The sunrise at Mont Tronador was waiting for us!
When we woke up the next morning the weather had cleared, and we drove the last 31 km to Pampa Linda, were we met up with Jorden and Forest (the couple to the right) and Taisa and Ernesto (the couple to the left).
The hike started quite easy, and it was great having breath to both walk and talk with our friends on the way up.
Enjoying the green scenery the first half of the hike
Then the trail started to climb, and we got to one of the first viewpoints with the first sight of the hanging glacier, which was melting in the sun. Making jokes about, that we just had to walk to the glacier, we already could see in the distance.
We were headed towards the shelter (refugio) Otto Meiling, which is placed between the two glaciers, Castaño overo and Alerce. Before getting to the glaciers we had to walk over big patches of snow.
Because of all the snow the summer trail to Otto Meiling had been changed, which involved climbing steep rocks. We use trekking poles both going up and down the trail. It helps take of strain on my knees, which are unstable after several surgeries. For Esben it helps him keep his balance when standing on his left leg after it has been broken twice. It is all about getting safe up and down for us, though we have our injuries.
Meeting some of the locals that lives up here. In the left picture you see a Chichillión (45 cm long), it only lives in rocky areas in higher elevation and are a herbivore. They love sunbathing .
Arriving at the Otto Meiling shelter at an elevation of 1800 meters, after climbing 1000 meters in elevation and walking about 14 km. In the right picture you see Mont Tronador in the background.
Camping on a glacier – that’s a first! AMAZING
Was it cold? Yes, so we send a few hours inside the shelter before hitting the sleeping bags. Some drinking a few beers, that you can actually buy at the shelter – but Esben had to make due with water.
When we were heading for the tents to get a good night sleep the mountains had disappeared in a thick cloud. Now, we were just hoping for the sky to clear, so we could see the sunrise over Mont Tronador the next morning. BUT… the weather cleared during the night .
The next morning our alarm went of at 6.00 am – we woke up to this on the 31st of December, the last day of the year 2017
Nothing else but amazing
Esben was my man, and he got out of the tent as the first to take some amazing pictures
A great thing about doing a hike with other people is that they take pictures of you, and you take pictures of them. This way we (and the others) got pictures, that we could not take ourselves. Here is one of Jordan and Forest taken by Esben.
After a nap we packed down everything and headed back to Pampa Linda… New Years Eve was waiting. A lot of trails both in Argentina and Chile is not a loop, but you have to walk the same trail on the way back, which gives you the opportunity to see the view again. The view going up and down the trail to the Otto Meiling Shelter was amazing.
Back in the green scenery finishing the last few kilometers we decided to head back to Camping Ser to celebrate New Years Eve together
Back at Camping Ser we shared the food we had left, and had a great evening with great friends
It must be the tiredness from the hiking trip, because we forgot to make a New Years resolution. What was your New Years resolution? It is almost a year since we left Denmark, so our one year travel anniversary is coming up on the 11th of January. After talking about a New Years resolution we have both come to the conclusion, that we would like to have a positive “tailwind” with us for the rest of our trip in South America. This means good weather, no accidents, no major breakdown for Lance and more fun adventures. We just want to able to use our energy, on what is important for us .