Excursions

Hotel Lago Grey Excursions

To enjoy all the wonders that the National Park Torres del Paine has, Lago Grey Hotel has a team of tour guides who offer various excursions such as sailing the Grey Glacier, trekking into the park and tours by vehicles, to help you enjoy the main attractions. All excursions make it possible to come in full contact with nature, discovering every corner of flora and fauna of the Chilean Patagonia.

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GREAT WATERFALL & HORNS LOOKOUT

We will drive about 45 minutes to the parking area of the Great Fall viewpoint. From that place, we start a simple trek. The landscape is of the Patagonian steppe, where it predominates, the
calafate (Berberis Microphyla), The Mata Barrosa (Mulinum Spinosum) and the marked burnt forests of Lengas (Nothofagus Pumilio) and Ñirres (Nothofagus Antarctica), that were burnt in the
fire in 2011. We arrive at a viewpoint with an impressive view of Lake Nordenskjöld, with the Horns of the Paine behind in all their magnitude.
Also to the left, we have an excellent view to Big Paine Mountain and to the right to Admiral Nieto. Back on the trail, we take a detour on the last stretch of our route and pass through one of the park’s main waterfalls, the imposing Great Fall.
After visiting, we go back to the Van and return to the hotel. The return leg lasts approximately 45 min.

CONDOR
LOOKOUT

We will drive about 45min towards the center of Torres del Paine National Park, where we begin our hike. It is a simple trek with a maximum height of 400 m.a.s.l, starting at 45 m.a.s.l. There is an incredible view of the Paine River and Lake Pehoé, with it’s turquoise colors facing the magnificent Paine Range. At the top of this viewpoint, with some luck, it is possible to see Condors. As a platform for taking off, juvenile condors are taught by their parents to undertake the flight or many times to rest on days that are not so windy in the conglomerate formations that originated there. After the descent we return to the hotel.

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CHORRILLO SALMONES

We will walk from our hotel towards Pingo River to start our trek on a flat path with slights ascents and descents. After a couple of minutes we will enter in a forest with view towards Big Paine and Cordón Olguín. An hour and a half later, will arrive at the viewpoint of “Chorrillo Los Salmones” named for the salmons which are possible to see descending downstream the waterfall. It is important to mention that this area is only possible to be visited with a certified hotel guide because its forest has not been affected by the last fires inside the park.

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FERRIER MOUNT

This is an excellent option to see most of the National Park being close to the hotel. First we will ascend the challenging path that leads to the Ferrier viewpoint; The path is very steep approximately 60 ° elevation and altitude is gained quickly (700 m.a.s.l). First we will cross the river before reaching the always windy viewpoint. Then we will enter a beautiful forest of Lengas (Nothofagus Pumilio). Here we will have spectacular panoramic views of the Glacier Grey and the icebergs floating on the lake, Paine Range, Paine River, Toro Lake, Pingo Glacier, among others. The descent is by the same path. This time only downhill, and then return to the hotel.

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MISCELLANEOUS TRAIL

Suitable for almost everyone. This is a great alternative for passengers who have a couple of free hours and want to enjoy an interesting and eye- catching short trek within Torres del Paine National Park. This trail is located next to Administración CONAF, which is about 30 minutes driving from Hotel Lago Grey. There you will have a panoramic view of the amazing Paine Massif to the north and also the great “Toro” lake (which is the biggest lake in region) to the south. The interesting and historic facts together with a rich diversity of plants and birds make this excursion a great opportunity to enjoy and learn about the area at the same time.

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WATERFALLS &
LOOKOUT POINTS

This is the recommended excursion for those who want to contemplate and enjoy most of the Torres del Paine National Park in one day and without any physical effort. We will start our excursion at the Forestry Corporation Visitor Center where we will receive general information about everything that constitutes this magnificent World Biosphere Reserve. Our trip continues towards the Great Waterfall, an imposing waterfall that can be seen after a short walk and where we have a view of the Paine Grande Mountain, and can observe the highest peak of the Paine Range. Then we will go to the Lago Nordenskjöld viewpoint, place where we will appreciate this lake and we will be very close to the Horns of the Paine. The excursion continues towards the Amarga Lagoon area to see the Paine River Falls, and begin to see the first panoramic views of the famous Torres del Paine. We will continue to the other end of the Park, to have lunch in Laguna Azul, a quiet and beautiful area of the park where we will have a picnic to recover our energy.

PINGO
WATERFALL

We start very early in the morning, leaving the hotel and walking along the Pingo River to the “Chorrillo Los Salmones” waterfall. After walking almost 1 hour and a half, we will go to the Pingo Valley, where we will be lucky enough to advance through a privileged forest which has not been touched by the fires of the park, keeping intact the habitat of the flora and fauna of forest. As we walk through the forest we will have climbs and descents, which can be more difficult when it rains as the path becomes soft. As we find clearings of forest, we will have a different view of the Paine Range. After walking between 2 and 2 hours and half hours, we will arrive at the viewpoint of the Pingo Cascade. An imposing fast water that we will appreciate from close up to have lunch and take a break after the long walk before returning to the hotel by the same path. With some luck it is possible to see flora and fauna that is very different from the rest of the park, since the transit of people is not authorized without a guide with the respective certification.

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ORIGIN OF LIFE

We leave early in the morning on a 1 hour drive that takes us from the hotel to our starting point. Once there, you will immediately notice the presence of different Guanaco herds inhabiting the area. The trail is not difficult, therefore, this hike is totally recommended for everyone. Once you get immerse in the trail you will realize that this is a wonderful opportunity to take great pictures of Cóndors, Grey Fox and even Puma (if you are very lucky).
A very interesting part of this excursion is the possibility to witness remnants of the native Aonikenk culture through cave paintings displayed on the walls of the mountain.
The excursion ends with a visit to Lago Sarmiento. This lake may be considered as a shelter of one of the most primitive life forms on the planet.

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LAZO WEBER

After around 1 hour and a half driving, we arrive at Portería Laguna Verde. Then, we continue our trip to “Estancia Lazo” which is the starting point for this full day excursion.
The amazing panoramic view you have there is definitely one of the main reasons to visit this place. What is more, a native forest and flora together with lagoons with a considerable variety of birds make this hike an ideal and unique opportunity to explore and learn.
Once we reach Lago Toro lookout point, we begin our way down alongside a steep trail, it is highly necessary to use trekking poles (which will be lent by the guide).

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BASE TORRES
VIEWPOINT

One of the most famous hikes of the Paine trails, it is demanding, but it rewards you with the imposing view of the three granite towers. This walk is characterized by its great ascent towards the viewpoint. The climb is for 1 hour bordering the Ascencio River until arriving at the Passage of the Winds. From here it is 30 minutes to the Chilean Camp where we can take a little break. The hike continues to climb the forest for 1.5 more hours, gaining height quickly and having incredible views of geological formations such as crevices, fractures and granite intrusions. The last hour is the toughest, where the trail zigzags up a moraine or loose rock, being exposed to the wind and with an unpredictable climate. Arriving at the viewpoint we will have the classic view of the Towers from near and if the weather permits we can have lunch with this fantastic landscape in front of us. The descent starts on the same trail and takes approximately 4 hours to reach the starting point, so you definitely need good knees and a solid physical condition. This excursion is hard and exhausting for those who are not accustomed to long distance walks.

FRENCH
VALLEY

An overwhelming route that takes you to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, with the iconic Paine Massif as a backdrop, you will hike across forests to reach a series of lookouts points with panoramic views of breathtaking mountains and granite walls. If you like hiking, this excursion is not to be missed. A memorable experience for avid walkers who will trek 20 k in 8 hours. The adventure begins at Pudeto where we board the catamaran and sail out into Pehoe Lake, as we carry on, the view of the majestic Paine Grande Massif across de horizon comes into sight. After a 7.5 k hike that will take you through Pehoe and Skottsberg Lake on a trail of native forest and a fairly flat terrain, you arrive at “Italiano Refuge”. Once there, there’s a change of pace because the terrain changes. The hike continues with an ascent of 230 m crossing the French Valley through iconic forest and morreins originated from the ancient glacier until we reach our view point at approximately 400 meters above the sea level. Make sure to bring your camera, as you won’t want to miss a single shot of the incredible view of the French valley and the French glacier. We return through the same path in order to board the catamaran to Pudeto, where our driver will be awaiting to take us back to the hotel.

Navigation GREY III

Navigation to Grey Glacier is one of the captive excursions while visiting the National Park Torres del Paine. This 3-hour journey aboard our boat "Grey III" allows everyone to enjoy a unique compound of floral landscape, lush greenery and imposing mountains.
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Contact

Location (Main Office): Lautaro Navarro 1077, Punta Arenas, Chile

Phone: +56 6 1271 2100

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