Volcano Tour - 12 Days

Puerto Varas, Chile
Period of time: more than 24h
Price: from 2375,75 € per person (Scale price)  
Category:: Trekking/Klettern

Organisational Details

Scale price: from 3 person 2596,75€ per person
from 4 person 2375,75€ per person

Participants: 2-8 person (Open tour)

Registration: 14 days before deadline

Languages: English, Spanish

Booking option: Booking on fixed rate

Description of Tour

In the mid-19th century, the south of the state of Chile was recolonized on behalf of the government. European immigrants were brought to settle the present regions of Los Rios and Los Lagos.

The area in which the immigrants built cities such as Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt is characterized by its countless lakes and beautiful volcanoes.
Our trip takes us from the north to the south, focusing on the climbs of the most important volcanoes of the country, passes through the most important national parks and also lets us enjoy the benefits of city or village life. It is an invitation to experience the south of Chile from a special perspective, to gain your own impression of the country from high mountains and deep valleys.

Highlights: The south of Chile: region of lakes and rivers; climbing the volcanoes Mocho Choshuenco (2,415m), Puyehue (2,240m), Osorno (2,652m), Calbuco* (2,015m) and Casa Blanca (1.990m); Hike of 60km (from Casablanca volcano between Rupanco and Todos Los Santos lakes to Osorno volcano); Hot springs in Puyehue and El Callao; Puerto Varas - the city of roses; Vicente Perez Rosales National Park amp; Puyehue; Llanquihue and Huilo Huilo National Reserves; Natural hot springs; Rafting*, canyoning*; Stay in a tree house**, tents, mountain huts and hotels***, nature amp; culture.

* Included optional excursion, subject to tour itinerary and availability.

** subject to availability.

*** Boutique hotel, 3-star or equivalent.

Tour itinerary

Day 1

We meet in Puerto Varas (or Osorno or Valdivia) and drive to the Huilo - Huilo National Reserve, in Chile's river region. We spend the night in the forest, in a tree house, five meters above the ground. In the afternoon we can explore the area and visit its highlights: Lion Waterfall, Sacred Spirits Hiking Trail, visiting the wild boar and deer herders and the "Huilo - Huilo" waterfall.

Accommodation: tree house for 4 people

Meals: Dinner

Transportation: private

Day 2

With the first light of day, we begin the climb up Mocho Volcano (2,422m - west side). The slope to climb is between 600 and 1140m, depending on the season. The climb takes us over scree and glacier areas, and slopes up to 35°. Once at the summit, we will enjoy the beautiful views of southern Chile: the volcanoes Callaqui, Tolhuace, Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarica, Quetrupillán and Lanin to the north. And especially on the way awaiting us: volcano Puyehue, Casablanca, Osorno, Tronador, Puntiagudo and Calbuco, as well as the lakes Calafquén, Panquipulli, Ranco, Riñihue, Neltume and Pirihueico.

Accommodation: tree house for 4 people

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner

Transportation: private

Day 3

From Huilo-Huilo we drive, on a little used road called "Between the Lakes" to the Puyehue National Park. We pass the coasts of the lakes Ranco and Puyehue to the outskirts of Osorno. There we set up our tent site and relax in the natural hot springs.

Accommodation: tent for 2 people

Meals: Breakfast, dinner at campsite

Transport: private

Day 4

The ascent of Puyehue Volcano (2,240m - south slope) starts at 240m above sea level. The first stage takes us across meadows and forests until we reach the mountain hut "El Caulle". From this point we can reach the summit in 2-3 hours (about 8h total). There we enjoy an impressive view over the "Caulle" mountains and the lake Puyehue.

Accommodation: tent for 2 persons

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner at campsite

Transport: private

Day 5

Our next climb is Casablanca volcano, this time only 700m of altitude to climb. (940m in winter or spring). We start at the Antillanca ski center towards the crater Raihuen, and then via the northeast slope to the summit. On the way back we stop at the crater and pitch our tents there.

Accommodation: tent for 2 people

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner

Transport: private

Day 6

Today we leave our car behind and start a unique hike in the valleys formed by the lakes Rupanco and Todos Los Santos. First we descend to the "Las Gaviotas" area on the southern shore of Lake Rupanco (20km, 6h). This is the perfect place to socialize with the people living here, enjoy the local cuisine and find yourself in nature.

Accommodation: tent for 2 people

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner at campsite

Day 7

The second part of this hike takes us to the lagoon "Los Quetros", home of the Fuentalba family. 9km can be done in about 4 hours, parts of our equipment will be carried by the donkeys.

Accommodation: tent for 2 persons

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner at the campsite

Transport: Caballo Pilchero (max. 80kg)

Day 8

Our last bath in hot springs was already 4 days ago - good motivation to hike the next 14km (4-5h) to the land of the Altamirano family and their hut "Refugio El Callao". There we sleep in cozy rooms, enjoy homemade food and relax in wooden tubs filled with hot spring water and the nature surrounding us, while we ponder what we have achieved in the last days.

Accommodation: mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner

Transport: caballo pilchero (max 80kg)

Day 9

The last leg of our hike will eventually take us to the port of "El Rincon" on Todos Los Santos Lake. This trail of 16km (4h) gives us impressive views of the Puntiagudo volcanoes, the ash hills and numerous waterfalls. Arriving at "El Rincon", we cross the lake in a boat to the port of Petrohue. There our car will be waiting to take us to Osorno Volcano (2,652m).

Accommodation: mountain hut

Catering: Breakfast, snack, dinner

Transport: boat, car

Day 10

The mountain hut "Refugio Teski" is our next home. In the slopes of Osorno Volcano we admire the beautiful views of Calbuco Volcano, Llanquihue Lake, Reloncaci Bay and Puerto Varas. The ascent of Osornos Volcano starts in the early morning hours. We choose the east slope to climb, as it requires more glacier hiking techniques. 1,500m of elevation gain, glacier crossing, slopes up to 60° (guide:client ratio = 1:2). This climb allows us to stand in 6-8h at the best viewpoint of the south of Chile!

Accommodation: mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast, snack, dinner

Day 11

Relaxation or reserve day for a second attempt. There is the option to spend the day canyoning or rafting.

Accommodation: hotel***

Meals: Breakfast, snack

Transport: private

Day 12

Our last day is our wild card. Before sunrise we start the climb up Calbuco volcano (2,015m). We hike on the southeastern slope, by Rio Blanco through the Llanquihue National Reserve. It is of course possible to exchange this volcano for a full day of canyoning in the Rio Blanco, or a city walk including shopping in Puerto Varas.

End of tour.

Accommodation: Hotel***

Meals: Breakfast, snack at Calbuco Volcano

Additional package "Start / End in Santiago": included: Day 0: Transportation from the airport, city tour in Santiago, transportation and guide in Santiago, luxury night bus from Santiago to Osorno. Day 12: Luxury night bus from Puerto Varas to Santiago. Day 13: City tour "Santiago-Valparaiso" or "Wine Route (Causin Macul, Concha and Toro)", Hotel ***. Day 14: Transport from the hotel to the airport. Price: EUR 540,--



Local guides (Spanish, English), climbing permit, national park fee, excursions (as indicated in the tour itinerary), Transport (as indicated in the tour itinerary*), Equipment (rope, helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe, carabiners, slings, rappelling equipment, mountain tents, cooking/kitchen equipment, camping tables and chairs), Insurance for the excursion (Seguros Interamericana), food and accommodation (as indicated in the tour itinerary), first aid equipment(WFR), and salvage equipment in case of an accident, satellite phone (4USD / minute), satellite GPS messenger and/or VHF radios.

* Transportation is subject to tour itinerary and availability. Huella Andina reserves the right to change the type of transportation to meet the schedule. If the tour itinerary includes luggage carriers or pack horses, the maximum weight for these is 15kg per person.

Insurance: The insurance taken out when booking the tour covers death and accidents during the excursion: trekking, volcano climbing, rafting, canyoning, canopy. The insurance is taken out by HAE Ltda. We will be happy to inform you about the amount of the insurance on request. It is the responsibility of the traveler to take out additional life and/or travel insurance.


Not included: personal equipment, life and/or travel insurance, luggage carriers or horses , additional costs in cities, meals (if not specified in the tour itinerary or menu included), additional nights (if not specified, or in case of changes in the tour itinerary), alcoholic beverages, tips, anything else not explicitly mentioned in the program.Equipment to be brought by the participants: Hiking/climbing clothes (in "layer system", gloves and headgear), hiking boots (leather or plastic), sandals, gaiters, swimwear, towel, sunglasses (reserve glasses), backpack ( 55lt.), travel bag (with lock), sleeping bag (synthetic, -7°C comfort), sleeping pad, hiking poles, headlamp (spare batteries), bottle or water bag for 1l of water, camera, sunscreen (face and lips). INFO: It is also possible to rent equipment. Contact us for more information about your appropriate equipment..


Requirements: No experience in mountaineering / climbing required, but physical fitness for up to 12 hours lasting load with luggage as well as the construction of the tent site and assistance with cooking is required. Assessment of participants' prerequisites is subject to the judgement of the mountain guides.Participant and age restrictions: For people aged between 12 and 70 years. Not suitable for persons with heart problems, or a disability that prevents this physical activity, pregnant women, and persons under 18years of age without written permission from a parent or guardian authorized by the parent or guardian. Please seek advice from a specialist in sports medicine on any health issues before deciding to participate. HAE Ltd. reserves the right to cancel an upcoming tour in the event of adverse weather conditions or other reasons relating to safety, as assessed by the tour guides. In this case the tour may be postponed or cancelled. In the event of cancellation of an ongoing tour due to bad weather, at the request of the participants, accidents, or other reasons, payments made will not be refunded. HAE Ltd. reserves the right, with the consent of the participants, to change the itinerary or details of a tour in the event of adverse weather conditions or other reasons relating to safety, as assessed by the tour guides. We expressly point out that the booking of this tour cannot include the right to climb to the summit.

José Miguel & Matías

Foundation 2009
What I offer: Mountaineering, Trekking & Volcano Tours in Southern Chile.
Language: English, Spanish
Booking: Tours with fixed price, Individual Bookings
Profession: Agency
Foundation: 2009