The first time we drove through Valle Chacabuco a month ago, we were instantly enchanted by one particular beautiful valley reaching north up to a row of steep, jagged, glaciated peaks. El Hunco, we learned it was called, had no real trail, but used to have a horse trail that might still be visible.
This past weekend, we ventured up El Hunco for an ambitious overnight with five other friends from the estancia. Six hours of bushwhacking led us to a wide open, mossy upper valley with a stiff Patagonian breeze. We camped at tree line and set off exploring in the morning. After climbing up to a saddle between two jagged peaks, we were stunned by a completely new view: the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. Here is a glimpse of what we found.
Click on the photo below for a 360˚ view, including the edge of the Northern Ice Field!
And just in case you were ever concerned that we take ourselves too seriously, watch our short video: