W Trek: French Valley (Patagonia, Chile) (Dec 2015)

From the previous post, after hiking from Las Torres to Los Cuernos, we stayed at the “domos” overnight. Breakfast was better than dinner, but as expected, it was not that great. The facilities were pretty standard. Bathrooms reminded me of camping.

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Here’s the dining area.

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We booked our meals ahead of time when we booked the refugios.

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We fueled up for our 10-hour hike!

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Waking up to a rainbow was pretty awesome.

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We started our trek towards the French Valley, and we were to go towards the direction of the rainbow.

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On the way there, it was so windy that people with bigger backpacks had to stop until the wind ceased to push them towards the edge. We layered up so that it was easy to take off or put on layers. The weather in Patagonia was indeed unpredictable. That wind was no joke.

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These were the markers that tell you you’re on the right path.

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We passed by signs to the other refugios.

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The glaciers! We actually caught a sight of an avalanche but it was done by the time I got to my phone (no picture, no proof!)

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There were some scrambling along the way.

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Most trails were well-marked.

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Here we are at the Mirador! (lookout)

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This was my favorite photo taken by my friend Olivia. We met a nice gentleman from Germany who helped us take photos too!

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Along the 10-hour hike, we ran into a bit of rain and it got chilly. Our Northface shells really helped.

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After this hike, I was exhausted. I liked that the refugios provided clean sleeping bags on top of the mattresses for us to sleep in. It was so comfortable I can’t imagine sleeping without them…

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