After 32 hours on the road we staggered off our Route 40 bus at 6am into the rain, fog, and icy cold winds of El Chalten.
El Chalten is a small town in Patagonia in Argentina, about 3.5 hours north of El Calafate. It is set at the top end of Parque Nacional de Los Glaciers and is famous for Monte Fitz Roy, the jagged peak of which can be seen stretching skyward out of the national park on a clear day.
I had been told by other travellers heading north that this national park had some of the most breathtaking views known to man. So I remained hopeful as we set out on day one in heavy fog, wrapped up in a down jacket and under an ever threatening grey sky.