Glacier Grey viewpoint trek, Torres del Paine

If you love to hike, this trek is for you. The Glacier Grey viewpoint trek is part of the infamous ‘W’ circuit, located in the Torres del Paine National Park. This hike will take a full day to complete so you’ll be up at the crack of dawn, ready to embark on a hike of a lifetime.  

You’ll start the journey with a 30-minute boat trip. Take the catamaran across the cyan waters of Pehoe Lake, and marvel at the towering mountain range as it rips through the soft cerulean sky. By the Paine Grande is where the hike begins, take a moment to be awed by the tallest mountain in the national park. 

Move onwards through the park and pass by lakes and rugged peaks. This trek will take you over clear spring water creeks and through ancient forests, filled with native trees such as Coigüe, Ñire and Notro. Keep an eye out for a number of native animals: deer, armadillos and giant rabbits roam the park.  

A clearing in the forest will take you to the viewpoint. From here, you can marvel at the Glacier Grey and see a glimpse of the Southern Patagonian ice field in the distance. This remarkable river of ice is a remnant of the last ice age, the sheer size and brilliant blue of the ice formations will take your breath away.  

Once you have soaked in the incredible vista, take a walk along the shore of the grey lake, you may be lucky enough to get up close to one of the icebergs. Hear how the ice expands and cracks as it gradually drifts across the water. Walk on to explore the surrounding area and find hidden lagoons of topaz blue set against a backdrop of the two tone hues of Los Cuernos and the magnificent Paine Grande.  

With varying terrains and steep inclines, this is a moderate to high intensity hike. So, if you’re a seasoned trekker, you’ll want to add this to your bucket list.

 

Highlights

  • Experience the magnificence of the Grande Paine, the highest mountain in Torres del Paine

  • Enjoy a boat trip across the crystalline waters of Lake Pehoe

  • Experience the beauty of lakes, ancient forests and lagoons

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With its breathtaking landscapes and host of adventures on offer, Chile will always have a special place in my heart. I have lived in Chile and travelled extensively in Ecuador as well as Argentina, Peru and Brazil. I'm fluent in English and Spanish.

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