ultramarinus – beyond the sea

DAY 65 (1 OF 3) – PAINE GRANDE TO ITALIANO, TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE

When we planned our W-trek routing, we knew that today would be our longest and toughest.  The plan for today was to trek from Paine Grande to Camping Italiano at the entrance of the famous Valle Frances (French Valley).  At Italiano, we would leave our big backpacks at the guardhouse and hike up to the lookout near Camping Britanico.  Then we would return to Italiano to pick up our bags and continue the hike eastwards to Refugio Cuernos, our final destination of the day.  If everything went according to plan, the total walking time of today would be roughly 10 hours, with approximately 26 km in distance.
At 7:30am, we had a quick breakfast at Refugio Paine Grande, picked up our lunchboxes, and left the refugio right after.  The hike from Paine Grande to Camping Italiano at the entrance of the French Valley took us about 2.5 hours.  The wind was strong, but not as extreme as yesterday, thus we could still appreciate the morning scenery of the mountains.  By the time we crossed the spring bridge over Rio del Frances, Camping Italiano was already in sight.
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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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