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Climb the Puntiagudo volcano in Los Lagos region, near Puerto Varas (4 days)


Spend 4 magical days ascending the impressive Puntiagudo Volcano in the Chilean Patagonia with José, an ANGM alpine guide.



4 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Ascend the Chilean Matterhorn in 4 days.
  • Enjoy amazing views of the Los Lagos Region.
  • Climb one of Chile's most famous peaks for mountaineering.


If you love mountaineering, then I’ve got the perfect adventure for you. Over four days, I’ll take you to the top of the Puntiagudo Volcano, Chile‘s most iconic peak. Join me!

First, let me share some interesting facts about the Puntiagudo volcano:

  • Some say it resembles the Matterhorn for its spectacular route to the top.

  • The volcano is visible from most of the lakes in the region.

  • It is covered in a thick Valdivian forest, with samples of Patagonian cypress, mañíos, ferns, tepas, ulmos, and others.

  • It is home to pumas, foxes, hummingbirds, and other species.

  • The ascent begins at an altitude of 200 meters and it is usually done in the winter when the base is covered in snow.

Now, let’s continue on to our adventure:

Our experience begins at Puerto Varas. We’ll drive towards the Rupanco Lake and hike the path through the northwest side of the volcano. We’ll go through forests, snow ramps and ice with views of the Los Lagos Region. The ascent will take us three days and we’ll follow the same path down on the fourth day.

So, are you ready for 4-spectacular days in Patagonia? Then send your request and I’ll take care of all the details.

If you are looking for more adventures in Chile, follow me up to the Osorno Volcano or the Calbuco Volcano.


More info

Participants need to be at least 15 years old.

Equipment you will need to bring




Watter 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. Double boot recommended), headlamp, and trekking poles.

About the guide

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 (www.angm.cl), 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.






Chile and Austria

What people are saying about José Miguel Potthoff Pugin

Larry Trias


March, 2022

A truly epic trip on the most northern part of Patagonia. Highly recommended.

Samuel Leupold


March, 2022

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Christina Mrukowicz


January, 2022

I had a wonderful time on my journey to the top of the Osorno Volcano and cannot recommend Huella Andina enough. José and his team were very good at communicating with me from the moment I booked my trip. While I had been initially a little hesitant, unsure if I had enough experience for this trip, José was very clear about what to expect and assured me that my prior experience was definitely sufficient, putting my mind at ease. The trip itself was very well organized. My guide, Falco, picked me up from my hostel in Puerto Varas. I was able to stay in the Teski Refuge the night before the ascent, enjoying a delicious dinner and breakfast prior to the start. The climb became a little technical, as conditions were icy toward the top, but Falco was an excellent lead, telling me exactly what to do once we started to use the ropes. The view from the top was very special as you climb above the sea of clouds and see other volcanoes in the distance. If you are planning a trip to Osorno, I highly recommend Huella Andina Expeditions to take you all the way to the top! Can't wait to come back to Chile and do another trek with them!

Sven Serena


February, 2020

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

B. Bortot


December, 2019

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 928 Each

Group of 2

EUR 619 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price 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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