Early in the morning we will head west in direction to the Valle del Francés (Frenchman’s Valley), one of the most beautiful places in the Park. We will surround the Cuernos walking by Lake Nordenskjöld’s shore, and then we will climb to our first amazing lookout to admire an ample view of the whole valley, the lake, and the enormous Mount Paine Grande (3.050m/10,000ft), the highest in the Park.
We will arrive at Camp Italiano, from which we will start our one-hour ascent up the valley above the Glacier “del Francés” (Frenchman’s valley). On our way up the moraine, the lenga and coigüe (N. pumilio and N. betuloides) forest around us is shaped by the wind to resemble a Japanese garden. Once at the lookout the views are amazing with a range of 360 degrees: panoramic views of the lakes below, surrounding granite peaks, and the hanging glaciers of Paine Grande in front of us.
There we will enjoy our lunch watching avalanches cascade and condors soar. We might have the chance to keep going up to the furthest viewpoint past Camp Británico, to arrive into the middle of a breathtaking amphitheatre of granite spires.
After a brief stop we will return along the same path to Camp Italiano and then continue walking west along the south face of Mount Paine Grande, passing by deep blue Lake Skottsberg. Once we see Lake Pehoé, of intense turquoise waters, we will be really close to our final stop, the Lodge Paine Grande, where we will have dinner and spend the night in camping.
|Hiking distance:(partly optional)
||8-10 hours, 26 km / 16 miles
||500 m/\ (1,600 feet)