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
Private cabins with hot tubs and transport between the highlights makes trekking in winter a really special experience. See Las Torres (The Towers), the enormous Glacier Grey, and make a stop at the rarely-visited Pingo Valley. You'll have the snow-covered…
- 3 Days
Explore the wild and secluded Pingo and Zapata Valleys in Torres del Paine National Park, where few others venture. From a remote basic basecamp you can explore glaciers, discover dinosaur fossils or summit a peak with expansive ice-field views.…
- 4 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