NIGHT BEFORE Briefing of the expedition
Our local guide will visit the participants at the hotel the night before the expedition to give general information about this adventure, confirm pick up time, solve some doubts and to deliver the equipment that PATAGONIANFJORDS and BIGFOOT supplies with.
DAY 1 Alacalufes path - Hermann glacier
We pick up the participants of the expedition from the Hotel at 09:00 am, then we take a boat to navigate 5 minutes from Puerto Natales to Antonio Varas peninsula across Señoret channel. We continue by vehicle for 45 minutes through a gravel road to Estancia Mercedes where we take our fast boat Explorador IV and navigate for one hour until the end of the Resi fjord, the entrance of Kawesqar National Park.
During the navigation it is posible to watch seals, dolphins, penguins, cormorants, condors, and other species.
From Resi fjord we must hike about 20 minutes to reach the lagoon Acantilados, which is incased between huge rock walls and the only way to go across it is by boat, so we have to navigate 5 minutes to get to the other side of it to continue hiking 60 more minutes to get to Huiros bay. Here the boat West Patagonia will take us to the floating Refuge Explorador to enjoy of a tasty lunch.
After lunch, we will go to the coast with our expert guide in kayaking who will make a safety and navigation talk, which will take about 30 minutes. Once finished, we begin paddling west, leaving the Huiros bay to go across the fjord of the Mountains up to the end of Hermann Fjord, passing between small icebergs to finally reach the glacier of the same name. During the crossing, it's possible to see different marine and bird species, but especially Imperial Cormorants, since these species make the Hermann fjord their home, being possible to see hundreds of these birds nesting and flying around the huge rock walls that surround the fjord, turning this place into a very special one, known as "Cormorant Sanctuary".
Then we must return to our floating Refuge "Explorador", where a drink with millenary ice awaits us to share a good moment, a delicious dinner and especially, a unique accommodation on the sea.
Floating Refuge Explorador / Shared rooms
45 km - 45 min Road / 20 mn - 65 min Navigation / 6 km - 4 hrs Trekking / 9 nm - 4 hrs Kayaking
DAY 2 Bernal glacier - Return to Puerto Natales
After a rich breakfast, we will go rowing to Bernal glacier, leaving the Huiros bay and getting crossing the fjord of the Mountains, taking one approximately. We disembark in the coast of the Bernal glacier and hike through a particular trail with colorful moraines that cross a pro-glacier lake, allowing us to get close and safe enough to touch its ice. This permits us to watch and understand the glacier movements and how it changes the landscape through the years.
The contrast of colors between the vegetation, the ice, the mountains and the fjord in the background, makes any picture postcard worthy.
We get back on the kayaks to return to the floating Refuge to enjoy a delicious and well deserved lunch, before starting the return to Puerto Natales.
We begin the return to Natales hiking the Alacalufes Path back to Resi fjord, same route we did to enter.
In Resi fjord we meet again our fast boat Explorador IV to navigate until Estancia Mercedes where we can stop a moment and meet the family and get to know their amazing history while sharing a mate by the heat of a chimney.
We’ll have our lunch on the boat ride to the Estancia.
Later we continue the way to Puerto Natales, finishing this expedition around 15:00 pm. Weather permitting.
Back to Puerto Natales
4 nm - 2 hrs Kayaking / 1,5 km - 1 hr Trekking / 20 nm - 65 min Navigation / 45 km - 45 min Road
EXTRA DAY Add one or more days to your expedition (aks for more info)
The activities described may be delayed, changed or cancelled due to rough conditions.
- The expedition is subject to the weather conditions.
- Our groups are very exclusive, from 2 to 8 participants per expedition and only one expedition at a time.
- Your participation in our expeditions contributes to a project to develop tourism in the remote community of Puerto Eden.
- The participants must be experienced hikers.
- The level of the expedition is medium.
- There is no phone connection in the entire zone, so you'll be offline during the expedition.
WHAT TO BRING
- A daypack (60 liters backpack
- Headlamp, fleece hat, sunglasses and gloves.
- Quick drying T-shirts, polar flece jacket, down jacket, waterproof parka with GoreTex technology or similar.
- Quick drying long underwear, trekking pants, waterproof pants with GoreTex technology or similar.
- Waterproof boots with GoreTex technology or similar, sandals or crocs for river crossing and relaxing moments after the treks.
The brand Arc'teryx
has proofed to be very efficient in the cold and rainy climate of the fjords. Our guides use it and recommend it.
- Entrance fee to Kawesqar National Park.
- All the land and maritime transportation specified in this program.
- Accommodation in our exclusive floating refuge (shared rooms - sleeping bag)
- Meals during the expedition (breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Local guide service during the entire expedition.
- Porter service up to 5 kilos (20 liters)
between Resi and the floating refuge.
- We provide each participant with a dry bag (20 liters)
for the porter service, another dry bag (40 liters)
to protects your own belongings, gaiters, liner for the sleeping bags, towel and sunblock.
- A memorable experience!
- Any other service Not
specified in this program.
- Personal travel insurance.
in / out
15 Nov / 16 Nov
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13 Dec / 14 Dec
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17 Jan / 18 Jan
in / out
14 Jan / 15 Feb
in / out
13 Mar / 14 Mar
Each expedition requires a minimum of 2 participants to depart. 8 participants maximum.
We have one regular departures each month from November until March. However it is possible to do this expedition on any other date not established. A minimum of 4 participants is required. Subject to availability.