Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park
One of the most beautiful destinations within the National Park Torres del Paine is the Glacier Grey, the biggest in the zone, 6 kilometers wide and 30 meters high. The name came from the color of the water and icebergs, which are mixed with various tonalities of blue.
This mass of continental ice is one of the 49 which breaks down the Campos de Hielo Sur, the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world, just after the south Antarctica and Greenland in the northern hemisphere.
The area is not only famous for the natural spectacle, such as detachment of huge icebergs, but also offers many different panoramas for all kind of visitors, either experienced adventurers, extreme sports fans or people with little experience, but good physical condition.
For the adventurous, the Lago Grey is ideal for kayaking, because of its quiet and beautiful landscapes. You can also participate in hiking tours on the glacier, always keeping precautions with the ground cracks and caves. It is necessary the presence of an expert guide in this kind of expedition.
For those who are looking for activities that require less effort, 4 kilometers to the south of Camp Guards is a viewpoint in front of “La Isla”, an easy to reach nunatak that divides the glacier in two.
The Full Day Program in Hotel Las Torres Patagonia offers catamaran tours from the pier on Lake Pehoe (Pudeto) to the viewpoint of Lake Grey. The tour runs only from November to March (there are needed suitable climatic conditions).
Other tour operators offer trips on zodiac, which can be hired in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. Prices vary between $ 70 and $ 100 per person (about 40,000 Chilean pesos (CLP) average ).
The climate in the lake has no dry season, with more than 2,000 mm of snow and rain annually, and the temperature rarely exceeds 10 º C during the spring and summer season (recommended time for visits), while on the glacier thermometer shows always temperature below 0 ° C.
For all types of activity are required trekking shoes, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and protective clothing, especially if you want to practice extreme sports.