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Mountain Climbing in Chile

Scale the smoky Andean summits and dramatic rock formations of Chile

Rocky, rugged, high and challenging. The terrain of Chile forms the perfect natural playground for exciting mountain climbing. Scale steamy volcanoes in the Central Volcanic Zone, ascend summits with a rich and flourishing flora in the background. Visit between December and March for quality mountain climbing conditions.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Torrey Hata

5.00

October, 2022

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

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Toril Asbjornsen

4.00

October, 2022

Climbing the Osorno Volcano (2,656m), Overnight and sunrise ascent from the Teski Hut, near Puerto Varas

Falco provided necessary gear to us and took us safe and efficient on the top and down again.

Shariff Lovett

5.00

October, 2022

4-day intermediate rock climbing trip in Cajón del Maipo, Chile

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Latrice Jones

5.00

February, 2022

Cerro El Plomo (5424m), 4-day ascent in the Andes, near Santiago

My guide Angela was great. Her experience and expertise helped me make the climb of a lifetime. My safety and well-being were her first and foremost concern.

Christina Mrukowicz

5.00

January, 2022

Climbing the Osorno Volcano (2,656m), Overnight and sunrise ascent from the Teski Hut, near Puerto Varas

I had a wonderful time on my journey to the top of the Osorno Volcano and cannot recommend Huella Andina enough. José and his team were very good at communicating with me from the moment I booked my trip. While I had been initially a little hesitant, unsure if I had enough experience for this trip, José was very clear about what to expect and assured me that my prior experience was definitely sufficient, putting my mind at ease. The trip itself was very well organized. My guide, Falco, picked me up from my hostel in Puerto Varas. I was able to stay in the Teski Refuge the night before the ascent, enjoying a delicious dinner and breakfast prior to the start. The climb became a little technical, as conditions were icy toward the top, but Falco was an excellent lead, telling me exactly what to do once we started to use the ropes. The view from the top was very special as you climb above the sea of clouds and see other volcanoes in the distance. If you are planning a trip to Osorno, I highly recommend Huella Andina Expeditions to take you all the way to the top! Can't wait to come back to Chile and do another trek with them!

Karl Trellinger

3.00

January, 2022

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

It has been difficult for me as the one group member who did not speak Spanish fluently to be and feel included, as most group conversations happened - understandably - in Spanish. Very fortunately, two fellow climbers spoke English very well, which was very important to exchange information and have good conversations in general. I recommend to non-Spanish speaking climbers to either join a trip like that with a friend or learn to speak Spanish very well. I can get through while traveling in South America with my rudimentary Spanish, but it is insufficient for me to follow or participate in Spanish spoken conversations.

Tomcik Christopher

5.00

February, 2021

Ojos del Salado, 9-day Ascent in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)

Sven Serena

5.00

February, 2020

Climb the Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile, Day trip from Puerto Varas

Jose Miguel is a very professional guide and I enjoyed the experience on Calbuco very much. Thanks for everything!

Marco Maruschke

5.00

January, 2020

Hike to the summit of the Villarrica Volcano (2,847m), Day trip from Pucón

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Peter Krysta

5.00

January, 2020

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

Lautaro did a truely amazing job!!!!

Biff Palmer

2.00

January, 2020

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

We loved Gaston - he was very nice - BUT - one of the team members was not prepared - at all - for this type of climb which significantly hampered the performance of the other team members. I would STRONGLY encourage a stronger process of weeding out those who have no business signing up for such a climb - I will admit, my entire experience was 'ruined' because of the weak climber - we had to take long, long, long breaks in order for her to catch up making the rest of us extremely cold - it was so unfortunate - additionally, I would suggest a higher hiker to guide ratio - since we were required to carry our own gear to the high camp - and one of the members was not strong enough to pull their own weight - this added additional burden to the other climbers! I am so frustrated that due to the lack of training, responsibility, and knowledge of one climber it ruined the entire experience for the rest of us!

B. Bortot

5.00

December, 2019

Climbing the Osorno Volcano (2,656m), Overnight and sunrise ascent from the Teski Hut, near Puerto Varas

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Peter Seibt

5.00

November, 2019

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

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Chris

5.00

November, 2019

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

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Pierre Loap

5.00

October, 2019

Marmolejo (6108 m) 8 day guided expedition

Nicolas is an excellent guide, with incredible mountaineering knowledge and technique (which was particularly worthwhile during our expedition when we encountered harsh winter conditions). His english is also very good. In short, I recommend this mountain guide.

Suzanne Foster

5.00

May, 2019

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

Christian was an amazing guide and made sure everyone was safe and looked after. It was an awesome experience.

Anonymous

5.00

May, 2019

El Plomo Peak guided 3-day ascent

Gastón is incredible and so professional! He met with us before the trip to make sure we were prepared and to go over all the details which was extremely helpful. Dinners with his great cooking and good conversation were one of my favorite things. When we hiked, he set the perfect steady pace for acclimating to the altitude and not getting too tired. This trip wouldn't have been the same without Gastón. I wouldn't go with anyone else!

Jerry Bierbower

5.00

February, 2019

14-Day Ojos del Salado (6898m) ascent with acclimatization

You People there at Explore have really put a great trip together. I don,t know how you could improve on this. Thanks forgiving me the chance to experience Chile!

Tomasz

4.00

January, 2019

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

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Nels Pederson

5.00

January, 2019

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

We had an incredible time on our trip! Gaston was amazing, and we were very fortunate to have him as our guide. He has spent a lifetime hiking in Chile, and it reflected in his planning and preparation for the trip. With his help we were able to push to the top, and make awesome memories along the way!

J.T. Mc Grath

5.00

November, 2018

Ascent to Licancabur – San Pedro de Atacama

Awesome climb!!

Tom

5.00

July, 2018

Mountaineering expedition to Darwin Range

The trip was great! Sebastian's colleague Ignacio catered it exactly as I have envisioned the trip to be according to my skills and background experience. He was patient and helpful when I struggled in certain moments and he taught me a lot of important safety details on various aspects of the activity, which was what I expected. Overall, a fantastic three days and will definitely return if I have time next year!

Anonymous

5.00

April, 2018

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

A+++ fantastic guide, very professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you Cristian for a memorable day!

Erik Tschudi Madsen

5.00

November, 2017

Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

Are you up for a rewarding adventure - go for the Lascar Volcano. Our very experienced guide Christian Fernandez made sure everything was in place for a great experience, from safe driving to making breakfast to setting a good pace for reaching the top without being too affected by the altitude. Stunning views and a great sense of accomplishment, our thanks to Christian and explore-share.com for a truly memorable hike. Best regards, Erik (37) and Christopher (30), Norway

Malcolm

5.00

February, 2017

Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

I recommend Gaston as an example of a first rate mountain guide. Very attentive to his clients and an excellent chef. I have never been so well looked after on an expedition. Thank you all very much.

Pierre

5.00

October, 2014

Ascent to Llullaillaco Volcano 6740m

Gaston is very a reliable and respected guide. He has a great experience to share. We climbed together Plomo from Santiago de Chile. It remains unforgettable.


 

There are many reasons for choosing Mountain Climbing in Chile

The Central Volcanic Zone in western South America forms one of the major volcanic neighbourhoods along the Andes. The high rising Ojos del Salado is home here, which at 6,893 meters is the world’s highest active volcano, as well as being the second highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemisphere, peaked only slightly by Aconcagua (6,961 meters).

 

Good to know:

Country code

+56

Language

Spanish

Currency

Chilean peso

Best time to visit

Visit between December and March for quality mountain climbing conditions

What's the weather like?

The mountains of Chile receive temperatures that are much cooler than other regions of the country, as well as experiencing a windy and dry climate

More info about Mountain Climbing in Chile:

Chile forms a curious long and narrow strip that is squeezed between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andean mountains to the east. The country is 2,653 miles long, yet just 110 miles wide on average. Chile borders Peru and Bolivia to the north and northeast, while to the east it borders Argentina, with which it shares much of the Andes. To the south of Chile lies the Drake Passage. Its extreme length creates a deep diversity of climates and terrain, with the mountains playing a prominent role

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