Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Trip briefing and equipment check. We recommend having dinner early and resting well. You should get to San Martin de los Andes no later than noon.
At 7:00 am I will pick you up from your accommodation in San Martin de los Andes. You must have had breakfast and be ready to leave.
We will drive towards the Mamuil-Malal international pass. After an hour and a half (110 km) we will arrive at the base of the Lanín Volcano (1100m). The authorities of the National Park will register our equipment and will designate the overnight hut.
The trek begins walking through a lenga forest (native trees) for about 45 minutes. Then we will arrive at an edge known as “Espina de Pescado” (Fish Thorn) and head up the “Camino de Mulas” (Mule Trail). Finally we will reach the first refuge, BIM (2315m), or the second, CAJA (2601m), depending on what National Parks have determined.
At the mountain hut we will rest, eat, hydrate and review the next day’s plan, taking into account the weather report.
If the weather permits, this will be the day we attempt the Lanin Volcano summit. We usually wake up at 2AM, have breakfast, prepare the necessary equipment and start walking with headlights. On this day the route is more technical: we walk along the side of the glacier, on frozen snow, using crampons, canes and ice axes.
Before reaching the summit we will see the sunrise from the heights.
Once at the summit of the Volcano, we take some photos and start the descent.
Possible rockfalls require the use of helmets. If the quality of the snow allows, we can do “Culipatín” (sliding on the snow with a device provided by me), which will save us a lot of energy for the descent.
In the mountain hut area you can rest and eat something. Then we continue the descent to the entrance of the Lanín National Park. The truck will return us to the city of San Martin de los Andes.
Approximate time of return: 17 hs.
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina
Polar neck or buff
Micro polar (2)
Dry fit shirt (2)
Micro fleece trousers
Socks (2 pairs)
1 Polar thickness or thin jacket
Personal hygiene kit
5cm Tape for ampoules
AAGM Guide from Argentina
I love the mountains, nature, and all kind of outdoor activities. Especially those involving big challenges.
I was raised in San Martín de los Andes, in North Patagonia, and since then I enjoy exploring the forests and mountains in the region. In the 2003 I started working in adventure tourism, and became a mountain guide in order to make a living out of what I love.
I also spent many years participating in adventure races, winning several awards in competitions.
Get in touch with me if you are interested in discovering this region! My main specialty is Lanin Volacno, which I climbed and guided many times in all kind of conditions. But there are also many other beautiful places to enjoy! I work together with a group of colleagues, so if I'm not available to guide you, one of my friends will do it.
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