Chile: Volcano ski touring in South America

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Firn ski tours along the Pan Americana

While autumn is arriving in Europe, spring is beginning in Chile with ideal touring conditions for ski tourers. The “Little South” or “Chilean Switzerland” with its crystal-clear lakes, deep primeval forests, but above all the more than 3,000 meter high volcanoes are our destination for this ski tour. For 14 days we enjoy fantastic firn descents, some of which are active volcanoes, as well as relaxation in natural hot springs.

Comfortable accommodation in beautifully located haciendas with South American steak and a good glass of Chilean red wine in the evening make the round trip a pleasure. What more do you want? Join us on a ski touring trip to one of the most beautiful corners of the world!

Therefore we are the right partner for this tour.

  • Ski touring trip with a maximum of 8 people!!
  • Ski touring adventures in autumn
  • Firn descents from partially active volcanoes
  • Hot springs and comfortable haciendas
  • flight from/to USA or Europe

Travel Program

With one stopover we fly from Germany to Santiago de Chile in the evening.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

In the morning we land in Santiago de Chile. With a domestic flight we continue to Temuco, which is almost 700 km to the south, directly in the “Little South”. In the afternoon we land in the small provincial capital of the Mapuche Indians. In the east of the city we can already see the two ski tour destinations for the coming days. Villarrica at 2,840 m and the Llaima volcano at 3,125 m. We move into our accommodation for the next 3 nights, about 1.5 hours’ drive away, on a wonderful hacienda between the Conguillío National Park and the Tolhuaca National Park, right next to the Malalcahuello Nature Reserve.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

After a Swiss breakfast that is known far beyond the national borders, we climb the easy, 2,865 m high volcano Lonquimay today. As if painted, the volcano in the north of the hacienda builds up. Surrounded by wide aura forests, the landscape changes as it ascends into wide ash fields and snow slopes that are fantastic to drive on. From the summit we can enjoy the two main craters of the volcano and, above all, the view of the fascinating landscape below us. With wide turns we enjoy the descent over the Chilean firn back to our vehicles. At the hacienda, the day ends comfortably with a glass of wine and good food. The tireless can also dare a ride on the in-house horses.

1,400 m altitude 6 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

The Sierra Nevada volcano lies to the south of the Hacienda and is the goal of today’s ski tour. Through the well-known Aurakien forests, we climb almost like a jungle up to wide firn slopes and make our way to the summit. Opposite, tomorrow’s destination, the 3,125 m high Llaima volcano, enchants us with its shape. The view extends far into the Conguillion National Park with its deep blue lake of the same name. We drive back down to the hacienda via the ascent route.

1,300 m altitude 6 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

We start early today for a long but absolutely worthwhile ski tour to the highest peak of the Conguillion National Park. The approximately 2,000 m long ascent is crisp and leads over the glacier up to the constantly smoking summit. Sulfur vapor surrounds us at the edge of the crater, which leaves a lasting impression simply because of its size of more than 300 m. Over wide, ideally inclined slopes, the turns can be a little further at 1,500 m descent. Last night at the hacienda.

2,000 m 8 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

Our ski touring journey continues south. On the Pan Americana we drive to Pucon, about 3.5 hours away. The city lies at the foot of the Villarrica volcano directly on the lake and is known for its beautiful, white sandy beaches. In recent years, the city with 8 ski facilities has developed into a true ski mecca in Chile. In the afternoon we explore the sights, take a boat trip on Lago Villarrica or bathe in one of the thermal springs. Overnight in a good hotel in town. In the evening we enjoy the good Chilean cuisine. The evening ends in one of the bars.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

The Villarica volcano last erupted in March 2015. Depending on the situation on site, we will try to climb the summit on the first day. Especially since you can look directly into the lava of the volcano from above. This should be an unforgettable moment in the life of a ski tourer. From the ski area we start up over steep 35° slopes to the crater rim. Ideal firn accompanies us on the ascent route back down to the ski area, accompanied by a view of the large, surrounding lake landscape. We use the second day as a rest day or for skiing on the slopes of Villarrica. Of course, a visit to the thermal baths is just as important as a cozy end to the evening. Overnight at hotel.

1,400 m altitude 6 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

Along the southern shore of Lago Villarrica we drive to Lago Calafque and now come to the region de los Rios. Lakes, forests and lonely landscapes form the backdrop for a varied journey through the little Switzerland of Chile. At Lago Panguipulli we head west again on the Pan Americana and reach Lago Puyehue. A visit to the thermal baths is worthwhile here. We stay in a small hotel and enjoy the fresh salmon that the region is known for.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

On the connecting road between Osorno in Chile and Bariloche in Argentina we climb comfortably to the almost 2,000 m high volcano. From the summit we are rewarded with an impressive view of the surrounding volcanoes Osorno, Puntiagudo and Lake Rupanco. Depending on the course of the tour, we can stop again at hot springs on the way back and relax in the thermal water.

1,000 hm 4 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

The ski tour journey continues to Puerto Octay, a town of 2,500 souls with German roots on the north coast of Lake Llangquihue. From here we have a more distant starting point for the Osorno, but the place was not as affected by the ash rain in March 2015 as Ensenada. We get accommodation in a cozy hotel for the ascent of Osorno, which is just under an hour away.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

The ski ascent of the 2,652 m high Osorno is certainly the crowning glory of this ski tour trip in Chile. We make the ascent easier by driving up to the ski area at 1,300 m. Nevertheless, the summit has it all. The danger of crevasses must be taken into account on the ascent and descent, the stage to the edge of the crater is long and steep. We are rewarded with a magnificent view of the neighboring Calbuco, the Casablanca and a long descent over the brilliant Chilean firn back to the vehicles. Dinner in Ensenada and overnight at our hotel in Puerto Octay.

1,400 m altitude 6 hoursTypical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

With the off-road vehicles we continue to nearby Puerto Montt. The city is located on the Pacific Coast and is the terminus of the Pan Americana. Further south it borders Patagonia. With a bit of luck we can see all the peaks of the ski tour from here. In the morning there is still enough time to buy one or the other attraction at the markets. In the afternoon you fly back to Santiago de Chile. Onward flight to Germany in the evening.

Typical Lodge | inn | guest househalf board

In the morning we arrive back in Germany.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • 14 days guided tour and organization by a mountain guide
  • Return flight from/to Munich or Frankfurt
  • Flight luggage 23 kg + hand luggage 8 kg
  • 12 x overnight stays including half board | Hotel/pension (typical of the country)
  • All transfers on site according to the program
  • All national park fees
  • AW Plus Package | Reservation | Comfort | security
  • Thuraya satellite phone (excl. call charges)

Not included:

  • Food and drinks outside of half board
  • Ski luggage/excess luggage (approx. €120 per ski bag)
  • All national park fees
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional costs for program changes
  • Parking fees when traveling by car to the airport
  • individual tips
  • *The additional costs may vary and are for guidance only!

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Trip-code: Number ►PE-404
Duration: 18 days
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Country / Location: Chile
Mountain Guide: Eric Raul Albino Lliuya
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