Our trekking to explore Torres del Paine Park’s biggest glacier begins with strong winds and very cold weather. Despite this, local guides assure us that it is a short, easy route, and that with a good windbreaker, hats and trekking shoes there would be no impediment to enjoy the adventure.
From the Grey entrance, we move towards our destination, through the Pingo River on a wooden suspension bridge. Then we continue through a lenga and coigüe forest that seems to be taken from a fairy tale; finally we arrive at the dark sand beach, from where we can see some fragments of the great glacier. “Always to the east, to the right,” was the instruction we had for our walk which we followed to get to the end of the beach in about 25 minutes. At this point, a sign to the lookout point tells us that it is time to turn left to continue our way through a small mound of dirt and bushes.
Finally, we reach a beautiful stone viewing platform that shows us the lake in all its splendor, and in the background, between massifs, towering Grey Glacier looks out to greet us. We take pictures, talk about the experience and from a bank, rest a bit to enjoy the view. Although the scenery is worth each step, it is undeniable that we are still far from the white fortress. As our desires to know the Grey Glacier remain intact, we will endeavor to embark on a journey through the blue waters that contain it.