Grey & Serrano (3 days)

Grey Glacier’s Icebergs / Grey and Serrano Rivers / Serrano Glacier

Grey & Serrano (3 days)


Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’higgins National Parks


Day 1 

Distance: 18 Mi / Paddling time: 4 – 5 Hours

Private transportation will be provided from your hotel to the shores of Grey Lake, located in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will carry you 67 Mi north or Puerto Natales via the new road, which provides southern access to the park.

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 for approximately 1.5 hours, 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.

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 continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 15 Mi, the length of River Grey until it joins with the clear water of the Serrano River.  After paddling for 3 – 4 hours, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano Village, where we will provide you with a lunch box.

Night at Rio Serrano Campsite (Facilities: Toilets, Hot showers, electricity)
(Lunch box, Snacks and Dinner included)

* If the wind is too strong, it will not be possible to enter to the Iceberg Zone. If this is the case, we will only paddle the River (which is more sheltered from wind)

Day 2

Distance: 26 Mi / Paddling time: 6 – 7 Hours

We will load the kayaks and make 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. We’ll start paddling the Serrano River till the Serrano waterfall. Here, we will carry the Kayaks for about 100 meters to avoid it. We´ll keep paddling through the Serrano River, in our journey to Serrano Glacier. We’ll paddle with amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range.

We’ll row down the Serrano River, surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that live in the river shores. Getting closer to the Mount Balmaceda, till we join the waters of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in these same waters in which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet to the Atlantic (1558), from this point we will discover the beautiful view of the Serrano Glacier.

Night at Balmaceda campsite (Facilities: Toilets)
(Lunch, Snacks and Dinner included)

Day 3
Distance: 2 Mi / Paddling time: 1 – 2 Hours

We will portage the kayaks for 50 meters from camp to Serrano Lagoon. We will paddle on it among many Icebergs in front of the Magnificent Serrano Glacier. The first rays of light will give us unique views of this beautiful place. We’ll have until 11:00 am to paddle and to enjoy this ice scenery which is specially protected from strong winds.

Back to our camp, we will pack all the gear and get back to “21 de Mayo” boat, to go back to Puerto Natales. Along the way, we will make a stop at Perales Ranch, where we’ll be delighted with a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. After the lunch, we will get to Puerto Bories, where our private transportation will be waiting. We will take you back to your Hotel around 18:30 hours.

(Breakfast, Snacks and BBQ Lunch included)

 Pick up time: 7:30 hrs  Return time: 18:00 hrs

*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.

* Wind is a very normal factor in Patagonia, if you choose to do this trip, you have to consider that paddling with wind may be a possibllity.


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Kayaking Levels:


Level 1 

  • Location: semi-protected waterway with access to shore. (Lakes and rivers with moderate current)
  • Distance per day: 10 to 20 miles
  • Wind: 10 to 25 knots
  • Recommended Paddle Skills: Previous kayaking experience, forward stroke, reverse stroke


 Level 2 

  • Location: semi-protected waterway with access to shore. (Lakes and rivers with moderate current)
  • Distance per day: 20 to 30 miles
  • Wind: 15 to 30 knots
  • Recommended Paddle Skills: forward stroke, reverse stroke, draw and bracing strokes helpful


 Level 3 

  • Location: semi-protected waterway with access to shore. (Lakes and rivers with moderate current)
  • Distance per day: 30 to 50 miles
  • Wind: 20 to 35 knots
  • Recommended Paddle Skills: good balance, bracing, paddling, ability to ferry and cross eddy lines in moderate currents


Physical Levels:  

Easy: Accessible to all people in good health, paddle from 1 -2 hours per day.

Moderate: Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, 3-5 hours of paddling per day.

Challenging: Suites those that are physically active and have some background in sea kayak. 6-8 hours of paddling per day.


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Kayak Level

2 to 3

Physical Level

Medium to High

Trip Duration

3 days