Seen from "Valle Francese".
This almost 3000 meter high wall of ice and rock is garding the highest peak inside the Nationalpark "Torres del Paine" in Patagonia/Chile.
In one year there are usually just a hand full of days without clouds, to see this majestic mountain "naked".
Click here to see a panorama from some distance:
Cerro Paine Grande panorama
Edit@2012-11-26: since there is a discussion about the true altitude of the summit I changed the "altitude" that was sourced from my "NP torres del paine" guidebook from 3248m to 3000m +-250m.
I don't finally trust a GPS measurement by an expedition without any member beeing a geographical expert. A GPS can state very wrong altitudes if there isn't the influence of barometric pressure disabled in the settings.
Please inform me, if there is an official correction of the altitude of this peak by Chilean authorities. Since what I experienced during my trips to Chile there are good engineering standards, so it shouldn't be a problem, measuring a peak exactly by using triangulation from the ground.