• Trip duration
    11 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Sep, Oct

Description

Chile‘s renowned “Ring of Fire” consists of the active volcanoes in the south of the country. They are located between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. In fact, 10 of them are great volcanoes for skiing. The area covers 500km of the Patagonian regions Great Lakes and Araucania.

There are many small ski resorts at the foot of the volcanoes. Therefore access to the slopes is fast and easy. In addition, we enjoy staying in the heart of the forests. From here, we have to climb around 1300 m each day to reach the summit of the volcanoes. We can go to 5 or 6 of them. Of course this will depend on the weather conditions and the level of the participants.

We may find some powder if the conditions allow, but in spring snow of great quality covers the area. When skiing on volcano slopes, there are first steep sections, that flatten gradually as we go down to the base.

Here is the program and the itinerary of this unique ski touring trip. It may be subject to change, in order to make the best of prevailing weather and snow conditions.

Does this unique ski touring plan in Araucania sound interesting? Then please contact me! I know the area very well and I can guarantee it’s a fantastic place for skiing while enjoying the sceneries.

And if you want to cross the border, we can also go to Argentina for some ski touring in Bariloche and El Chaltén!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Santiago International airport

Welcome meeting at the airport. Minivan transfer to Malalcahuello. Arrival at Suizandina hotel. Check of the ski touring gears and layout of the safety equipment supplied.
Night at Suizandina hotel.

Day 2

Lonquimay volcano

It’s the ideal warming up volcano to hike. It’s an easy and gentle way up. It’s even possible to ski inside its crater.
Night at Suizandina hotel.
D +1300 /-1300 m, 4 to 5 hrs.

Day 3

Rest day

Enjoy breakfast and relax in Malalcahuello hot springs.
Night at Suizandina hotel.

Day 4

Llaima volcano

We start hiking this volcano from Conguillo National Park. We enjoy the wild and powerful surroundings.
Night at Suizandina hotel.
D +2000 / -2000 m
Also accessible from Araucarias ski resort, which makes the hike shorter (D +1200 / -1700 m).

Day 5

Transfer to Pucon

Drive south to the Great Lake region and the most famous active volcano of our trip.
Night at Geronimo hotel.

Day 6

Villarica volcano

Pucon and Villarica are really famous in Chile due to the magnificent lake reflecting this active cone, one of the four volcanoes on earth where you can actually see the magma inside the crater.
Night at Geronimo hotel.
D +1400 / -1400 m, 5 to 6 hs.

Day 7

Reserve day

Last chance to hike Villarica if it’s not already done, or explore Pucon and its beautiful nature.
Night at Geronimo hotel.

Day 8

Transfer to Huilo-Huilo

On the road, stop over at the extraordinary Geometricas hot springs.
Night in a tree hut at Huilo-huilo.

Day 9

Mocho-Choshuenco volcano

It’s a weird shaped volcano, looks like an UFO…. but what a skiing!
Night in a tree hut at Huilo-Huilo.
D +800 / -1200 m, 3 to 4 hs.

Day 10

Transfer to Termas de Chillan

Drive back north to Termas de Chillan.
Night at MI lodge hotel.

Day 11

Agua Caliente

From the top of the lift system, a short hike will take us to the amazing hot spring river Agua Caliente. A very fun experience.
Night at MI lodge hotel.
D +400 / -1000 m.

Day 12

Nuevo volcano

From the top of the lift system, we hike to the top of the Nuevo volcano to admire fumeroles and the beautiful Bio-Bio region.
Night at MI lodge hotel.
D +800 / -1900 m, 3 to 4 hs.

Day 13

Transfer to Santiago de Chile

Night at Los Espanoles hotel.

Day 14

Fly back home

Price per person

Group of 52990EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip

Extras

Accommodation

B&B for 10 nights + 3 nights half-board.After several visits in these areas, I have selected comfortable hotels, well-deserved after skinning all these volcanoes. The experience of sleeping in a tree hut of the biological reserve of Huilo-huilo is definitely a highlight in this trip. - HOTEL SUIZANDINA: http://goo.gl/mUO9I0 - HOSTERIA GERONIMO: http://goo.gl/vrjl86

More info

Minimum group size: 4.Ski passes for 3 days are included (Mocho Chochuenco, Nuevo volcano and Aguas Calientes river). I provide a safety kit for each participant, containing, shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche beacon.

Disclaimer

The itinerary may be subject to change, in order to make the best of prevailing weather and snow conditions.