Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Chile

Patagonian ice field:
17mi/28km long
Alternative way to reach the glacier:
By boat
Torres del Paine is located in Southern Patagonia and is one of the numerous spectacular national parks in Chile. It was created in 1959 and UNESCO has listed the location as a Biosphere Reserve since 1978. This place is a wonderland for nature enthusiasts from all over the world.

Waterfalls and rivers, Magellanic subpolar forests, pampas, mountains covered with permanent ice, granite peaks, meadows and glacier fed lakes await the outdoor adventurers to discover the wild and unique nature of Patagonia.

Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail starts from passing by the administrator area and hiking to Gray Glacier. You can follow the W or the Grand Cirquit trail to get there. An alternative way to reach the lake is by taking the Gray II boat, that sails from Hosteria Lago Gray, all the way up to the Glaciers face and actually hike on ice.

This amazing Patagonian ice field is a 131 ft/40 m tall ice wall, and it is 17 mi/28 km long. The lake has a milky blue color because of the glacial rock flour. This place is a very windy one and exposed to avalanches, so it is wise to take a guided tour, if visiting for the first time. The nature around you is overwhelming with outstanding ecosystems, different landscapes and rare flora and fauna, found nowhere else on the planet.

In every step you take, the views of this dramatic land take your breath away. You can hike this trail all year round, but the best time to visit Torres del Paine is between November and February. There are many campgrounds and refugios along the Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail, where you can spend the night.

Be very well prepared in regards with gear, food and clothing because the weather is unpredictable with high winds, rain showers, long hot days during summer, snow and everything else you may think of. Wind proof layers are the key.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Punta Arenas
151mi/244km, 4hours and 28min
Drive from Bulnes towards Los Flamengo, make an open left turn onto Carlos Ibanez del Campo, continue straight onto Ruta Nueve, then onto Routa 9 N, turn right to remain onto Routa 9 N and continue straight onto Pedro Montt
BY CAR FROM Puerto Natales
68mi/110km, 2hours
Drive from Pedro Montt towards Ruta 9, make an open left turn on Camino A Puerto, turn right to remain on Ruta 9 N, then left to remain on the same road, turn left on Y 150 and continue straight onto Y 156.
Consorcio Aeroportuario Magallanes,
151ml from the city of Punta Arenas


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