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The Fjord Trail

A stunning horseback expedition following a route from Torres del Paine to Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, via lakes, wetlands and forests. Get up close to Glacier Serrano before finishing with scenic boat trip through the Last Hope Sound to Puerto Natales. This fantastic horse ride is suitable for any level of experience and is a great add-on to any Paine adventure.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days

From

$1,295

Location

Torres del Paine

The Fjord Trail - 3 - $1,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Ride to Lake Brush; Lake Brush Campsite 

Day 2: Ride to Glacier Serrano; Hosteria Balmaceda 

Day 3: Boat trip on Last Hope Sound ; Puerto Natales

This itinerary can be operated in reverse, from Puerto Natales to Serrano Camp

Landmarks visited on The Fjord Trail

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ride to Lake Brush; Lake Brush Campsite 

We meet at noon at the Torres del Paine National Park Administration entrance at Río Serrano; from here we'll take a private transfer, crossing the Serrano River and arriving at Aniceto Astorga's farmhouse. There we'll choose our horses to begin a ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine National Park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Icefield. We'll spend the night here after setting up camp on the shores of Lake Brush.

Length of transfer: 10mins

Length of ride: 4hrs, walking and trotting

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lake Brush Campsite


Day 2: Ride to Glacier Serrano; Hosteria Balmaceda

After a hearty breakfast, we'll take to the saddle once more and continue to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. This largely unknown region is much less explored than neighbouring Paine but is just as magical.

Today's remote trail takes us through humid forests, across rivers and creeks, all with an incredible backdrop of the snowy peaks of the Andes. We'll follow the Serrano River downstream until it empties into the Last Hope Sound and finalise the horse-riding part of our adventure. We'll spend the night in complete remoteness at the cosy Hosteria Balmaceda with an amazing view of Glacier Serrano. Enjoy tonight's wild location with your friendly hosts as tomorrow will see you back in the hustle and bustle of Puerto Natales.

Please note: Hosteria Balmaceda will not be operating during the 2021/22 season, so fully supported camping will be provided as an alternative.

Length of ride: 5hrs, walking

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hosteria Balmaceda


Day 3: Boat trip on Last Hope Sound; Puerto Natales

We'll begin the day by crossing the river into the Last Hope Sound by zodiac boat, letting the wind blow through our hair. Once arrived near the imposing Glacier Serrano at the foot of Mt Balmaceda (2,148m) we'll disembark and take a gently undulating trail up to the face of this beautiful glacier. Take time here to absorb the magnificent sight of one of the rapidly retreating bodies of ice from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Afterwards, we'll take a larger boat, the cutter, '21 de Mayo' navigating via glaciers and canals to our lunch stop at a small ranch and finally on our way down to Puerto Natales, arriving around 6pm.

Length of excursion: 45mins walk, 3hrs by boat

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of The Fjord Trail

The Fjord Trail trips scored 5/5 from 1 reviews

The 2 day kayak adventure was a great experience. Great guides, great camp, unbelievable experience having private glacier access and the opportunity to tour the Serrano Glacier lake and icebergs.

Travelled: December 2021

Kyle Darnell - USA

Review:

The Fjord Trail

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022/23 season are:

4-8 people: USD $1,295 per person

3 people: USD $1,395 per person

2 people: USD $1,595 per person

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Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability.

Additional Notes

Group size – 8 maximum, 2 minimum.

Single supplement – A single supplement is available at a cost of USD $200.

Itinerary note - The reverse itinerary, from Puerto Natales to Serrano camp involves 1 night camping at Lake Brush and arriving at Serrano camp mid-afternoon on Day 2.


This trip can be done in reverse as a great add-on package to any Torres del Paine adventure and can be modified to run into the park if required - ask us for more details.


Includes

  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 1 night camping (North Face VE 25 tents, double occupancy basis), 1 night in hosteria (inn) in twin standard rooms
  • All private transport indicated in the itinerary
  • All horses, saddles and packhorses
  • Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, dry bags
  • Non-waterproof saddle-bags for small personal items and change of clothes
  • Entrance fee to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Baqueano (local cowboy)
  • Navigation from Mt Balmaceda to Puerto Natales

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Accommodation on any additional nights
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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