Trekking Thunder Pass

Mountains fjord

Glacier Zamudio

Camp Kiara

Explore the remote Kawesqar National Park while trekking off trail through Resi and Mountains fjords. During 4 day-expedition, our expert local guide will take you to the most amazing viewpoints of the impressive Sarmiento mountain range with 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 and reconnect yourself with Earth! Get lost in nature and feel the energy of the fjords climate.

Every day after a great day of excursion, take a deserved rest in our different camps Resi & Kiara and on board the exclusive floating refuge Explorador, in the heart of this breath-taking fjord!

Date: 21-28 Dec 19, 25 Jan – 01 Feb 20,  01-08 Feb 20, 14 Mar – 21 Mar 20

Remarks

* Hotels, refuges and camp sites are subject to availability at the time of requesting for booking.
* Schedule and operation of tours may be modified by the local operator, depending on weather conditions or other causes, and can be replaced or re-scheduled to guarantee the safety of passengers or the service quality.
* 02 persons are the minimum required for the operation of this program.
* The activities described may be delayed, changed or cancelled due to rough weather 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 participations in our expeditions contributes to the remote community of Puerto Eden.
* The participants must be experienced trekkers.
* The level of the expedition is challenging.
* There is no phone connection in the entire zone, so you’ll be offline during the expedition.
* Waterproof boots with GoreTex technology or similar, sandals or crocs for river crossing and relaxing moments after the treks.

 

Day 1  Santiago O/N Hotel (-/-/-)

Day 2 Santiago – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales O/N Hotel (B/-/-)

Day-3  Thunder Pass Trek: Puerto Natales – Resi Fjord O/N Tent (B/L/D)
45 km – 1 hr Road / 19 nm – 1hr Navigation / 4 km – 2 hrs Trekking

Day 4 Thunder Pass / Mountains Fjord O/N Tent (B/L/D)
16 km – 8 hrs Trekking

Day 5 Paredes, Alsina, Kiara, Hermann & Bernal Glaciers O/N Floating Refuge Explorador, in shared Double Room (B/L/D)
9 km – 7 hrs Trekking / 12 nm – 40 min Navigation

Day 6 Alacalufes Path – Return to Puerto Natales O/N Hotel (B/L/-)
1,5 km – 1 hr Trekking / 20 nm – 1 hr Navigation / 45 km – 1 hr Road

Day 7 Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago O/N Hotel (B/-/-)

Day 8 Santiago (B/-/-) 

Daily itinerary
Day 01 – Santiago (-/-/-)
Arrival to Santiago Airport (flight to be advised). Meet by our local tour guide and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, panoramic city tour.
Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its Colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial centre; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself.
In the afternoon, visit the city of Santiago, such as Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins, Santa Lucia Hill, Barrio Lastarria, the La Moneda Palace, the Santiago City Hall, the Cathedral, the old financial district, and the urban park Parque Forestal, the confines of which hold the lovely Museum of Fine Arts building, then transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Panamericana Providencia Hotel (or similar).

Day 02 – Santiago – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (B/-/-)
Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

In due time, transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport to board your flight to Punta Arenas (flight to be advised).
Arrival to the airport in Punta Arenas, capitol city of Magellan District, Chilean Patagonia. Meet by our local driver (Spanish speaking only) and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales city (249 km – 3h drive).
Rest of day at leisure.

Overnight in Casa De La Patagonia Hotel (or similar).

Day 03 – Puerto Natales – Resi Fjord (B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Today, we will start the “Thunder Pass” trekking program, a trekking circuit to the Patagonian Fjords.

We pick up the participants of the expedition from the Hotel at 10:00 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 1 hour through a gravel road to Estancia Mercedes, where we take our fast boat Explorador IV and navigate for one more hour until the end of the Resi fjord. Here we have our first campsite with expedition tents to sleep and a Dome as shelter, kitchen and dining room for us while we are in the camp. During the navigation it is possible to watch seals, dolphins, penguins, cormorants, condors, and other species.

We have lunch when we arrive to the camp. Later we will go trekking off trail for about 2 hours in the surrounding to watch and appreciate the beauty of entire area from a high viewpoint. We finish the day in our Camp Resi with a tasty dinner in our dome.

Overnight in Camp Resi, in double tents.
45 km – 1 hr Road / 19 nm – 1hr Navigation / 4 km – 2 hrs Trekking

Day 04 – Thunder Pass / Mountains Fjord (B/L/D)
After breakfast we begin our trekking circuit. We go 8 kilometers bush walking through a beautiful valley characterized by evergreen forests, waterfalls, peatland, erratic rocks and moraines colonized by colorful lichens and mosses, trekking for about 4 hours by imposing mountains with whimsical shapes until we arrive to the Thunder lagoon, which is surrounded by huge rock walls that looks like an amphitheater. The powerful action of a gone glacier has transformed one of these rock walls into a natural pass that makes it possible to go up through terraces over the Thunder pass till the Mountains fjord.

From the pass it’s possible to see some of the summits cover by ice that belong to the Sarmiento mountain range. We will enjoy our lunch somewhere with a nice view.

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 tiny 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 also have expedition tents to sleep and a Dome with an exclusive panoramic view to enjoy of another delicious dinner.

Overnight in Camp Kiara, in Double Tents.
16 km – 8 hrs Trekking

Day 05 – Paredes, Alsina, Kiara, Hermann & Bernal Glaciers (B/L/D)
We begin 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 by rock blocks, evergreen forest, peatland and some streams 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 a view.

We come back down the same track we did up. In 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 pass close by the Alsina glacier, getting a better perspective of this beautiful glacier with huge seracs.

We disembark in the coast of the Bernal glacier and hike through a particular trail with colorful moraines that cross the pro-glacier lake, allowing us to get close and safe enough to touch its ice. This permits us to watch and understand its movements and changes that it makes in the landscape through the years while you enjoy of a drink with its millenary ice. The contrast of colors between the vegetation, the ice, the mountains and the fjord in the background, makes any picture postcard worthy.

After visiting this glacier, we navigate again in our boat West Patagonia 10 more minutes to the remote Huiros bay where we will find our exclusive floating refuge Explorador. Here we can enjoy the facilities, a hot shower and a delicious parting dinner.

Overnight in Floating Refuge Explorador, in shared Double Rooms.
9 km – 7 hrs Trekking / 12 nm – 40 min Navigation

Day 06 – Alacalufes Path – Return to Puerto Natales (B/L/-)
After a nice breakfast, we will 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 and the route we must take to go back to Puerto Natales.

We begin the return to Puerto Natales trekking by an Indian Pass known as the Alacalufes path, named as the canoeist ancestors Kawesqar who inhabited all the fjord lands in the last 5,000 years and used this pass to connect the Mountains fjord with Resi fjord. We have to go for 1 kilometer to reach the Acantilados lagoon, 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 20 more minutes to reach Resi fjord.

Here we are back to the beginning point, so we meet again our fast boat Explorador IV and navigate one hour until Estancia Mercedes in Antonio Varas peninsula as the first day. We eat our lunch somewhere on the way and continue until Puerto Natales, finishing this expedition around 15:00 pm, weather conditions permitting.

1,5 km – 1 hr Trekking / 20 nm – 1 hr Navigation / 45 km – 1 hr Road

Afternoon in Puerto Natales city, at leisure.

Overnight in Casa De La Patagonia Hotel (or similar).

Day 07 – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago (B/-/-)
Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

In due time, transfer from Puerto Natales city to the airport in Punta Arenas for ongoing flight back to Santiago (flight to be advised).

Arrival to Santiago Airport (flight to be advised). Meet by our local tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Overnight in Panamericana Providencia Hotel (or similar).

Day 08 – Santiago (B/-/-)
Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

In due time, transfer from the hotel to Santiago airport to board your flight for your next destination.

End of our services
B = breakfast L = lunch or box lunch D = dinner

LAND Price per person in SGD
Tour Code: SA-CTPT_08

Price is valid from Nov 2019 till Mar 2020. Not available from Apr-Oct.

Pax234
Price3,9993,8993,799

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice.

***Possible to make departures on any other date for a minimum of 4 participants***

International Airfare: SIN-SCL-SIN from  S$1750

Package includes:
Santiago portion (1st & 2nd stay):
 Private transportation, with English speaking guide.
 Private panoramic city tour in Santiago, with English speaking guide.
 1 bottle of mineral water per person during city tour.
 Accommodation in Fundador Hotel (or similar), in Standard Double room (days 01 & 07).
 Buffet breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel (days 02 & 08).
Puerto Natales portion (1st & 2nd stay):
 Private transportation from Punta Arenas airport to Puerto Natales (and viceversa), only with driver (Spanish speaking).
 Accommodation in Casa De La Patagonia Hotel (or similar), in Standard Double room (days 02 & 06).
 Buffet breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel (days 03 & 07).
Trekking program:
* Entrance fee to Kawesqar National Park.
* All the land and maritime transportation specified in this program.
* Accommodation in our campsites (double tens – mat – sleeping bag) and in our exclusive floating refuge (shared rooms – sleeping bag).
* Meals during the expedition (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
* Local guide service during the entire expedition (English/Spanish speaking).
* 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 protect your own belongings, gaiters, sheet liner for the sleeping bags, towel and sunblock.

Price excludes

  • All airfares, Airport taxes and fuel surcharge not mentioned
  • Other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Outdoor clothing and accessories.
  • Gratuities for tour guides and drivers.
  • Early check-in or late check out in the hotels
  • Other miscellaneous expense
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)