The early part of the hike into Valle Ascencio is a steady climb from the trailhead up the mountain slopes.
Río Ascencio rushing down from the valley between high banks, carving a cerulean trail.
2 people at a time on the bridge.
the trail you've imagined
A hike that was on my mind for months. We left Hotel Las Torres before sunrise and the skies quickly brightened beyond the mountains, leaving an impermanent reflection.
shadowed and light
The mountains call the late afternoon clouds.
Pehoé means hidden in Tehuelche. Beauty waiting to be discovered.
giants in the distance
A looming iceberg and mountains near the shore.
One of the arms of Grey Glacier reaching out into the lake.
Blue ice, grey lake. The slowly flowing ice with occasional calving was incredible up close.
reaching the sky
Snow and clouds dot the steep sides of Los Cuernos del Paine.
valle del francés
Sloping down between the peaks into the French Valley.
mirador salto grande
Río Paine rushes through the steppe just above Salto Grande.
mirador lago nordenskjöld (2)
The Horns of Torres del Paine in view over Lago Nordenskjöld.
the mountains are calling
Torres del Paine has been on my bucket list for years and Mirador Lago Nordenskjöld is was the optimal viewpoint. The day's clouds were present enough to see the peaks and at times shroud them with mystery.
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