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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

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.

kobi itah


September, 2021

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Gregory Lines


September, 2021

The whole trip was excellent. Explore share did a great job coordinating. Carlos is an experienced guide and effective teacher. I felt safe with him the whole time we were on the mountain. The weather was terrific and we summited just as expected. I highly recommend Carlos Vasquez for Mont Blanc.

Florian Plaza


August, 2021

Carlos was a professional and committed guide! We had three great days. He was friendly and guided us savely up to mt blanc. i dont understand the one bad rating carlos got. In my opinion it think it was an bloody amateur which shouldnt have been on mt blanc in the first place. Let me say one thing. If you have no experience on higher mountains and in climbing in general, there is no place for you on mt blanc. train hard, prepare and come with the right expectation!

Tomcik Christopher


February, 2021

Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)

Rui Tuna


August, 2020

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Gerardo Lamperti


August, 2020

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Carlos Escolano Guiote


August, 2020

My congrats for such an amazing guide like Carlos. Talented, experienced, all full of easy explanation that made it possible. The most safety way to guarantee you getting yo the top. Thanks!

Scott Horrocks


February, 2020

Carlos is superbien guide! Thanks for a great trip!

Prarabdh Awasthi


October, 2019

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Daniel Shannon


September, 2019

Had a amazing experience with Carlos! He fit lots into a 4 day trip, including multi-pitch rock climbing, mixed climbing, glacier traverse and a 4000m peak. Carlos is well connected in Chamonix and made the trip very easy by taking care of the logistics. He kept me motivated and had a fantastic personality the whole time! Can't wait to climb with him again!

Mizushima /


August, 2019

I have strained back on the way to mountain So we have changed the course The guide assisted me very well and well done

Kyong woodward


July, 2019

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.



July, 2019

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.

Scott Murdoch


July, 2019

Everything was as agreed.

Daniel Hall


July, 2019

Carlos is an unbelievable guide and I would recommend him to anyone considering any trip with him. He is very knowledgeable but relaxed with how he treats his clients. Would absolutely hire him again

Andrejs Dovganuks


June, 2019

Bit more trouble with booking, it blocked amount from credit card two times. Guide was professional and made climb very enjoyable

Joe Rumer


June, 2019

Carlos is a fantastic guide - he has over 20 years experience in the mountains and the right attitude: safety first, then enjoyment. His excellent local knowledge of the routes meant we could adapt to the weather and conditions. He also has the mix of being an excellent alpinist but also loving the scenery and wildlife. We had an incredible experience that we will never forget! This 3 day trip is a great option as you have a 'training day' to help acclimatise, refresh skills and come together as a group before your ascent! explore-share is a great platform to connect adventurers with guides and experiences - the chat service allowed us to ask questions first and work out the best dates for us

Edward Hoyle


June, 2019

Carlos is a great guy and knowledgable guide! Although we were unable to attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to weather, Carlos still ensured that we had a really fun and interesting trip! I would definitely recommend!

Prarabdh Awasthi


August, 2018

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Ian Summers


August, 2018

This was an incredible experience. Carlos did an amazing job. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the climb and was great at getting our shelter and transportation secured all while making sure I was safe and having fun the entire time we were climbing. I couldn’t be more confident to recommend. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, high in the French Alps then climb Mont Blanc with Carlos.



July, 2018

Carlos was amazing! Great person, beautiful trip. Get in good shape!

Peter Vuchev


August, 2016

Our trip to Mont Blanc with Carlos can be summarised with only 1 word - disappointment. I definitely DO NOT recommend for anyone to use Carlos's services based on my experience. He is not serious ,changing our appointments at the last minute ,then yelling and not supporting at all in the mountain,not being prepared with the weather forecast and in general seeming bored and not interested. I did not feel any support from his side and on top of everything he lost us in a snowstorm on our way down. Huge disappointment!




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