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Climb the San Jose Volcano in Cajon de Maipo, near Santiago (5 days)

Climb the San Jose Volcano in Cajon de Maipo, near Santiago (5 days) | Chile

Reach the summit of San Jose Volcano on this 5-day program led by UIAGM certified aspirant guide Nicolas near Santiago de Chile, in the Andes.



5 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec




* Get to the top of San Jose Volcano and contemplate its amazing surroundings.

* Take part of a 5-day ascent in the Andes along with an experienced guide.

* Discover beautiful natural spots such as the Maipo River and nearby glaciers.


Situated on the border between Chile and Argentina, the San Jose Volcano (5,856 meters) is an active stratovolcano that belongs to the Andean range. Just 60 kilometers east from Santiago de Chile, the volcano is located above Cajón del Maipo, the canyon of the Maipo River. Follow me on this 5-day program and reach the summit of this incredible volcano!

First of all, we’ll meet in Santiago de Chile at 7 am and head to Cajón del Maipo. During the following days, we’ll approach the summit and explore amazing natural areas, such as glaciers and craters. Additionally, we will also catch sight of other beautiful peaks in the stunning mountainous area surrounding San Jose such as Mount Marmolejo (6,108 meters), which we’ll be able to see from the top of the mountain. At the bottom of the page, you can find a detailed description of each day’s activity. Check it out!

Although the difficulty of the ascent is moderate, keep in mind that some sections may be demanding. Therefore, to join this program you will need to have a very good level of fitness.

So, are you ready for this thrilling adventure to San Jose Volcano? Then don’t hesitate to send the request and make your reservation. It will be a pleasure for me to be your guide on this experience in the Andes.

I also offer a 4-day ascent to Cerro El Plomo in the Andes, make sure to check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Not included: personal equipment, hotel and transportation to the start of the trip.


Day 1: Santiago de Chile - Refuge Plantat

We’ll meet in Santiago at 7 am and depart to Cajón del Maipo. Then, we’ll hike to the Base Camp at Refuge Plantat, situated at 3,100 meters above sea level.

Duration: 4 hours.

Day 2: Base Camp - Camp 1

On day 2, we’ll have breakfast early in the morning and move to Camp 1, at 4,200 meters of altitude.

Duration: 4-6 hours.

Day 3: Camp 1 - Camp 2

On day 3, we’ll start at 8 am and move our camping to Camp 2, at 4,900 meters above sea level.

Duration: 5 hours.

Day 4: Summit Day

This will be a very long and cold day. We’ll start very early in the morning and face the final section to the summit, from where we’ll contemplate an impressive crater. Then, we’ll head back to Camp 2.

Day 5: Camp 2 - Santiago de Chile

On the last day, we’ll start at 9 am and spend 6 hours hiking to our vehicle, that will lead us to Santiago de Chile.


About the guide

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Aspirant Guide

I am an aspirant IFMGA mountain guide, with extensive experience in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Perú and Ecuador.

I used to live in Cajón del Maipo, and now I live in Coyhaique, south Chile.

I do a lot of guiding in South America´s High Mountain, especially on technical routes. I also do rock climbing courses in different parts of Chile and in my city.

During my tours, I try to generate the best experience for my clients, and like to teach them about the cultural and environmental importance of the places we visit.





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What people are saying about Nicolás


My guide Angela was great. Her experience and expertise helped me make the climb of a lifetime. My safety and well-being were her first and foremost concern.

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