If you are following our trip “live”, you may have noticed we have been silent for more than a week. No posts, no tweets, no Instagram pictures. So what did we do the last 8 days? We walked. 151kms to be precise, for more than 47 hours of hiking, over 8 days and 8 nights of camping to explore one of the jewels of Patagonia: National Park Torres del Paine (Chile). I am now sharing the magic of this place in 14 pictures captioned with extract from my travel diary. Enjoy the trip!
1. Kilometer 0, day 1: the starting point of the “Circuit” trek
Fresh and excited. Note that we are doing the trek in autonomy and carrying around 30kg of equipment between us 2: tent, mattress, sleeping bags, food for 8 days.
2. Wild flowers of Patagonia
Day 1 blesses us with giant fields of wild flowers – it’s summer after all. The best? When the wind of Patagonia start blowing, they all start dancing.
3. Campamento in sight!
Even if you love hiking, there is always a relief when finally you can see the camp after 5h of hike (19km), especially when it’s located in the middle of such an idyllic landscape (Day 2, campamento Dickson).
4. Blessed by the weather gods for the mountain pass
The John Gardener pass is considered as the trickiest part of the trek, especially in case of bad weather. Three days ago, the pass was closed due to a blizzard. 06.15am, we started our ascent. The weather gods are treating us with a fantastic blue sky and no wind. The sunrise over the mountain is exceptional.
5. John Gardener’s pass: a taste of winter in the middle of the summer
6. The silence, the immensity
7. In Patagonia, Grey is blue
The very same Grey glacier seen from the lake of the same name, a fantastic panorama to end our 4th day.
8. Tanning, the Patagonian way
9. Magic sunsets of Torres del Paine
10. Thunderstorm in Valle del Francés
11. Mirador Britanicó, climbers’ paradise
12. How about hiking in the middle of the night?
13. Towers on fire
14. One last night in Torres del Paine