3 hours up, 2 hours down and 1.5 hours back to the main road, 26km approx.
Today could not have started better! We set off at 8am with Venus brightly visible above a faint glow of the sun beneath the horizon. There was a ground frost and the air was cold and exceptionally clear, with no trace of a cloud. The snow on the mountains stood out brightly from the dark ground beneath.
|Show me the way|
The trail was no longer wet, instead it was frozen for much of today's route, and the descent back into the valley was chilly as we passed back into shadow. We crossed yet another wobbly footbridge into Campamento Chileno after just 70 minutes of walking. This consisted of a boarded up wooden building, a few picnic tables and a couple of tents.
|Showing the way|
A sheer cliff of rock rises out of the lake, with the three towers of Torres Del Paine looming far above the cliff. We had perfect weather, with a bright blue, cloudless sky, no wind and brilliant sunshine. The lake was surrounded by steep scree slopes and there was the ever present low rumble of distant rocks rolling down into the lake.
|Torres Del Paine|
|Boulders could be heard rolling down the slope|
|Holding up the world|
|The end of the W|
All in all, an amazing four day trek which I wouldn't hesitate to walk again.