Day 1: Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales (local hostel), dinner and meeting to discuss trip program.
Day 2: Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. We will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past refugio Chileno where we will be spending our 1st night. After a quick stop here we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it’s a 1 hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous (6 hours round trip, 16 KM). Lodging and dinner Refugio Chileno.
Day 3: Today we will trek along Lake Nordenskjold (named after the Swedish geologist who’s studies formed an important contribution to world glacial geology) and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, where we will reach the base of Los Cuernos (5 hours, 11 km). Lodging and dinner at refugio Los Cuernos.
Day 4: Trek to the French Valley. This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see and hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become! On the return journey you will notice the extraordinary turquoise color of Lake Pehoe (hidden lake in the Tehuelche Indian language). The trekking is 6-8 hrs depending on how far into the valley you go with a total of 24 km. Lodging and dinner at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos in the beautiful evening light.
Day 5: Trek along enchanting Lake Grey (3-4 hours, 11 KM ) with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. Visit to the glacier lookout point and to the lakeshore for up close views of vibrant-blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for "blue"). At lunchtime we will navigate in the Grey II boat, 2 hours navigation in this magic lake surrounded by ice bergs where the boat does a circuit right up to the front of the glacier whilst you stand on deck sipping your pisco sour served with glacial ice! Transfer from Hosteria Grey to Hosteria Tyndall, lodging and dinner.
Day 6: Your trip will begin at the Serrrano river sector (located at the southern border of Torres del Paine National Park), here we will prepare and distribute the kayaks and begin with the safety and paddling instructions. Our guides will help to recommend the appropriate equipment you will need to take during the trip and the rest of your luggage will be taken directly to Puerto Natales by a private transfer and will be stored in our office. During this day we will paddle for approximately 2 hours across the first section of the Serrano river, this is a calm zone and gives us the opportunity to see and assess the level and comfort of kayakers during paddling. The first team activity will take place on arrival at a small waterfall in the river and we will carry the kayaks roughly 100metres. Depending on weather conditions and the number of daylight hours remaining we will continue for either 1 or 2 hours before arriving at the camp and preparing dinner.
Day 7: We will continue paddling towards Mount Balmaceda and Glacier Serrano, where we will be able to see from a distance the glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Finally we´ll arrive at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O´higgins National Park), our camp base here is near the Serrano glacier and this is where we´ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 8: With an early start; depending on the weather conditions, we will carry the kayaks 100m to the lagoon of the Serrano glacier so that we can paddle in and amongst the ice-bergs until 11:00am. Return to Puerto Natales by boat through the Last Hope Sound. Arrival time: 5 p.m. Lodging (local hostel) and farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Transfer to Punta Arenas airport, with a stop at the Seno Otway penguin reserve. End of trip.
Note: The price is based on a private trip with 2 people. The more people that join the group, the cheaper the prices become.
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