Posted on 9th Mar 2016
Photo: Towers of 'Paine'
Having decided to drive to the National Park and have more flexibility rather than catch the bus, we left Puerto Natales early and were some of the first to arrive at Laguna Amarga to enter the park. On paying our entry fee we got our rucksacks ready while we waited for the tourist buses to arrive and the 7km transfer to the start of the trek.
The sun was shining and there was little wind as we set out along the trail and it wasn't long before we were ascending the valley towards the Paine Mirador. It was a tiring climb with our packs, Gaby had a 30 litre rucksack with her clothing and food and I had a 50 litre rucksack with the rest for the kit including the tent strapped to the outside. On finally arriving at the lookout were were both tired and saw no other people with big rucksacks, I think I was the only person to carry a tent as far as the lookout....
The lookout itself was as spectacular as always (my 5th time there) , and we both relaxed and and enjoyed the view. We descended the trail via the same route and camped in the main camp site with views of the Paine towers.