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Cerro Torre, 3128m, not only has a truly unique shape but also, as some people say, it is the most difficult peak to climb in the whole world. In the movie by Werner Herzog Scream of Stone (1991) two professional climbers make a bet who will get to the top first. One competitor, the most experienced mountain climber in the world, who has already conquered all world’s 8000m peaks shows a lot of respect to this incredibly dangerous mountain, another competitor is a young skilful sport climber. Who wins the bet? I will leave this question unanswered.
Lonely planet guidebook to Argentina, says:
If you have a good weather - ie little wind - and clear skies, make this hike a priority, since the toothy Cerro Torre is the most difficult local peak to see on normal blustery days.

So it seems that I was incredibly lucky, having cloudless sky in El Chalten, small town in Southern Argentinian Patagonia, which they sometimes call a trekking capital of Argentina. Arriving by car from El Calafate, you can see from the road two very characteristic peaks: Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy. The second one is about 500m higher and probably more famous and more frequently photographed. I have considered two hikes from El Chalten. The first one, Laguna de los Tres, allows to have a closer look at Cerro Fitz Roy. It is more strenuous and takes about 4 hours one way. The second hike, Laguna Torre, is easier and shorter, 3 hours one way. We were already exhausted after a hike in Torres del Paine therefore we picked the second shorter hike. It appeared to be a very pleasant walk with great views along the way and with the main reward being this wonderful view which you see in this photo. The sharp peak far in the center is Cerro Torre.

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