Cajon del Maipo 12 day guided ski tour

Join Carlos, IFGMA/UIAGM local mountain guide, on this challenging 12 day guided ski tour in the amazing mountain valley of Cajon del Maipo in Chile!




Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Sep, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Not specified


  • Reach the top of the San José Volcano (5800 m)

  • Admire the most amazing landscapes, glaciers and summits of the Patagonian Chile

  • Improve your ski touring skills in the company of an expert local guide


In a deep and remote valley of Chile’s Central Andes, Cajon del Maipo is waiting to be explored.  I invite you to fall in love with its landscapes, glaciers and summits on this exciting 12 day guided ski tour!

Just outside of Santiago de Chile, Cajon del Maipo is one of the less visited  settings in Chile and all of South America. However, this stunning remote valley offers endless possibilities for cross-country skiing and freeriding. Consequently, it is the ideal ski touring playground for this  program!

On this trip, we’ll travel across the heart of the Chilean Andes from the San Jose Volcano to the Baños Morales Valley. Every day, we will wake up early in the morning and enjoy some freeride sessions in a wild and remote high mountain environment. Regarding our accommodation, we’ll sleep in tents and mountain huts where we’ll be able to appreciate the spectacular landscape under the magical Patagonian stars. You can find a more detailed itinerary below.  

This trip is suitable for intermediate skiers. Because we’ll be skiing between 4 and 5 hours every day,  all participants need to be in great physical shape.

So if you are ready for this 12-day guided ski tour, come and join me on this trip to the amazing Cajon del Maipo. Send your request and get ready to experience the ultimate Patagonian adventure!

Looking for more unforgettable experiences in Chile? You may also be interested in this 1+day mountaineering adventure in Cerro Unión.

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Price per person

Group of 1
3500 USD

Group of 2
2500 USD

Group of 3
2250 USD

Group of 4
2200 USD

Group of 5
2200 USD

Group of 6
2200 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
 Price includes : -Snowmobiles for the days of expedition -Half board in Lodge and Mountain huts -Full board on expedition days


  • Day 1Santiago-Baños Morales.

    Meeting at the Airport of Santiago de Chile.

    We’ll transfer to the town of Baños Morales (4 × 4 vehicle if necessary).

  • Day 2Cerro Union

    After having breakfast we’ll go to the Arenas Valley (30 minutes).

    We will put on our skiis and after 4 or 5 hours of crossing, we’ll go to the Cerro Unión (3000 m) summit.

    Then, we’ll have a little snack and  enjoy some more time for skiing.

    Finally, we will return to the Arenas Valley base.

    Night in a refugee.

  • Day 3Arenas Valley

    After having breakfast, we’ll put on our skiis and cross along one of the channels of the south face of the Arenas hill (1000 m). This crossing will take us 4 hours.

  • Day 4Arenas Valley

    After having breakfast, we’ll explore the second corridor on the south side of Cerro Arenas. (1000 m). This stretch will take us 5 hours.

  • Day 5Hot Springs of Colina

    After having breakfast, we’ll explore the Valley of Baños Colina, where we can enjoy some hot springs, which come directly from the San José Volcano (5800 m). After relaxing for a while, we will return to Baños Morales.

    We will sleep in the Village Lodge.

  • Day 6Volcano Base Camp

    We’ll take on the  snowmobiles and approach the San José Volcano.

    At the end of the Engorda Valley, we will set up our base camp (3300 m).

  • Day 7Camp 1 Volcano

    A long acclimatization journey will take us to camp 1 of the San José Volcano (6 to 8 hours).

    Overnight in tents (4400 m).

  • Day 8Field 1 Volcano

    Acclimatization day and ski.

  • Day 9Volcán San José (5800 m)

    We’ll start crossing to the summit (1400 m) very early in the morning.

    It will take us between 7 to 9 hours and we’ll appreciate the amazing panoramic views of the Andes mountain range.

    We will be able to see the great summits that surround us and we will prepare ourselves for the great descent to our base camp (2500 m).

  • Day 10Volcano - Baños Morales

    We’ll continue skiing through the Valley of Engorda, going down until we meet our 4 × 4 vehicle.

    Overnight at the Baños Morales lodge.  Finally, we’ll celebrate with delicious local cuisine: roasted lamb and a good Chilean wine.

  • Day 11Baños Morales- Santiago

    Early in the morning, we will prepare our backpacks and descend to Santiago de Chile.

    Free Afternoon to buy souvenirs.

  • Day 12Last day!

    Santiago de Chile Airport.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Santiago de Chile Airport


Mountain hut

In a tent


About the Guide


IFGMA/UIAGM Guide from Chile

I have extensive experience guiding in the Andes and Europe. I am a resident in Chile, Spain and Chamonix. I am very sociable and motivated. I am always available for projects in the mountains.



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What People are Saying about Carlos Vasquez Barriga


Carlos is superbien guide! Thanks for a great trip!
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Scott Horrocks
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Prarabdh Awasthi
Thanks to Carlos and explore- share staff:) My experience with booking through explore-share and climbing to Mount Blanc with Carlos were fantastic! He is very easy going and flexible.
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Kyong woodward
The guide is friendly and attention to safety. But the arrangement of such time and place is not suitable for us. The first day took the cable car at 1:30 PM and then take the train, stay in Tête Rousse refuge, only spend 5 hours total. And midnight at 2:00 Am started to climb to the summit and straightly back to the train station to catch the train at 5 Pm. It would take 15 hours. The physical strength of the two days was too unbalanced. In fact, I would not have these problems If we stayed in the Gouter refuge on the first day. My husband and I knew that will be a big test for us, but it doesn\'t mean we want to give up the climb to the summit. The uncomfortable thing is, The guide asked to go back even we didn\'t see the Mont Blanc. I am very upset, but the guide insists that I don\'t have a way to resist. My husband and I just slowly walk with disappointment. At 9 Am we arrived at Tête Rousse refuge, and slowly took a meal, slowly descended the mountain, and arrived at the train station at 1 o\'clock, not 5 pm. We spent time and money to climb our dream Mountain, but this is the result, very dissatisfied of.
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