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Cajon del Maipo 12 day guided ski tour

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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!


12 Days

Sep - 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

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- 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.


About the guide

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Mountain 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

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What people are saying about Carlos



Although we weren’t able to make it to the top due to a last minute weather change, we truly enjoyed the expedition and Carlos as a guide! We will be trying again next year 😁



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.



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.



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!



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 :)

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