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

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Join José and the Huella Andina ANGM Mountain Guides team for a rock climbing tour in the Chilean Patagonia. Explore the Cochamó Valley and climb “The Shark’s Fin Ridge”!

Private

Andes

4 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec

High

Intermediate


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 abseiling. It 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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Personal insurance

- Rope

- Quickdraws

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Not included: Guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear (like a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, climbing shoes, harness, helmet,

Belay and rappel devices. But available for rent if requested), life and/or travel insurance, private porters or horses (the program includes packhorses to carry to the main load), extra expenses for cities, alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary or not included in the menu, extra nights lodging in cities or due to changes in the itinerary, everything else not mentioned in the program.


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.

 

Details

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.

Equipment you will need to bring

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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Huella Andina

4.90

(17)

Guiding agency

José Miguel and the HAE Guides are based in the south of Chile. They are members of ANGM - the National Association of Mountain Guides - and local guides who are happy to share with you their experience and expertise in climbing, skiing and/or trekking, as well as their knowledge of the area and its people.

Huella Andina is a registered guiding company that has been developing mountain tours since 2009. We operate several trips in national parks and wilderness areas, specializing in expeditions to the main volcanoes of southern Chile: Osorno, Calbuco, Yates, Puntiagudo, as well as the high mountains of the Maipo Valley and the Atacama region.

Languages

English

Certificates

ANGM

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What people are saying about Huella Andina

Grace

4.00

Amazing experience, gracias!

Christina

5.00

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!

Sven

5.00

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

Claudia

5.00

Jose Miguel delegated the guiding to Eduardo who is an internationally qualified mountain guide. Between the two they delivered an individualised trip for me. Starting with a climb of El Plomo from a ski field close to Santiago is a great way to acclimatise. Finding the road to Laguna Santa Rosa closed due to land slides was no big deal.We stayed a night in Caldera and took a different route the next day. Eduardo changed the itinerary slightly to better accommodate my abilities. I felt very safe with him. The Atacama area is an amazing place to visit. Highly recommended! One tip: come well prepared for the cold.

Creighton

5.00

Best experience we could have asked for. I'm so happy we hired a guide for this. Their knowledge, expertise, and personality made the trip amazing. The climb is well worth the effort and I highly recommend.


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