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Climbing Lanin Volcano, 3776m

Refugio Frey
Baqueira freeride ski tour

I am inviting you to Lanin Volcano, an iconic mountain of the North of Argentina Patagonia. Its height is incomparable with any other mountains of the area.



2 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




  • Reach the summit of an iconic peak in Patagonia.
  • Face an exciting and demanding climb in the Andes.


This program offers you an ascent to Lanin Volcano at 3.776 meters, an iconic mountain of the North of Argentina Patagonia. It is located in the province of Neuquen and it is a famous volcano because of the wide difference of height from the other mountains of the area. You can see Lanin Volcano from very different points of the zone. Besides, it has a conical shape and amazing geometric lines.

It is also a perfect mountain for those who are giving the first steps in mountaineering, but we cannot underestimate its difficulty. You have to overcome irregular ground in few meters with physical requirements and hard Patagonian weather.

This program is proposing doing the ascent in two days, leaving from San Martin de los Andes. We offer a variety of dates with open vacancies so you can join us whenever you want. You can also ask for private expeditions.

Write to me if you are interested in this climb. We can organize the best date and plan the trip so you can live an unforgettable experience in Lanin Volcano.

Also, you can take a look at this mountaineering tour that I lead in Osorno Volcano.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: San Martín de los Andes - Lanin Volcano base

We leave San Martín de Los Andes at 6.30 AM towards Lanin Volcano base, where will be at 9.00 AM. Once in there we will register our ascent in National Parks. Then, we will finish to organize our backpacks and start the hike up to one of the mountain huts designed to overnight. The first one is at 2.300 meters and the second one at 2.500. Getting there will take us about 4 or 5 hours.

Day 2: Summit day

We start the way to the summit by 2 AM because the ascent will take about between 6 and 7 hours. Once in there, we will celebrate our goal for a while if weather conditions allow us. Then, we hike down for 4 hours. After a rest, we start the return towards the volcano foot during the following 3 hours, where the vehicles will be waiting to take us back to San Martín de los Andes.



More info

The indicated price is to join an existing group. There's a 10% discount if you book 2 months in advance.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT - Sleeping bag of less than 10 degrees - Insulating - Trekking and waterproof footwear - Trekking pants - Sandals or espadrilles - 2 Pairs of sockets. - 2 long sleeve shirt - 1 Warm polar coat. - 1 plum or synthetic jacket, may also be another polar coat. - Windbreaker and waterproof jacket. - Windbreaker and waterproof trouser - Lightweight and ski gloves. - Warm hat and sun hat - Sunglasses - Suncreen - Headlamp with extra batteries. - 2 lts bottle. - 60-80 lts backpack. - Leggings - Large waste bags to isolate the equipment from moisture.


Technical: low-medium. You must use crampons and picaxes in case you have to climb slopes of more than 40 degrees of inclination. During the walking we can find loose stones with snowed steps and ice. The ramp between the base and the top is of 2.600 meters.

Physical conditions: hard. You need very good training conditions, with good aerobic capacity and good legs resistance. There's also the possibility to organize a private 3-day program.

Meeting point

San Martin de los Andes, Neuquén.

About the guide

Argentine professional Mountain Guide (AAGM-PNL)

I was born in the Andes area, North Patagonia, and I am a certified guide from the Argentina Mountain Guides Association.

I specialize in guided tours to Lanin volcano, by the normal route or other alternative routes and I also have the authorization of Lanin National Park since 2003. I have done between 30 and 40 ascents to Lanin per season, which gives me the experience and security to plan the safest programs with the best services.

In addition to Lanin, I also specialize in guided tours to Domuyo and Tromen volcanos, and traverses in the San Martin de los Andes area.

I am also an Ecomed lifeguard, and I have done the rescue courses in a leadership and natural environment.



What people are saying about this trip

Tomas Ichaso


September, 2021

My rating for the winter ascent of Lanin volcano is 10/10 in every possible aspect. Luis organized perfectly well the whole ascent and assembled a great team of guides (Ramiro, Gabriel and Jonathan) who came with him to the mountain. The day before, we met in San Martin to check the equipment. On day one, after the hike up to the refuge, we went over the techniques and gear needed for the summit day (self-arrest, avalanche safety equipment, etc.). Summit day is demanding, but exceptional! The views from the summit include Villarica, Llaima and Copahue volcanoes to the north, and Tronador, Puntiagudo and Osorno to the south. Booking through Explore-Share was very smooth and easy, the customer service is the best!



January, 2016

Luis es un guía absolutamente maravilloso, con un conocimiento de la montaña superlativo que nos dio seguridad y permitió disfrutar incluso con condiciones climáticas difíciles. Tiene un gran manejo de grupo, firme y amable a la vez, con sentido del humor y gran amor por la naturaleza. Los seis días de la transvolcánica fueron mágicos y estoy a la expectativa de una nueva travesía.


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