27 February 2016
Day 2 of walking the W trek in Patagonia, Chile
Date: 30 January 2016
Location: Torres hotel – Torres del Paine (towers) – Lodge Chileno
Hours of walking: 6.5
I was super super pumped to get started and walking! So we woke up at a decent time, had a great big breakfast (consisting of eggs, toast, cereal and yoghurt) and were off by 8am. The sun was out, the weather was great so we were just in the best mood you could be to start a trek!
We walked for a couple of hours on pretty easy terrain, the only annoying part being it was actually starting to get quite hot which was not what we had anticipated so walking uphill for a while wasn't super fun. But we eventually made it to lodge Chileno which was based just on the rivers edge and was a super cute little wooden cabin. Here we emptied out our bags on our bed and only took what we needed (food and water etc.) so that we could do the day walk up to the Torres del Paine.
The walk up to the Torres was apparently the hardest part of the trek, well that's what everyone has told us. It was a 5 or so hour return walk with really steep parts to it. So we started and were very pleasantly surprised because of how easy and beautiful the walk was… It looked like the forest in France by the rivers edge and it was so peaceful… There was hardly anyone around us! But about half way up we realised why everyone said it was so painful… We were literally scrambling up rocks in the scorching heat. And as if that isn't bad enough already I started to get a really really bad blister on my heel. For all of you who know the disaster story with my shoes two weeks before I left this might not come as a surprise to you. But it did to me because on the Inca trail I had 0 issues. Not once did I feel like I was even coming close to a blister and this was day 1, 3 hours into a 5 day trek and I had issues… It really wasn't a good start! So we established that it was because I had different inner soles (for extra support) instead of the original ones. So we took those out and I had to patch up my blister and walk without inner soles. Which at first was not fun – going from extra cushioning to nothing! And the most frustrating part is that on the Inca trail I had brought the original inner soles in fear that that would happen… And since it didn't I left them this time safe and sound inside my suitcase 2 hours away in town! So that was a minor disaster we had going on there. BUT, we remained positive and walked all the way up to the top. And boy was it worth it! It was just stunning and like nothing we had ever seen! We had lunch by the lake and relaxed for a while in awe of the view in front of us. Most of the pictures below will show you this part (it's the milky blue lake and the towers behind).
The walk back was much more efficient because it was downhill and we were eggar to get back to the lodge. Back at the lodge we bought a cool drink and sat and talked to various people staying there that night before going for dinner with everyone. That night we slept very well after the days walk!