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Program: Tyndall Glacier & Blue Lake

  • Length: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Activity Level: Active

Highlights: Waterfalls, Balmaceda glacier, Blue Lake, Glacier Tyndall, Glacier Balmaceda, Glacier Serrano, Paine Massif, Estancia style lunch, Cormoranes, Sea Lions

This trip can be taken alone from Puerto Natales or as a unique way to return from a trip in Torres del Paine. You will enjoy remote and silent areas, spend time in the peaceful nature of Bernardo O´Higgins National park, and be amazed by glaciers. This trip is for experienced kayakers.


  • Day 1: Puerto Natales - Rio Tyndall
  • Day 2: Rio Tyndall - Glacier Tyndall
  • Day 3: Blue Lake
  • Day 4: Puerto Toro - Puerto Natales

Tyndall Glacier + Blue Lake

  • Length: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Activity Level: Active

This trip can be taken alone from Puerto Natales or as a unique way to return from a trip in Torres del Paine. You will enjoy remote and silent areas, spend time in the peaceful nature of Bernardo O´Higgins National park, and be amazed by glaciers. This trip is for experienced kayakers.

Day 1: Puerto Natales - Rio Tyndall
Your kayak guide will meet with you and your trekking guide in the morning. The kayak guide will take you to the kayaks and give you instruction to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. You and your guide will load the kayaks with the necessary equipment. Just after noon you will begin paddling towards the Serrano waterfall. Once you reach the fall you will need to take a short walk and portage the kayaks to avoid the waterfall. Later, you will leave Serrano River and paddle upstream along Tyndall River and finally you will reach a spectacular lake at the end of the river. If the wind permits, you will be able to paddle across the lake to a sandy beach. Here your guide will set up camp and prepare a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Rio Tyndall - Glacier Tyndall
You will wake up early and have a hearty breakfast so that you will be prepared to paddle toTyndall Glacier. Just before noon you should arrive at the wall of the glacier, which is more than 12,000 years old. After some time admiring the glacier and paddling through the icebergs you will return to Tyndall River. This time you will have the luxury to admire your surroundings as the current takes you back to Rio Serrano. Around 17.00 hrs your guide will find a place to set up camp and you will have the opportunity to rest before dinner. Your guide will prepare dinner for you again and you will sleep well after a long and exciting day.

Day 3: Blue Lake
Today will be another early morning. You will wake, have breakfast, and prepare yourself to paddle! You will begin by entering the Blue River, you will arrive there after noon and stop to have lunch on the River. Then you will continue, energized, and paddle upstream. In the afternoon you will finally arrive in the Blue Lake. After enjoying the unique views of the lake you will return to the mouth of Blue River to set up camp.

Day 4: Puerto Toro - Puerto Natales
In the morning we continue our trip towards Puerto Toro. When you finally reach Puerto Toro you will leave your kayak and walk 35 minutes to see Serrano Glacier at the foot of Mount Balmaceda in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Upon returning to your kayaks, you and your guide will load them onto a larger boat (21 de Mayo) that will take you to Puerto Natales. Before arriving you will stop at a typical chilean farmhouse for lunch. After lunch, you will continue on to Puerto Natales in a motorboat.

• Please bear in mind that from the beginning to the end of the kayak trip the itinerary may have to be modified owing, of course, to the famous Patagonian wind.

• A Torres del Paine pick-up is also offered as an extension to any of the trekking trips.

Below is a suggested packing list:

  • Upper body:
  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves
  • Lower body:
  • Quick dry hiking socks
  • Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
  • Shorts
  • Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes
  • Other necessary items:
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Dittmar Adventures gear:

  • Sea Kayaks
  • Necky Amaruk
  • Necky Elaho HV
  • Paddles
  • Werner, camano model
  • Werner, ocean model
  • Apparel
  • Semy dry jacket
  • Wet suit 3mm
  • Dry suit
  • Four Season Tents
  • MSR Asgard, 3-man tent
  • MSR Fury, 2-man tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Thermarest Prolite 4
  • Thermarest Prolite plus
  • Base Camp Tents
  • Mountain Hardwear Space Station
  • MSR Board Room
  • Cooking gear
  • MSR Whisperlite international
  • MSR Base pot set
  • GSI Tableware

How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.

Upon arrival to Patagonia
Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival. Typically he/she will take you to Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will leave you at your hotel and meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).

Patagonian weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally and are correct.

What to pack
During the trek you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during W trips, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by our staff.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day.

Tour insurance
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.

Tour meals
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.  Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.

Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Canceling your adventure
At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply to your deposit (all dates are from departure date):

Regular Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -$100 USD
89 to 60 days prior to departure - $200 USD
59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of deposit USD
29 days or less prior to departure - 100% of deposit USD
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -15% of deposit
89 to 60 days prior to departure -50% of deposit USD
59 days or less prior to departure -100% of deposit USD

Please Note: No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Program Costs are quoted as a package and refunds are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.)

  • How to reserve an adventure
  • 1st - Fill out the client information form and read the terms and conditions on the booking form
  • 2nd - Make the deposit payment (40% of total trip cost)
  • 3rd - Upon arrival pay the balance (60%)

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