Ice Hiking on Glacier Grey

Harriet from Swoop recently returned from Torres del Paine where she spent an afternoon ice hiking on Glacier Grey. The ice hike lasts 5 hours and there are departures in the morning and afternoon from November until March. Harriet thinks this is a great activity and everyone should add it onto a trek in Torres del Paine!
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On my Swoop recce to Torres del Paine I spent an afternoon ice hiking on Glacier Grey. The ice hike lasts 5 hours and there are departures in the morning and afternoon from November until March. It’s such great activity and I’d recommend everyone doing a trek in Torres del Paine should add it to their itinerary!

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Embarking on our adventure near Refugio Grey…
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…and zooming across the water to the ice!
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We disembarked on a nunatak (a glacial island) that straddles the Grey Lake and Glacier…
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…and it took just under an hour to walk from the drop off point to start the ice hike.
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The going is a little difficult, so ladders have been put in place to assist you.
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The striated rock is fascinating, and the view towards the Cordon Olguin and Paso John Garner is captivating.
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Hey Mum, look at me!
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We then descended to the ice…
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…where we put on helmets, harnesses…
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…and crampons.
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‘Take your ice axe and point it at the sky!’
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We were instructed on how to walk on the ice. Getting onto and off of the ice is the most challenging part…
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…but then we were off!
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Staying in single file at all times…
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…leaping across little streams…
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…and guzzling hot chocolate…
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…whilst the sound of gurgling water and cracking ice made us appreciate the dynamic nature of the glacier.
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Up we went…
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…and along…
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…peering into huge crevasses…
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…and wondering how deep they were!
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Two and a half hours of ice hiking passed very quickly…
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…followed by an hour’s walk back to the boat…
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…and the end of our magnificent Glacier Grey experience.

Contact me to help you arrange your own unforgettable ice-hike experience on Glacier Grey or with any other questions you might have to create the ultimate Patagonian adventure.