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Kayak Paine's Grey & Serrano Rivers: 3 Days

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.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days

From

$1,400

Location

Torres del Paine

Kayak Paine's Grey & Serrano Rivers: 3 Days - 3 - $1,400

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 Paine's Grey & Serrano Rivers: 3 Days

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. Our guide will give you a briefing about safety and instructions for paddling efficiently and details about the route, weather and river conditions.

We’ll run down the Serrano River with amazing views of Paine massif till we get to the Serrano waterfall (1.5hrs). Here, there’s a portage of about 100m. We’ll keep paddling down river, on our journey to Serrano Glacier. There are amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and the Geike range along the way.

The remote area makes this a unique experience. The river is surrounded by beautiful native coigue and cypress forests.

After a couple of hours, Balmaceda Mountain will apear on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Finally, the amazing Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view.

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

Paddling distance: 42km, 16 miles; Paddling time: 6-7hrs

Meals: Breakfast, snacks, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Balmaceda camp (Facilities: Toilets)


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

The day starts with a delicious breakfast including freshly ground coffee. After gearing up, we’ll get ready to portage of the kayaks for 50m from the camp to Serrano Lagoon. Paddling among icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier is an unforgettable experience and the first rays of the sun will give us unique views of this beautiful place. This icy scenery is especially sheltered. A small stop at a secret lookout will give us a different perspective on the awesome views of the glacier.

Back at camp, after packing all the gear, our group will get on the '21 de Mayo' catamaran, to return to Puerto Natales. There is a stop at Perales Ranch, where we’ll be treated to a traditional Magellan lamb BBQ with other travellers who are visiting the area for the day.

Finally, the catamaran stops in Puerto Bories, where our private transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Puerto Natales, arriving in the early evening to celebrate a magnificent three days on the water.

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

Meals: Breakfast, snacks, 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

USD $1,400 per person, based on two people sharing.

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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 2, 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: The North Face 4-season tents, synthetic sleeping bags including a liner, Thermarest mats and fluffy pillows
  • Certified kayak guide(s)
  • Tandem kayaks (HTP, laminated kayaks)
  • All kayak equipment: drysuits, one-piece polar suits, mambas/gloves, neoprene shoes (4mm), socks (2mm) and hat, spray-skirt, dry-bags, compact waterproof bag for camera/smartphone case
  • Safety equipment: helmets, life-jackets, satellite messaging communication
  • 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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