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Cajon del Maipo 12 day guided ski tour

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!

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12 Days

Sep, Oct, Nov




  • 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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

Price details

Price includes : -Snowmobiles for the days of expedition -Half board in Lodge and Mountain huts -Full board on expedition days


Day 1: Santiago-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 2: Cerro 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 3: Arenas 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 4: Arenas 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 5: Hot 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 6: Volcano 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 7: Camp 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 8: Field 1 Volcano

Acclimatization day and ski.

Day 9: Volcán 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 10: Volcano - 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 11: Baños Morales- Santiago

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

Free Afternoon to buy souvenirs.

Day 12: Last day!

Santiago de Chile Airport.




Mountain hut In a tent

Meeting point

Santiago de Chile Airport

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.


French | English

What people are saying about Carlos Vasquez Barriga

Arthur Tiberge


September, 2023

El guía Carlos, siempre fue muy atento y responsable en lo que compete a sus funciones, nunca me sentí desconfiado o desprotegido. Posee un alto conocimiento técnico asi también como una gran experiencia como guía. estoy sumamente agradecido pues su perfil fue muy acertado para mi persona. 100% recomendados para cualquier otra persona que busque un guía. El servicio brindados por Uds. la organización Explore-share tambien esta bien bien puntuado, siempre me proporcionaron informacion clara, transparente y real. 100% recomendados



August, 2023

Carlos was very professional and friendly!

Alec Saccogna


August, 2023

Carlos was amazing! It was a very smooth climb and a very fun trip!

Sumru Tamer


August, 2023

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Greg Wilson


August, 2023

This was my first time using explore share. Due to my work I asked for a guide on short notice. Luckily, the Explore Share representative was able to get me a guide for my requested trip. I was able to do both my climbs that I requested. Carlos was friendly and knowledgeable of the area and routes. He was able to answer any questions I had before hand as well. Overall a great first trip to the Alps and I look forward to climbing there again.

Adrien van den Branden


July, 2023

Expérience inoubliable avec le sommet du Mont Blanc en prime! Carlos est un super guide qui connaît son métier. Il a eu la bonne idée d’emprunter la voie italienne qui est géniale et moins fréquentée. Attention néanmoins à être en bonne forme physique car Carlos gardera un certain rythme.

Ivan Schenck


July, 2023

Carlos is a very experienced guide and a fantastic person to be in the mountains with. Thanks to Carlos me and my son of 21 years old reached the top of Mont Blanc from the Italian side and descended on the French side. Even though it was a hard and tough route, It was an unforgettable trip with only positive memories.

Mihai Giurgiulescu


January, 2023

Unfortunately our trip did not go as planned due to weather and conditions in the mountains, so we had to change our second objective. Our guides handled that with professionalism and determination, which resulted in a successful summit. We summitted the first mountain as well. Overall it was a successful trip and we are grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the country of Chile the way it happened.

Warren Bryan


September, 2022

Great experience from start to finish. Lupe found my group a great trip on very short notice and our Guides Carlos and Edu were great. Nice long backcountry tours that led to gnarly terrain in the Maipo Valley. Fantastic experience, highly recommend!

Konrad Domanski


July, 2022

Carlos was guiding us very well in the mountains and he knew perfectly, what he was doing on rock or on ice. However, the communication was not the easiest and we also did not learn as much as we wanted on our two "training days" - it was mostly teaching through doing rather than showing us new techniques.

Rudolfs Kregers


July, 2022

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Jason McDonald


July, 2022

Carlos was a fantastic guide.

Mihai Simoniac


June, 2022

Had a Wonderful Time in the french alps. However, the down side of it, is that I did not make it to the summit because of the weather, and had to make a U-turn from 4,400m altitude, just 1-2h away from the summit. Now after the first try, I think this can be organised differently so the chance for the summit is twofold or even three fold. How can it be done differently? Acclimatisation can start at Tete Rouse refuge with overnight stay plus two nights at Goutter refuge. If done this way the chance of making it to the Mont Blanc summit increases. You have a bad weather one morning, but you try it from 12noon & have plenty of time as you'll slip at Goutter. If all day has bad weather you try again next morning...

Christian Carrillo


June, 2022

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Susie Jones


December, 2021

Carlos is a very accomplished rock climber, speaks great English, and is fun to be around. We felt very safe while climbing with him on the Sharks Fin, and learned a lot too.


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