👉 Available from September 15 until April 30 👈

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Ice Hike Grey Glacier

Walk on ice on one of the most impressive glaciers in Chilean Patagonia

  • people hiking on the grey glacier
  • people walking through the glacier
  • the lake besides the grey glacier
  • boy climbing in a tunnel
  • people helping other hikers crossing the crack
  • people walking on the ice
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Puerto Natales
1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From the Camping Grey (Torres del Paine National Park) at 08:00 AM or 2:30 PM
Ends: To the Camping Grey 5 hours later, depending on the selected time
Free cancellation!

With the Ice Hike Grey Glacier of 5 hours, you will navigate in a zodiac boat to the main tongue of the glacier, disembark on the glacier island (Nunatak), walk one hour on the glacial moraine and two and a half hours on the ice.

Select your option and enjoy this adventure. We tell you all about it below 😊

Tour details


  • Certified guide
  • Displacement by boat
  • Equipment: helmet, backpack, ice axe, harness and crampons
  • Snack
  • Hot drink

Not included

  • Entrance fees to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Transportation to the meeting point at Camping Grey

Important information

Age restriction: travellers under 16 years old and over 65 years old are NOT allowed to do the tour due to the internal policy imposed by the Chilean Government.

It is essential to be in good physical shape to do the activity, as it requires a considerable expenditure of energy. We do not recommend the tour to travellers who suffer from physical problems or are not used to practising this type of sport.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you’ll receive a 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 72 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Ice Hike Grey Glacier

Difficulty: high
Duration: 5 hours
Total distance: 3 km
Season: summer (October-April)
Group size: 12 travelers

📍 Meeting point - Grey Base Camp

The Ice Hike Grey Glacier tour will start at the base camp located in the Grey beach sector, inside the Torres del Paine National Park. Below, in the section Where does the tour start, we give you all the details you need to know how to get there. 

how to get there map

Nunatak Island of Grey Glacier

Once the group is assembled, accompanied by your guide, you will board the zodiac boat and sail for about 20 minutes until we reach the main tongue of the Grey Glacier.

You will disembark on Nunatak sland and load the equipment into the backpacks. Following the instructions of the guide you will start walking on the glacial moraine for about an hour until you reach the ice.

landscape of the grey glacier

Walking on the ice

Before you get into the glacier, the guide will give you a safety talk in which he will explain the techniques of moving on ice and the correct use of the equipment. Once the theory is finished, the ice adventure begins!

You will hike on the ice for two and a half hours, during which you will be able to enjoy observing its crevasses, rivers, lagoons, tunnels and even ice caves.

people hiking on the ice of the grey glacier

Return to Grey Base Camp

Once you finish trekking on the ice, you will descend back down the glacier moraine until you reach Nunatak. There you will take the boat to return to Grey Base Camp, putting an end to this Patagonian adventure.

group at the end og the ice hike grey glacier

What to bring to Ice Hike Grey Glacier

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket (e.g. down)
  • Thermal first layers (top and bottom)
  • Semi rigid shoes with ankle support
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle

Where does the tour Ice Hike Grey Glacier start

The tour starts and ends at Grey Base Camp (inside Torres del Paine National Park), located in the Grey Beach area and a 10 minute walk from the Grey Refuge and Campsite. The tour is designed for those travelers who are already inside the national park doing one of the Macizo Paine circuits.

If you plan to travel from Puerto Natales to Grey Base Camp just to do the tour, keep in mind that it is advisable to spend at least one night at the Refugio or Camping Grey to properly enjoy this experience. There are 2 options to get to Grey Base Camp from Puerto Natales:

OPTION 1 - Grey III Navigation.
The Grey III navigation connects Hotel Grey with Refugio Grey through Grey Lake in a journey of approximately 45 minutes. It will be necessary to be at the Grey Hotel one hour before the departure time to check in. You can see the schedule and buy the ticket here. To get from Puerto Natales to the Grey Hotel you will have to take a regular bus or book a private transportation on your own.

OPTION 2 - Patagonian Ice Catamaran (Pudeto - Paine Grande)
The Patagonian Ice Catamaran connects Pudeto with Paine Grande through Lake Pehohe in approximately 30 minutes. It will be necessary to go to the Pudeto pier in advance to buy the catamaran ticket and check-in. You can check the schedule and fares here. To get from Puerto Natales to Pudeto you will have to take a regular bus or book a private transportation on your own. Once in Paine Grande, you will have to walk for 4 - 5 hours and 11 km until you reach Sector Grey.

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