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

Follow José, an ANGM alpine guide, to the top of the impressive Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile, close to Puerto Varas.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • 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.

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.



Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

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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As a kid I grew up next to the majestic volcanoes and lakes of southern Chile. When I became an alpinist, I started climbing the big mountains of the Maipo Valley and that soon took me to climb in the Alps.

With my wife, dogs and son we live in Austria and in Chile, sharing life in two different places, but in the same way.

Since the year 2009, I'm guiding mostly the volcanoes of southern Chile and, when possible, the big mountains around Santiago and the Atacama desert.

I'm a member of the Chilean Mountain Guide Association (, with whom we are working to bring the IFMGA standard to Chile, not only to validate our profession, but also to start teaching future mountain guides in Chile.

I work with a team of guides in the Puerto Varas area, so when I'm in Austria, I can arrange for you to climb with one of my colleagues.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 248 each

Group of 2

EUR 207 each

Group of 3

EUR 207 each

Group of 4

EUR 207 each

Group of 5

EUR 207 each

Group of 6

EUR 207 each

Group of 7

EUR 207 each

Group of 8

EUR 207 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price is per person to join a group. It does not include guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear, life and/or travel insurance, porters or horses (if available), extra expenses for cities, 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.

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