The Ferrier lookout trek will for always be in my memory as a mental and physical challenge that I proudly accomplished. Not because it’s difficult. It’s a hill and it takes approximate 4 hours to do: 2 hours up and 2 hours down.
But I managed to get up – alone, running, sweating, cursing and with a high pulse – in 1 hour and 10 minutes! All the way up switching between thinking “the view better be worth it” and “please, give me a sign that I’m there soon”. I did it. and it was worth it.
WARM UP: THE CONDOR LOOKOUT
We started out doing the short hike Mirador condor / Condor lookout close to Lake Pehoe. It takes approximate 1,5 hours and rewards you with a spectacular view of lake Pehoe. We came on a beautiful day but unfortunately, the skies were low and covering the mountain ranges. Nevertheless, we couldn’t complain about the view nor the circumstances of Patagonian weather. Then we continued our day trip to the parking place of Lake Grey.
THE ENDANGERED HUEMUL DEER
At the parking place, you need to register your check-in before you do the Ferrier lookout trek. Look for a CONAF office at your left hand, passing the toilet facilities. Then we were ready to go! It was 3.15pm and we were told to come back no later than 8 pm because at that time it started to become dark. The sun came out and the temperature rose: it is a very steep hill and it just goes up, and up and up. The sweat started running, the pulse rose and we stopped talking to each other. Just concentrated about breathing and walking. I admit it, I am out of shape and life was punishing me for being a lazy bastard. Half way we gave the group 1 hour to go as far as possible and then start going back. So we had to walk with a lot of energy!
Suddenly Victor (who has an impressive eye for catching things no normal person can see – it’s like a superhuman power he has) sees a huemul deer and its calf among the trees. The huemul deer is an endangered deer who only exists in Patagonia. The last time an estimated account was made there was said to be an estimated 2,000 left in the wild, with roughly 1,500 in Chile, and 500 or so wandering the mountains of Argentina. So it’s really rare to see these big-eared beauties! Victor was like “I’m staying here to take photos” and even though I would have loved to stay and observe them I was like “No, I haven’t gone all this way to not complete another hike again”. With 20 minutes left at this time, this is when my time-challenge started.
You can find the beautiful pictures of the Huemul deer on Victors Instagram
GLACIER PINGO AND GLACIER GREY
So as I already revealed, in the beginning, I managed to do it. Actually in only 15 minutes which gave me 5 free minutes extra to enjoy my reward: being on top of the hill and having an incredible view to Lake Grey, the glacier Grey, and the less known glaciers Pingo. This glacier is harder to get a view of because you need to do either this trek or the “Pingo trek”. I was so happy and proud of myself for getting to the top of the Ferrier lookout with the time limit and it was worth all the suffering.
On the way back I heard Victor, he was coming after me (he changed his mind hehe) and I went up to the top again with him. On the way back we met up with the rest of the group and the deer were still there and I was standing just 10 meters from them! The calf was looking straight at me with attention, but at the same time very relaxed and somehow curious. I kind of felt we “had a moment” 🙂 After some time enjoying their company we went down, tired but happy!
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