Final Day - W Trek - The long wait back

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day 5:

We slept in till 10, packed our bags, had a good brunch and set off for the pickup point at the park entrance Laguna Amarga at 12, which was 7.5km away and approximately 1.5 hours long. It was an easy trail but the pain of the blister had set in. We pretty much followed the car trails to the entrance and arrived at 2.15pm. Our pickup was scheduled at 4. Slowly, other hikers we met few days back - Billy, SJ started coming in. However, it was a long wait for the bus as it apparently broke down in the snow. It was until 6.45pm that we hit the road back. Thankfully the journey was short, at we got back to Yagenhouse at 8.15pm.

Went to return our rented equipment at Erratic Rock, only to get a shelling and threats from a long bearded worker there for not checking/spoiling the zippers. Thankfully Jimmy, the nice Aussie guy who briefed us on day 0 came in the mediate the situation and we managed to get off without fines. But the tents were seriously of low quality and I won't be surprised if they got similar incidents all year long.

Went back to the hostel for a good meal with beef, lots of vegetables, sausages, eggs and onions. We were delighted to finally get away from instant MSG-filled food, and cereal bars.

Glad to finally get a good bath and change of clothes after 5 days out, and be in touch with home again.

The Paine Trek was definitely an experience to remember. We were blessed with 3 full days of good weather until the snow came for the 4th. The views were picturesque at every point on the trek, but sadly I had to conserve my camera battery for it to last the whole 5 days. It was definitely hard sleeping in cold weather and i would certainly think thrice before camping out again. My friends were not used to hiking at all, and thus reality did not meet them at well on the trek. A small regret was not being able to complete the full W trek to reach the mirador to see the Paine peaks at sunrise, as my friends all cried for the end of the trek on the 4th day. The company definitely matters on such treks and it has to be the right company for the right activity - will take note for all future trip planing. Cost wise, we definitely saved alot going on it on our own as compared to a guided tour, for which the minimum I found was usd$750 for 5d4n. We spent $150 for the exact same thing. Torres del Paine was definitely worthy of being a hiking paradise and its an experience I would look back and smile upon.

Good job and well done.

Backdated for 26 May 2013
Puerto Natales, Chile
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