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Climb the Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile, Day trip from Puerto Varas

Follow José and the Huella Andina ANGM Mountain Guides team to the top of the impressive Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile, close to Puerto Varas.

Private and Group

1 Day

All year




* Ascend a unique volcano in the Los Lagos Region.

* Enjoy stunning views of the Chilean Patagonia and the border with Argentina.

* Explore the varied vegetation of this fantastic path.


Explore one of Chile’s impressive peaks on this exciting one-day mountaineering adventure. Follow me to the top of the Calbuco Volcano, just 40 kilometers outside Puerto Varas, for some spectacular views and an unforgettable ascent.

First, let me share some interesting facts about this volcano:

  • It is in the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile.

  • In the Mapuche language, Calbuco means Blue Water.

  • Its particular shape is due to the volcanic eruption of 1893.

Now, onto our Calbuco ascent:

Our adventure begins at 5.00am with a drive from Puerto Varas to Valle Los Ulmos in the Ensenada Village. Once there, we’ll hike through the Valdivian rainforest up to a waterfall. On the way, we’ll see some marks of the volcano’s last eruption (1961 and 2015). The next part of the ascent is usually the most challenging and will take us through volcanic rocks and loose terrain. However,  we will be rewarded by stunning views of the Llanquihue Lake and the Chilean and Argentine Andes. After 2 hours of this terrain, we’ll follow an easier route to the craters (main, old and new). The last ascent to the north and south peaks varies between seasons. Finally, we’ll go down following the same route.

On the way to the top of this stunning peak, we will witness a change in vegetations and dazzling views of Lake Llanquihue, the volcanoes Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador, and Puerto Montt. It will definitely be worth it!

So, are you ready for a unique adventure in the Andes? Then send your request and discover the magic of the Chilean Patagonia! I would love to be your guide.

If you are looking for more adventures in Chile, follow me to the top of the Osorno Volcano or the Puntiagudo Volcano.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

The price is per person to join a group. It does not include guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear (like your mountain boots, clothing, gloves, sunglasses, day pack, water bottle, or snack), life and/or travel insurance, extra expenses, alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary or not included in the menu, extra nights lodging in cities, or due to changes in the itinerary.


More info

This trip is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart problems or disabilities. Participants under 18 need to present written authorization of parents or legal guardian. Participants need to be 15 years old at least.

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Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Activity-appropriate clothing for mountaineering and trekking (base layer suit, fleece jacket, windproof and waterproof jacket & trousers, trekking pants, thermal jacket, first layer gloves, windproof and waterproof gloves, beanie), mountaineering boots (rigid sole, higher than the ankle, waterproof), headlamp, and trekking poles.

About the guide

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Huella Andina



Guiding agency

José Miguel and the HAE Guides are based in the south of Chile. They are members of ANGM - the National Association of Mountain Guides - and local guides who are happy to share with you their experience and expertise in climbing, skiing and/or trekking, as well as their knowledge of the area and its people.

Huella Andina is a registered guiding company that has been developing mountain tours since 2009. We operate several trips in national parks and wilderness areas, specializing in expeditions to the main volcanoes of southern Chile: Osorno, Calbuco, Yates, Puntiagudo, as well as the high mountains of the Maipo Valley and the Atacama region.





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What people are saying about this trip



Jose Miguel is a very professional guide and I enjoyed the experience on Calbuco very much. Thanks for everything!



Jose Miguel is a very professional guide and I enjoyed the experience on Calbuco very much. Thanks for everything!

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