Day Hike Pumalín Park

Just a short journey from the Chilean Lakes' main hubs, you'll be hiking in lush rainforest, past waterfalls, up snow-capped volcanoes and hanging glaciers. This trip includes a variety of day hikes of varying length and difficulty to allow you to immerse yourself in the deeply beautiful Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park with your expert naturalist guide. Just a short journey from the Chilean Lakes' main hubs, you'll be hiking in lush rainforest, past waterfalls, up snow-capped volcanoes and hanging glaciers. This trip includes a variety of day hikes of varying length and difficulty to allow you to immerse yourself in the deeply beautiful Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park with your expert naturalist guide.
3 Days
$1,500

Day Hike Pumalín Park - 3 - $1,500

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Fly from Puerto Montt to Chaitén; Hike to Glacier El Amarillo; Caleta Gonzalo 

Day 2: Hike to Chaitén Volcano; Caleta Gonzalo 

Day 3: Return to Puerto Varas

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Day Hike Pumalín Park

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Puerto Montt to Chaltén; Hike to Glacier El Amarillo; Caleta Gonzalo

Early in the morning, we'll leave Puerto Varas for the local airport at Puerto Montt for a 45min flight to Chaitén where a vehicle will be waiting to take us to the trailhead. Here we'll start our exploration of El Amarillo area of Park Pumalín with a hike to Glacier El Amarillo.

In the evening we'll drive to Caleta Gonzalo for dinner and enjoy the sunset and view of the fjord from the charming cabins in which we'll spend the night.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 18km, low difficulty

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Cabins at Caleta Gonzalo, Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park


Day 2: Hike to Chaitén Volcano; Caleta Gonzalo

After breakfast we'll explore different sections of the park with a hike to Chaitén Volcano and a hike to Cascadas Escondidas.

Chaitén Volcano is still active and an amazing example of the power of nature. The hike will be a great chance to learn more from our guide about the temperate rainforest and its wildlife with a great variety of flora, interesting and elusive amphibians and, with a little luck, some mammals and birds too.

Hopefully we'll spot pudu (smallest deer on Earth), the Magellanic woodpecker and the Chucao tapaculo, among others.

We'll return to Caleta Gonzalo to relax for the evening.

Length of hike to volcano: 4hrs, 5km, medium-high difficulty

Length of hike to waterfalls: 3hrs, 2km, low difficulty

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Cabins at Caleta Gonzalo, Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park


Day 3: Return to Puerto Varas

We'll depart from Caleta Gonzalo to Puerto Varas to the north-west, driving along the Carretera Austral (Road 7). A ferry will take us from Caleta Gonzalo through the Largo Fjord (45mins) and then after a short drive we'll board a second ferry for a 4hr trip along the Comau Fjord. Finally a third ferry takes us from Caleta Puelche to Caleta La Arena.

The ferry journey is one of the highlights of this trip with spectacular views of mountains, volcanoes and picturesque fishing villages along the shore. We'll arrive in Puerto Varas in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $1,500 per person is based on a group of 4-5 people


Prices differ depending on group size as shown below:

8 people: USD $1,275 per person

6-7 people: USD $1,413 per person

4-5 people: USD $1,500 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,975 per person

A departure can be set up on a date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people, subject to availability.

Prices are based on accommodation in a double room in a simple guest house; upgrades are available. Please enquire for more details.

Prices are fixed to the end of the 2022/23 season.

Includes

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 box lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at Caleta Gonzalo
  • Flight Puerto Varas–Chaitén (one way)
  • Water to refill reusable bottles
  • Professional naturalist guide fluent in English and with Wilderness First Response certificate
  • Private transfers from/to Puerto Varas and inside the park
  • 100% carbon footprint compensation certified
  • Complete equipment for nature observation (telescopes, magnifying glass, pocket microscopes, spotting scopes and torch for nocturnal observation)
  • Bilingual editions of nature literature for reference
  • Walking poles (upon request)
  • Professional driver with license A2
  • Ferries, private boat rides and entrance to parks or natural reserves

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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