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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 | undefined

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.


1 Day

Jan - 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.

About the guide

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Mountain 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.



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What people are saying about Nicolás



nicolas was fabulous and made the trip recommend him highly



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.



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!



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



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.

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