Torres del Paine W Trek – Grey Glacier

On our last and final day, we had another long way ahead of us. Another 20km, this time with very sore knees.

The first 8.5km of the walk was quite easy, going around Scott’s erg Lagoon. Luckily for us the rain had stopped by lunch the day before, which allowed for the soil to dry a little and for the rivers to be less wild.

We reached the last refugio on the W trek in 3 hours, and dropped our bags off for the rest of our walk through the valley and the mountain to reach Lago Grey and the Grey Glacier lookout.

Somehow again we both thought the walk would be quite quick. Unsure why we keep having these expectations… Well it wasn’t as quick as planned as it took us just over 2 hours to reach the first lookout.

The walk was steadily steep, but nothing like the Britanico lookout. It would have been fine if we weren’t both exhausted and with weak knees.

When we reached the top of the mountain, the wind was blowing in full force and it was very hard to stay still and steady. Views of the glacier from up there were great, we could see the front wall of the glacier and the lake in front of it.

After trying to battle the wind a short while, we started making our way back down to get back to the refugio on time for our catamaran back to the entrance of the park. I managed to further injur my knee rolling on a branch, which made the last hour very painful but we made it back, exhausted but happy.

It took us 4 days and 71km to complete the W trek. It has been one of the most incredible experiences of our lives, and though it was the hardest physical thing we’ve ever done, we were extremely proud and happy we finally got to do it.

When we got back to the refugio, we got to chill for a little while before we caught a catamaran back to the entrance of the park through the lake, and then caught a 2 hour bus back to town.

Patagonia so far definitely hasn’t disappointed, we had an incredible time on the Chilean side. Next stop: El Calafate in Argentina!

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TIPS

  • On the W trek, waterproof boots are essential, along with good soles. We didn’t have space to bring better shoes because of the long term travel but choose your shoes carefully as it can make a big difference.

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