Glorious Grey Glacier
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After a good breakfast at Refugio Paine Grande, we collected our lunchbox consisting of a tuna and cheese sandwich, a candy bar, a cereal bar, a package of biscuits, a package of raisins and nut and a huge orange. We ate the orange immediately to avoid the mess of eating along the way and having to carry the waste to the destination.
We finally started on our trek to Refugio Grey at about 9.30am. A big change from the previous day, it was partially cloudy and there was hardly any wind. The path ascends for an hour through the valley before finally coming out of it at the small Laguna Los Patos where the water was so still that there were clear reflections. Proceeding further and descending along the eastern side of the Lago Grey, we finally had some great views of the snow-capped mountains and icebergs “beached” at the side of the lake.
We took a long break to enjoy the scenery and while watching other trekkers rushing by. It always amazed us how people could rush through the trails without much time to enjoy thoroughly the magnificent sceneries.
We continued on the trail and could see the glorious Grey Glacier in a distance. We reached the Mirador at about 1pm and the view from here with the lake, glacier, snow-capped mountains and weird clouds high up in the sky formed by the high speed winds was just magnificent! The end of Grey Glacier is split into two by a nunatak, La Isla. This Mirador is a popular place and there were quite a number of other trekkers. We found a great spot away from the trail for lunch.
Thereafter, the trail continues alongside Lago Grey with the usual ups and downs through the Lenga (beech) forest.
Before arriving at Refugio Grey, we walked by the new Lago Grey Mountain Lodge that looks pretty good. It was interesting to see on the signboard how they apologized for the delay in operating the new lodge.
Refugio Grey is a rather small and rustic lodge. It is able to accommodate only up to a maximum of 32 people in the four dormitories, each with four double deckle beds. That day happened to be full house too, so after having chosen our beds, we quickly unpacked and went to queue for the shower.
Although Refugio Grey is rather old, its location is superb with the mountains to the back, the lake with floating icebergs to the front and the glacier to the side. The campsite next to the Refugio is probably one of the best in terms of view as one could watch the sun set over the lake.
Dinner was very tasty and the menu for the evening consisted of fresh breads, soup, rice with beef and mushroom sauce and dessert of jelly with fruits. Wine and beer were sold and we had a Chilean red wine, Casillero del Diablo, that tasted really good.
Despite the chatting and music from the common area downstairs and the mattress being a bit worn out, I was able to fall asleep quickly after getting into bed at about 9.30pm.