Torres del Paine

Kayak Glacier Grey

Torres del Paine, and Patagonia in general, offers many options for the adventure experience. Among these is the chance to kayak, but not just on a lake, or river, no, here the kayak is in front of a glacier and amoung its icebergs! As with the ice hiking, the kayaking at Grey Glacier can only be accessed from where Refugio and Camping Grey is located, which is at the end of the Western arm of the W Trek. Also, in order to partcipate in Kayak from this destination you will need a night at Grey, either camping or in the refugio. What follows is more useful information about this activity.



















Kayaking Near Grey Icebergs

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

Kayakers in front of the Ice

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

Kayaking Near the Glacier

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

Operated between October to April

Subject to local weather conditions


Introduction to Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

Note: We offer this activity to be built into your main itinerary and not as a standalone.

To kayak on a river, lake or sea is, in itself, a great outdoor activity that gives great pleasure to those participating. However, to be able to kayak on a lake containing icebergs is another dimension. Here, in Torres del Paine National Park we offer kayak in front of Grey Glacier. The base camp for this activity is located at Refugio and Camping Grey.

Hikers can arrive here by any of the following ways:

  • Trek 4hrs from Paine Grande.
  • Arrive from Los Perros on the full Circuit Trek.
  • Come across on the Navigation Grey from Hotel Grey*

*However, the only issue with coming from Hotel Grey is that should the wind speed pick up the boat crossing can be cancelled or delayed, and, in such circumstances, this would affect the ability for you to do the ice hike.

Most important to consider is that due to the times for check-in and ending, you will have to have a night booked in the Refugio or Camping Grey, either the previous night to the kayak, or the night following the kayak. In addition, you must have it pre-booked and paid for. You can NOT “just turn up” on the day and hope to book then.

Only one company holds the concession to operate ice hiking on glacier grey, which means that groups are between 2 people to 10 people max.

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey Useful Information

Check-in from near to Refugio Grey at 09:00hrs & 14:00hrs & 17:00hrs.

The Kayak expedition lasts around 2.5 hours. Group size is from 2 to 14 people.

On Lake Grey your kayak expedition will involve paddling around the large, floating icebergs, aiming towards the east side of the glacier and getting pretty close (but at a safe distance) to the giant, glacial ice wall. While you are resting and enjoying this incredible place your guide will offer you a snack and a hot drink. If weather conditions permit, you will walk over an island called a “nunatak” on the way back to base camp.


At the base camp you will be supplied with a neoprene suit, waterproof jacket and boots, “poogies” (kayak gloves), kayak skirt and a lifejacket. In the safety briefing you will get to “know your kayak”, paddle, route and conditions.

Clothes you need to bring are the same as the clothes you should have brought with you for trekking – see our link below.

Kayak Request here:

Q. What Clothes Should I Pack for the Kayak Glacier Grey?

Hiking the Torres del Paine W Trek Trail & Kayak Glacier Grey

Suggestion on What to Pack in Your Luggage 

Most important is what we aim to do here is advise you on what to pack in your suitcase (or backpack) and bring with you when coming to any part of Patagonia, be it land or sea. Moreover, the weather here has one constant, which is change! It is often windy, and it can rain or offer beautiful sunshine within the space of an hour. Therefore, please bring the right clothing to keep yourself dry and warm. Further below there is a graphic detailing what you should, ideally, bring with you.

Layered Clothing is the Answer

At least try to bring LAYERS of breathable clothes that can be taken off or put on easily to adapt to any change in weather and as you heat up and cool down on a trek. For example, cotton undershirts are NOT recommended – see below.

Above all, travel light. For example, take a day backpack for the trek days.

Suggested Clothes to Wear

As an illustration, please see our dedicated “Clothes to Bring” illustration below (scroll down).

On Your Feet

To begin with you need “hiking boots”. In other words, boots that are durable, but strong and especially WATERPROOF. In addition, if you have gaiters also bring these. Above all break-in any new boots well before arrival.

Also, a pair of flip flops for indoors. It should be noted that the refugios demand that you take off outdoor footwear when you enter the building.

By the same token, bring socks that are for hiking use, that fit well within your hiking boots, and maybe 3 pairs. These socks should be a little thicker than your normal socks.

Over Your Legs

For the purpose of practicality, hiking pants as well as a waterproof outer shell to go over your hiking pants if it rains are the best option. In addition, optional underwear such as synthetic leggings to go under your trekking pants are also useful if it gets cold.

For Your Upper Body

Most important, here you need to have “layered” clothing. This is because you get hot when trekking, therefore you need to be able to take layers off as well as put them on when you cool down.

Ideally, you will need a long sleeved under vest. This should be in a synthetic material. Why? Because you will sweat when you trek, and the synthetic material will dry more quickly than cotton material. If you are trekking in the summer and it is hot, you may not need to wear this undervest, but take one anyway in case the weather changes to be cold.

In addition, over the under vest, you will need a shirt, long sleeved ideally. Therefore, this can be considered to be a second layer.

Covering your second layer you need a fleece or similar, ideally with a front zipper so you can undo it or close it up with ease.

Finally, to cover everything you will need an outer jacket with a hood, and this needs to be waterproof and if is not, take another outer shell which is waterproof.

Around Your Neck

It should be noted that even if the rest of your body is covered and snug, bring a scarf or neck muff – this is very useful if it is cold, and easily taken off if it is hot.

Covering Your Hands

Most important, don’t forget your gloves! These are required specifically for when you are close to ice, like Glacier Grey or even at the Torres Base, where the air is cold. Again, waterproof is the way to go.

On Top of Your Head

Bring a head band to cover the ears – because they can get very cold. In addition, try to bring a hat like a woollen “beanie”.

Protection from the Sun

Most important: Pack the sunscreen cream.

For When you are Thirsty

Also, bring a water Bottle.

To Protect Your Eyes

Equally important, pack a pair of sunglasses. The light reflection from glaciers, snow and just brightly lit days can be strong.

Other Useful Items to Include in Your Luggage

Must be remembered: Portable USB Charger

Of course, a Travel Towel

Also, to help with sleeping when in a shared accommodation environment: ear Plugs, eye mask and maybe sleeping pills.

By all means bring both Cash and a Credit Card

Most important: Passport for check-in and TOURIST ENTRY VISA – given to you when you pass through Chile immigration.

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey


What ExperienceChile.Org says about

Torres del Paine Kayak Glacier Grey

For most people coming to Torres del Paine, the ability to trek the “W” is enough. However, for the adventure seekers who want more than just hiking you can add kayak to the end or start of your trek. To be able to kayak in front of a glacier and among icebergs is a rare opportunity. Experience Chile says that if you have the time and extra budget then kayak Glacier Grey is well worth it. It is not too costly and lasts only 2.5hrs and, in addition, it does not require too much exertion.

Note that we have been creating Torres del Paine W Trek itineraries and other Patagonian itineraries since 1996. We are based in Chile, English owned, and a leading receptive travel operator, covering in particular – Patagonia.


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