KAYAKING AT GREY AND SERRANO RIVERS, GLACIERS AND ICEBERGS (3D-2N)

Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

3 days

Paddle among giant icebergs and glaciers on Grey Lake and Serrano River with breathtaking views of Torres del Paine National Park. This 3-day kayaking program will simply blow your mind.

ENQUIRE FOR 1 AND 2-DAY PROGRAM OPTIONS.

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine (Paddling distance: 18 miles (ca. 29 km) / 4-5 hours):

At 07:00 AM, private transportation will be provided from your hotel/hostel to the shores of Grey Lake, in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will take you 67 Miles north from Puerto Natales to the southern access to the park. While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Grey Glacier, our guide will explain safety and tips for paddling efficiently. We will navigate the lake for approximately 1 hour, paddling among enormous pieces of ice broken from Grey Glacier. These icebergs are scattered throughout the lake and are sculpted into incredible shapes by the wind and sun. During the entire navigation, we will have a fantastic view of the magnificent Paine Massif; including Paine Grande, the Olguin Range, and Los Cuernos (The Horns of Paine). These mountains, together with the grey water, make for a perfect contrast with the enormous walls of granite and sedimentary rock. After paddling in Grey Lake, we will begin the descent of Grey River. The river serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. We will appreciate many species of aquatic birds that inhabit the river. We will continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 15 Miles, the length of Grey River until it joins with the turquoise water of the Serrano River. The adventure ends at Serrano Village.

Night at Rio Serrano Campsite (Facilities: Toilets and Showers & Electricity) / Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and drinks included. Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee NOT included.

Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia. If you choose to do this trip, consider that paddling with the wind may be a chance. * It will not be possible to enter the Iceberg Zone if the wind is too strong. If this is the case, we will only paddle the river, which is more sheltered from the wind). Sometimes the Lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice, and as a result, it won’t be possible to paddle in the Lagoon.

 

Day 2: Torres del Paine (Paddling distance: 26 miles (ca. 42 km) / 6-7 hours):

After a hearty breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, you’ll help load the kayaks and make the last preparations for the day. Our guide will give you a briefing about safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. Also, details about the route, weather, and river conditions. We’ll run down the Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine massif till we get to the Serrano Waterfall (1.5 hrs). Here, there’s a portage, and we will haul the Kayaks for about 100 m. We’ll keep paddling down River, in our journey to Serrano Glacier. There are breathtaking views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range along the way.

This is a unique experience because this is a remote area! Beautiful Coigue and Cypress Native forests surround the river. After a couple of hours, Balmaceda Mountain will appear on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Finally, the astounding Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view, which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros sought an outlet in the Atlantic in 1558. Pull out at Balmaceda campsite and soak up the wild atmosphere of the magical spot as you and your guide prepare a splendid dinner together. We use the finest local ingredients to prepare a first-class camp dinner with a few pisco sours (with glacial ice-cubes) and plenty of Chilean wine.

Night at Balmaceda Camp (Facilities: Toilets) / Snacks, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks included.

 

Day 3: Torres del Paine- Puerto Natales (Paddling distance: 2 miles (3.22 km) / 1-2 hours):

The day starts with a delicious breakfast, including freshly ground coffee. After gearing up, we’ll get ready to portage the kayaks for 50 meters from the camp to Serrano Lagoon. Paddling among icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier is an unforgettable experience! The first sun’s rays will give us unique views of this beautiful place. This icy scenery is especially sheltered! A small stop on a secret lookout will give us a different perspective for outstanding views of the Glacier. Back to camp, after packing all the gear, our group will get on the “21 de Mayo” catamaran to go back to Puerto Natales. There is a stop at Perales Ranch, where we’ll be delighted with a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. Finally, the catamaran stops in Puerto Bories, where our private transportation will be waiting. This will be around 18:00 hrs.

Breakfast, Snacks and Lamb BBQ Lunch included.

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