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Sea kayaking Andean Fjords and trekking

W in Torres del Paine

 

Time of the Year : November to April

Length : 6 Days / 5 Nights

Departure Time : 09:00 am.

Requirements : No especial requirement.

No Include : Sleeping Bags are not include

Includes: - Round-Trip Transportation

  • Comunications

  • All Meals and Snack on the Kayaks

  • Insurance

  • Expert Guide (English – Spanish)

  • Personal Support

  • Equipment

  • Fully Equipped single and double kayaks

  • Paddles and Accessories

  • Camping Equipment

  • Tent

  • Cooking Utensils

  • Support Boat

  • One Night on the Hospedaje Llancahué

Need to Bring: Passport, money, ticket, Emergency medications, day bag, light weights rainwear and

windbreak for paddling, and bathing suit, or short wet suit for paddling, shoes and socks,

sandals, sun hat, shirt, pants, short, synthetic underwear (capilene) top and bottom, sleeping

bag, toll knife, sun block, toilet kit biodegradable, small flash light and batteries, sun glasses.

 

 

Description:

 

Day 1:

We depart early in the morning, leaving your hotel; we ride by coach south on the Southern Highway to our destination the village of Hornopirén. Arriving in about four hours, we set up our kayaks. Our boat will be waiting for us, to accompany and provide support and comfort throughout our journey. This is the northern entrance of the Pumalin Project. After eating lunch we take to the kayaks, setting out towards a beautiful island called LLancahué (about 3 hours paddling). Here we spend the night in a rustic, but heart- warming hospedaje managed by locals, where we can enjoy hot springs on the shore of the Pacific.

 

Day 2:

We will breakfast at 9:00 am. Those who wish may enjoy the baths in the early morning before breakfast. We shall leave LLancahué early morning, making our way back across the Comau fjord, and from there we continue our trip into the fjord of Quintupeu. Here we camp with a view of glaciers in one direction and four miles of fjord in the other (about 4 or 5 hours of spectacular paddling). Set up camp and eat a hearty lunch. Afternoon free to explore the beautiful surroundings, or just kick back and relaxes.

 

Day 3:

We will breakfast early in the morning. Leaving Quintupeu with the change of the tide we shall make better time paddling back out of the Quintupeu fjord. This day will be our longest paddling day in which we shall cover about 20 miles. Today we reach the waters of the Cahuelmo fjord and a soothing hot springs will be our reward. Local people had carved many rustic tubs in rock at the water’s edge years ago.  Each one is a different size and all have very hot water, easily regulated by simple and natural methods to attain the temperature desired for an extremely pleasant bath.  These baths are part of the Project Pumalin and thus have more comfortable camping facilities and bathrooms. We proceed to prepare our campsite in order to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in this incredible place, with a beautiful sunset, and have a relaxing night at the hot springs.

 

Day 4:

We will have breakfast early in the morning. Today we shall have time to relax while we wait for low tide to start our trek to Abascal Lake, approximately 7miles from camp, nestled between tremendous spires of the Andes.  We shall enjoy dramatic scenery on this hike, and start making our way back to base camp in the afternoon to arrive for dinner, and after a long day, a dip fjord and relaxing soak in the hot springs.

 

Day 5:

Breakfast early in the morning today we leave the Cahuelmo hot springs (high tide) and paddle towards the Comau fjord, observering some flora and fauna all along the way: dolphins, cormorants, penguins, sea lions. After about four hours paddling we shall have lunch on our bout, and then continue towards Porcelana, a rather special creek of natural hot water emerging from the temperate rain forest. This particular spot does not belong to the Pumalin project Here we will set up camp enjoying dinner on the boat.  Afterward we shall hike a very short path where the creek is located, enjoying the most extraordinary nature hot baths and then return to base camp.

 

Day 6:

We aill have breakfast early in the morning. Returning to the boat we navigate back to Comau and toward the village of Hornopirén, and then we drive back to PtoVaras end of the trip. Here we finish our service.

 

Day 7

Transfer to airport in Puerto Montt in the morning flight to PuntaArenas a guide will be waiting for you to take you to Puerto Natales after 3 hours drive . Dinner at the hotel

 

Day 8

Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey 
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.

 

Day 9

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.

 

Day 10

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 &Los Cuernos in the beautiful evening light.

 

Day 11

Trek to Glacier Grey ( 3-4 hours 11 KM), one of the most spectacular glaciers of the Patagonian Ice Field. Our objective is to reach the glacier lookout point, where we can view Glacier Grey and giant floating icebergs up close.  Rest of the day off, to enjoy this beautiful area of Lake Grey and its floating ice bergs, dinner and and lodging Camp Grey.

 

Day 12

At lunch time we will navigate in the Grey II boat, 2 hours navigation in this magic lake surrounded by ice bergs.
Trek up Mount Ferrier, 2 hours hike up to reach one the most spectacular look out point in Torres del Paine, a nice way to say good bye to this amazing National Park. Back to Puerto Natales, lodging (hotel Indigo or local hostel), and a farewell dinner.

 

Day 13

Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of trip.