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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 and the Huella Andina ANGM Mountain Guides team.

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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

Price does not include guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear, life and/or travel insurance, extra expenses for cities, 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 at least 15 years old.

About the guide

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.





What people are saying about Huella Andina Expeditions


March, 2023

A fantastic trip to Cochamo Valley. Jose was incredibly helpful in organizing and Falco was a fantastic guide who knew the valley well and contributed to a fun and effective effort. I would certainly recommend this trip. Keep in mind, this excursion is strenuous, so be prepared for an intense experience. Everything I could have hoped for!

Claudia Schneider


March, 2023

Jose Miguel delegated the guiding to Eduardo who is an internationally qualified mountain guide. Between the two they delivered an individualised trip for me. Starting with a climb of El Plomo from a ski field close to Santiago is a great way to acclimatise. Finding the road to Laguna Santa Rosa closed due to land slides was no big deal.We stayed a night in Caldera and took a different route the next day. Eduardo changed the itinerary slightly to better accommodate my abilities. I felt very safe with him. The Atacama area is an amazing place to visit. Highly recommended! One tip: come well prepared for the cold.

Creighton Baird


January, 2023

Best experience we could have asked for. I'm so happy we hired a guide for this. Their knowledge, expertise, and personality made the trip amazing. The climb is well worth the effort and I highly recommend.

dan hurley


January, 2023

Miguel did an amazing job managing this trip. He went well above and beyond to ensure a safe and memorable trip to the summit of Osorno and back. I highly recommend this trip!

Stefan Wagner


January, 2023

Great Organization, excellent equipment, perfect guiding and support. Can’t be better. We enjoyed the climb and the refuge very much. Highly recommended. Thanks Juan and also thank you Falco. Great Job!

Thibaud Weiler


December, 2022

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Christian Richardson


December, 2022

I highly recommend the climb to Osorno. The whole experience was awesome and it was only enhanced by my guide and the service provided by Explore-Share prior to and leading up to the climb. Extremely accommodating and quick to respond to any questions or concerns.

Toril Asbjornsen


October, 2022

Falco provided necessary gear to us and took us safe and efficient on the top and down again.

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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