Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Equipment check and briefing before the ascent
- Trek to the sheltered area on the Volcano, practice ice-walking and rest for the summit ascent
- Early start to climb 1400m to summit, descend and transfer back to San Martin
In the afternoon previous to the ascent 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.
Night in hostel.
We start north from San Martin de los Andes at 7am, going along the 100km that separate it from the base of the Lanin Volcano. Once there, we will register at the Forest Rangers Office and we will 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, resting time, hydration and preparation for the summit attempt begin. We use this time to adjust the crampons, practice 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 and with a head torch. We have dinner early and we go to sleep.
Accommodation: mountain camp.
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 or 7 depending on the group and the weather. Once on the summit we will enjoy our well-deserved award. After that, we will start our descent, as challenging as the ascent, both requiring great concentration. When we get to the shelters, we will fetch our sleeping equipment and we will continue towards the base, where a vehicle will takes us back to San Martin de los Andes. This is a long day that demands a total of 10 to 13 hours of activity. Goodbye dinner.
Night in hostel.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $630 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.
- 2 nights in hostel (days 1 & 3)
- Transfers San Martin - Volcano Base - San Martin
- Qualified Mountain Guide
- Guide assistant if necessary
- All meals in mountain
- All necessary technical equipment
- Safety Equipment
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses