Day 2 was one of our longest day hike with a full load. So an early start back to where we started from yesterday at Guarderia Paine Grande. It was a clearer day, so better views of the majestic Glacier Grey on our way out.
We had lunch at the guarderia with a beautiful view of Lago Pehoe in front and mountains at the back. Amazing seeing how blue the lake waters were, as it reflected its beauty from the sunrays.
Junction nearby Guarderia Paine Grande
Next 3 hours hike were across more open grounds with the view huge granite mountains beckoning us ahead. With the noon sun blazing down on us, the afternoon walk was quite a challenge despite the flatter terrain. The views of the lakes behind us and the occasional wildflowers saved us from going mad. We also passed through areas where the trees stood stark naked after the last big fire.
Lago Pehoe with its amazing blue waters
Terrain walking towards Campamento Italiano, after passing Lago Skottsberg
Huge sigh of relief when I arrive at Rio del Frances and saw Campamento Italiano across it. It had been a long walking day, and I was delighted to finally throw my heavy pack down.
Rio del Frances
Campsite was next to the cascading river, and dotted with trees. Icy river waters were wonderful to cool down after the hot day. No shower facilities, so an early night after a quick dinner.
View of Campamento Italiano – small wooden hut for cooking and toilets right at the back
Enjoying a well deserved dinner