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The Glacier

We spent the 2nd day traveling to the east side of the park, boarding a small ship to get a closer look of Glacier Grey. The 14km long road leading to Hosteria Lago Grey (the gathering point) was horrendous. Even though the weather was cooperating, it was very cold and many unprepared tourists stopped by the souvenir shop to get warmer clothes. It is difficult to put the size of the glacier in perspective. It is melting away not only in the summer months but year round. The cruise lasted three hours.
Road deteriorates after crossing this bridge over Rio Grey.
Road deteriorates after crossing this bridge over Rio Grey.
Lago Grey (Gray Lake) - View from Hosteria Lago Grey
Lago Grey (Gray Lake) - View from Hosteria Lago Grey
Swaying footbridge over Rio Pingo with the longest span in the park.
Swaying footbridge over Rio Pingo with the longest span in the park.
A small motor boat takes us to the catamaran for the cruise.
A small motor boat takes us to the catamaran for the cruise.
Glaciar Grey (Grey Glacier) is in the distance
Glaciar Grey (Grey Glacier) is in the distance
It takes a week for the ice to travel from one end of the lake to another, 3 - 12 months to melt.
It takes a week for the ice to travel from one end of the lake to another, 3 - 12 months to melt.
The Island in the middle is 400m high, the glacier entry point width on right: 1.2km ; left: 3.5km
The Island in the middle is 400m high, the glacier entry point width on right: 1.2km ; left: 3.5km
Life jacket offers false hope if we fall in the icy water, but the binoculars are very handy for viewing wild life.
Life jacket offers false hope if we fall in the icy water, but the binoculars are very handy for viewing wild life.
Cumbre Paine Grande - Large Blue Summits - 2600m - 3050m high
Cumbre Paine Grande - Large Blue Summits - 2600m - 3050m high
The Grey Camping ground is by the lake and at the foothill of the massif.
The Grey Camping ground is by the lake and at the foothill of the massif.
Our cruise offers supply and transfers travelers to and from the camp via a raft.
Our cruise offers supply and transfers travelers to and from the camp via a raft.
Don't know why the blue ice melts into grey water.
Don't know why the blue ice melts into grey water.
Deep blue color
Deep blue color
The Glacier constantly pushes the ice forward into the lake
The Glacier constantly pushes the ice forward into the lake
It's hard to put the size of the glacier in perspective
It's hard to put the size of the glacier in perspective
We are lucky to witness the calving of the glacier.
We are lucky to witness the calving of the glacier.
Grooves on the side of the mountain carved by the glaciers.
Grooves on the side of the mountain carved by the glaciers.
The Island is separating part of the glaciers.
The Island is separating part of the glaciers.
From Lago Grey, one can see the Horns in the distance.
From Lago Grey, one can see the Horns in the distance.