Torres del Paine Adventure

Combine your trek of Paine's W Circuit, with 3 days of kayaking up fjords and past glaciers. Ice hike on Grey Glacier.

9 Days

$2,995

Torres del Paine Adventure - 9 - $2,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Complete the W Trek with a guide
  • Kayak on Lago Grey
  • Ice Hike on Grey Glacier
  • 2 day kayaking expedition on the Rio Serrano
  • Farewell asado (Patagonian BBQ) at a ranch

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Torres del Paine Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. We will discuss the trip programme in more detail over dinner.

Accommodation: Kau Lodge, Puerto Natales

Meals: Dinner


Day 2:

Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey. Arrive at Torres del Paine. 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 first 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. (7 hours round trip, 17km).

Accommodation: Refugio Las Torres 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 3:

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, 11km).

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4:

Trek to the French Valley. This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. It's surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see & hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater 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). Finish the day with a pisco sour overlooking the mountains. The trekking is 6-8 hrs depending on how far into the valley you go with a total of 24 km.

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 5:

Trek along enchanting Lake Grey (3-4 hours, 11 KM ) 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"). We will continue to Refugio Grey to drop off our equipment before starting our kayaking trip! After a safety briefing, we will carry out kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lake's edge. We will paddle around icebergs that are floating on the lake and make our way towards the eastern side of Grey Glacier. If conditions permit, we will get as close as possible to the glacier to get a really good view. Afterwards, we will paddle back to the start point and enjoy the comfort of Refugio Grey.

Accommodation: Refugio Grey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 6:

Ice hike! After breakfast, the guides will give a briefing, explain the route and help fit your crampons. Then, we board a Zodiac boat for 15 minute journey and head towards Grey Glacier. We will disembark at the island glacier (nunatak) and walk for about an hour before we reach the ice. The guide will then demonstrate the correct use of the equipment and when everyone is happy we will begin our exploration of Grey Glacier which will last about 3 hours. During this time we will observe crevasses, lagoons, and tunnels of sparkling blue. We will then ride back to Grey Refugio. 

After lunch, we will join the boat trip across Lago Grey, via the glacier, towards the southern dock. We will meet our transfer and head to the Rio Serrano village.

Accommodation: Tyndall Cabins 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 7:

At the head of the Serrano River, we will prepare and distribute the kayaks. In the meantime, the rest of your luggage will be privately transported to Puerto Natales and safely secured in the office. We will start the paddle down a calm section of the Rio Serrano to gauge everyone's ability and confidence. The first team activity will take place at the Serrano waterfall, and we will have to carry the kayaks for about 100 meters. After that, we will continue winding our way down the river, admiring the typical cold forest vegetation and quiet riverbanks. From a distance, we will also have a good view of the Southern Ice Cap. At the end of the day, we will paddle along the 'Ultimo Esperanza' fjord which provides a bit of an adrenaline rush from the choppy waters. Finally we arrive at Puerto Toro (Bernado O'Higgins National Park), where we camp in the middle of the forest with a beautiful view of the Serrano glacier.

Accommodation: Puerto Toro Campsite 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 8:

Depending on the weather conditions, we will make an early start, and carry the kayaks 100 meters to the lagoon of the Serrano Glacier so that we can enjoy a short paddle around the icebergs. Once we've packed away camp, we'll meet our boat at 13:00 which will carry us the rest of the way down the fjord. On the way, we'll make a stop at a local ranch to enjoy a farewell 'asado' (Patagonian BBQ) before departing at Puerto Natales. Approximate finish time 17:00.

Accommodation: Kau Lodge, Puerto Natales 

Meals: Breakfast, Patagonian BBQ, Dinner 


Day 9:

Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of trip.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $2,995 per person, based on a group of 3-5 people. For 2 people the price is $3,485 per person, for 6-9 people it is $2,490 per person and for groups of 10 or more it is $2,260 per person.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,995 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.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.

Includes

  • Accommodation and meals as detailed in itinerary 
  • Private guide
  • Private transportation
  • Park entrance fees

Excludes

  • Long-haul & domestic flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance

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