:: See days 1 and 2 here ::
So, everyone said that day three was the best day of the trek because you got to see Cerro Castillo itself. Which, after day two, I couldn’t really believe that it could get any better… but it did.
Day three ~ 8 hours walking
The longest and most difficult day because there was a lot of very steep uphill, and then a verrrrry long down hill part on moving rubble. But, everything was worth it for what we got to see, seriously.
We left our campsite early and after just under two hours, arrived at lake Cerro Castillo, which didn’t look that impressive from below. But once you climb up higher, you see all the beauty of it. This was one of those moments where I just couldn’t fit the beauty into my camera frame, there was just so much going on ~ something to see in every direction.
After admiring the lake, we set off… higher and higher, which was my favourite part of the trek. Thinking that we had seen the best. But no, there was more. It was one of those climbs where you kept thinking you were reaching the top, until there was more to climb. We were so high up that we were walking above condors and glaciers and heading for THE most beautiful, jagged mountains. It really was swoon worthy. Not to mention the view below.We were actually walking on what was once a glacier.
Once we really had reached the top, it was time to head down. This part did feel never ending as it was mostly walking in rubble, which was tough! We just kept looking back up and thinking how we had climbed a huge mountain.
Day four ~ 4 hours of walking
Day four was all about the finish! We walked down and down and the landscape quickly transformed into lush green colours. We arrived at the exit of the park, feeling proud (tired, and in need of a shower!) And probably the hardest bit of the walk was the next 6km; along flat road back to the little town of Villa Cerro Castillo with aching legs.
The trek really was one of a lifetime, and one many people just don’t know about. The scenery was beyond anything you can imagine. What’s more, it’s a quiet trek and it costs only 5,000 chilean pesos to enter the national park (7 US dollars). The camping is also free.I couldn’t recommend it enough!
Where have you had the adventure of a lifetime?
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