25 day hikes in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Salto Grande and Pehoé lake, Los Cuernos - day hikes in Torres del Paine
Salto Grande and Pehoé lake - day hikes in Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National park is one of the highlights of Patagonia and is definitely worth of visiting even if you’re not a seasoned hiker and rather prefer to stay in the comfort of a hotel than sleeping in a tent. Luckily here you can combine comfort and adventure – staying in a nice hotel and exploring the park by doing day hikes. Torres del Paine boasts two multi-day trekking routes; the W trek and the O circuit – several parts of these routes can be walked as day hikes from different parts of Torres del Paine. If you’re planning to stay for a couple of days in the park and do several day hikes we’d suggest first to decide what routes you want to walk before booking your accommodation. 

Cost of trekking in Torres del Paine

  • Transport – bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine (return) – CLP 15 000/US$23*. Bus Laguna Amarga – Hotel Las Torres – CLP 3000/US$5, free for hotel guests. Catamaran Pudeto – Refugio Paine Grande – CLP 18 000/US$28 one way, CLP 28 000/US$42 return.
  • Renting a car – at the airport in Punta Arenas from US$30 per day, depending on a car and rental period.
  • Entrance fee – CLP 21 000/US$32 in season, off season (May – September) – CLP 11 000/US$17. Ticket is valid for 3 days during which you can enter and exit the park several times. There is no extra charge for car.
  • Accommodation – hotels inside the park start at US$250 for a double room, depending on the location and facilities. It’s cheaper to stay outside the park or in Puerto Natales. In nearby hotels you can find dorm. beds  – from US$50 and private double rooms from US$120. In Puerto Natales hostels are from US$20 and rooms from US$40. 
  • Food – eating in hotel restaurants (inside the park) – between CLP 11 000/US$17 and CLP 16 000/US$25 per meal. Some hotels have packages that include three meals and stay.
  • Tours in Torres del Paine – boat trip Hotel Lago Grey to Grey glacier – from CLP 70 000/US$107 pp.; ice hike on Grey glacier – CLP 125 000/US$200 pp.; kayaking to Grey glacier – CLP 85 000/US$128 pp. for a 2,5-hour tour. Horse riding tour – CLP 50 000/US$75 pp. for a 3-hour tour.  

* You can check up-to-date currency conversion here.

Practical information for hiking in Torres del Paine

  • Entrance ticket for Torres del Paine is valid for 3 consecutive days. Remember every time you exit the park ask at the gate to stamp your ticket. After 3 days you have to pay the entrance fee again and buy a new ticket.
  • Park entrance fee can be paid only in local currency (Chilean Peso) and only cash.
  • In high season – December – February it’s recommended to book hotels long time beforehand as they might be often fully booked.
  • If you’re planning to stay for several days in the park print your booking confirmation and take your passport with to show them at the entrance.  
  • If you’re planning to visit different parts of the park – the best way to move around is to rent a car. There is a public bus that goes to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales but it stops only at three main park entrances, to get to some hotels and hiking trail you’ll need another transportation.
  • Drinking water can be found throughout the park; several creeks, rivers and waterfalls, it’s said to be good quality but if you have a sensitive stomach rather bring UV filter or lifestraw with.  
  • In December and January it can get very windy in the park make sure you have right clothing; windproof jacket, beany, sunglasses etc.
Pehoe lake, Torres del Paine, Chile
Sunrise at Pehoe lake, Torres del Paine, Chile

Staying inside Torres del Paine vs staying outside the park

Staying inside Torres del Paine

Pros

  • You save a lot of time on driving to the park and back everyday, especially if you stay in Puerto Natales.
  • You have incredible scenery around you 24 hours.

Cons

  • Staying in the park (in hotels or refugios) is quite a bit more expensive compare to staying outside the park.
  • As well as eating in the park is quite pricey.

Staying in Puerto Natales

Pros

  • In Puerto Natales you can find budget and middle price range accommodation.
  • There are several shops and restaurants in Puerto Natales food is not a big expense here.

Cons

  • Puerto Natales is 112 km away, it takes between 2-3 hours to get to Torres del Paine from there and then 2-3 hours back.
  • You might save on accommodation but spend quite a bit on petrol if you drive a couple of times.

Compromise option

If you don’t want to pay a lot and at the same time stay close to the park check some hotels and hostels just outside Torres del Paine. It’ll save you a lot of driving time that you can rather spend on hiking and will be cheaper than staying inside the park.

Hotel Explora Patagonia - Torres del Paine
Hotel Explora Patagonia – a luxury stay in Torres del Paine. Photo – booking.com

Hotels inside Torres del Paine

Hotel Explora Patagonia – this is not a budget option at all, but a great place for a romantic stay in one of the most beautiful corners of the park – Pehoé lake, right at Salto Chico waterfall. Only all inclusive packages for 3+ day are available, they include; accommodation, three meals a day with drinks for dinner, park entrance fee and a choice of 40 activities from a horse riding to a boat trip. It’s a 5-star resort inside Torres del Paine National park – you stay here will be unforgettable. 

Hotel Lago Grey – another luxury stay in the park. Perfectly located at Lago Grey great place to explore the lake, Grey glacier and do some off the beaten track hikes that start right behind the hotel. This part of the park is less busy and touristy none of the multi day hiking route goes through this area. You can enjoy tranquility and beauty of surrounding area, take a boat trip to the glacier or maybe even go on ice hiking adventure. All rooms are big with nice views over the lake or forest, comfortable and nicely decorated. Excellent continental breakfast is included. 

Hotel Las Torres – a beautifully located hotel offers comfortable rooms with private bathrooms in the heart of Torres del Paine. The location is perfect to explore eastern part of the park. Rooms are spacious with big comfortable beds, beautiful views, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, continental breakfast included in the price. There is a beauty treatment with spa and sauna for guests’ use. 

The following hotels inside Torres del Paine can be booked only through their websites, reservation  through other booking systems is not available.

Hotel Las Torres, Laguna Amarga, Torres del Paine
Hotel Las Torres, Laguna Amarga, Torres del Paine. Photo; booking.com

Hotels outside the park

Goiien Houseanother budget place to stay, located very close to Laguna Amarga entrance offers bunk beds in dormitory rooms with shared bathroom. Very basic place for its price but the most budget option in such proximity to the park. Good location if you want to explore the  eastern part of Torres del Paine.

Most nearby accommodation options can be found in a small village Villa Serrano, south of Torres del Paine, close to Administration park entrance.

Konkashken Lodge – probably the most budget option to stay near Torres del Paine this place offers cabins and family cottages with private bathroom, located in a beautiful surroundings, only 3 km away from the Administration entrance. There is a dormitory room with shared facilities for a more budget stay.

Konkashken lodge, Villa Serrano
Konkashken lodge, Villa Serrano, hotels outside Torres del Paine. Photo; booking.com

Vista al Paine Refugio de Aventura – second budget place to stay just south of Torres del Paine, close to the Administration entrance. There are double rooms with private and shared bathroom as well as bunk beds in dormitories. Good location, nice views, very helpful and friendly staff.

Hotel del Paine – a bit more expensive than two previous places offers double and triple rooms with private bathroom, nice, comfortable and cozy place. Beautiful views from the hotel, buffet breakfast is included. There is a small inside pool for guest. Very helpful staff.

Pampa Lodge Quincho & Caballos – Amazing luxury place to stay. It offers spacious double rooms with big windows overlooking the mountains. All rooms have private bathroom, free toiletries, heating, big comfortable bed, beautiful view etc. Big continental breakfast is included. It’s a great place to relax after an intensive hiking day.

Río Serrano Hotel & Spa – another great higher end place to stay just outside Torres del Paine, 15 min. drive to the Administration entrance. This hotel offers both all inclusive stay and basic room+breakfast. The panoramic view on the Paine massive from the pool is stunning – what can be better relaxing in a spa after a long hiking day.

Hotel & Spa Río Serrano, Torres del Paine
Swimming pool with a stunning view, Hotel & Spa Río Serrano, Torres del Paine. Photo – booking.com

Hotels in Puerto Natales

For budget accommodation – Refugio Hoshken is a good option. They have dormitories and double rooms with shared bathroom. Nice, clean and very social place, great for solo travelers. The hostel features wi-fi, hot shower, shared kitchen, heating, garden. laundry service etc. Breakfast included.

Hostal Treehouse Patagonia  – super nice and cozy place in middle price range, they have double rooms and dorm beds. Dormitory has only 4 beds if you’re a family or a group of friends you can have the whole room for yourself. Very comfortable place with good facilities; hot shower, heater, wi-fi, fully quipped kitchen, located in the center. The kitchen here is awesome; wood stove, wooden furniture and all you need for cooking. Continental breakfast is included in the room price.

What can be better than checking into a cozy room after a week of hiking and camping in the wild!? If you’re not on a very tight budget Toore Patagonia is a great place to consider their bungalows look very inviting and have good facilities; private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, big bed, heating etc. The outside garden with BBQ is a great place to relax and celebrate the end of the trek with wine.

What to pack for trekking

You can find a complete packing list including clothes and gear recommendations in this post. ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓

How to get to Torres del Paine 

There is a public bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine that stops at three main entrances; Administration, Pudeto and Laguna Amarga. In high season buses leave twice a day, in low season only in the morning. The journey takes between 2h30min. and 3 hours. Price CLP 15 000/US$23 return.

You can get back from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales the same way.

To get  from Pudeto to Refugio Paine Grande take a catamaran (ferry). It takes 30 min. to get to Paine Grande. Price CLP 18 000/US$28 one way, CLP 28 000/US$42 return. Note! First you have to get off at Laguna Amarga (the first bus stop) to pay the entrance fee and then get back to the same bus (it’ll be waiting there) and go to Pudeto (the second stop). You can’t pay park entrance and register at Pudeto.

To get to Hotel Las Torres from Laguna Amarga take a shuttle bus, its departure time is linked to the arrival time of buses from Puerto Natales, the journey takes 10 min. Price CLP 3000/US$5 one way. 

Map of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Torres del Paine park map

Day hikes in Torres del Paine National park 

To make it easier we decided to divide the park into three areas; eastern, western and southern parts. You can decide if you want to base in one part of the park and do day hikes accessible from your hotel or move around more and visit different areas of the park.

Eastern part trails

This part of the park has both; off the beaten path trail and some of the most popular routes that are parts of the multi-day hike. You get a great chance to see some of the highlights and hidden gems of Torres del Paine.

*Note! Refugio Los Cuernos is located right at Skottsberg lake and can be accessed only walking either from Hotel Las Torres or Refugio Paine Grande.

1. The Fauna Trail (Portería – Portería)

An off the beaten trekking route in Torres del Paine where you can see many guanacos, condors gliding in the skies and even spot a puma at sunrise or sunset. The trail starts and finishes at different Porterías to get back to your car you’ll have to walk back. As an option you can walk half of it and turn round and walk back, the scenery is very similar all the way and chances of spotting animals in different part are even.

  • Distance – 8 km
  • Required time – 2-3 hours
  • Closest hotel/campsite – Hotel Las Torres
  • Starting point – Portería Lago Sarmiento
  • Finishing point – Portería Laguna Amarga (can be walked either way)
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy
Guanacos, Fauna Trail, Torres del Paine
Guanacos on the Fauna Trail in Torres del Paine, Chile

2. Laguna Azul

Trails in this part of the park are quite off the beaten path compare to the trails on the multi day hiking routes. You’ll see few people and many guanacos, birds and if you’re very lucky at early morning time even a puma. The hike is short and easy, good option for families with children. The scenery on the way is not really special, but the view over the lake with the Towers on the background is stunning.

  • Distance – 8 km return
  • Required time – 2-3 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Las Torres
  • Starting/finishing point – Porteria Laguna Azul
  • Accessibility – by car, 45 min. drive from Laguna Amarga entrance.
  • Difficulty – easy

3. Laguna Cebolla

The trek starts at the same place as the previous one, at Porteria Laguna Azul. You walk the same route and after the lake continue walking for another 6 km till you reach Laguna Cebolla lookout. An easy walk that can be done with children, just note the distance. Laguna Cebolla is much smaller than Laguna Azul. The trail is not really marked but clear and easy to follow.

  • Distance – 20 km return
  • Required time – 4-5 hours
  • Closest hotel/campsite – Hotel Las Torres.
  • Starting/finishing point – Porteria Laguna Azul
  • Accessibility – by car, starts at the same parking spot as Laguna Azul hike.
  • Difficulty – easy

4. Mirador Las Torres

The most iconic sight of Torres del Paine and the climax of multi day hikes, at the same time one of the most difficult day hikes. The way to the Mirador is one long and steep ascend to Laguna and Las Torres, the last couple of kilometers it gets very steep. After that a descend all the way back to the hotel. Walking sticks are highly recommended for this route. Take water and snacks with you’ll spend most part of the day hiking. There is a restaurant/shop at Chileno campsite.

  • Distance – 19 km, return
  • Required time – 6-7 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Las Torres
  • Starting/finishing point – Hotel Las Torres
  • Accessibility – by bus/car
  • Difficulty – difficult
Mirador Las Torres, Torres del Paine day hikes
Famous “Towers” of Torres del Paine – a day hike to Mirador Las Torres

5-6. Lago Nordenskjold

A nice walk with beautiful view over Nordenskjold lake, a part of multi-day hiking routes expect to see quite a lot of people. This trail can be done either way from Hotel Las Torres or Refugio Cuernos. It’s possible to complete this route on horses from Hotel Las Torres if you feel tired from walking or want to experience the park in a different way, riding a horse is a good option. Take food or snack with there will be no shop or restaurant on the way.

  • Distance – depending where you start and how far you go. From Hotel Las Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos – 11,6 km one way. You don’t have to go all the way to Los Cuernos, walk in 5 km enjoy beautiful lake scenery, turn around and walk back to the hotel – about 10 km in total.
  • Required time – 4-5 hours.
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Las Torres, Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Starting point – Hotel Las Torres, Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Finishing point – Hotel Las Torres, Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Accessibility – by car/bus, Los Cuernos accessible only on foot
  • Difficulty – moderate, several ascends and descends on the way

7. Mirador Francés

Walk along beautiful Nordenskjold lake to the viewpoint from where you can appreciate the stunning beauty of the area. Take water and snacks with there will be no places to buy food. You’ll be able to get water on the way from streams and small rivers.

  • Distance – 14km, return
  • Required time – 6 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Los Cuernos. 
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Accessibility – on foot
  • Difficulty – moderate, Los Cuernos – Italiano – relatively flat, Italiano – Mirador Frances – steep ascend.

8. Mirador Británico

To walk all the way to this viewpoint makes sense only in good weather, if it’s cloudy you won’t see much up there. The view is incredible and well worth of effort. We’d recommend to attempt this trek only if you’re good hiking shape and used to walk a lot, otherwise turn around at Mirador Francés. Most people walk it as a part of the W-trek or O-circuit from Italiano campsite which is right at the beginning of the climb.

  • Distance – 21 km, return
  • Required time – 8-9 hours, make sure you have enough time to get back before the dark.
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Accessibility – on foot
  • Difficulty – difficult, long and steep ascend to the viewpoint – 2-3 hours.
Mirador Británico, Torres del Paine
Scenery on the way to Mirador Británico, Torres del Paine

Southern part trails

Most hikes in this part of the park are quite short and easy but keep in mind that it can get very windy here, most of the time the trails go through open non-protected areas – make sure you have right clothing e.g. windproof jacket, beany, sunglasses.

9. Mirador Condor

An easy and short walk to the viewpoint from where you can see Laguna Negra and Pehoé lake.

  • Distance – 4 km
  • Required time – 1h30min.
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Explora Salto Chico
  • Starting/finishing point – Pehoe campsite
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy

10. Mirador Cuernos

A beautiful route that starts at beautiful turquoise Pehoé lake and impressive waterfall Salto Grande and after an hour finishes at Nordenskjold lake – one of the most beautiful easy to access viewpoints in the park.

  • Distance – 5 km
  • Required time – 2 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hosteria Pehoe
  • Starting/finishing point – Salto Grande
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy
Mirador Cuernos, Torres del Paine
Mirador Cuernos, day hike in Torres del Paine

11. Mirador Lago Toro

Another short and easy hike to a point from where you can enjoy the view over Laguna Toro – a big turquoise lake surrounded by grinish hills and pampa.

  • Distance – 4 km, return
  • Required time – 1h30min.
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Explora Salto Chico
  • Starting/finishing point – 15 minutes drive from the Administration entrance
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy

12. Laguna Verde 

If you continue walking further from Mirador Lago Toro for about 2 hours you’ll reach Laguna Verde, the trail finishes at Guardería Laguna Verde but we´d recommend to turn around earlier as you still have to walk all the way back.

  • Distance – 20 km, return
  • Required time – 5 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Explora Salto Chico
  • Starting/finishing point – 15 minutes drive from the Administration entrance
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – moderate

13. Lago Grey

An easy walk that will lead you to Lago Grey and the ferry (catamaran) that goes goes to Grey glacier and Refugio Grey so you can combine it with the boat trip.

  • Distance – 5 km
  • Required time – 2 hours, return.
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Lago Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Guardería Grey
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy

14. Glacier Grey (catamaran trip)

Glacier Grey is one of the main highlights of Torres del Paine and is definitely worth visiting. It is one of a handful of places in the world where you can get that close to the glacier on a short boat trip. You can do a return trip including getting off at and spending a couple of hours there or you can stay at Refugio Grey and take a catamaran back in a day or two. Confirm ferry timetable at Hotel Lago Grey to make it in time, one way walk is a hour. In high season (1st October – 30th April) catamarans leave every 3 hours. Price; one way – adults – CLP 70 000/US$105, children – CLP 35 000/US$52; return – adults – CLP 80 000/US$120 , children – CLP 40 000/US$60. 

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  • Required time – 3 hours return boat trip
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Lago Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Rio Pingo
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – easy; relaxing and enjoyable boat trip
Catamaran trip to Grey glacier, Torres del Paine, Chile
Grey glacier from catamaran, Torres del Paine, Chile

15. Mirador Ferrier

A tough hike-climb to the viewpoint with stunning panoramic views over the lake, the glacier and the valley and pretty much all the lakes and rivers of this part of Torres del Paine. Good hiking shoes and rain jacket are highly recommended for this route. Don’t forget to take water there is no water on the route. Before you start you must register at the Guardería.

  • Distance – 3 km, return.
  • Required time – 4 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Lago Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Guardería Grey
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – difficult, very steep long ascend to the Mirador – 700m/2300 feet with the subsequent descend back to the road.

16. Cascada Pingo

Another big waterfall but this time with less people compare to Salto Grande. To get here is quite a walk but well worth of the effort as you get a chance to explore the waterfall and enjoy tranquility of this part of the park. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. In the beginning you’ll walk past an abandoned campsite and refugion check out the view on Cerro Paine Grande from there. Take sandwiches or snack with there will be no places to buy anything on the way.

  • Distance – 20 km, return
  • Required time – 5 hours
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Lago Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Guardería Grey
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – moderate, quite a long distance

17. Mirador Zapata

If you continue walking further from Pingo waterfall in 2,5 km you will get to Zapata campsite – an abandoned campsite at the river bank. The walk is relatively flat and easy. From the campsite it’s another 3 km to Mirador Zapata – a viewpoint from where you can see Pingo lake and the glacier. The part of the trail between the waterfall and the viewpoint is not the most spectacular it’s worth to continue walking only if you’re planning to go all the way to the Mirador otherwise turn around at the waterfall and go back.

  • Distance – 30 km, return
  • Required time – 7-8 hours.
  • Closest hotel – Hotel Lago Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Guardería Grey
  • Accessibility – by car
  • Difficulty – moderate/challenging due to long distance, no steep ascends or descends.
Pingo river, Torres del Paine
Pingo river, Torres del Paine

Western part trails

This part of the park is probably the most busy – both hiking routes – W trek and O circuit go through this area, be ready to meet many people in high season.

18. Mirador Pehoé

Easy walk from the hotel towards the Administration entrance along Pehoé lake to the second Mirador (the first one is on the other side of the lake, at Hosteria Pehoé). You can walk as far as you wish there is a viewpoint about 3 km away from the hotel.

  • Distance – 5-6 km, return
  • Required time – 1h30min.
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Starting/finishing point – Paine Grande
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – easy

19. Mirador Lago Skottsberg

Another viewpoint not far from the hotel, first through the burnt forest and then along Skottsberg lake, when walking next to the lake check from time to time reflections of the mountains in the water. This hike can be completed as a part of a longer hike to Mirador Francés.

  • Distance – 5 km, return
  • Required time – 1h30min.
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Starting/finishing point – Paine Grande
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – easy
Skotsberg lake, Torres del Paine
Skotsberg lake, Torres del Paine

20. Mirador Francés

A long walk first to Campamento Italiano and from there steep ascend to the viewpoint. First half of the walk is along beautiful Skottsberg lake, second half past smallish lakes. There are some ascends and descends on the way to Italiano but not very steep, last hour is a steep uphill walk. Take food or snacks with there will be nothing on the way.

  • Distance – 20 km, return
  • Required time – 6 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – moderate, steep ascend to the Mirador and steep descend back.

21. Mirador Británico

This is a very challenging hike with a long a steep ascend to the viewpoint, recommended for fit and strong hikers. It makes sense to walk all the way up only in good weather if it’s overcasted go up to Mirador Francés and return back you won’t be able to see anything from Británico anyway. On a good day the view from the top is stunning – it’s considered one of the best viewpoints in this part of the park. Take food with there is nowhere to buy or get anything on the way – campsite Italiano is a free camping spot with basic facilities, no shop or restaurant there. You’ll be able to get water on the way, we’d suggest to fill you bottles at Italiano before you start the climb.

  • Distance – 26 km, return
  • Required time – 8 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Paine Grande
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – difficult, steep and long ascend to Mirador Británico and steep descend back.

22. Mirador Grey

This viewpoint is located right in the middle between Refugio Grey and Refugio Paine Grande. From the viewpoint you’ll be able to see Lago Grey and Grey glacier in the distance. If you walk from Paine Grande you’ll walk past small and beautiful Laguna Los Patos (a nice spot to stop for rest and snack) and a waterfall just before the lake on a right hand side.

  • Distance – 11 km, return
  • Required time – 3 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Grey, Refugio Paine Grande
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Grey/Refugio Paine Grande
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – moderate
Laguna los Patos, Torres del Paine
Laguna los Patos, day hikes in Torres del Paine

23. Glacier Grey viewpoint, suspension bridge 1

The walk starts at Refugio Grey towards Campamento Paso, up the hill. This route is the part of the O circuit and it gives you a chance to admire the immense size of the glacier Grey. Walk across the suspension bridge from there you can see the glacier and the lake surrounded by mountains with snow peaks. Here you can turn around and walk back to the Refugio or keep walking till the next suspension bridge.

  • Distance – 5 km, return
  • Required time – 2 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Grey
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – moderate

24. Glacier Grey viewpoint, suspension bridge 2

From the first bridge you can continue walking towards Paso campsite till you reach the second suspension bridge, after the bridge there is a viewpoint from where you’ll get stunning view over Grey glacier. The distance is not long but it’s quite a steep ascend all the way to the bridge and descend on the way back. Take a snack with there is not place to get food on the route.

  • Distance – 10 km
  • Required time – 4 hours
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Grey
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – difficult, long steep ascend with a subsequent descend back to the Refugio.

25. Glacier Grey ice hiking

It’s an unforgettable experience and real adventure, especially if you have never walked on ice in crampons and with ice axe. It’s not a budget activity – CLP 125 000/US$200, it includes; boat transfer, guide, ice axe, crampons, harness. Tours depart three times a day at 8.30am, 10.00am and 14.30pm from October to April.

  • Distance – about 10 km, return (ice hike + walking to the glacier)
  • Required time – 5 hours in total; 2h30min. ice hiking itself, 2 hours to walk to the glacier and back, 1 hour return boat trip.
  • Closest hotel – Refugio Grey
  • Starting/finishing point – Refugio Grey
  • Accessibility – by boat
  • Difficulty – moderate
Grey glacier, day hikes in Torres del Paine
View on Grey glacier from a viewpoint, day hike from Refugio Grey

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