Ferrier & Pingo

12.06.2018

Situated on the west side of the National Park, Ferrier and Pingo are two off-the-beaten-track gems unknow to many travelers. Ferrier is an incredible lookout over the Patagonian Southern Ice Fields, and Pingo is an adventure through one of the last forests not affected by fires!

Ferrier's lookout trail begins at the Grey Lake ranger station. It is a climb of about 650 m to reach a giant boulder overlooking the Grey River, Lake, and Glacier, but also the southern and western parts of the National Park. The climb is steep and muddy, so be ready to sweat! And once again, be aware of the wind!

Difficulty: high
Time: ~4 hours
Distance: ~2.2 km (~1.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: ~650 m (~2150 ft)

Due to the 2011-2012 forest fire that burned about 20% of the park, Pingo's access is restricted to the general public. The trail follows the Pingo river for 4.5km until it reaches a pristine waterfall. Walking through these woods will make you feel like you are back in the times when the park had barely any visitors, long before the landscape had been affected by their activity.

This protected area is one of the last rain forests in the National Park. Many species of animals and plants found refuge in this area, making for a hike rich in flora and fauna. In particular, you might have the chance to find Huemules, the critically endangered South Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus), and several types of orchids, depending on the time of the year.

Difficulty: medium
Time: ~4 hours
Distance: ~9 km (~5.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: ~200 m (~650 ft)