The Ice Route

For experienced paddlers, a 4-day kayaking trip in the more unusual parts of the Torres del Paine National Park. You'll paddle right up to two of the parks glaciers and to a big rapid/waterfall. Camping each night and an authentic lamb BBQ on your way home!

4 Days

$1,600

The Ice Route - 4 - $1,600

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from hotel, paddle on Lago Grey and descend the Grey River, views of Paine massif.
  • Paddle towards the Serrano waterfall
  • Kayak up to the Tyndall Glacier, then paddle the last section of the Serrano river close to the Serrano Glacier.
  • Paddle in the Serrano iceberg lagoon, enjoy an authentic lamb BBQ at a ranch.

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on The Ice Route

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Grey Lake and Grey River

Distance: 30Km/18 Mi    Paddling Time: 4 - 5 Hours

Private transportation will be provided from your hotel/hostel to the shores of Grey Lake, located in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will take you 67 Miles north from Puerto Natales to the southern access to the park.

While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Grey Glacier, our guide will give a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. You will navigate the South area of the lake for approximately 1.5 hours, paddling among big pieces of ice that have broken from Grey Glacier. 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. During the entire navigation, we will have an amazing view of the magnificent Paine Massif. These mountains, together with the multiple tones of grey water, make for a perfect contrast with the enormous walls of granite and sedimentary rock. After paddling in Grey Lake, we will begin the descent of Grey River. The river winds through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining.

We will continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 15 Miles, the length of Grey River, until it joins with the turquoise water of the Serrano River. After paddling for 4 hours, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano Village.

Meals: lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Rio Serrano Campsite (Facilities: hot shower & toilets)


Day 2: Serrano River

Distance: 22Km/ 14Mi     Paddling time: 5 – 6 Hours

We'll start the day with a delicious breakfast. After loading the kayaks with all the gear, our guides will give you a brief talk about safety and instructions for the Serrano River, details about the route, weather and river conditions.

We’ll start paddling Serrano River till Serrano waterfall (1.5 hrs). Here, we will carry the Kayaks for about 100 m to avoid it. We’ll keep paddling down the Serrano river, until we reach the mouth of Tyndall river which we’ll paddle upstream (4 Km.) until we find our campsite. The day ends with an incredible view of Geike Range and Tyndall Glacier which are part of the Patagonian Ice Fields.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tyndall Campsite (No Facilities: wild camp)


Day 3: Tyndall Lake

Distance: 40Km/25Mi    Paddling time: 6 – 7 Hours

In the morning we will paddle on Tyndall Lake and cross it. (5 km.) We’ll have the possibility to get closer to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, or to get out of the kayaks on a small bay, to see the Glacier from another perspective. On the way back we’ll go down Tyndall River, and we’ll keep navigating the Serrano River. This is a very unique experience because it is a remote and wild area.

We will paddle surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that grow the river shores. After a couple of hours, we’ll get closer to Balmaceda Mount, on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord. The amazing Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view. These are the same waters in which Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From our Campsite we will discover the beautiful Serrano Glacier that hangs from the top of the Mountain.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Puerto Toro Campsite (Facilities: toilets)


Day 4: Serrano Lagoon

Distance: 3Km/2Mi    Paddling time: 1 - 2 Hours

We will portage the kayaks for 50 meters from camp to Serrano Lagoon. We will paddle on it among many Icebergs in front of the Magnificent Serrano Glacier. The first rays of light will give us unique views of this beautiful place. We’ll have until 11:00 am to paddle and to enjoy this ice scenery which is specially sheltered. Back to our camp, we will pack all the gear and get back to “21 de Mayo” boat, to go back to Puerto Natales. Along the way, we will make a stop at Perales Ranch, where we’ll be delighted with a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. After the lunch, we will get to Puerto Bories, where our private transportation will be waiting. We will take you back to your Hotel around 18:00 hours.

Meals: breakfast, BBQ lunch

* Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia, if you choose to do this trip, you have to consider that paddling with wind may be a possibility.

* 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 Lagoon.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
February 2020
10-Feb-2020 $1,600* Guaranteed Date
March 2020
5-Mar-2020 $1,600 Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,600

Includes

  • Medical insurance
  • All transport mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Double and single kayak
  • All paddling equipment (wetsuits, neoprene gloves & boots, paddling jackets, life jackets, skirts)
  • Dry bags
  • Tents
  • Cooking equipments
  • Food
  • Navigation Puerto Toro > Puerto Natales
  • Entrance Bernardo O'higgins National Park
  • BBQ at Perales ranch

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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