Morning view at Campamento Chileno, with the towers in the background
I decided to sleep in, as a reward for surviving the past 4 days of hiking. Could have attempted a quick hike up to catch the clear views of the towers in the morning, but somehow I was content with being lazy and enjoying a slow breakfast with the team. Besides that, we have to watch our timings to catch our 2:30pm bus ride back to Puerto Natales.
Begining the walk out from Campamento Chileno along Valle Ascencio
We retraced our steps along Valle Ascencio, which felt less threatening because of the calm weather and much lighter pack. The scree returned to hard ground when we met up with our short cut yesterday.
It was steep downhill thereafter, with the trail widening to a highway well trodden by many day hikers and even horses for those who don’t want to hike up. Going through this route, I was definitely thankful we didn’t start the W Trek from the eastern side. Despite it being popular season for trekking, was pleasantly surprised that the trails were not overcrowded until our final downhill stretch.
Trail widens to a highway downhill towards Hotel Las Torres
Spirits were high as we knew the end was near. Saw some fresh hikers along the way down, and silently bade them well for their journey ahead.
Hotel Las Torres marked the end of our 5 days W Trek, and what a journey it had been. Despite all the pains of hiking with a full load, the rewards far surpassed it – amazing scenery experienced with great company.
Managing a happy leap at the trail end
Team members with rest of hikers who have been at the same pace with our group
Full picture album for Patagonia hikes – W Trek and Mount Fitzroy