Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers

A very cool way of getting from the heart of Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales by kayak via important river systems: Paddle amongst ice floes calved off Glacier Grey, travel 15 miles alongside the Paine Massif, then down rapids and past glaciers to the icebergs on Serrano Lagoon. This 3-day kayak trip, with excellent guides, is a great add-on to any trip to Paine. A very cool way of getting from the heart of Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales by kayak via important river systems: Paddle amongst ice floes calved off Glacier Grey, travel 15 miles alongside the Paine Massif, then down rapids and past glaciers to the icebergs on Serrano Lagoon. This 3-day kayak trip, with excellent guides, is a great add-on to any trip to Paine.
3 Days
$1,300

Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers - 3 - $1,300

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Lake Grey and River; Serrano River camp

Day 2: Serrano River, waterfall and Glacier; Balmaceda camp

Day 3: Serrano Lagoon & Glacier; Lamb BBQ; Boat to Puerto Natales

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Lake Grey and River; Serrano River camp

Private transportation will be provided from your hotel to the shores of Lake Grey, located in Torres del Paine National Park (2hrs approximately). While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Glacier Grey, the guide will give a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. You will navigate the lake for approximately 1.5hrs, all the while paddling through floes of ice that have descended from Glacier Grey. These icebergs are scattered throughout the lake and are sculpted into incredible shapes by the wind and sun, before being pushed to the shores of the lake.

After paddling in Lake Grey, you will begin the descent of Grey River. The river serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. You will continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 15 miles, the length of River Grey, until it joins with the clear water of the Serrano River. After paddling for 3-4hrs, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano River camp, where you'll take-out and enjoy the magnificent views of Paine and the atmosphere at this comfortable campsite. 

Paddling distance: 30km, 18 miles; Paddling time: 4-5hrs

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano River camp (Facilities: toilets, hot showers, electricity)

Note: If the wind is too strong, it will not be possible to enter to the Iceberg Zone. If this is the case, we will only paddle the river which is more sheltered from wind.


Day 2:  Serrano River, waterfall and Glacier; Balmaceda camp

After a hearty breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, you'll help load the kayaks and make the last preparations for the day, and take some time to admire the amazing views of the incredible mountain view. You'll start paddling the Serrano River, downstream, until reaching the Serrano waterfall after approximately 1.5hrs. The route down is gentle, with the star of the show undoubtedly the unbeatable views of the Torres del Paine mountains. 

At the falls you'll haul the kayaks for about 100m, and put-in once more to continue paddling down stream. You'll eventually be afforded amazing views of the Tyndall Glacier, Geike Range and probably several ice-bergs in the water. Keep going downstream, surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that grow on the river shores, as you kayak into the lesser traveled reaches of the Bernardo O'Higgins national park.

Getting closer to Mount Balmaceda, you'll join the waters of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From this point you will discover the beautiful view of the Serrano Glacier as you kayak as close as is safely advisable, in and out of it's floating ice-bergs which have recently calved from it's impressive face. Pull out at the Balmaceda camp and soak up the wild atmosphere of the magical spot as you and your guide prepare a great dinner together. 

We use the finest local ingredients to prepare a first class camp dinner, washed down with a few pisco sours (with glacial ice-cubes) and plenty of Chilean wine. 

Paddling distance: 22km, 14 miles; Paddling time: 6-7hrs

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Balmaceda camp (Facilities: Toilets)


Day 3: Serrano Lagoon and Glacier; lamb BBQ; boat to Puerto Natales

Breakfast this morning with freshly ground coffee and great food, and jump into the kayaks early as you paddle to the Serrano Glacier, once more, for the best morning rays. Witness the face of the glacier illuminated by the first light of the day - the best time to visit the ice! You'll have until around 11am to paddle the area, which is specially protected from strong winds during this time of day. Paddle back to camp and here you'll pack the gear and take a small motor boat towards Puerto Natales. 

Along the way, there will be a stop at a Patagonian Ranch, where you'll enjoy a traditional lamb BBQ with other travellers who are visiting the area for the day. After lunch, you will get to Puerto Bories, where private transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Puerto Natales, arriving in the early evening to celebrate a magnificent 2 days on the water. 

Paddling distance: 3km, 2 miles; Paddling time: 2-3hrs 

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ lunch

Note: Sometimes the lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice. If this is the case, it won't be possible to paddle in the lake and an alternative kayaking route will be proposed.

Kayaking in Patagonia

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price of USD $1,300 per person is based on 2 people sharing. Please get in touch for more information. 

Additional Notes

Experience – Previous kayak/canoe experience is required and an ability to swim.

Rapids – You'll kayak some rapids in semi-protected waterways at level 3, with access to shore.

Fitness – Physically you must be very fit; be willing to kayak in adverse conditions; line your kayak upstream; and be able to help haul your kayak in/out of the water where necessary.

Wind – Windy conditions are normal in Patagonia. If you choose to undertake this trip you need to understand that paddling with strong wind may be a possibility.

Includes

  • Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales
  • Accident insurance for each participant
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-class camping equipment: MSR tents, synthetic sleep bags, Thermarest mats and fluffy pillows
  • Certified kayak guide(s)
  • Double kayaks (HTP, laminated kayaks)
  • All kayak equipment: dry and polar suits, paddling jacket with hood, mambas/gloves, neoprene shoes (4mm), socks (2mm) and hat, spray-skirt, dry-bags
  • Safety equipment: helmets, life-jackets, satellite phone
  • Entrance fee to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • BBQ at Perales Ranch

Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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