Rock climb, ski tour or mountaineer through this diverse country

Whether you are interested in backcountry skiing through volcanoes and glaciers or looking to do some climbing and sightseeing, Chile has something for every adventurer and thrill-seeker.


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This medium-sized South American country stretches for 4.300 kilometers along the southwestern coast. In many areas it is quite narrow, reaching 350 kilometers at its broadest point. Due to its extraordinary length, the country is composed of a diverse number of climate zones and landscapes. Chile is uniquely separated from the rest of the continent by the Andes Mountain chain to the east and the world’s driest desert – the Atacama – to the north. This isolation means both the culture and nature of the country is quite unique. Santiago is a cosmopolitan civic and cultural hub, while much of the rest of the country is sparsely populated. Along with its landscapes and wildlife, Chile is also renowned for its food and wine.    



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What’s the weather like?

Chile is a diverse country with subtropical, arid, Mediterranean, temperate and subpolar climates. Many guides offer ski touring and climbing trips from Chile’s Central Valley. Here the winters and summers have fairly mild temperatures, becoming increasingly dry the farther north you go. Many mountaineering trips are offered in the country’s north, which receives almost no rainfall each year and has hot summers and cold winters.

How long should I stay?

This depends on what you want to do. Most guides offer one to two day rock climbing trips around Santiago. Meanwhile, ski touring and mountaineering programs generally last for about one to two weeks, not including the time it takes to get to the start of the trip. Certain guides offer month-long expeditions that include a combination of activities.



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Chilean Peso. Foreign currencies are typically not accepted in Chile, except for some hotels.

Best time to visit:

For rock climbing and mountaineering, the best time of year to visit is the summer (December-February). There is also some downhill skiing then too. In the winter and spring most guides offer ski touring. Guides generally offer ice climbing trips in the spring as well.



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Christian was an amazing guide and made sure everyone was safe and looked after. It was an awesome experience.
Suzanne Foster for Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile
Great experience ….. thank you for the great trip. I’m coming back to Chile.
The trip was great.  Christian was an excellent guide.
The trip was a great experience with a wonderful view! However, unfortunately the tour description does not fit with the actual
tour. There was no breakfast with acclimatisation and the duration was shorter. Most important the tour was not guided by Christian, but by some of his employes which did not speak English so we didn’t get much explanations except some fragments that we understood in Spanish. Therefore we were a litlle disappointed concerning the guide of this tour.
Our Cerro Castillo trek was a highlight of our Patagonia trip. Our guide, Nacho, was a great hiking companion and
very accommodating of our preferences, including what hike we wanted to do, what time we wanted to start in the morning and our pace. He also took the time to meet up with us the evening before to discuss logistics. He spoke great English and we had a truly memorable day.
The trip was really successful. I got an excellent guide Pablo, I am sorry that didn’t know his surname. Pablo
is very professional and responsible guide. He knows an area perfectly, very attentive and caring in relation to client. Thanks to him I did evan more than really could. I learnt with him a new ski techniques and my ski level really rose. Patagonian mountains is a place of strongest beauty and I think that to spend there even a few days is a rare success. I surely recommend Andescross company and guide Pablo for turing skiing in Patagonia.
Awesome climb!!
The trip was awesome. Our guide Nicolas was extremely knowledgeable about the terrain and very helpful. He is an
expert guide. The sights were beautiful. The office quickly responded to our request and questions and provided excellent information.
The trip was great! Sebastian’s colleague Ignacio catered it exactly as I have envisioned the trip to be according to my
skills and background experience. He was patient and helpful when I struggled in certain moments and he taught me a lot of important safety details on various aspects of the activity, which was what I expected. Overall, a fantastic three days and will definitely return if I have time next year!
Thanks for making the last minute arrangements with Cristobal for me. I had three great days in his company. Now looking forward
to meeting Sebastian. Thank You very much for your help!
A+++ fantastic guide, very professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you Cristian for a memorable day!
Pere was great!!! Lots of great tips, great company- amazing guide!!!
Are you up for a rewarding adventure – go for the Lascar Volcano. Our very experienced guide Christian Fernandez made
sure everything was in place for a great experience, from safe driving to making breakfast to setting a good pace for reaching the top without being too affected by the altitude. Stunning views and a great sense of accomplishment, our thanks to Christian and for a truly memorable hike. Best regards, Erik (37) and Christopher (30), Norway
Erik Tschudi Madsen for Ascent to Lascar Volcano, Chile

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