Day 245 – Hiking the Dientes de Navarino – Day 2 of 4

This day now became my long day on the Dientes de Navarino trek. I headed out of camp after breakfast with a Chilean couple and the Costa Rican couple that had been on the boat with me. Once at the top of the climb the view of the Dientes are in their full splendor.

One of the Dientes

One of the Dientes

Rain droplets on plant

Rain droplets on plant

Snow field by the Dientes Mountains

Snow field by the Dientes Mountains

Dientes Mountains

Dientes Mountains

Looking up at the Dientes de Navarino

Looking up at the Dientes de Navarino

To prove I was there :-p

To prove I was there :-p

I continued upward without the rest of the crew as I was unsure if they would be able to cover the same distance. Along the way there were so many amazing views. It was hard not to stop every 2 minutes as the lighting changed across the mountains or as I crossed into another section. The trail descended again and crossed over to expose more ranges and many lakes.

Lake below!

Lake below!

Sharp Peaks

Sharp Peaks

Unknown flower

Unknown flower

Stunning turquoise pond

Stunning turquoise pond

One of my favorite views of the day

One of my favorite views of the day

I had planned to have lunch at laguna de los dientes and here it is. I was looking forward to getting there to put some food in me.

Lunchtime!

Lunchtime!

Once by the lake I found a shady spot under a tree and saw this interesting growth on a tree.

Lichen?

Lichen?

I sat and ate for about an hour and the two couples caught up and started cooking food of their own. I packed up and told them I’d see them at camp and headed off again. A few minutes down the trail I turned around and this is what I saw.

Looking back

Looking back

There were two passes left, paso ventarron and paso guerrico. Before the first pass I followed the cairn blindly and realized that I was no longer on the correct path. I believe I was on one of the forks that would take you to lago Windhond. I retraced my steps and found the path again. I can see why people get lost here.
I got up the first pass and dropped back down. At this point my legs and knees were not happy with me. I took my time so that I would not lose my footing but it was just a matter of time. On my ascent up to the final pass of the day I lost my balance in a muddy area and with my backpacks weight pushing down on me, I went down. In the process I snapped my hiking pole 🙁 They have been through a lot of abuse and it is a miracle one has not snapped prior. A little later I walked by a patch of moss that had some water trickling across it. It glistened so beautifully I paused to take a video of it.

I made my way to camp and was greeted by laguna Hermosa when I got there. The lake had a small little island in it and was a picturesque sort of place. As I continued to the far end of the lake, I saw my first beaver! Looks like I have a neighbor tonight. In all I hiked 9.5hrs including my lunch break.

Beaver!

Beaver!

I set up camp, ate some cous cous, and relished in the comfort that tomorrow would be a lighter day.

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