MULTI-SPORT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: KAYAK, HORSEBACK RIDING & TREK IN TORRES DEL PAINE (5D-4N)

Torres del Paine National Park

5 days and 4 nights

Trek, ride and kayak Torres del Paine’s highlights plus a few “just for you” additions. Hike one of the park’s quietest trails, horseback ride through the wilderness to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, kayak pristine rivers and lakes, and trek to the French Valley and the Towers lookout. Spend each night in our comfortable and secluded Riverside Camp at the end of each day of this unforgettable multi-sport adventure.

Trip Highlights

• Hike Secluded Torres del Paine Trails
• Unique Camping Experience at Our Riverside Camp!
• Ride Criollo Horses
• Trek the Iconic French Valley
• Kayak Between Icebergs
• See Grey Glacier and Grey Lake
• Hike to the Three Towers Lookout

 

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine

Early in the morning, your guide and a private transfer will pick you up in Puerto Natales and take you to Estancia Lazo, a cattle ranch founded over a century ago. The ranch still operates today, beneath striking views of the Paine Massif on the shores of Laguna Verde. From here, we’ll hike into Torres del Paine National Park along a generally flat trail through peaceful stretches of native beech and coigüe forests (8 miles-ca. 13 km).

This area is teeming with wildlife. As you walk, watch for condors and caranchos circling the skies; guanacos grazing on the hills; and woodpeckers, owls, and lesser-known species, such as the cachaña (Austral parakeet), peeking out from the leafy trees. We’ll reach Honda Lagoon and continue on to the Toro Lake lookout (559 m / 1,834 ft.), where 360-degree views of mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers await. Take a moment to identify the Grey, Serrano and Paine Rivers, Serrano Valley, Mount Balmaceda, and the Geike and Tyndall Glaciers before we make our descent to the Weber Bridge. A transfer will take us to our campsite along the shores of the Serrano River.

A freshly prepared welcome dinner awaits while we enjoy the precious views and fine company. Overnight in a private premium fully equipped tent for 2 people, shared facilities. Box lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 2: Torres del Paine

Breakfast. An adventure with a great variety of landscapes, riding through the characteristic pampas, mystical ñirre and lenga forests, the shores of the Serrano River, valleys and smooth sandbanks. A special ride with beautiful views of the Paine Massif and the imposing Donoso Mountain. Tuck in for a restful night in your private double deluxe tent after dinner.

Overnight in our Riverside Camp, in a private premium, fully equipped tent for 2 people, shared facilities. Full board included.

 

Day 3: Torres del Paine

Breakfast. Today’s destination, the French Valley, is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. To get there, we’ll take a short transfer to Pehoe Lake and cross it by catamaran. At the entrance to the French Valley–a glacial moraine–you’ll scramble over enormous boulders and catch the first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley. From this point, you’ll ascend for an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the “Plateau”). Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s-eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3,050 m / 10,006 ft.); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north “horns” of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza hills loom like turrets above the landscape.

Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. Our return hike is along the same track. We’ll take the catamaran back across Pehoe Lake, followed by a private transfer to the camp. Overnight in our Riverside Camp in a private premium, fully equipped tent for 2 people, shared facilities. Full board included.

 

Day 4: Torres del Paine

Breakfast. After an early breakfast, your transfer will drive you to Grey Lake to meet your kayaking guide. Here, with views of Paine Grande and Grey Glacier as our morning backdrop, you’ll be briefed on kayaking safety and paddling techniques. You’ll paddle Grey Lake for approximately 2 hours, weaving amongst the floating icebergs that have calved from the glacier and been whittled into natural ice sculptures by the wind and sun. While paddling, take time to look around you: the granite peaks of Paine Grande, Cordon Olguín and Los Cuernos interplay beautifully with the water’s multiple shades of turquoise. Leaving Grey Lake we’ll begin our descent of Grey River, which snakes through canyons bubbling with rapids and framed by steep rock faces. Accompanied by views of the imposing Paine Massif, we’ll paddle for 25 km (15.5 miles) down Grey River until it joins the Serrano River. After 4–5 hours of paddling, we’ll arrive back at our campsite ready to stretch our muscles and prepare for dinner and rest.

Overnight in riverside Camp in a private premium, fully equipped tent for 2 people, shared facilities. Full board included.

 

Day 5: Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales

Breakfast. Our last day begins with a transfer across the National Park to the starting point for the trek to the three Towers. Your hike begins with an hour’s ascent, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. Here we’ll stop to observe how the valley’s beauty unfolds with rich beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. Past this lookout point, we continue uphill, this time ascending a gigantic terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s endpoint) where we’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 meters (2,952 ft.) above sea level, we’ll rest, take photos and have lunch. Our descent follows the same path, and a private transfer will end our journey back to Puerto Natales. Box lunch included.

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