ultramarinus – beyond the sea


The catamaran docked near Refugio Paine Grande at 1pm.  From this point on, we had finally set foot on the W-trek.  We had four more hours of trekking ahead of us before reaching Refugio Grey, our accommodation of the night.  The 11-kilometer hike began with a pleasant walk through a valley.  At this time of the year, wild flowers including several orchids could be found everywhere.  Roughly an hour into the hike, we reached a lookout at a small glacier lagoon called Laguna los Pasos.  Half an hour later, we finally had the first glimpse of the blue floating ice on Lago Grey’s milky water.  Soon after, we were exhilarated to see the beautiful Glacier Grey from a distance.  From this point on, the glacier just got closer and closer from one lookout to another.  There was a fair bit of ascends and descends on the trail.  By the time we finally arrived at Refugio Grey, we were both tired and hungry.  Situated close to the front of Glacier Grey, Refugio Grey is a clean and simple mountain lodge with 60 beds in total.  The refugio wasn’t full, and we were delighted to find that we could have the room all by ourselves.

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Read more on Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in 2013 South America:
Day 62.1 – Introduction
Day 62.2 – Mirador Cuernos, Torres del Paine
Day 62.3 – Camping Pehoe, Torres del Paine
Day 63.1 – Pudeto, Torres del Paine
Day 63.2 – Paine Grande to Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 63.3 – Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 64.1 – Glacier Grey to Paine Grande
Day 64.2 – Mirador Pehoe
Day 64.3 – Palette of Spring
Day 64.4 – Refugio Paine Grande
Day 65.1 – Paine Grande to Camping Italiano
Day 65.2 – Valle Fances
Day 65.3 – Camping Italiano to Refugio Cuernos
Day 66.1 – Refugio Cuernos to Valle Acencio
Day 66.2 – Refugio Chileno
Day 67.1 – Las Torres
Day 67.2 – Descend
Day 67.3 – Asado de Cordero, Puerto Natalas
Day 68.1 – Punta Arenas
Day 68.2 – La Marmita, Punta Arenas

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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