1-week Ski Touring on Volcanoes in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina

Ski on the most popular volcanoes in Patagonia: Villarrica, Lonquimay, Llaima and Copahue. AAGM certified mountain guide Tomás Ceppi leads this week-long ski tour along the border of Argentina and Chile.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Group


 

I have designed this ski tour for experienced skiers and snowboarders who, like me, want to get away from the crowds and do something different. During this week-long trip, we will visit four of the most prominent volcanoes in Patagonia. We will summit volcanoes in both Chile and Argentina, descending on skis. 

In Chile, we will explore the Villarrica (2840m), Lonquimay (2890m) and Llaima (3125m) volcanoes. On the Argentine side of the border, we will visit Copahue (2297m). I have selected these volcanoes in my native Patagonia for their rugged natural beauty and incredible views.

Our trip will begin in Pucón, otherwise known as the “Adventure Capital of Chile”.  On our first day, we will head to the nearby Villarrica Ski Resort for a training session. This is a great time to do a final gear check and practice a few easy ascents and descents with your equipment. We will also go over safety precautions and avalanche rescue techniques before heading back to Pucón for the night.

Due to its proximity to Pucón, the Villarrica Volcano (2840m) will be our first stop on this tour. The Lonquimay Volcano (2890m) is next in line, followed by the Llaima Volcano (3125m). In between summits, we will spend two nights in Curacautín (or Malalcahuello) and one night in a cozy mountain hut at the base of the Llaima Volcano.

From the hut, we will cross into Argentine territory and head towards Caviahue. This will be our base camp for the final ascent on our itinerary: the Copahue Volcano (2297m). After one last leisurely descent on skis, we will return to Caviahue and spend the night.

After breakfast the following morning, we will travel to the city of Neuquén, where our tour will officially come to an end. As Patagonia’s largest city, Neuquén is well connected to the rest of the country and neighboring Chile. Onward travel is possible from either the local airport or bus terminal.

You can find a day-by-day itinerary for this group tour below. This itinerary and the above description are intended to give you an idea of what to expect. Please keep in mind that some details may change during the actual trip due to weather or other circumstances.

Get outside your comfort zone and do something different this winter! Bring your skis and join me on this tour of snow-capped volcanoes in Patagonia. Click on “Request to book” to get in touch with me and reserve your spot now. 

Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome to join.

If you want even more skiing, volcanoes and fun, I also offer a 9-day tour in this same region. For more information, click here. Private tours with personalized itineraries are also available upon request.


Highlights

 
  • Summit and ski on 4 volcanoes in Chile and Argentina with local guide Tomás

  • Visit the Villarrica Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in South America

  • Descend on skis through beautifully remote Patagonian landscapes

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes breakfast only. Participants are responsible for all other meals. Lift tickets and personal ski/ mountaineering equipment is NOT included. Tomás and/or the other guide(s) will have a first aid kit, communication/GPS device and avalanche rescue equipment on hand at all times in case of emergency.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Pucón, Chile

    • Arrival in Pucón, Chile
    • Training day at the Villarrica Ski Resort
    • Final gear check
    • Overnight in Pucón

  • Day 2: Villarrica Volcano

    • Breakfast in Pucón
    • Ascent on the Villarrica Volcano (2840m)
    • Descent on the volcano to the Villarrica Ski Resort
    • Transfer to Curacautín (or Malalcahuello)

  • Day 3: Lonquimay Volcano

    • Breakfast in Curacautín
    • Ascent on the Lonquimay Volcano (2890m)
    • Descent on skis

  • Day 4: Llaima Volcano

    • Breakfast in Curacautín
    • Ascent on the Llaima Volcano (3125m)
    • Descent on skis
    • Overnight in a mountain hut

  • Day 5: Caviahue

    • Breakfast at the hut
    • Transfer to Caviahue, Argentina

  • Day 6: Copahue Volcano

    • Breakfast in Caviahue
    • Ascent on the Copahue Volcano (2297m)
    • Descent on skis

  • Day 7: Neuquén

    • Breakfast in Caviahue
    • Transfer to the city of Neuquén, Argentina
    • Departure

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Meeting point
Pucón, Chile
Accommodation

We will stay in guest houses and mountain huts. Accommodation is included.

More info

I can provide suggestions on where to rent or buy equipment locally.

 

About the Guide

 
 

Mountain Guide - EPGAMT - Argentina
I was born in Patagonia, Argentina and formed at an early age as a climber in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Currently I completed a large number of rock and ice climbing routes, backcountry skiing and ascents in many mountains around the world such as Mt. Lhotse (8.516 mts.), the 4th highest peak in the world, without using supplemental oxygen (May, 2012).
I'm a certified Mountain Guide from the EPGAMT and a member of the Argentinian Mountain Guides Association (AAGM) and work on Mt. Aconcagua, which I had repeatedly ascended, as well as in other peaks in the Central Andes, Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and in The Himalayas in Nepal.
During the winter season, I practice backcountry skiing, mostly on the volcanoes in Patagonia, where I can offer you different adventures, according to your level (beginner, learner or advanced learner).
I feel very privileged to work as a mountain guide, to do the job that I love, and to be able to share it with people that have the same passion.
Join my expeditions and I will provide you a high standard of safety and personal attention!

 
 

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