Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales at Kau Lodge, dinner and meeting to discuss trip program. (D)
08:00 AM we board the "Orca" catamaran at the Puerto Natales pier. The catamaran will navigate along the Señoret Canal on a NW course towards Mount Balmaceda. Our first point of interest will be the Heritage Building (usually referred to in Spanish as “Monumento Histórico Nacional”) known as Frigorífico Bories, a slaughterhouse and reefer store set up in 1913 by the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego farming company. While heading further into the Señoret canal we will come up to the Guanaco island where frequent sightings of the small and wonderful Magellan Dolphins (better known as TONINAS) can be expected. Our trip will continue towards Mount Balmaceda (2,035 metres high) where we will first come across the glacier of the same name and then we will land at Puerto Toro and then undertake a stroll towards the Serrano glacier. It should take us about an hour to complete the round trip. We will walk along the shores of a lake known as Laguna Témpanos (Iceberg Pond). (B- L-D)
Upon return from our stroll we will meet the expert pilot officer in charge of our semi-rigid inflatable boats and listen to his security briefing and background information on the route we will follow thereafter. We will start the river trip stage by going upstream the Serrano River along some 40 km linking the fjord with Torres del Paine. The river gets its water intakes from the on-going icepack melting process of the Grey, Tyndall, Heike and Balmaceda glaciers. Once we are back on board of the boat(s) we will continue our navigation track towards our end destination in the Serrano area of Puerto Chaitén. Here we will treat ourselves to the customary delicious farewell roast lunch served at the “Colonos” grill located a few metres away from the arrival point.
Transfer to Las Torres area, dinner and night at refugio Torres. (B-L-D)
After breakfast, 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, 16 KM ). Lodging & dinner refugio Chileno. (B-L-D)
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. (B-L-D)
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 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). The trekking is 6-8 hrs depending on how far into the valley you go with a total of 24 km. 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. (B-L-D)
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"). During the afternoon, three hours kayak between the icebergs located in front of the glacier Grey. Dinner and night at refugio Grey. (B-L-D)
We begin the 30 minutes navigation by zodiac to Glacier Grey. There, our guides will give an introductory course regarding the basics of trekking on ice, as well as how to use technical equipment, before beginning our blue adventure on Glacier Grey. An optional introductory course to ice climbing will be offered. At lunchtime we will navigate in the Grey II boat, 2 hours navigation in this magic 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 Puerto Natales. Farewell dinner. Lodging at Kau Lodge. (B-L-D)
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of trip. (B)
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
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.