2-day Guided Lanin Volcano ascent in Neuquén

Join Martín, an AAGM certified mountain guide, on this expedition to the top of the Lanin Volcano. Reach the summit of one of the most iconic peaks in the Andes!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Get to the top of one of the most iconic peaks in the Andes.

  • Spend an unforgettable alpine adventure with a local guide.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chilean and Argentinian mountains.

 

The Lanin volcano (3,776m) is one of the highest mountains in the Patagonia and one of the most popular mountaineering destinations of the Andes. If you want to reach its summit with an expert guide, then you’re welcome to join me!

Located near the town of Junín de los Andes, on the border between Argentina and Chile, Lanín is an ice-clad, cone-shaped stratovolcano. It forms part of two National Parks (Lanín in Argentina and Villarrica in Chile) and is an icon both for the Mapuche culture and the Neuquén province.

This 2-day ascent traverses the Argentinian side of the mountain. On the first day, we will hike through a native forest and border an impressive glacier. At night, we will stay in the hut indicated by the National Parks authorities. On the second day the route becomes more technical: we will need to use crampons, canes and ice axes.

In general terms, the ascent is technically simple: we will just hike uphill (you don’t need climbing skills!).  However, this expedition requires a good fitness level.  

So, if you want to climb the Lanín Volcano, one of the most attractive and mythical peaks of the Andes, please get in touch with me. The feeling of reaching its summit is indescribable!

I also offer a single day hiking to Cerro Mallo, near Lanín: check it out!

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Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 Equipment included: Canes, Ice Ax, Crampons, Mountain helmet and Tableware
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 0Previous meeting

    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.

  • Day 1The adventure begins

    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.

  • Day 2Summit Day

    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.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina

More info

Equipment needed:

Feather jacket

Headlamp

Windbreaker jacket

Ski gloves

Polar Hat

Sun hat

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Polar neck or buff

Micro polar (2)

Dry fit shirt (2)

Micro fleece trousers

Trouser cover

Socks (2 pairs)

Backpack

1 Polar thickness or thin jacket

Trekking pants

Sleeping bag

Insulated mattress

Trekking boots

Leggings

Waste bags

Water bottles

Medicines

Personal hygiene kit

5cm Tape for ampoules

 

About the Guide

 
 

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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