaltén comes from a Tehuelche (Aonikenk) word meaning “smoking mountain“, because a cloud usually forms around the mountain’s peak. Fitz Roy is one of a number of peaks the Tehuelche called ‘Chaltén’.
1 – 5 Days: Trek to Fitzroy in a day but any also incorporate the route with other trails such as Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres.