Explore Paine in Winter by Horse, Kayak & Foot

This intrepid itinerary is the most varied multi-sport adventure available in winter. It takes you through wild terrain on foot, on horseback, on bike and by kayak to the great dramatic sights of the Torres del Paine National Park, which will be almost empty of travellers and even more atmospheric in the snow. This intrepid itinerary is the most varied multi-sport adventure available in winter. It takes you through wild terrain on foot, on horseback, on bike and by kayak to the great dramatic sights of the Torres del Paine National Park, which will be almost empty of travellers and even more atmospheric in the snow.
5 Days
$1,895

Explore Paine in Winter by Horse, Kayak & Foot - 5 - $1,895

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Blue Lagoon; Fatbike ride to Laguna Amarga

Day 2: Round-trip hike to Las Torres viewpoint

Day 3: Half-day hike to Cuernos viewpoint; Half-day hike to Cerro Condor

Day 4: Full-day sea kayaking at Lake Grey & Grey River

Day 5: Full-day horse ride to Tyndall Glacier

Landmarks visited on Explore Paine in Winter by Horse, Kayak & Foot

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Blue Lagoon; Fatbike ride to Laguna Amarga

Early morning we will start from Puerto Natales, taking a private transfer along an unpaved road heading to Torres del Paine National Park and continue to Laguna Azul, a lovely lake bordering the park.

This area, ideal for observing different kinds of ducks, swans, coots and even woodpeckers, as well as having an incredible view of the Torres. On the way back we’ll take the Fat bikes to Laguna Amarga passing by Cascada Paine waterfall taking photographs of wildlife and the wonderful views.

Length of excursion: 2hr transfer, 1hr bike ride

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Mountain hut


Day 2: Round-trip hike to Las Torres viewpoint

We begin our full day trek, heading to the base of the Towers viewpoint following the Ascencio River before entering the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour, stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley and panoramic views of the Lake Nordenskjöld.

During the following 2hrs, we’ll walk through unbelievable forests of tall deciduous beech (Nothofagus Pumilio) and waterfalls, and then continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a photographic view point (900m). From here we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2,850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters resulting from glacial erosion. We will stop here for lunch, taking our time to enjoy this astonishing scenery.

Length of hike: 8-10hrs

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Mountain hut


Day 3: Half-day hike to Cuernos viewpoint; Half-day hike to Cerro Condor

We'll make a stop at the Salto Grande waterfall to do our first hike to a  viewpoint of the Paine Grande (3,050m) and the Nordenskjöld Lake. After enjoying a good picnic, we start a walk to the Cerro Condor, a path with panoramic glimpses of the park.

This area is known for viewing the flight of the condor. After this hikes we start our drive back our accommodation. 

Length of excursion: 2.5hr transfer, 4hr hike

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Mountain hut or Hotel


Day 4: Full-day sea kayaking at Lake Grey & Grey River

Early in the morning we will take a transfer all the way to Lake Grey. While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Glacier Grey, our guide will give a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. You will navigate the lake and river for approximately 2hrs, all the while paddling through floes of ice that have descended from Glacier Grey.

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; including Paine Grande, the Cordillera Olguin, and Los Cuernos (The Horns of Paine). These mountains, together with the multiple tones of turquoise 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 serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. We will have the opportunity to appreciate many different species of aquatic birds that inhabit the river, including the peculiar Spectacled Duck and Torrent duck. We will continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 25km, the length of Grey River until it joins with the turquoise water of the Serrano River. After paddling for 4/5hrs, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano Village, where we will take a transfer back to our accommodation. 

Length of excursion: 1hr transfer, 4-5hrs paddling

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Mountain hut or Hotel


Day 5: Full-day horse ride to Tyndall Glacier

Today we will ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine national park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field.

We'll get to a lookout point of Tyndall Glacier and we will ride back on a different path following the shore of the Serrano river with great views of the Paine mountains and we will make a short stop at the Salto del Rio Serrano, a great waterfall before we get take the private transfer back to Puerto Natales. 

Length of excursion: 2.5hr transfer, 6hrs horse riding 

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4-8 people sharing a mountain hut - USD $1,895 per person

3 people - USD $2,195 per person

2 people - USD $2,295 per person

Includes

  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodging in Mountain Hut: Sharing room, 6-bunk bed style, sharing bathroom, hot water & central heating.
  • Lodging in Hotel: Superior rooms with view to the lake and icebergs.
  • All private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • All the horses & saddles during the excursion
  • Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddlebags, dry bags
  • Baqueano (local cowboy) for the rides
  • Double kayaks with all paddling equipment (neoprene gloves, paddling jackets, life jackets, skirts, and neoprene boots).
  • Guide/driver (English-Spanish languages)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips for guide/driver
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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