This three-day experience in the Torres del Paine National Park, the southern Chile, it is part of a much longer traveling journey, I would almost call it "epic" for the amount of environments and experiences.
We arrive in Chile by land, after a long but spectacular transfer from El Calafate, in Argentina.
The first day of hiking in the park has started and we start with small and short treks near the boarding area on the lake Pehoé, especially the trail that leads to the Mirador Cuernos. Great to get familiar with the surroundings.
The first night comes and it gives us a beautiful sunset over the Paine massif, with low black clouds and horizontal sun rays. Truly a sight.
We are ready for the second day in Torres del Paine with so many things to do, the most beautiful is definitely sailing on Lake Grey. We take a small boat that slowly and against the wind leads us towards the northern end of the lake from where we begin to see the majestic and namesake glacier.
The wind stops and the sky turns blue, suddenly is hot. The glacier is spectacular, crazy blue reflections, low clouds and cobalt blue sky. There is so much light that is able to blind you. A so beautiful environment that seems surreal.
The experiences up to here are already many and fantastic, but today is the great day of the 'mythical' trekking to Torres del Paine and the weather is great, a cool breeze and a cloudless sky.
This trek is really special. The first part is a nice ascent, not too steep but long and steady, that in two hours' walk leads to the Campamento Chileno. In this point there is a beautiful panoramic viewpoint overlooking the huge and deep valley, with lush and thick vegetation on one side and a giant heap of stones on the other.
We continue to climb through the woods up to the last point, the Campamento Torres, ideal for a pit-stop before the last, most difficult and steep part. This camp is the starting point for many climbers, who wait here even weeks for the perfect weather conditions that we have found today.
We have been walking for about three hours and we begin the ascent to the Mirador Torres. Finally we reach the top! The view is touching: the bluish cobalt clear sky is the background of the majestic complex of the Paine.
We are facing a group of three huge granite monoliths, eroded over time by ice, water and wind: the Torre del Sur, the Central Tower (the tallest with its 2,800 m.) and Torre Norte almost seem to fall on you, diving in the turquoise lagoon below.
It is really moving, fatigue has been rewarded! It is the definition of peace. During the ascent we have also faced points with a pretty strong wind, others calm and warm, but once you get to the summit in the valley that houses the lagoon, everything stops.
The wind stops, the effort ends, the heart opens! For trekking lovers, Torres del Paine in Chile, cannot be missed as a personal experiences.
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