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4-day Multi-pitch climbing in the Cochamó Valley, from Puerto Varas

Join Rafael, ANGM-certified alpine guide, for a rock climbing tour in the Chilean Patagonia. Explore the Cochamó Valley and climb “The Shark’s Fin Ridge”!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Spend four days in a scenic region of Chile.

  • Climb a multi-pitch route with an expert guide.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes.

Description

Would you like to discover why the Cochamó Valley is Chile is a big wall climbing mecca? Then join me on this 4-day adventure and discover an awesome multi-pitch route!

The Cochamó is a U-shaped valley in the Chilean Patagonia, within the region of Los Lagos, 93km south of Puerto Varas. Due to its huge granite walls and its lush old-growth forests, it is called the Yosemite of Chile.

This area, which belongs to the Andes, is becoming a popular climbing destination since the year 2000. Rock climbers from all over the world come here to try some stunning over-1,000m routes, most of them multi-pitch (from 8 to more than 20 pitches).

On this 4-day trip, we will discover one of the most beautiful moderated lines in Cochamó, “The Shark’s Fin Ridge”. This 525-meter route, with 10 pitches and a difficulty level of 5.10+, will take us to the higher part of the French valley, offering a panoramic view of the whole area.

Although it is not a hard line, it requires previous experience in climbing, belaying and abseilingIt is an excellent choice to get started in multi-pitch climbing, or just to live a unique experience!  Keep in mind that you should have a good fitness level as we will hike 4 to 6 hours to Cerro La Junta. For more information, you can check the itinerary below.

So, if you are up for this exciting rock climbing tour in Chile, please contact me. Let’s explore the Cochamó Valley and head up an impressive multi-pitch route!

And if you are looking for mountaineering trips, check out my Osorno Volcano program.

Accommodation

Tents.

More info

Minimum age: 7 (children from 7 to 8 years old need parental authorization). /// Box Lunch: 1 sandwich, 2 cereal bars, 1 power bar, a bag with nuts and dry fruits, 2 fruits. Dinner:  Soup or salad; main dish; dessert; tea or coffee. Breakfast: Tea or coffee, yogurt with corn flakes, fruit, bread with jam. /// It is possible to add 1 or 2 days more to the itinerary. Please ask me if you are interested.

Meeting point

Puerto Varas, Ensenada, Petrohue, Puerto Octay or Cascadas. Osorno, Puerto Montt, Llanquihue or Frutillar has an extra cost of $15.000 CLP. Other places are available upon request.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cerro La Junta

Meeting at 9am and transfer to the Reloncavi Fjord (2 hours). Arrival in Cochamó village. Hike to Cerro La Junta (298m) (4-6 hours). Horses will carry the group equipment; you just need to carry your backpack with personal items.

Transfer: private transfer, pack horses.

Accommodation: tents at La Junta Camp.

Meals: snack and dinner at camp.

Day 2: Day 2 Preparation and practice

Single pitch climbs and multi-pitch communication & techniques review. Overnight at the camp or next to the starting point.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: breakfast, snack and dinner at camp.

 

Day 3: Multi-pitch climbing

Today we will attempt “The Shark’s Fin Ridge”. It will be a long day, but certainly unforgettable!

Accommodation: tents at La Junta Camp.

Meals: breakfast and snack at campsite.

Return to Puerto Varas.

 


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Proper clothing, headlamp, sunglasses, backpack (+35L), trekking boots, climbing shoes, backpack rain cover, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, sandals, swimsuit, towel and toiletries. Recommended: Depending on the season we recommend gaiters or rubber boots.


About the guide

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As a kid I grew up next to the majestic volcanoes and lakes of southern Chile. When I became an alpinist, I started climbing the big mountains of the Maipo Valley and that soon took me to climb in the Alps.

With my wife, dogs and son we live in Austria and in Chile, sharing life in two different places, but in the same way.

Since the year 2009, I'm guiding mostly the volcanoes of southern Chile and, when possible, the big mountains around Santiago and the Atacama desert.

I'm a member of the Chilean Mountain Guide Association (www.angm.cl), with whom we are working to bring the IFMGA standard to Chile, not only to validate our profession, but also to start teaching future mountain guides in Chile.

I work with a team of guides in the Puerto Varas area, so when I'm in Austria, I can arrange for you to climb with one of my colleagues.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 980 each

Group of 2

EUR 774 each

Group of 3

EUR 671 each

Group of 4

EUR 671 each

Group of 5

EUR 671 each

Group of 6

EUR 671 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Personal Insurance

Price details

• Included: harness, helmet, trekking poles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tents and camping gear. /// Inlcuded Transfers & meals are described in the itinerary. /// Optionals: Accommodation in Cochamó Hut (bed & breakfast) - horses for participants or their personal stuff.


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