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Stream Crossing before Guardería Lago Pehoé

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There are many stream crossings on the "W" trek, most of them are shallow and narrow enough to simply wade through them. This is the only one in my memory that doesn't fall into this category.

Punta Bariloche (2600m), that very ragged peak in the distance is part of the massif of Cerro Paine Grande.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di South America

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A: Refugio Paine Grande by Lago Pehoé

di Arroz Marisco, 700 metri di distanza

The older and smaller building on the right, once the Refugio Paine Grande now serves as the Ranger S...

Refugio Paine Grande by Lago Pehoé

B: Cuernos del Paine and Lago Pehoe

di Neil Parris, 830 metri di distanza

A view of the famous Cuernos Del Paine in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. The Cuernos are form...

Cuernos del Paine and Lago Pehoe

C: Meeting of Three Lagos

di Arroz Marisco, 870 metri di distanza

Here a sweeping view of the western aspect of the huge Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is taken from...

Meeting of Three Lagos

D: The Valley Entrance to the Left Leg of the "W" Trek

di Arroz Marisco, 1.6 km di distanza

The left leg of the "W" trek begins with a well-formed trail that runs in this bowl-shaped valley bef...

The Valley Entrance to the Left Leg of the "W" Trek

E: Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran2

di Marcio Cabral, 2.1 km di distanza

Crossing Lago Pehoe by Catamaran -- Day hikes to the Glacier Grey trail and backpackers taking the W ...

Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran2

F: Patagonia Sunset over Lago Grey

di Arroz Marisco, 2.6 km di distanza

This spot is surely one of the windiest in the whole National Park of Torres del Paine. Battered by i...

Patagonia Sunset over Lago Grey

G: Receding Storm over Lago Grey

di Arroz Marisco, 3.3 km di distanza

On the map it says "Fuertes Vientos" and I could not concur more - the wind really at gale force did ...

Receding Storm over Lago Grey

H: By the Foot of Cerro Paine Grande

di Arroz Marisco, 4.0 km di distanza

The trail of the "W" Trek is not vey well maintained - there hasn't been much upkeep done since I las...

By the Foot of Cerro Paine Grande

I: Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran

di Marcio Cabral, 4.5 km di distanza

See the Iphone's making off:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNj4lfQOJcCrossing Lago Pehoe by Catamara...

Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran

J: Torres Paine1

di luis davilla, 4.7 km di distanza

Grey lac in the torres paine national park.Chile

Torres Paine1

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