Our final full day in the Park started with a quick hike across to Refugio Grey on the outermost section of the W-Trek. Beyond the the Refugio the route becomes one way for the completion of the O-Trek, a longer circuit that loops to the North of the main ranges.
We dumped our heavy stuff at Refugio Grey and set off up the valley against the O-Trek flow of traffic. Reason being to get some better views of the Grey Glacier that lies North of the Refugio.
The climb was consistently uphill but we were rewarded with stunning views across the wall of the glacier, all the while swinging 45 metres above the valley floor on a rope bridge.
The side on view of the glacier wall was totally unexpected, with the appearance of sliced bread collapsing one by one.
Refugio Grey was a polished and brand new place more akin to a ski lodge than a hikers hut. But we weren't complaining as it was our last night in the Park and we were ready for some home comforts.
The following morning we hiked back down to Paine Grande to catch the catamaran to Pudeto.
The clouds had returned to the Vallee Frances, making our weather window all the more fortunate.
The journey back to El Calafate was convoluted, but we had some time to enjoy our last few hours in the park with the birds picking at our food scraps as we waited for Steven and Alejandro to come and collect us from Laguna Amarga to take us back to the border.