Day 13 – Saturday 20th October 2018
By plane – 0
By foot – 12.4kms/ 7.71miles
By public transport – 0
Steps taken – 17,642
So to prepare for trekking in Torres del Paine we had to book campsites from back home as you need to have a campsite booked in order to get a permit to walk in the park…no permit no walk! Only a certain amount of permits are released so we were relieved once this had all been sorted.
We planned to do the W Circuit in 5 days, 4 nights covering approximately 100km which we thought acceptable given that we had to carry our own full gear over this period. This included tent, sleeping bag, roll mat, camping stove, gas, camping utensils, food for 5 days, clothes, toiletries and whatever else we might need.
So this is just my ‘stuff’, never mind how is that going to fit in my bag….how am I going to carry it
We heard it’s possible to fill up on water every couple of miles and the water here is so pure…added bonus!
So yes we are camping…it’s going to get a whole lot chillier in Chile!
There is other accomodation within the park called refugios but we chose to be self sufficient which we like to do retreating to our own private tent after a long days hiking, sleeping out under the stars. In the morning waking up to stunning views right from your own doorway and step out onto the cool grass rustling in the early morning wind….this is the text book version, this could change, it’s Patagonian weather were in now!
Ask me about this one after the trek!!!
We felt the 5 days would be a perfect schedule for a relaxed time in the park (read: who is she trying to kid) which would start of with a nice boat ride, views of Glacier Gray finishing with the sunrise at the Torres…this was the plan anyway!
We had originally planned to walk The O Circuit which is a longer nine day walk but we were told we couldn’t as some mountain passes were still closed due to high levels of snow still sitting….we had experienced that on Fitz Roy so we could only imagine.
The W trail can be over crowded in peak season (Nov-Mar) but fortunately, and once again we did this deliberately, we were on the early side of season it would mean things would be quieter….but colder!
Today was all about preparation. We had to buy our food for the 5 days, hire a tent and thermal sleeping bag and purchase bus tickets to take us out to the park – Torres del Paine. We also had to pack our gear back.
There was a free talk for people at a place called Erratic Rock, which gives free information on the trek, climate etc which is brilliant. It lasts one and a half hours, we thought about attending but felt we had read up enough on our own to survive…and we had loads to do!
Erratic Rock base
Once organised we spent the rest of our day wandering town, checking out the area.
We still have not found Calafete berries so next best thing….. Calafete cheesecake….it counts right?!
The Mylodon is a giant sloth, that kind of looks like a bear with a horse face. Very weird looking sloth! …I’ll come back to this at another time!
A beautiful tree
A nice place for coffee, with beautiful views
I didn’t jump…maybe next time!!
A stunning sky
A tranquil sunset
I should also mention here Che Guevara is not dead….so we’re staying in a hostel…the owner is a real character who looks like and possibly acts like Che….we have spent numerous occasions chatting to him…and what stories he has. So after being in Argentina I have actually witnessed Che in Chile….who would have thought….this is why travelling is good for the spirit!
I should also say here that I may have no WiFi over the next 5 days as not sure what to expect….who knows!