Grey to Francés
The hike from Grey Glacier to Campamento Italiano or Campamento Francés is another scenic section of the W-Trek. This stretch of the trek showcases diverse landscapes, including the shimmering lakes and verdant forests. The trail also passes through the heart of the park, offering impressive views of the Paine Massif and the Cuernos del Paine.
The trail covers a distance of approximately 11.5 miles and takes about 6 to 7 hours to complete, depending on your pace and the time spent admiring the scenery. The hike starts by retracing your steps from Grey back towards Paine Grande, then continuing along the shores of Lake Skottsberg and Lake Pehoé, before reaching Campamento Italiano, the starting point for the ascent into the French Valley. Campamento Francés is a short distance further, nestled within the French Valley itself.