Thunder Pass Trekking +
Tailor made Options as post programs

Tours to the glaciers in Chilean Patagonia

The experience: Thunder Pass – Kaweskar National Park +

Tailor made post programs Options:

1) Epic hike to Torres del Paine National Park (for the day)

2) Local experience at Estancia Mercedes

During this 4 days expedition our expert local guide will take you to the most amazing viewpoints of the impressive Sarmiento mountain range and its glaciers Bernal, Hermann, Kiara, Alsina and Paredes. At the same time learn about the formation of the landscape and the ancestral history behind this beautiful scenery.Visit Bernal glacier and enjoy of a drink with its millenary ice.

Disconnect yourself from the world! Get lost in nature and feel the energy of the fjords.

The progam

 5 days /  4 nights

Today you will arrive to Puerto Natales to your hotel. You can take a walk arround this beautiful city and enjoy the view to the ocean.

The local guide will organize a meeting in your hotel the night before the expedition to give general information about this adventure, confirm picking up time, help with doubts and to give you some equipment you will need to take with you.

1 night in Hotel in Puerto Natales.

Camp Resi / Double tents
45 km – 45 min Road / 19 mn – 1 hr Navigation / 4 km – 2 hrs Trekking

You will be picked up at your hotel at 09:30 am, then we take a boat to navigate 5 minutes from Puerto Natales to Antonio Varas peninsula across the Señoret channel. We continue by vehicle for 45 minutes through a gravel road to Estancia Mercedes where we take a fast boat Explorador IV and navigate for another  hour until we reach the end of the Resi fjord – the entrance to Kawesqar National Park. Here is our campsite: expedition tents and a Dome as shelter, with a cozy kitchen and dining room.
During the navigation it is possible to see seals, dolphins, penguins, cormorants, condors, and other species.

Later we’ll go on a trekk off trail for about 2 hours to the Resi lookout, where we can appreciate the beauty of the fjord, the valleys, lagoons, rivers and waterfalls in the surroundings.
We finish the day in our camp Resi with a tasty dinner in our dome.

 

Camp Kiara / Double tents
16 km – 9 hrs Trekking

After breakfast we begin our adventure! We go 8 kilometers bush walking through a beautiful valley characterized by evergreen forests, waterfalls, peat land, erratic rocks and moraines colonized by colorful lichens and mosses. We trek for about 4 hours by imposing mountains with whimsical shapes until we arrive to the Thunder lagoon, which is surrounded by huge rock walls with amphitheater shape. The powerful action of a gone glacier has transformed these rock walls into a pass with terraces that makes it possible to go through the Thunder pass at 600 meters above the sea level till the Mountains fjord.
We will eat our lunch before going up the pass, by the shore of the Thunder lagoon.

We continue through moraines and erratic blocks as we pass by two beautiful lagoons until we finally have a clear view of the entire fjord that seems little and that is  surrounded by huge mountains and glaciers in the horizon.

From here, the terrain is more rocky and solid than the first section, making it easier to trek down towards our campsite Kiara, where we’ll spend our second night. Here we also have expedition tents to sleep and a Dome with an exclusive panoramic view, located at sea level.

Across is the Kiara fjord  which is very active, so it’s possible to hear and see ice avalanches breaking off, while we enjoy another rich dinner!

Floating refuge Explorador / Shared rooms
8 km – 5 hrs Trekking / 12 nm – 40 min Navigation

We start the day with a good breakfast! Then we start trekking from the camp heading to the north of the fjord for 5 kilometers off trail.

We’ll pass by blocks of rocks, evergreen forest, peat land and streams that we’ll have to cross. It will take us about 2 hours to arrive to a beautiful beach with a glacier in the background, a live postcard! Here we go uphill until we gain about 300 meters of elevation, where we’ll get an incredible panoramic view of the glaciers Alsina and Paredes, both flowing down from the icy summits of the Sarmiento mountain range till the fjord itself.
Here we’ll have our lunch with such an amazing view.

We come back down the same track. At the beach our boat “West Patagonia” awaits for us to take us navigating 30 minutes towards South in the Mountains fjord to Bernal glacier.

During the boat ride we’ll visit also Alsina glacier, getting a better perspective of this beautiful glacier with huge seracs.

At Bernal glacier we will have the chance to hike through a particular trail with colorful moraines that cross the glacier lake, allowing us to get close and safe enough to touch its ice. We will be able to watch and understand its movements and changes that has given to the landscape throughout the years.
The contrast of colors between the vegetation, ice, the mountains and the fjord in the background, makes any picture look perfect, like a postcard.

After visiting this glacier, we continue navigating 10 more minutes to the “Huiros bay” where we will find our exclusive floating refuge Explorador. Here we can enjoy the facilities, a hot shower, the bar and a last delicious home made dinner.

Back to Puerto Natales
3 km – 2 hr Trekking / 19 nm – 1 hr Navigation / 45 km – 45 min gravel road

After a nice breakfast, we’ll go out for a hike around the Huiros bay, to Buena Vista lookout, an awesome hike for a last amazing view of the fjord, the mountains, the glaciers, the bay with the floating refuge.

We begin the return to Puerto Natales trekking across an Indian Pass known as the Alacalufe path, named as the canoeist ancestors Kawesqar who inhabited all the fjord lands in the last 6,000 years and used this pass to connect the Mountains fjord with Resi fjord. We have to trek 1 kilometer to reach the Acantilados lagoon, which is incased between huge rock walls and the only way to go cross it is by boat, so we have to navigate 5 minutes to get to the other side of it to continue hiking 20 more minutes to Resi fjord, the beginning point.

Here we get in the fast boat “Explorador IV” and navigate for one hour until we reach Estancia Mercedes in Antonio Varas peninsula (just as the first day).
We will have our lunch somewhere on the way and continue to Puerto Natales, finishing our around 3 pm, weather permitting.

options after thunder pass hike

1) epic hike to torres del paine national park (+3 nights)

8 days /  7 nights

Back to Puerto Natales
3 km – 2 hr Trekking / 19 nm – 1 hr Navigation / 45 km – 45 min gravel road

After a nice breakfast, we’ll go out for a hike around the Huiros bay, to Buena Vista lookout, an awesome hike for a last amazing view of the fjord, the mountains, the glaciers, the bay with the floating refuge.

We begin the return to Puerto Natales trekking across an Indian Pass known as the Alacalufe path, named as the canoeist ancestors Kawesqar who inhabited all the fjord lands in the last 6,000 years and used this pass to connect the Mountains fjord with Resi fjord. We have to trek 1 kilometer to reach the Acantilados lagoon, which is incased between huge rock walls and the only way to go cross it is by boat, so we have to navigate 5 minutes to get to the other side of it to continue hiking 20 more minutes to Resi fjord, the beginning point.

Here we get in the fast boat “Explorador IV” and navigate for one hour until we reach Estancia Mercedes in Antonio Varas peninsula (just as the first day).

After an amazing and unforgettable 5 days trekking expreience, you have to gain energy to continue to what will be a great and one of the most famous trekking in Torres del Paine, the trekking to the base of this Torres. That´s why today is for you to rest and take time to let your body to recover, while you can write on your journal or to friends sharing what this great experience was. Drink a lot of water and go early to bed because tomorrow an amazing trekking experience wait for us and you will be starting the day early in the morning! 

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2) local experience at Estancia Mercedes (+2 nights)

 days /  nights

Back to Puerto Natales
3 km – 2 hr Trekking / 19 nm – 1 hr Navigation / 45 km – 45 min gravel road

After a nice breakfast, we’ll go out for a hike around the Huiros bay, to Buena Vista lookout, an awesome hike for a last amazing view of the fjord, the mountains, the glaciers, the bay with the floating refuge.

We begin the return to Puerto Natales trekking across an Indian Pass known as the Alacalufe path, named as the canoeist ancestors Kawesqar who inhabited all the fjord lands in the last 6,000 years and used this pass to connect the Mountains fjord with Resi fjord. We have to trek 1 kilometer to reach the Acantilados lagoon, which is incased between huge rock walls and the only way to go cross it is by boat, so we have to navigate 5 minutes to get to the other side of it to continue hiking 20 more minutes to Resi fjord, the beginning point.

Here we get in the fast boat “Explorador IV” and navigate for one hour until we reach Estancia Mercedes in Antonio Varas peninsula (just as the first day).