Tyndall Kayak Expedition

PRISTINE BEAUTY: THE TYNDALL KAYAK EXPEDITION! (4D-3N)

Torres del Paine & Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks

4 days and 3 nights

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure in the pristine beauty of Chilean Patagonia? Look no further than the Tyndall Kayak Expedition! Paddle through the wilderness of Patagonia and experience the stunning rivers, icebergs, and remote glaciers. This is our longest kayak expedition and is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to have an unforgettable adventure. Join us on this amazing journey and experience the beauty of Patagonia up close and personal!

Day 1: Distance: 18 Miles / Paddling Time: 4–5 Hours

This amazing Patagonia Kayak Expedition starts in Puerto Natales. First, our private transportation will pick you up at your hotel/hostel in the morning. We will drive 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, a briefing is provided by our guides, an explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. The navigation on the lake will take approximately 1 hour, paddling among sizeable pieces of ice that have detached from Grey Glacier, so they are scattered throughout the lake with incredible shapes and colours.

During the entire navigation, there’s a stunning view of the magnificent Paine Massif; including Paine Grande, the Olguín Range, and Los Cuernos.

After paddling in Grey Lake, the descent of Grey River begins!
The river serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. There are many species of aquatic birds that inhabit the river.

The paddle continues next to the Paine Massif for 15 Miles, the length of Grey River, until it joins with the turquoise waters of Serrano River. Finally, after paddling for 4–5 hours, the day comes to an end at Serrano Village.

 

Day 2: Distance: 14 Miles / Paddling Time: 5–6 Hours

First, we’ll pick you up at your hotel on private transportation. The drive to Serrano River’s shore is about 1.5 hrs. Serrano River is the limit of Torres del Paine National Park. After loading the kayaks, our guide will give you a briefing about safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. Most importantly, details about the route, weather, and river conditions.

Along with our guide, we will run down the Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine massif till we get to the Serrano waterfall (1.5 hr.). Therefore, there’s a portage of the kayaks, and we will haul the boats for about 100 m. We’ll keep paddling down the river, to Serrano Glacier with breathtaking views of Tyndall Glacier and the Geike Range along the way.

This Patagonia kayak expedition is a very unique experience, mainly because this is a very remote area! Serrano River is surrounded by beautiful coigüe and cypress Native forests.

At this point, the real expedition starts! We will paddle upstream Tyndall River when we can and line whenever the current is too strong till we get to the beautiful Tyndall Lake. A unique experience because this is a remote and wild area that can only be reached this way!

We’ll spend the night on a wild campsite on the shores of Tyndall Lake.

Night at Tyndall campsite (Facilities: Portable toilet) / Snacks, Lunch and Dinner and drinks included.

 

Day 3: Distance: 25 Miles / Paddling time: 6–7 Hours

After a delicious breakfast with grounded coffee, we will paddle on Tyndall Lake and cross it. (5 km.) We’ll have the possibility to get closer to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, or to get out of the kayaks on a small bay and do a hike to see the glacier from another perspective.

On the way back, peacefully, we’ll go down the quiet waters of Tyndall River until we get back to Serrano River.

Serrano River is surrounded by beautiful coigüe and cypress forests that live on the river shores. Finally, after a couple of hours, we’ll get closer to Balmaceda Mount, on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord.

The amazing Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view. These are the same waters in which Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet into the Atlantic in 1558. From our campsite, we will discover the beautiful Serrano Glacier that hangs from the top of the Mountain.

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

 

Day 4: Distance: 2 Miles / Paddling time: 1–2 Hours

The day starts with a delicious breakfast with 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! In short, the first sun 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 exceptional 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 docks in Puerto Bories, where our private transportation will be waiting, around 18:00 hrs.

(Breakfast, Snacks and Lamb BBQ Lunch included).

* Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia. Therefore, if you choose to do this trip, consider that paddling under windy conditions may be a possibility.
* Sometimes the lagoon can be blocked with too many ice fragments, and as a result, it won’t be possible to paddle in the lagoon.

 

 

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