I spent the morning hiking up Valle del Frances with small pack along with another team member. Despite the sharp ascent of about 500m, the climb was much easier without the heavy backpack. Almost felt like flying like a bird as we skipped through the terrain.
Hiking up Valle del Frances
Personally I felt this was the most beautiful section of the W Trek. We saw the Glacier del Frances to our left on our way up, and walking through the valley surrounded by these granite giants was simply breathtaking.
I could have clambered on forever, but the trail ended and a wooden sign to announcing “End Mountain Path” confirms that we have reached the end. We soaked up the quiet beauty, before strong winds started and blew us back towards Campamento Italiano.
Vista at end of Valle del Frances hike
Lunch, de-camp and pack before our last 5km hike for the day. Nice having some downhills for a change through the forested area and scrublands before hitting the shores of Lago Nordernskjold. It was a pebbly beach, but it was still enjoyable to sit & enjoy the vista with our bare feet. Cool respite after another warm hiking day.
Found the only National Park signboard before descending to Lago Nordernskjold
Chilling out at shores of Lago Nordenskjold
Campamento Los Cuernos was set next to the same lake we were resting before. Uneven terrain dotted with shrubs prevented group camping, so hikers need to hunt awhile to pick out a decent spot. Some places had elevated wooden planks for the tents. We managed to secure a place with plenty of tree cover – a blessing in disguise as strong winds kept blowing throughout the night. The tent swayed ferociously, I even prayed silently it will survive through the night and rest of the trek.
Pitching tent at Campamento Los Cuernos
Campsite had only 2 showers & 2 toilet cubicles to be shared amongst all the campers. Quickly took a shower before proceeding with our dinner since it was also another small cooking hut. I had an uncomfortable hot evening because I didn’t bring another set of clothes besides my night thermals. Good idea to pack along a light pair of shorts & short-sleeve top.