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Cerro Arenas 1 or 2 day climb by its southern face

Cerro Arenas 1 or 2 day climb by its southern face

Come climb Cerro Arenas near Santiago de Chile in company of Nicolas, local IFMGA aspirant mountain guide. A great 1 or 2 day trip, depending on your level.

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1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Dec




In the Arenas Valley in Cajón del Maipo (Santiago de Chile) there is the famous Cerro Arenas, a needle with an imposing 1400-meter-high south face. Due to its rock characteristics and its privileged location, Cerro Arenas is considered one of the most classic alpine climbs in Central Andes.

To get to its base we will make a short approximation walk of about 2,5 hours. Once there we will begin the first section of the ascent through a four-pitch route of medium to moderate difficulty. After a second hike in the middle of the way, we will have two options:

  1. To continue climbing to the summit. It implies about 400 meters long with an intermediate-high technical difficulty.

  2. To set up a bivouac and thus postpone the final climb and descent for the following day.

The first option is quite demanding and requires prior experience in multi-pitch itineraries. The second one is recommended if you do not have great experience in long climbing routes.

Regardless of the decision you take, it will be necessary to have a good physical condition and some basic alpine climbing techniques. The best period to enjoy the rock of Cerro Arenas is from November till March.

If you want to be part of such an exciting experience in Central Chile, then send your request and book the trip. I’ll be happy to be your guide!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include transfer from Santiago and meals.


Meeting point

Santiago de Chile

About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Chile

Mountain guide and instructor from the Chilean Andinism Federation (FEACH) and certified Wilderness First Responder.

I’ve opened several climbing routes in Chile, and was one of the first and very few Chileans to summit Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, Paine Grande and Torres del Paine.

I climbed almost all the technical mountain in Cajón del Maipo, in Central Chile, and did some of the most important routes in Yosemite, Indian Creek and Patagonia.

And regarding ski mountaineering, I skied down Mount Illimani and Huayna Potosí in Bolivia, and Cerro Castillo, Morado Norte and Sur in Chile.




Cajón del Maipo, Chile

What people are saying about Nicolás Gutierrez de la Fuente

Paul Wolf


August, 2022

nicolas was fabulous and made the trip recommend him highly



December, 2019

The trip didn't happen due to weather conditions.

Pierre Loap


October, 2019

Nicolas is an excellent guide, with incredible mountaineering knowledge and technique (which was particularly worthwhile during our expedition when we encountered harsh winter conditions). His english is also very good. In short, I recommend this mountain guide.

Michael Hwang


August, 2019

Nico was an incredible guide. I wanted to ski the canaletas in Cerro Arenas and he was excited to take me there. He knows Cajon del Maipo like the back of his hand. Afterall, this is his backyard. He has spent decades skiing, climbing and exploring this region and his knowledge of the terrain and weather is very impressive. His english is good as well, and he is a really nice guy on top of all that. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a great ski mountaineering adventure.

Julie Molinaro


March, 2019

My trip with Nicolas was perfect. He catered to my climbing preference and the hot springs at the end of day was exactly what we needed. I would definitely do it again! Thanks Nico for my first experience in climbing in Chile!

Charles Bellafiore


February, 2019

The guide did not know the route. We spent a lot of time trying to find the route. The climbing itself was good.

Carl A Latkin


November, 2018

The trip was awesome. Our guide Nicolas was extremely knowledgeable about the terrain and very helpful. He is an expert guide. The sights were beautiful. The office quickly responded to our request and questions and provided excellent information.



May, 2018

I was really disappointed with Casa de Guias. It was not a terrible experience because Casa de Guias had found a wonderful guide and assistant although they did not know them (allmountain guide). As to Explore -Share I don´t intent to buy anything. I will write a full description of what happened by e-mail.



March, 2018

The trip was really nice and I enjoyed the climbing a lot!


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