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Valle del Frances Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (10)

A climb along a glacier-fed river and dense forests leads to a lookout with incredible views.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

2,463' 751 m

High

651' 198 m

Low

1,812' 552 m

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Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From Campamento Italiano, climb up the Frances Valley through thick forests. The glacier-fed Frances River roars below you on your left. A mile from the start, a small rise takes you to Frances lookout, an opening with amazing views of Nordenskjold Lake behind you and the mountains and glaciers of the Paine Massif all around.

Continue and descend into the forest. The trees break occasionally as you cross rocky alluvial fans. The trail ends with a climb to the Britanico lookout, where you enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Flora & Fauna

Forests of lenga beech and Antarctic beech.

Contacts

Shared By:

Miguel Vieira with improvements by Diana Bertuol-Garcia

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Breathtaking views of Patagonian ice and glacial valleys await those who ascend the Valle del Frances.
Jan 3, 2017 near Puerto…, CL
The amazing backdrop of the Valle del Frances Trail.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Hiking up to the Frances Lookout leads to gorgeous views of Lake Nordenskjold.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
The panoramic view from Britanico Lookout is like no other.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Time for a snack!
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Blue skies and even bluer waters along the Valle del Frances Trail.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL

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Apr 16, 2019
Lionel Briones
trail to Frances valley and Britanicco beautiful all the way to the endpoint, amazing 360 view and even more on a perfect sunny autum day. — 10h 59m
Mar 30, 2019
Roh James
Mar 22, 2019
Janine W
Jan 14, 2019
Patricia Anguita
Jan 10, 2019
Isi Delgado
Jan 10, 2019
Mario Dominguez
Jan 7, 2019
Dennis Chan
Dec 12, 2018
MtnDanAz
The sound of glaciers calving.