Hiking in Chile – The W trail

I hiked for five days in Chile before leaving for my awesome trip to Antarctica. Chile was a big surprise – for someone who has hiked in the Himalayas before and is not new to scenic beauty, Chile is a very beautiful country. We did the W trail, a W-shaped trail in the Patagonia region that covers the famous “Torres del Paine“. The three granite towers (Cordillera del Paine) are very much a worth-the-effort sight. I absolutely loved this hike. I come back from this trip with a new sense of how much I like traveling and being in the outdoors. I hope I continue to get the opportunity to go on such amazing trips for the rest of my life! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I would encourage everyone to visit Chile once in their lifetime – it’s not a very touristy country, which makes all the more beautiful!

King George Island, Antarctica!

I had one of the most memorable winter breaks this time – I was in Antarctica!! Through the Wharton Leadership Ventures, I got an opportunity to spend 6 incredible days in King George Island, Antarctica. It was cold, wet, and beautiful.

This was the first time I was hiking with all my stuff in my backpack, and my first time camping – and I loved every minute of it! Sleeping in a sleeping bag, making our own food, devouring as many as five Snickersย  bars in a day and still feeling hungry, it was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

My favorite part was the day we had to hike across a glacier to reach our next campsite. It was completely white all around, I’ve never seen so much white! Plus, the snow was knee deep making it not very easy to walk. I got very hot while hiking, but then the body would cool down really fast as we stopped. It was a delicate balance to maintain.

Overall, it was indeed a once in a lifetime experience. It will forever stay etched in my memory as one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had so far.

Sharing photographs in batches. It was not easy to carry an SLR especially with all the other weight I was lugging around. Also, I was always in a team trying to get to a destination so it wasn’t always possible to stop. And most importantly, each time I wanted to take a photograph, I had to remove many layers before I could handle the camera ๐Ÿ˜€ Even so, sharing what I managed to capture. Hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚