Climb Lanin Volcano

Experience ice hiking on the Lanin Volcano. It will be a challenging but rewarding adventure and you must be prepared for a long day of trekking. You will climb to the summit over two days spending one night camping sheltered on the mountain.

2 Days


Climb Lanin Volcano - 2 - $412

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike into the clouds and in the wake of the sun as you complete a 2700m ascent over the two days
  • The focus is on a consistent, steady pace - mainly on rocky terrain with snowy terrain on the final approach to the summit
  • Head out onto the trail in good confidence with a pre-trip briefing and time to ensure the comfort of all equipment
  • Overshadowing it's neighbouring mountains, enjoy a view over the region and other volcanos from the top of Lanin, as you revel in the sense of achievement
  • An overnight mountain camp stay is included whilst nights in hostels are in addition

Landmarks visited on Climb Lanin Volcano

Operator's Itinerary

Day 0: Preparation for the trip

In the afternoon we will have a meeting with the mountain guide that will lead the expedition to check the equipment, get informed about the last details and clear up any doubts that may arise.

Accommodation: Hostel, San Martin de los Andes (not included in trip cost)

Day 1: San Martin - Shelters Area

We start north from San Martin de los Andes at 7am, going along the 100km that separates it from the base of the Lanin Volcano. Once there, we will register at the Forest Rangers Office and begin the climb towards the shelters area (2400 MASL). The trek is quiet and slow with a 1300m slope and we will complete it in about 4-5 hours.

Once in the shelters, we take some time to recharge and hydrate, then get ready for the summit attempt; adjusting the crampons and practicing ice walking and ice axe (piolet) self-arrest techniques. The purpose of this practice is that your first experience with this type of equipment is not at dawn using a head torch for light - as will be in the morning! We have dinner early and stay overnight at the mountain camp.

Accommodation: Mountain camp

Day 2: Summit and descent

Weather permitting, we start at about 3am. According to the conditions of the volcano, the first part will possibly be on rocky ground to later put on the equipment that will allow us to walk safely on hard snow. The rhythm is slow but constant since we are to move along 1400m of slope towards the summit. The trail takes between 5-7 hours depending on the group and the weather.

Once on the summit we will enjoy the well-deserved views. After that, we start our descent - this is equally as challenging as the ascent with both requiring great concentration. When we get to the shelters, we will fetch our sleeping equipment and continue towards the base, where a vehicle will take us back to San Martin de los Andes. This is a long day that demands a total of 10 to 13 hours of activity. In the evening we share a celebratory dinner together.

Accommodation: Hostel, San Martin de los Andes (not included in trip cost)

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $412 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Additional Notes

Private trips can also be arranged - please enquire to find out more information.


  • 1 night in mountain camp (Day 2)
  • Transfers San Martin - Volcano Base - San Martin
  • Qualified Mountain Guide
  • Guide assistant if necessary
  • All meals in mountain camp
  • All necessary technical equipment
  • Safety Equipment
  • Permissions


  • 2 nights in hostel/hotel (Days 1 & 3)
  • 2 dinners (Days 1 & 3)
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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