Paine Hike & Kayak Adventure

Combine the popular 5 day W trek with the more off the beaten track 2 day kayak down the Serrano River deep into the Chilean fjords. Accommodation is a mix of refugios and wild camping, food is wholesome and your guides will bring the nature, wildlife and geology to life whilst keeping you safe on the trails and water. For an optional extra, add on the Glacier Grey Ice hike! Combine the popular 5 day W trek with the more off the beaten track 2 day kayak down the Serrano River deep into the Chilean fjords. Accommodation is a mix of refugios and wild camping, food is wholesome and your guides will bring the nature, wildlife and geology to life whilst keeping you safe on the trails and water. For an optional extra, add on the Glacier Grey Ice hike!

7 Days

$3,270

Paine Hike & Kayak Adventure - 7 - $3,270

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend a week getting to know the peaks, forests, fjords, lagoons and glaciers of Torres del Paine, hiking and kayaking your way through the region
  • Complete treks to Las Torres and Los Cuernos lookout points, witness the hanging glacier at Pehoe Lake, and hike to the Grey Glacier
  • Add an optional ice hike or kayak to experience Glacier Grey from another perspective
  • View the Paine Grande by boat cruising through the icebergs and reach a stunning view of the Serrano Glacier kayaking through the Serrano River 
  • Enjoy a farewell Patagonian asado (BBQ) at a traditional ranch as you travel back to Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Paine Hike & Kayak Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Roundtrip Hike to Las Torres Lookout Point

Starting from Puerto Natales at 07:00, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the nandu (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. 

Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. Leaving our backpacks at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley.

The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), again great for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. 

After being awed by the towers we'll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.

Transfer: 2 hour private transfer

Length of hike: 8-10 hours, 18 km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Torres Central or supported camping (tent set up with sleeping bag and mat provided)


Day 2: One Way Hike to Los Cuernos Lookout Point

We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 M) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.

Length of hike: 6 hours, 12.5 km 

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Los Cuernos or supported camping (tent set up with sleeping bag and mat provided)


Day 3: One Way Hike to Pehoe Lake, via The French Valley

We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M).

Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.

Length of hike: 8-9 hours, 18 km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Paine Grande or supported camping (tent set up with sleeping bag and mat provided)


Day 4:  One Way Hike to Glacier Grey – Optional Ice Hike or Kayak

We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200m up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. 

We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. At this stage optional ice hikes or kayaks can be enjoyed – extraordinary ways to see the glacier. These must be booked in advance, please let us know if you'd like to do this.

Length of hike: 4 hours, 11 km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Grey or supported camping (tent set up with sleeping bag and mat provided)


Day 5: Navigation in front of Glacier – Transfer to Serrano 

Spend the morning in a leisurely fashion. Hike above the Glacier, down to the lake, or simply relax on the refugio terrace. 

Straight after lunch we set out on an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue.

Upon return, we will take our transfer to the riverside camp in the Serrano section of the park.

Transfer: 2 hours by boat on Lake Grey

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Riverside Camp


Day 6: Kayak to Serrano Glacier

You'll meet your kayaking guide after breakfast, load the kayaks and make the 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.

Begin the journey through the Serrano River, paddling for about 1.5 hours until you reach the Serrano waterfall. You'll carry the kayaks here to avoid the water then jump back in and continue paddling, witnessing amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range.

Keep on, surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that grow on the river shores. Getting closer to the Mount Balmaceda, you'll join the waters of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From this point you will experience the stunning view of the Serrano Glacier.

Paddling distance: 26 miles; Paddling time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Balmaceda campsite (Facilities: Toilets)


Day 7: Serrano Lagoon – Transfer back to Punta Arenas

You will initially portage the kayaks for 50 meters from camp to Serrano Lagoon, where you will paddle among many icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier. The first rays of light will give you unique views of this beautiful place and the glacial scenery, as you explore protected from the strong winds.

Back at camp, you will pack all the gear and board the '21 de Mayo' boat to head back to Puerto Natales. Along the way, there will be a stop at Perales Ranch, where you'll enjoy a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ.

Not long afterwards you will reach Puerto Bories, where private transportation will be waiting. You'll return to the hotel in Puerto Natales at around 18:30 (hotel not included in the price).

Paddling distance: 2 miles; Paddling time: 1-2 hours

Meals: Breakfast, 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.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices (2019/2020 season) vary depending on group size:

For 2 people the price is USD $3,570 per person

For 3 people the price is USD $3,370 per person

For 4-8 people the price is USD $3,270 per person

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

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 6 nights across refugios/camps in Torres del Paine (comfortable rooms or tents (provided))
  • Sleeping bags and liners (when possible with sheets, blanket and pillow)
  • Torres del Paine entrance fee
  • Certified local guides (English and Spanish speaking)
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Accident insurance for each participant
  • Boat trip on Lago Grey
  • Camping equipment
  • Double kayaks
  • Kayak equipment
  • Safety equipment

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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