A December 2000 trip
to Patagonia by asaatkamp
Quote: We took a seven day hike throught the park, up to the torres, to the Grey Glacier, and Lago Pehoe.
Hotel | "Alburque Pehoe"
The view from the hut is fantastic. There is no sign of civilzation, except when the catamaran arrives bringing hikers and supplies. The "ovieros" (Chilean cowboys) put everything on horses and take it to another hut about 5-6 hours hike away on the Grey Glacier.
If you are doing the "W" hike through the park this is one of the places you'll stay. There are trekkers from all over and if you are there in summer, daylight lasts until 11pm. DO NOT get a bed facing east as the sun will come in the windows at about 4.30am.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2002
Ocean Beach Club
3201 Hill St.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
About 2 hours in we came to the hut at Campamiento Chileno where we bought some drinks and food. You can also spend the night if you have booked ahead. Clouds started to roll in over us as we continued on and it started to rain, then it started to snow. Then the sun came out, then rain, then snow; and so on. At the base of the towers is a field of boulders where we stopped to take a breather. Now the trail goes up pretty steeply and it took another 45 minutes to an hour. Once at the top the clouds and fog just about prevented us from seeing anything, but I did get a shot of the lake and the rock face looming out of the mist.
The walk down was in a pretty heavy snowstorm and it was hard to see. The path is not clearly marked in places and it is easy to become confused if you don't pay attention. They sell maps and I would recommmend getting one, if for nothing than to be sure you know where you are going. The hike down took about another four hours and the weather went in reverse. When we finally got back to the flat land at 8pm, the sun was back out and the temperature had risen.
This a pretty rough hike for those not in at least some kind of halfway decent physical shape (that's me). I had to stop several times just to relax and give my muscles a break. The hike down was worse as my legs were shaking from the exhertion of the climb up. But then I was in the park to walk and do a lot of it.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2002