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5-day San Jose Volcano expedition

San Jose Volcano

Join Pedro, local aspirant mountain guide, on this 5-day San Jose Volcano expedition. And look inside an active volcano surrounded by amazing scenery!

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5 Days

Feb, Mar, Dec




This 5-day San Jose Volcano Expedition will take you to an emblematic and active volcano in the heart of the Cordillera de los Andes.

San Jose Volcano (5856 m) is located in the border between Chile and Argentina. From the Chilean side it is situated in the Metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile. And the summit can be easily approached from this side. Our hike will start 60 kms east of Santiago, near the town of San Gabriel in the region of San José del Maipo.

During this very special expedition we'll climb a very active volcano above 5800 meters. We'll be going through a wild environment with amazing views of the valley and the Cordillera de los Andes.

We'll spend the night at traditional mountain huts or in tents right there on the slopes, where you'll feel all the power of the Andean nights, where the stars cover the sky and the moon light the snow in the mountains.

Plus, reaching the summit will be an amazing experience, because we'll be surrounded not only by the amazing mountain scenery, but also we'll be able to look inside the volcano's crater!

Want to join me on this 5-day San Jose Volcano expedition? Send me a request now and I’ll take you on an amazing adventure you will never forget!

And if you want to try a different program in the same area, please check my 4-day Cerro El Plomo expedition.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer


Day 1: Santiago - Refuge Plantat (3130 m)

: Cargo is transported with mules.

The first day we walk on a path in a valley with little slope and then start climbing up to the Refuge Plantat at 3130msnm, an old and rustic refuge at the foot of the volcano.
The shelter does not have any services. 800m+ vertical drop / 4 hours walk.

Day 2: Refugio Plantat - Camp 1 (4000 m)

From here onwards each participant loads his backpack.

Second day of expedition we must already load our backpacks, ascend to a section that provides us with water and allows us to set up camp around 4100m.

Day 3: Camp 1 - Camp 2 (4900 m)

Third day we continue our ascent until the 4900m. loading our backpacks, we eat and we sleep early for the next day.

Day 4: Camp 2 - Summit (5856 m) - Refugio Plantat

Fourth day is the attempt to summit, around 4am we start the long journey from our high camp to the crater of the volcano, at noon we arrive at the summit, exposed to sulfur gas and wind, an incredible panorama on all sides, we give a hug summit, we descend to the high camp and if the forces allow it to the refuge Plantat.

Day 5: Refugio Plantat – Santiago de Chile

Fifth day we descend to the Cabrerio and Santiago.



More info

The expedition is available on other months, but it’s more challenging and could take more days. Please let me know if you want to try it.

About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA Guide from Chile

I’m a mountain guide of UIAGM –IFMGA. I was born in 1983, I live in Pucón, a small city in the northern Patagonia of Chile, a long and narrow country of mountains, that permits do a ski and ski tour in winter and spring and rock climbing and mountaineering in the spring, summer, and autumn.

I love all the mountains sports and enjoy spending my time there.
I start to guide since 2012 as a national mountain guide and since 2016 as an international mountain guide of UIAGM-IFMGA.


English | Spanish



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