Lanin & Villarrica Volcanoes

Combine the ascents of these 2 volcanoes into one trip. You will climb the Lanin volcano over 2 days, camping in a sheltered area. Spend one day in Pucon to recover and hike right to the mouth of the Villarrica, to finish your adventure. Be prepared for some difficult trekking but wonderful views.

5 Days

$1,000

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Lanin & Villarrica Volcanoes - 5 - $1,000

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Reach the 2700m summit of Lanin on day 3, having watched the sun rise over the surrounding Andes mountains, increasingly illuminating the unique vista
  • Try kayaking or white water rafting in Pucon, or simply relax at the beach or hot springs
  • Climb Villarrica with an expert guide sharing the fascinating story of Chile's most active volcano
  • A pre-trip briefing and equipment check will ensure you feel fully ready ahead of the trekking days equipment
  • No second thought for transfers necessary - a private vehicle will transport you around the region

Landmarks visited on Lanin & Villarrica Volcanoes

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Preparation for the trip

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

Accommodation: 3 star hotel or hostel


Day 2: San Martin - Shelters Area

We start north from San Martin de los Andes at 7am, travelling the 100km that separates 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


Day 3: 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.

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 to the Chilean city of Pucon.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel or hostel


Day 4: Free day in Pucon

Free day to relax after the trek. Pucon offers many options: unwind at the beach or in the hot springs or take part in adventure activities such as rafting or kayaking.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel or hostel


Day 5: Villarrica Volcano

Our activity begins at around 7am, when we drive towards the base of the Villarrica Volcano (15km). Once there, we start our 6-hour hike that will leave us exactly on the mouth of this volcano: the great 315m-diametre crater. After enjoying this amazing scene, we will descend to the vehicle and start going back to San Martin de los Andes. An end-of-trip celebratory dinner will be shared together.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel or hostel

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,000 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

The price varies depending on the size of your group:

Group of 4+ = USD$ 1000 per person

Group of 3 = USD$ 1153 per person

Group of 2 = USD$ 1412 per person

Includes

  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel or hostel 
  • Transfers during program
  • Qualified Mountain Guide 
  • Guide assistant if necessary
  • All meals in mountain
  • All necessary technical equipment (crampons, ice axes, helmets)
  • Safety Equipment (rope, carabiners, communication equipment and first aid)
  • Insurance and permissions involved.

Excludes

  • Personal mountain equipment (boots, backpack, sleeping bag, etc)
  • Transfers
  • 3 dinners (Days 1, 3 & 4)
  • 2 lunches (Day 1 & Day 4)
  • Optional activities on day 4
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

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