9 March 2016
Day 6 of the W Trek in Patagonia + Ice Trekking!
Date: 3 February 2016
Location: Refugio Grey, Glacier Grey and return to Puerto Natales at night
Hour of walking: 5 hour ice hike (1 hour return boat ride, 2 hour return approach and 2 hours on the ice) + 3 hours of walking on the trek = 8 hours
Today was our last day on the trek! A bittersweet day, excited because we were exhausted but I was also a bit sad, because it had been so much fun! Although before it was over we had an 8-hour day ahead of us, including an ice trek!
We were quite excited to say the least to be doing this ice trek on a glacier! So basically how it went was we took a boat from our last refugio (lodge) to the other side of the glacier and then started the approach to the edge of the ice. And to be honest it was quite difficult, but I think it was more the fact that we had been waling for the last 4 days straight and were already exhausted! But the approach in itself was hard because of how steep parts of the walk were. So we were quite relieved when we finally got to the edge of the ice and have a bit of a rest. The next step was putting on all the gear! We had a helmet, an ice axe and then crampons to put over our hiking boots. The crampons had to be put on for us because no one had any idea how to use them!
Next step was walking on the glacier! It is actually harder than you think because of using the crampons… it was not something I was used to! We were on the ice for 2 hours where we got to see different things and walk around on different parts of the glacier. We even got to abseil down some ice to walk into an ice cave, which was beyond amazing! We have never seen a blue that colour before! The best way to show you all what we did is through the photos, which are some of our favourite from the trip so I’ve attached a lot of them below! It was one of the coolest things that we have ever done!
But the day wasn’t over, we were exhausted but then we still had 3 more hours of walking until the trek was finished! Those last 3 hours were the most painful, we were tired and my muscles were starting to get a little sore and then my feet were killing me because of not having innersoles in my shoes for 5 days! So we were very relived when we finally made it to the end and took the catamaran over the lake to then take a 2-hour bus ride back into town. It was a very long day and we only got into town and had dinner at 10pm at night so we were very happy to sleep!
The trek is now over. But to be honest it was seriously one of the most amazing things that I have ever done and even though it was physically demanding I loved very minute of it! I would also have to say it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life and photos can nearly not do it justice… it was beyond amazing!