Perito Moreno, W Circuit, kayaking and return to Calafate trip

Combine the highlights of Calafate & Torres del Paine with all excursions and transport organised for you. Travel seamessly from ice hiking on Perito Moreno, to taking on the classic W Trek and kayaking among the icebergs of Lago Grey and along the meandering Serrano river.

11 Days

Perito Moreno, W Circuit, kayaking and return to Calafate trip - 11

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Perito Moreno glacier boat trip
  • Ice trekking over Perito Moreno
  • Hike the Ascencio Valley 
  • Trek along Lake Nordenskjold
  • Hike the French Valley
  • Boat trip around Lake Grey
  • Kayak down the Serrano River
  • Paddle amongst the icebergs of Serrano Glacier 

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Perito Moreno, W Circuit, kayaking and return to Calafate trip

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Our guide will meet you at the El Calafate airport. Transfer to your Hotel. Welcome dinner and night at Hostal El Glaciar. 


Day 2:

Transfer to Perito Moreno. Embark at the pier located at 'Bajo de las Sombras' port, about 6km from the balconies in front of the glacier. On the boat trip you'll sail for about 10 minutes across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier's front walls. After checking the gear, we get ready, pick up the crampons and walk following the lateral moraine, for an hour and a half, until we reach the access point to the glacier.

After fitting harnesses and crampons on our footwear we start the ice trekking. There is a breathtaking view of the immense plateau of ice. During the walk you will be introduced to a number of features within the ice, huge moulins, crevasses, caves, and above all the special feeling of exploring the middle of the ice. Expert bilingual mountain guides will always lead you, looking after your safety and teaching you the 'ways of the ice'. You will hike for about 3 hours and a half, and spend some time having lunch somewhere on the ice. Back on the moraine we start our descent back to the port, to take the boat and navigate for 20 minutes, very close to the southern wall. Return to El Calafate, dinner and night.


Day 3:

Private transfer to Torres del Paine. This is 6 hour journey across the Patagonian pampa. Lunch will be served in Cerro Castillo (Chile-Argentina border) at a restaurant called "El Ovejero". Lodging in Torres del Paine at refugio Torres, dinner and meeting to discuss trip programme.


Day 4:

We will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past refugio Chileno where we will be spending our 1st night. After a quick stop here we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it's a 1 hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous. (6 hours round trip, 16km ). Lodging & dinner refugio Chileno.


Day 5:

Today we will trek along Lake Nordenskjold (named after the Swedish geologist who's studies formed an important contribution to world glacial geology) and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, where we will reach the base of Los Cuernos (5 hours, 11 km). Lodging and dinner at refugio Los Cuernos.


Day 6:

Trek to the French Valley. This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see & hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheatre of granite walls and spires. There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become! On the return journey you will notice the extraordinary turquoise colour of Lake Pehoe (hidden lake in the Tehuelche Indian language). The trekking is 6-8 hrs depending on how far into the valley you go with a total of 24km. Lodging and dinner at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos in the beautiful evening light.


Day 7:

Trek along enchanting Lake Grey (3-4 hours, 11km) with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. Visit to the glacier lookout point and to the lakeshore for up close views of vibrant-blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for "blue"). At lunchtime we will sail on the Grey II boat, 2 hours sailing on this magical lake surrounded by ice bergs where the boat does a circuit right up to the front of the glacier whilst you stand on deck sipping your pisco sour served with glacial ice! Transfer from Hosteria Grey to Hosteria Tyndall, lodging and dinner.


Day 8:

Your kayaking trip will begin at the Serrano river sector (located at the southern border of Torres del Paine National Park), here we will prepare and distribute the kayaks and begin with the safety and paddling instructions. Our guides will help to recommend the appropriate equipment you will need to take during the trip and the rest of your luggage will be taken directly to Puerto Natales by a private transfer and will be stored in our office. During the day we will paddle for approximately 2 hours across the first section of the Serrano river, this is a calm zone and gives us the opportunity to see and assess the level and comfort of kayakers during paddling. The first team activity will take place on arrival at a small waterfall in the river and we will carry the kayaks roughly 100metres. Depending on weather conditions and the number of daylight hours remaining we will continue for either 1 or 2 hours before arriving at the camp and preparing dinner.


Day 9:

We will continue paddling towards Mount Balmaceda and Glacier Serrano, where we will be able to see from a distance the glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Finally we'll arrive at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O'Higgins National Park), our camp base here is near the Serrano glacier and this is where we'll have dinner and spend the night


Day 10:

With an early start; depending on the weather conditions, we will carry the kayaks 100m to the lagoon of the Serrano glacier so that we can paddle in & amongst the ice-bergs until 11:00am. Return to Puerto Natales by boat through the Last Hope Sound. Arrival time: 5pm. Lodging at Kau Lodge and a farewell dinner.


Day 11:

Breakfast, transfer to the bus station. Bus to El Calafate.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of $3,810 USD per person based on a private group of 2.

For larger groups, and ability to join some or all of this in a group please contact us.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.

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