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Climbing Yates Volcano in Los Lagos, Chile

yates volcano
yates volcano
yates volcano
yates volcano
yates volcano

The 2,187 m (7,175 ft) Yates Volcano in the gorgeous Los Lagos region in Chile awaits you on this unique 2-day climb led by José and the Huella Andina ANGM Mountain Guides team.



2 Days

All year

Extremely Fit

All Levels


  • Climb through a dense forest, a scarsely populated region, and a glacier.
  • Reach the summit of a Chilean Volcano.
  • Enjoy unique views of the sea and of the Los Lagos region.


At 2,187 m (7,175 ft), the Yates Volcano stands as the first predominant summit on the Austral Highway. This 2-day ascent will take you to its uncrowded summit from where you will enjoy spectacular views of the whole region.

Our program starts and ends in Puerto Varas, where we will meet before driving to the starting point of our ascent. On the first day, we will climb to our campsite, and on the second day, we will head very early in the morning to the summit and back.

Although you don't need prior mountaineering experience to join, an excellent fitness level is a must and your guide will evaluate the latter to determine whether you can climb. The second day of this program is demanding, it begins at 6 am, and ends at 10 pm back in Puerto Varas. In total, we will enjoy a 19 km (round trip) climb with an elevation gain of +/- 2.187 m.

Along the way, we will pass by local settlers, a dense forest, a change in vegetation, and a glacier before the summit. This wide variety of landscapes will give us a true taste of nature and of the gorgeous Los Lagos region.

If you're interested in joining this tour, then send your request to join. We offer guided group tours every day.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Avalanche equipment

- Camping equipment tents

Price details


Mountain guiding service in a group program; bilingual Spanish/English ANGM mountain guides; National Parks and/or private land entrance fees; excursions, transport and meals as described in the itinerary; activity insurance; first aid kit for wilderness areas; all group equipment per client as listed here (helmet, harness with accessories, crampons, ice axe, camping equipment); in areas without cell phone coverage, a 2-way satellite communicator (with real-time online tracking, SOS function), in areas with cell phone coverage, a 1-way satellite communicator and/or VHF radios.

The program includes dinners and breakfasts according to itinerary and accommodation in a mountain tent for 2 persons. We will have to carry common equipment, food and personal equipment in our backpacks.


Tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear, life and/or travel insurance, porters or horses (if available), extra expenses, alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary or not included in the menu, extra lodging in cities or due to changes in the itinerary, everything else not mentioned in the program.


Day 1: Arrival-Campsite

7 am- Transport from Puerto Varas to Llaguepe.

10:30 am- Trekking to our campsite begins

3:30 pm- Arrival at the campsite (970 masl).

Day 2: Summit and Return

6 am: We set off on the west-face route.

12 pm: Summit. Start of descent to the camp.

3 pm: Rest at the campsite

4 pm: Return trek.

7 pm: Return to Puerto Varas.

10 pm: End of service.




You will camp in tents provided by the guides, you will need to bring your own sleeping pad and sleeping bag.

Meeting point

The trips starts and ends in Puerto Varas.

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Suitable clothes (first layer, fleece jacket, windproof and waterproof jacket and pants, trekking pants, thermal jacket, fleece gloves or first layer, windproof and waterproof gloves, warm hat); hiking boots (rigid sole, above the ankle and waterproof. A double boot is recommended); trekking poles; headlamp; sunglasses and/or goggles; backpack (+50L or large enough to carry your personal items plus those we provide); sleeping bag (comfort temperature of at least -7º celsius) and sleeping pad; water bottle (minimum 2 liters); protective sun screen (skin, lips). Recommended: gaiters, spare clothes (to leave in the vehicle), camera. Equipment rental is available. Inquire for more information or advice on the equipment. We will provide: common camping equipment, food, individual technical equipment.

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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