Trekking Near to Hotel Grey

Near to Hotel Grey

Ferrier Look Out / Ferrier Mirador

  • Operated: From October to April, but it depends on conditions.
  • Start: Conaf Office, next to Pingo Restaurant
  • End: Conaf Office, next to Pingo Restaurant
  • Trek Time: 7hrs return
  • Distance: 10km return
  • Difficulty: High
  • Experience Required: You need to be reasonably fit and accustomed to long walks.
  • Altitude Gain: 700m

Description

Ferrier Mountain is located in the west part of the park, next to the Conaf Office in the Grey sector, not too far from Hotel Grey.

Above all, the return hike is about 7hrs and offers panoramic views over Grey Lake, Pingo Glacier, the Torres del Paine Massif and the Cuernos del Paine. However, the trek involves some difficult uphill stretches. For example, the trail almost immediately heads upwards from the start and continues up at a steep, and zig-zagging 60 ° elevation, quickly reaching an altitude of 700 meters above sea level.

Before reaching the often-windy viewpoint, you will cross a river, and enter a Lenga forest.

Shortly after this point you will reach Ferrier viewpoint (mirador), and from here you will have spectacular panoramic views of Glacier Grey and the icebergs floating on the lake, the Paine Mountain Range, Paine River, Toro Lake and Pingo Glacier.

Blue Lagoon / Laguna Azul Trek to Laguna Cebolla

Blue Lagoon / Laguna Azul Trek to Laguna Cebolla

Information

  • Operated: All year
  • Start: CONAF Hut at Laguna Azul
  • End: CONAF Hut at Laguna Azul
  • Trek Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes return
  • Distance: Approximately 15km return
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Experience Required: None
  • Altitude Gain: 100m

Description

Laguna Azul is located in the eastern part of the park, about a 20 minute drive from Laguna Amarga. This hike is one of the options for those who want to observe the Torres del Paine Towers without walking to the base.

From the Laguna Azul parking lot, you can hike to Laguna Cebolla, which will take approximately 2 hrs, and on this trek, you should see plenty of animals such as guanacos as well as birds. The trail is easy and ideal for a family with kids or if you want to explore an area of the park in a more relaxing way. You will not find signs on the way to Laguna Cebolla, but the path is easy to follow and the CONAF ranger will also give instructions.

Cerro Paine Trek

Cerro Paine Trek

Information

  • Operated: From October to April, but it depends on conditions.
  • Start: The Torres del Paine Welcome Center
  • End: The Torres del Paine Welcome Center
  • Trek Time: 10 hours return
  • Distance: 16 km return
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Experience Required: You need to be reasonably fit and accustomed to long walks.
  • Altitude Gain: 1,508 m

Description

Cerro Paine is located next to Almirante Nieto mountain in the east part of the park.

This hike offers an unprecedented and exclusive view of the Torres del Paine usually with few other tourists around.

Initially the trail is steep through the west hillside of Cerro Paine (1,508 meters). Ascending through a Lenga forest, where you may be able to see birds. Once the path reaches the tree line you will soon arrive at the D’Agostini Viewpoint.

The summit of Cerro Paine offers a 360° lookout, where you can see lagoons, mountains, forests, glaciers and the Towers of Torres del Paine. Considering that this trek it’s not that well known you will not find a lot of people hiking it, because it's not part of the W trek.

If you do not fancy the walk, there is an option to do a half-day horse ride to the top of Cerro Paine instead.

Blue Lagoon / Laguna Azul Trek to the Sierra Masle Look Out

Blue Lagoon / Laguna Azul Trek to the Sierra Masle Look Out

Information

  • Operated: All year
  • Start: CONAF Hut at Laguna Azul
  • End: CONAF Hut at Laguna Azul
  • Trek Time: 2-hour return
  • Distance: 10 km return
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Experience Required: None
  • Altitude Gain: 200m

Description

Located around the other side of the Park (going in an anti-clock wise rotation), this is a very blue-coloured lake from where there is a great view to the towers of Torres del Paine and also home to many types of flora and fauna, and especially good for bird watching. Only a 20min drive from the Laguna Amarga entrance into Torres del Paine. Considering it is accessible by vehicle, this is an easy place to get to and does not involve any difficulty. Also, this hike is one of the options for those who want to observe the Torres del Paine Towers without walking up to the base.

The view of the famous three Torres del Paine towers from this trail offers a different perspective than from elsewhere in the Park, and in some ways can be even more awe-inspiring.

From the Laguna Azul parking lot, you can hike a short trek to the Sierra Masle lookout. This is only a 1hr walk, and on this small and easy trek there are many animals to see, such as guanacos and birds.

This hike is ideal for “non-hikers” or people with kids.

Glacier Grey Ice Hike

Three Full Day Options from Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine

The ice hike on Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine is an ideal add-on to your W Trek or as a separate activity. Walking on millennium ice has its thrills and is, perhaps, one of the most invigorating activities one can participate in.

Experiencechile.org offers ice hiking on Glacier Grey with our ice-hike partners that specialize in this activity and have the concession to operate it. Clients should, however, be aware that this activity requires fitness and an appreciation for personal safety.

Check-in is at a lodge close to Refugio Grey, in the western end of the W Trek in Torres del Paine.

If you have not stayed overnight at Refugio Grey, to get here you need to either walk 4hrs from Refugio Paine Grande or come across on the Navigation Grey boat from Hotel Grey.

Whale Watching Full-Day from Punta Arenas

You may, as a result of travel logistics, find yourself in Punta Arenas. Consequently, you may be thinking how best you can use your time here. For example, if you have two nights available, then a whale watching trip is a great experience to add to the many others you will enjoy during your trip to Patagonia. Therefore, we can suggest this, very long, full-day excursion that will take you into one of the remotest, pristine places on Earth at the southern-most tip of the American continent. Moreover, you will enter the “Francisco Coloane” marine park, whereupon an amazing variety of marine and bird life is to be found. For example, Humpback whales, sea lions, cormorants, dolphins; native forests; glaciers and clean air!

Whale Watching from Punta Arenas 3 Days / 2 Nights

If you want to experience real, raw and natural Patagonia as well as see Humpback whales feed in their natural environment then this excursion is for you. This is a wonderful opportunity to stay on a tiny island in one of the remotest, pristine places on Earth. It involves a navigation into the wilderness channels and fiords that break up the Southern Pacific down the Magallanes Strait, past the southern-most point of continental South America and on to Carlos III Island in the middle of the Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

The excursion is adventurous, exhilarating, and educational. You will have one night in a simple metal framed dome tent on a remote island from where you can see the whales feeding in the channel below.

Penguins Santa Magdalena

If you have the time to fill or love penguins then thus is a great half-day adventure from Punta Arenas. It involves a lot of time on board a hard-shell covered zodiac that navigates the famous Magallanes Stretch to Santa Magdalena Island. This is currently the best way to get close to penguins in their natural habitat.

This is a half-day excursion to see the Magellan penguins on Santa Magdalena Island, which is in the middle of the Magellan Strait. Check-in is required in the centre of Punta Arenas at 06:30hrs. This excursion should be planned into the rest of your itinerary either as a morning activity with previous night in Punta Arenas before going on to Torres del Paine or Ushuaia, or after visiting Torres del Paine or Ushuaia.

El Calfate, Balconies Discovery Tour

Summary

This is a wonderful experience that takes you into the hills directly behind El Calafate city. Seated in a large, sturdy 4 x 4 off road bus, the trip climbs the steep mountain to a plateau whereupon on a clear day there are views as far as Mount Fitzroy over at El Chalten, as well as to the source of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Apart from the great views you will also receive an education about the amazing geographical features.

Penguins King Rey Punta Arenas

This is the only excursion operating out from Punta Arenas to see King Penguins in their natural habitat. It is a very long day and those who wish to experience seeing these colourful birds will need to be up early. The colony has approximately 120 to 150 penguins, based on the fabled island called “Tierra del Fuego”, the land of fire.