W Trek Day #2 – Campamento Grey to Italiano

(18.5km 7hr)

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.

Paine 2 crossroads

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.

Paine 2 Lago Pehoe

Lago Pehoe with its amazing blue waters

Paine 2 terrain1

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.

Paine Camp Italiano river

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.

Paine Camp Italiano tent1

View of Campamento Italiano – small wooden hut for cooking and toilets right at the back

Paine Camp Italiano dinner

Enjoying a well deserved dinner

 

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About Wye Yim

Wye Yim is just any ordinary Malaysian gal, who have been bitten by the travelling bug and searches for the next adventure thrill. Having done 6 years in a corporate world, she has abandoned her suits and heels to embark on a journey to work in the outdoor industry and fulfill her passion to travel the world.
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