Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 67 Km / 44 miles of paddling
Operational season: October to March
Departures: every day on request
Highlights: Paddle between icebergs, rarely seen views of the Southern Ice Field, isolated camping and a journey through the Ultima Esperanza fjords
Day 1: Paddle down River Grey
Day 2: Navigate River Serrano, from Pueblo Serrano to Puerto Toro
Day 3: Visit Glacier Serrano and ferry to Puerto Natales
THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES:
- Sea kayak guide
- Transportation from Puerto Natales or from inside Torres del Paine National Park (this must be on the regular route), to the Grey River sector
- Bernardo O´Higgins National Park entrance fee
- Navigation ticket Puerto Toro – Puerto Natales
- Paddling equipment including drysuit
- Camping equipment
- All meals (except breakfast on Day 1)
- Transfer back to the Hostal/ Hotel
THIS ITINERARY DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
- Sleeping bag (Puerto Natales has many rental centres)
- Individual equipment (technical clothes, cleaning supplies, toiletries, camera, sunscreen, etc).
WHAT TO BRING:
- Base layers to wear under the drysuit
- Middle layer / polar to keep warm
- Isolation jacket to keep warm
- Waterproof out layer and trousers
- An extra set of clothes
- Synthetic underwear
- Warm socks
- Approach shoes / trainers
- Small torch
- Sleeping bag (-10°C/4°F)
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Sun glasses
- Lip balm
- Bottle for water
Note: Avoid cotton and jeans
DAY 1: Navigating Lago Grey
Navigating Lago Grey
We leave Puerto Natales in the morning by car and head to Lago Grey (Lake Grey) located in Torres del Paine National Park. There is the option to be picked up from the park, should you already be there.
On Grey beach we will instruct you on the safety precautions to have a secure and comfortable trip. We begin the excursion from Lago Grey, where it´s possible to paddle alongside stunning icebergs blown there by the wind after separating from the glacier. We will have the stunning Macizo Paine and the western mountain range as our landscape, as well as the famous Cuernos del Paine.
After navigating the lake, enjoying the wonderous scenery and mastering your kayak, we will go down River Grey. From now on it will be an adventure! Passing through rapids and canyons from start until finish, followed by numerous turns overlooking Sierra del Toro. We will have a break close to Grey Bridge, where we will enjoy a great lunch. Then, we will continue paddling until we find the confluence with River Serrano, the place where the grey waters full of sediment merge with the clear waters coming from Lago del Toro.
The day ends at Pueblito Serrano after 3-4hrs kayaking. Here we will have dinner and sleep at Serrano campsite.
Important: Please bear in mind that throughout the trip the itinerary may have to be modified, owing to the famous Patagonian wind.
DAY 2: Navigating River Serrano
Navigating River Serrano
The adventure begins! We will paddle to Salto del Rio (a beautiful waterfall) where a short walk and portage (carrying the kayaks) will allow us to avoid the falls. We will follow the mighty river on our way to Glacier Serrano. The viewpoints from Glacier Tyndall and the Geike mountains signal that we are nearing the Southern Ice Field. Here we will have a break to replenish our energy and eat lunch with a spectacular view. After, we will slowly get closer to Monte Balmaceda until we meet with the waters of the Ultima Esperanza fjord. At these same waters, Juan Ladrilleros was intensely searching for an exit to the Atlantic sea (circa 1558). From this point we have a privileged view from Glacier Serrano.
We will camp at Puerto Toro for the night, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with the wild Patagonian nature beside us.
DAY 3: Visit Glacier Serrano and ferry to Puerto Natales
Visit Glacier Serrano and ferry to Puerto Natales
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will portage (carry) our kayaks about 30m to Serrano Lagoon, where the glacier ends. We will paddle alongside blue icebergs, which break off the huge glacier, and be back at midday to catch a ferry which will take us back to Puerto Natales through the Ultima Esperanza fjord. This journey has an amazing view of Glacier Balmaceda. We will stop at Estancia Perales to have a delicious and traditional flame roasted lamb. At 18.00hrs we will arrive to Puerto Natales.
Important: At times the lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice, if this is the case it won’t be possible to paddle across.