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“Expensive but memorable”
Review of Glacier Grey

Glacier Grey
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Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales
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Owner description: Whether hiking to it or simply viewing it from afar, this massive glacier is truly extraordinary.
Reviewed 7 June 2014

This three-hour 'cruise' on a small boat close to the glacier and icebergs in a fantastic environment will remain one of our best memories of Torres del Paine. Magic colours and lots and images to take home.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I did not think i would ever get to see a glacier to close. The colours of the grey glacier were amazing. Expected it to be white but it was pure cool blue. A lot bigger than i thought, well worth the boat trip to see it.

Thank kmc8955312
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Glacier Grey is the most easily accessible glacier in Torres del Paine National Park. Although there are a few others, like Glacier Dickson and Glacier Pingo, these are only accessible on long hikes, and normally require camping along the trail.

I feel Glacier Grey can be visited by just about anyone and does not require a good physical condition. There are also several ways to enjoy this colossal Ice formation:

1. Beach and Peninsula Walk: The shortest possible way to see Glacier Grey is to do a walk of the beach and then go up to the peninsula where there is a very nice overlook of Glacier Grey in the distance. This activity does not require that you be in good physical condition to enjoy it. You start at the parking lot of Glacier Grey and walk across a hanging bridge and through a small Lenga Tree forest before reaching the beach. You must then walk across the beach until you reach the peninsula, where a short trail leads to the overlook. This walk takes about 1 1/2 hours. If you choose to circle the entire peninsula after reaching the overlook, then it will take you about 2 hours.

2. Navigating to the Glacier wall aboard Grey II Boat: Hosteria Grey offers a navigation to the wall of Glacier Grey that lasts about 2 1/2 hours. You must book this navigation directly at Hosteria Grey and it departs from the dock that is on the western edge of Grey beach. Here you board a small boat that takes about an hour to reach the Glacier wall and then you spend about a half hour navigating across the face of the glacier before coming back to the beach. Onboard you can enjoy some pisco sours, coffee or tea; which I did! The cost of this round-trip navigation is around $110 USD.

3. Kayaking: A company called Bigfoot offers kayaking on Glacier Grey. You can do this in 2 different ways. The first is at the edge of Grey Lake, on a place called Iceberg Graveyard where the icebergs that have broken off Glacier Grey all accumulate. This is a half-day activity. There is also the option to do a full day activity where you kayak across the face of Glacier Grey. To do this you must go to the other side of Grey Lake on the Grey II boat and disembark at the Bigfoot refuge. Once there you get all your gear and kayak to the glacier for about 2 hours before returning to the refuge. From the refuge you then return to Grey Beach in the afternoon by once again boarding Grey II boat. This activity is reserved for people who are in good shape, especially if doing the kayaking across the face of the Glacier.

4. Ice Trekking. Bigfoot also offers ice trekking on Glacier Grey. This is an incredible activity but requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy it. If doing the W-Trek you can do this by stopping at the Bigfoot refuge. If you are coming from the other side of the lake, you must follow the exact same procedure as the Glacier Wall Kayaking described above, but instead of kayaking to the glacier you take a Zodiac to the disembarking point on the Glacier where the ice trekking begins. The trekking can be done for 2, 3 to up to 6 hours. You can then return in the afternoon to Grey Beach on the Grey II boat or camp at the Bogfoot Refuge.

Overall, I loved this whole experience and recommend it to anyone!

22  Thank PSchicke
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

After a 4 hour hike we were rewarded with the most beautiful landscape that anyone could ever imagine! The Glacier Grey is enormous and after settling in we hiked to get closer and take pictures. The hues of blue are awesome, and to see the glaciar so majestic is an unforgettable experience!

Thank Patagonia2014
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The trip to the glacier itself is boring - the guide speaks for a couple of minutes at the start and another couple of minutes when the glacier is reached but the 90 minutes each way reaching the glacier are passed in splendid silence. More information could be forthcoming - particularly on the return when the boat trip seems to take much longer after the excitement of the glacier.

boat boarding could be improved - there is evidence of a pier at some point but now all boarding is completed with a rubber zodiac tender to the boat - involves several trips and is not the most accommodating means of embarking for older or less mobile passengers

1  Thank mld1961
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