Volcanic Ascent – Climbing in Southern Chile

Trekking Puerto Varas, Chile

Experience geology on a grand scale in Los Lagos. Well known as the region of lakes, Los Lagos offers so much more than magnificent lakes. You will find Grandiose volcanic mountains, tranquil woodlands, awe-inspiring glaciers, and intriguing thermal activity. All of this within reach of modern amenities and accommodation.

Location by Huella Andina Expeditions

Packages at this location

Perfect Trifecta - visit three volcanoes in Southern Chile Trekking

Be a winner. Score the perfect trifecta – visit Osorno, Calbuco, and Casablanca three Chilean volcanoes in just three nights. Conquer the lake district from the unique perspective of its mountains. Enjoy panoramic views, relish the exotic geology and ecology as you explore this outstanding geographical region.

Accommodation in tents, mountain huts, and a hotel.

Day 1 - Casa Blanca volcano
You will visit the Casa Blanca volcano.

Day 2 - Calbuco volcano
You will visit the Calbuco volcano in the Llanquihue National Reserve.

Day 3 - Optional rest day or Paso de la Desolación
Is an optional rest day. Or if you wish we can make the trek “Paso de la Desolación” in the foothills of the Osorno volcano. Or other activities in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park .

Day 4 - Osorno volcano
Visit the Osorno volcano in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park

Regular departures throughout the year with prior reservation

This trek and climb are appropriate for people without previous climbing experience. You will need adequate physical fitness to maintain 12 hours of exercise a day in wilderness terrain. Your physical fitness is subject to the guide’s evaluation. “Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, children under the age of 18 without written authorization of parents or legal guardian. Minimum age to participate is 15 years old, maximum age to participate is 70. It is recommended that all participants undergo a complete physical before booking the climb. Due to the location where the activity occurs, we do not recommend it for pregnant women.” Maximum of 8 clients per excursion (minimum of 2 clients). If you are a group larger than 8 clients you will need to make special arrangements.

Trekking to the valle Los Ulmos, Calbuco volcano Trekking

Exploration on the edge as you experience the living earth. The last significant volcanic activity at Calbuco was in 2015 – yet the impact of those events is still in evidence today. You will be amazed by natures power to regenerate and transform, as you touch, see, breathe and hear this remarkable post-volcanic region.

Leaving Puerto Varas at 9.00am you will drive to the northern flank of Calbuco volcano. You will begin trekking through a regenerating forest, eventually reaching the giant ulmo trees and a view of the Tepu river waterfall. You will continue your ascent reaching an altitude of approximately 1,100m above sea level where you will enjoy panoramic views of the Lakes District. The ascent will be difficult at times with scree and volcanic rock to be navigated.

Regular departures throughout the year

This trek and climb are appropriate for people without previous climbing experience. You will need adequate physical fitness to maintain 8 hours of exercise a day in wilderness terrain. Your physical fitness is subject to the guide’s evaluation. “Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, children under the age of 18 without written authorization of parents or legal guardian. Minimum age to participate is 15 years old, maximum age to participate is 70. It is recommended that all participants undergo a complete physical before booking the climb. Due to the location where the activity occurs, we do not recommend it for pregnant women.” Maximum of 8 clients per excursion. If you are a group larger than 8 clients you will need to make special arrangements.

Ice Climbing in the Osorno Volcano Trekking

Rising gracefully from the shore of Lake Llanquihue is a glaciated cone volcano – Osorno. Glaciers and volcanoes have formed the awesome landscape of the national park Vicente Pérez Rosales. You will explore living geology the forces of heat, and cold - ice and lava, a landscape on the move. Climbing on a living river of ice. Experiencing geology in the rawness of creation. Sharing magnificent panoramas of lakes and mountains.

You will leave Puerto Varas at 06:00 a.m. driving to the Osorno volcano. You will trek to the base of the glacier, and after safety briefings and teaching of techniques, you will climb the glacier.

Regular departures between October and March

“Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, children under the age of 18 without written authorization of parents or legal guardian. Minimum age to participate is 15 years old, maximum age to participate is 70. It is recommended that all participants undergo a complete physical before booking the climb. Due to the location where the activity occurs, we do not recommend it for pregnant women.” Maximum of 8 clients per excursion. If you are a group larger than 8 clients you will need to make special arrangements. This trek and climb are appropriate for people without previous climbing experience. You will need adequate physical fitness to maintain 10 hours of exercise a day in wilderness terrain. Your physical fitness is subject to the guide’s evaluation.

About the location

Accommodation

There are plenty of hotels, B & B’s, and apartments throughout the Los Lagos region. With something for all prices and requirements. This extends to Puerto Varas where you should have no problems finding suitable accommodation ranging from 2 stars through 5 stars.

Location

Puerto Varas (the city of roses) is a wonderful Germanic styled town on the edge of Lake Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile formed by successive glaciers. There is a sheer natural beauty to the region with views of the Volcanic Osorno and the inspiring peaks of Mount Calbuco, and Mount Tronador visible from the lake-front. The whole region of Los Lagos has a richness of geographical features and unsullied natural beauty. Despite this natural beauty and the sense of remoteness. The region is well-equipped for tourists with good public transport options and quality roads. There are regular bus services from Santiago, an airport at El Tepual in Puerto Mont, and also train services available. If you wish to extend your stay in the region there are plenty of towns and cities besides Puerto Varas. The capital of Los Lagos is Puerto Mont – yet there are many other options to stay including Osorno, Castro, and Ancud. When you have finished climbing mountains and trekking the glaciers you can enjoy the thermal hot-springs and recreational fishing that are equally famous in this region.

Food

Chileans love to eat and drink, and you will not be disappointed in the Los Lagos gastronomic experience. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Including traditional Chilean fare and other South American cuisines. With large numbers of settlers from Germany, you will also find some European style foods. Make sure you try Curanto a seafood stew beloved in the Los Lagos region, cooked over hot-stones buried in the ground.

Activities

You will climb and trek through some of the most awe-inspiring geology on the planet. Exploring glaciers, volcanoes, lakes, woodlands, and thermal activity including hot-springs. Challenge yourself physically, mentally and spiritually, as you become at one with the natural world of Patagonia.

Amenities

  • Guides

Available activities

  • Hiking

  • Climbing