Trekking to Zapata Summit

Get away from the crowds in Torres del Paine to trek the Pingo valley. Hike to the summit of the Zapata mountain (1590m) and visit the Zapata glacier.

4 Days


Trekking to Zapata Summit - 4 - $1,950

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike to the Zapata campsite.
  • Ascend to Zapata's summit, taking in magnificent scenic views.
  • Day walk to the Zapata glacier viewing point.

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Trekking to Zapata Summit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

We take an amazing path that runs through a valley along the Pingo River, through beautiful native forest. In this valley you may be lucky to see Huemul, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction and is recovering slowly; nowadays there are more frequent sightings.

Distance: 8 miles; trekking time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Zapata campsite (no facilities)

Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2: 

We start today at 04.00 hrs. The ascent of Zapata mountain will be by the east face, crossing the Los Hielos River. After this we will pass through a native Lenga and coigue forest until we reach a line of rock that has been sculpted through time by tons of glacier ice that once were part of the Tyndall glacier. This part of the ascent will be across rock slabs and through some snow. The maximum slope is about 60 degrees. From here on the scenery will be absolutely magnificent with amazing views of Pingo, Grey and Zapata glaciers. The Zapata summit is in the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which is the third biggest ice cap on earth. Technical gear is not required for this challenge, but because this is an area of high winds, we may use ropes both for safety and to keep the group together.

Distance: 16 miles; trekking time: 12 to 14 Hours

Accommodation: Zapata campsite (no facilities)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

***In the event of bad weather, days 2 and 3 may be swapped***

Day 3: 

Trekking to the foot of the ice proves a fascinating adventure to help us further understand the climate change affecting our planet and to witness the imminent decline of the glaciers. There are a couple of viewpoints here and if the weather is favourable we will see the vastness of the Tyndall glacier.

Distance: 10 miles; trekking time: 6 to 7 hours,

Accommodation: Zapata campsite (no facilities)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4:

Today we trek back to Grey Hotel. From here, private transportation is provided to Puerto Natales (75 miles)

Distance: 8 miles; trekking time: 5 hours

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Discounts available for larger group


  • Certified Local Guide
  • 1 Porter for 2 days (to carry food and fuel)
  • Private transportation to Grey Ranger Office
  • Transportation from Grey Ranger Office to Puerto Natales
  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner (describe on the itinerary)
  • Logistic included (permits and communications)
  • Camping Equipment


  • Park entrance fee (Paine)
  • Insurance
  • Extras
  • Everything not mentioned in the itinerary

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