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Climbing Cerro La Picada in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Day trip from Puerto Varas


Discover one of Chile's incredible mountains on this exciting one-day mountaineering adventure to the top of Cerro La Picada with José, an ANGM alpine guide.

Private and Group


1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Nov, Dec


All Levels


  • Ascend a beautiful mountain in Chile's oldest national park.
  • Get prime views of the Todos los Santos Lake.
  • Spend a different day going up a stunning mountain in Patagonia.


Cerro La Picada is an exciting peak to climb in the Chilean Patagonia. With a simpler route than other ascents in the area, this one-day adventure is perfect for those looking to explore the mountains in the south and enjoy stunning views. Follow me!

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

  • It is located in the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile, in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the oldest park in the country.

  • It has an altitude of 1,720 meters, so there’s no snow at the peak during the summer.

  • In winter, there is an alternative route to the summit with a multi-pitch climb on snow/ice.

Now, let’s continue on to our adventure:

Our trip begins at dawn driving from Puerto Varas to Ensenada and Las Casacadas Village. We’ll hike for 7 kilometers through the slopes of the Osorno Volcano and Cerro La Picada. Then, we’ll climb to the summit of our mountain. Depending on the season, we might need to use crampons and an ice-ax. Finally, we’ll go down by the same route.

The trail we’ll follow covers 16 kilometers and we’ll be ascending 900 meters. We’ll be going through rocks and maybe snow on an entertaining ascent with views of the major volcanoes, the Todos los Santos lake (one of the most beautiful and virgin lakes in the south of Chile) and the Llanquihue lake. Although the path is open year round, we recommend the spring and summer months for a better experience.

So, are you ready for a fun adventure up Cerro La Picada in Chile? Then send your request and get ready for an unforgettable and beautiful ascent!

If you are looking for more adventures in Chile, follow me up to the Osorno Volcano or the Calbuco 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 at least 15 years old.

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 227 Each

Group of 2

EUR 186 Each

Group of 3

EUR 186 Each

Group of 4

EUR 186 Each

Group of 5

EUR 186 Each

Group of 6

EUR 186 Each

Group of 7

EUR 186 Each

Group of 8

EUR 186 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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