Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers

This a more technical route, for fairly experienced kayakers. But this is definitely the coolest way of getting from the park to Puerto Natales; paddling among the ice floes calved off Glacier Grey, and travelling 15 miles alongside the Paine Massif, through rapids and past glaciers to the icebergs on the Serrano Lagoon.

3 Days

$1,150

Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers - 3 - $1,150

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Kayak on the Grey Lake while enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Glacier Grey
  • Kayak to the Serrano Waterfall and Serrano Glacier with amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range 
  • Paddle in the Serrano Iceberg Lagoon, the first rays of light will give you unique views of this beautiful place
  • Enjoy a traditional Magellan lamb BBQ

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Grey Lake

Distance: 18 Mi / Paddling time: 4 -5 Hours

Private transportation will be provided from your hotel to the shores of Grey Lake, located in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will carry you 67 miles north or Puerto Natales via the new road, which provides southern access to the park. 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 1.5 hours, 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 Grey Lake, 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 - 4 hours, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano Village, where you will be provided with a lunch box. 

Meals: Box-lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rio Serrano campsite (Facilities: toilets, hot showers, electricity)


Day 2: Serrano River

Distance: 26 Mi / Paddling time: 6 - 7 Hours

You will load the kayaks and make last preparations for the day. The guide will give you a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently, details about the route, weather and river conditions. You'll start paddling the Serrano River till the Serrano waterfall. Here, you will carry the kayaks for about 100 meters to avoid it. You'll keep paddling through the Serrano River, on your journey to Serrano Glacier. You'll paddle with amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range.

You'll paddle down the Serrano River, surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that thrive on the river shores. Getting closer to the Mount Balmaceda, till you join the waters of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in these same waters in which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet to the Atlantic (1558), from this point you will discover the beautiful view of the Serrano Glacier.

Meals: Box-lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Balmaceda campsite (Facilities: toilets) (Lunch, Snacks and Dinner included) 


Day 3: Back to Puerto Natales

Distance: 2 Mi / Paddling time: 1 -2 Hours You will portage the kayaks for 50 meters from camp to Serrano Lagoon. You will paddle on it among many icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier. The first rays of light will give you unique views of this beautiful place. You'll have until 11:00 am to paddle and to enjoy this ice scenery which is specially protected from strong winds. Back to your camp, you will pack all the gear and get back to 21 de Mayo boat, to go back to Puerto Natales.

Along the way, there will be a stop at Perales Ranch, where you'll enjoy a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. After the lunch, you will get to Puerto Bories, where the private transportation will be waiting. You will be back at your hotel around 18:30.

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,150 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales
  • Accident insurance for each participant
  • Certified local guides
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Camping equipment
  • Double kayaks
  • Kayak equipment
  • Safety equipment

Excludes

  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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