The Pingo Valley lies to the west of Lago Grey in Torres del Paine National Park and is visited by very few people, which is wonderful for the Huemul deer and the few people who get out there. The initial trek into the valley is pretty easy going and well marked, and you'll come across a couple of impressive waterfalls. The first section is through an open valley and then you'll pass through a lenga forest.
Once established in the valley, you can explore the Pingo Glacier and the Zapata Glacier (which lies right on the edge of the Ice Cap) from a basecamp in the valley. However, a guide is definitely needed.
Tom was trekking out here in 2017 and didn't see a soul the whole time he was. Beware of the wild baguales and the mosquitos!
Map of Valle Pingo
Trips that visit Valle Pingo
W Trek, 3 days
This trip fits Torres del Paine's highlights into a short timeframe. Trek up close to the famous granite towers, the mesmerising French Valley and the shimmering blue ice of Glacier Grey. Expert guides, deluxe tent accommodation, pre-arranged transfers and meals…
- 3 Days
Pingo Valley & Zapata Peak Trek
Explore the wild and secluded Pingo and Zapata Valleys in Torres del Paine, where few others venture. This itinerary combines a base-camp experience with spectacular views of multiple glaciers from the peak of Cerro Zapata with some isolated trekking. A…
- 4 Days
Find Luxury Off The Beaten Track
Venture into the wild each morning and return to a luxury hotel each evening for spa treatments and superb food. With this trip you will discover the best of Torres del Paine National Park via some of its lesser-known highlights,…
- 5 Days
Winter Highlights of Torres del Paine
Private cabins with hot tubs and transport between highlights makes trekking in winter a really special experience. See the towers and the enormous Glacier Grey, and make a stop at the rarely-visited Pingo Valley. You'll have the snow-covered park almost…
- 3 Days