Our longest Kayak Expedition!
Paddle the wilderness of Patagonia with this amazing kayak expedition: Rivers, Icebergs and remote Glaciers.
Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’higgins National Parks
- Duration: 4 days
- Kayaking Level: 3
- Physical Level: Challenging
- Start Point: Pick up at Puerto Natales 7:00 hrs
- Finish Point: Drop off at Puerto Natales 18:00 hrs
Tyndall kayak expedition Itinerary:
Distance: 18 Miles / Paddling Time: 4 – 5 Hours
This amazing Patagonia Kayak expedition starts in Puerto Natales, Chile. Firstly, our private transportation will pick you up at your hotel/hostel in the morning. We will drive to the shores of Grey Lake, located in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will take you 67 Miles north from Puerto Natales to the southern access to the park.
While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Grey Glacier, A briefing is provided by our guides, an explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. The navigation on the lake will take approximately 1 hour, paddling among big pieces of ice that have broken from Grey Glacier, consequently, they are scattered throughout the lake with amazing shapes and colors.
During the entire navigation, there’s an amazing view of the magnificent Paine Massif; including Paine Grande, the Olguin Range, and Los Cuernos
After paddling in Grey Lake, the descent of Grey River begins!
The river serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. There are many different species of aquatic birds that inhabit the river.
The paddle continues next to the Paine Massif for 15 Miles, the length of Grey River until it joins with the turquoise waters of Serrano River. Finally, after paddling for 4 – 5 hours, the day comes to an end at Serrano Village.
Night at Rio Serrano Campsite (Facilities: toilets and hot showers) / Snacks, Lunch and Dinner and drinks included
* Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia, therefore if you choose to do this trip, you have to consider that paddling with wind may be a possibility.
* If the wind is too strong, it will not be possible to enter to the Iceberg Zone. consequently, we will only paddle the River (which is more sheltered from wind)
Distance: 14 Miles / Paddling Time: 5 – 6 Hours
This amazing kayak expedition starts in Puerto Natales. Firstly, We’ll pick you up at your hotel on a private transportation. The drive to Serrano river’s shore is about 1.5 hrs. Serrano River is the limit of Torres del Paine National Park. After loading the kayaks, our guide will give you a briefing about safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. most importantly, details about the route, weather and river conditions.
Along with our guide, we will run down the Serrano River with amazing views of Paine massif till we get to the Serrano waterfall (1.5 hrs). therefore, there’s a portage of the Kayaks and we will haul the boats for about 100 m. We’ll keep paddling down River, to Serrano Glacier with amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range along the way.
This Patagonia kayak expedition is a very unique experience mainly because this is a very remote area! Serrano River is surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress Native forests.
At this point, the real expedition starts! We will paddle upstream Tyndall River when we can and line whenever the current is too strong till we get to the beautiful Tyndall Lake. A very unique experience because this is a remote and wild area that can only be reached this way!
We’ll spend the night on a wild campsite on the shores of Tyndall Lake.
Night at Tyndall campsite (Facilities: Portable toilet) / Snacks, Lunch and Dinner and drinks included
Distance: 25 Miles / Paddling time: 6 – 7 Hours
After a delicious breakfast most importantly, with grounded coffee, we will paddle on Tyndall Lake and cross it. (5 km.) We’ll have the possibility to get closer to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, or to get out of the kayaks on a small bay and do a hike to see the Glacier from another perspective.
On the way back, peacefully, we’ll go down the quiet waters of Tyndall River, until we get back to Serrano River.
Serrano River is surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that live in the river shores. Finally, after a couple of hours, we’ll get closer to Balmaceda Mount, on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord.
The amazing Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view. These are the same waters in which Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From our Campsite we will discover the beautiful Serrano Glacier that hangs from the top of the Mountain.
Night at Balmaceda Campsite (Facilities: Toilets) / Snacks, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks included
Distance: 2 Miles / Paddling time: 1 – 2 Hours
The day starts with a delicious breakfast, including, above all, freshly ground coffee! After gearing up, we’ll get ready to portage of the kayaks for 50 meters from the camp to Serrano Lagoon. Paddling among Icebergs in front of the Magnificent Serrano Glacier is an unforgettable experience! In short, the first sun rays will give us unique views of this beautiful place.
This icy scenery is specially sheltered! A small stop on a secret lookout will give us a different perspective for awesome views of the Glacier.
Back to camp, after packing all the gear our group will get on “21 de Mayo” catamaran, to go back to Puerto Natales. There is a stop at Perales Ranch, consequently, we’ll be delighted with a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. Finally, the catamaran stops in Puerto Bories, where our private transportation will be waiting, around 18:00 hrs
(Breakfast, Snacks and Lamb BBQ Lunch included)
* Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia, therefore, if you choose to do this trip, you have to consider that paddling with wind may be a possibility.
* Sometimes the Lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice, as a result, it won’t be possible to paddle in the Lagoon.
- Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales
- Professional Certified Guides: British Canoeing (BCU), American Canoe Association (ACA) & Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
- Double Kayaks (HTP Laminated Kayaks)
- DRY SUITS, One piece Polartec suit, Life Jackets, Neoprene Gloves, 5mm Booties, 2mm Wet socks, Spray deck, Dry bags, Compact Waterproof camera or smartphone case, Helmet & Neoprene hats.
- Safety equipment: Bilge pump, tow line, VHF radio, Satellite message communications, First aid kit, Hypothermia kit
Comfort is so important!
We include the best quality camping gear. We want you to rest well so you can enjoy your Tyndall kayak expedition!
Camping Gear Included:
- The North Face Mountain 25 tents
- Thermarest Saros Synthetic Sleeping bag
- Thermarest Liner
- Thermarest inflating pillow
- Thermarest inflating Mattress
That you have to bring on this trip
– Sunglasses (with real UVA protection)
– Water bottle (we bring water to refill)
– Sun block 45spf minimum
– Photo camera
While at Camp:
– Head lamp
– Synthetic quick drying long sleeve
shirt & pants
– Smart wool or synthetic socks
– Fleece or synthetic warm jacket
– Waterproof jacket and pants
– Trail shoes (please avoid bringing big Trekking boots)
– Insect repellent
- Know how to swim
- Previous kayak or canoe experience
- Good health and physical condition
- Open minded and with a good attitude 🙂
By the way, we grow many of the veggies we use in our trips!
We have an organic, no dig garden close to Puerto Natales where we grow fruits and vegetables which are delicious, fresh and higher in nutrients. The intention is to give you the best quality ingredients because food is a very important part of our trips!