Early in the morning you 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. You will arrive at Camp Italiano, from which you will start one-hour ascent up the valley above the Glacier “del Francés” . On our way up the moraine, the lenga and coigüe (N. pumilio
and N. betuloides
) forest around you 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. There you will enjoy lunch watching avalanches cascade and condors soar. You 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 you see Lake Pehoé, of intense turquoise waters, you will be really close to the final stop, the Lodge Paine Grande, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
||(partly optional) 8-10 hours, 26 km / 16 miles
||500 m/\ (1,600 feet)