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Chile Volcano Ski Touring

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Price p/p Price is per person based on 9-day tour with min group of 4
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USD 3,200

9 Days | Customizable Itinerary

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Price is per person based on 9-day tour with min group of 4
Base/invoice currency is USD inc tax
*displayed price may vary slightly due exchange rate fluctuations
USD 3,200
On this tour, you will climb to the top of some of Chile's most spectacular volcanoes & ski back down to the low-lands. Some afternoons you will visit relaxing hot springs & along the way you will experience South American cities & towns. PRIVATE GROUPS of 2 - 6 guests or join a fixed date tour as a solo/small group
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Fixed Date(s): Sep 22 - Sep 30, 2024
Days: 9
Price: USD 3,200
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Custom Booking Period: Sep 01 - Oct 31, 2024
Min Days: From 9
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Chile Volcano Ski Touring Overview

This adventure ski trip is the ultimate skiing and mountaineering adventure across the Andes, choosing the highest and nicest volcanoes of the area around the Lake District and Northern Patagonia area.

There is no lift access and all ascents are with skis/skins and crampons and then you get to ride back down in alpine style. Some afternoons you will visit the spectacular and relaxing hot springs in the various locations. Split boards are also allowed but split-board crampons are mandatory.

Nights are spent in a combination of mountain huts/Refugios and hosterias & hotels. 

There are many different volcanoes along the Andes and this trip can be customized to include any of the following: Lonquimay, Llaima, Copahue and Caviahue area, Villarica, Choshuenco, Casa Blanca and Osorno. There may also be some volcanoes of particular interest that are not on this list, so please inquire to discuss any other options as well.

Ability & FitnessSnow conditions can be variable from powder to breakable crust and everything in between so you should be a strong intermediate to expert skier who has some backcountry experience. Split boarders should be advanced to expert.

Most ascents are 1,400 metres or less with the exception of Llaima which is a 2,000m climb in a day. Needless to say you will require a good level of fitness.

You don't need to be a highly skilled mountaineer for these trips as the most technical elements of the climbs are the last hundred metres or so where there is a lot of ice which may require the use of an ice axe & crampons.

Sample Itinerary

The following 9-day itinerary is a sample of how a Chile Ski Touring Trip might play out. The itinerary is customizable and may also vary due to snow conditions & weather conditions at the time of the tour.

Day 1 (Arrival/Travel Day):
Arrival in Bariloche, Osorno or Pto Montt and dependent on your flight destination, Andes Cross (AC) will pick you up in any one of the 3 airports. AC recommend flying into Bariloche to enjoy a bit of Argentina and then driving across the Andes as it is totally worth the effort. Drive to Refugio Osorno and spend the night at this cozy mountain hut at 1400 metres, with beautiful views of Lago LLanquihue.

Overnight: Refugio Osorno

Day 2 (Climb/Ski Volcano Osorno):
Today you will climb Volcano Osorno as the first volcano on this trip in Chile. The climb takes approximately 5 hours to skin up this volcano (approx. 1400 metres of elevation gain). In general it is possible to skin most of the way however you will require crampons to get to the summit. Ski down back to the hut and spend the night there enjoying a nice meal with an awesome view and its magic sunsets.

Overnight: Refugio Osorno

Day 3 (Travel Day to Pucon):
A long travel day driving to Pucon, Chile. This drive goes across the Andes enjoying monkey puzzle forests and the landscape of the Patagonian steppe and the mountains. 

Overnight: hotel in Pucon.

Day 4 (Climb/Ski Villarica & Hot Springs):
Climb up Villarica volcano (2,840 mts). Afternoon in the local hot springs. Relax, visiting the nice town of Pucon.

Overnight: hotel in Pucon

Day 5 (Travel day from Pucon to Lonquimay):
Drive to Caracautín or Malacahuelo, base town of Volcan Lonquimay (2890 mts) and Volcan Llaima (3125 mts) volcanoes.

Overnight: hosteria near Lonquimay

Day 6 (Climb/Ski Lonquimay & Hot Springs):
Climb up Volcano Llaima (3125 mts). Ski downhill, optional visit to hot springs.

Overnight: hosteria near Lonquimay

Day 7 (Climb/Ski Lonquimay & Hot Springs):
Climb up to Volcano Lonquimay (2,890 mts) and ski down. Hot springs.

Overnight: hosteria near Lonquimay

Day 8 (Flexi Day):
Spare day for bad weather to be used in the best place. Rest day or ski day to the Sierra Nevada near Malacahuelo and optional hot springs.

Overnight: hosteria near Lonquimay 

Day 9 (Drive to Bariloche or San Martin):
Drive back to Bariloche, San Martin or Temuco where you will catch your flight home.

FlightsBefore booking flights, discuss the itinerary with Andes Cross staff to work out the best location to fly in and out of, as there are several ways this can be done. For example:

In-Bound - Bariloche, Osorno or Pto Montt
Out-Bound - Bariloche, San Martin or Temuco

Dates, Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons 

Tour operates in late September / all October each year.

2024 Rates

$3,200 p.p. for group of 4 or 5 

  • Professional UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Private transportation during whole trip
  • Hotel lodging throughout the trip
  • All meals in the mountains (dinners included at hut nights)
  • Medical Insurance & more...
  • Sightseeing in towns & cities
  • Ski touring set up with skins USD $50/ day
  • Avalanche gear (shovel, beacon, probe) USD $25/day
  • Crampons, ice axe for rent USD $10 a piece/day
  • Ski touring boots for rent USD $20/day
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Andes Cross Terms & Conditions

For weekend programs full payment must accompany booking. For longer programs the deposit will be 50% when you reserve/ book your trip . Balance of payment is due 6 weeks before program starts. Full payment must accompany bookings made less than 4 weeks before the trip starts.

After Booking: Along with all relevant receipts we will send you a sample copy of our waiver which we will ask you to sign when you meet us and, if appropriate an experience questionnaire.

Booking Conditions

  1. Registration is dependent on waiver completion and you must be covered by a travel insurance.
  2. Andescross and any of its guides reserves the right to change or cancel any itinerary or service at any time due to weather, conditions or other reasons without penalty to Andescross.
  3. The participation of any person on any program is continually subject to the discretion of the program leader and Andescross. 
  4. Andescross accepts no responsibility for the actions of persons and/or companies supplying goods and/or services as part of these packages or for any extra costs that may arise from the complication or prolongation of any program for any reason.
  5. Your physician must clear any health problems that may affect your participation in any program.
  6. In the unlikely event of an emergency, participants may, depending upon program location be liable for any rescue or evacuation costs incurred either on their behalf or as a result of their actions. 

Cancellation & Refunds
Should Andescross cancel a program payment will be refunded.

Should client cancel his booking for any reason the following penalties apply

  1. If canceling most programs up to 8 weeks before program start US$ 400 per participant will be withheld.
  2. Between 8 and 6 week before program start deposit is forfeited.
  3. Cancellation less than 6 weeks before program start and during program results in loss of entire amount paid. 

Cancellations during the activities
The program can be modified and changed anytime if the guide decides that fitness level, weather or other dangers are involved in the original plan. He has the right to modify the itinerary without previous communication to clients

About weather conditions
It is a fact that the weather in Patagonia and the mountains in general is unpredictable, implying situations where the weather can change in few hours forcing the guide to cancel the activity for safety reasons.

Strong winds can be an impediment to access some points where the tunnel shape of the valley makes the wind pickup speed and sometimes is almost impossible to keep moving forward, so in cases like this, or any other meteorological fact, the guide in charge can turn around and change the plan without previous notification.

About physical condition of the client
Mountaineering, trekking, ascents, expeditions, biking, climbing, kayaking are activities of great physical and psychic demand. Bad weather and strong winds demand more energy than normal, so every participant has to be aware of this and be sure his fitness level is according to the trip that they book.

Be aware that for most of the programs you will have to deal with nice open hiking / biking trails. For mountaineering trips you will transit glacier and moraines terrain, scree slopes and other kind of terrain that is physical and psychologically demanding and can cause a problem if participant is not experienced enough.

In case a participant’s physical/ psychic condition is below the average of the group/ program, or does not reach the level required, the guide will have the rights to cancel the activity for the participant. This participant will abandon expedition and will be taken safely back to civilization.



Limitations of liability
n many cases, suppliers of tour services are independent contractors to Andescross, not its employees. For example, we use independent ground operators, tour guides, hotels, transportation companies, drivers, and other suppliers. Because we do not own, operate, manage, control, or supervise these entities, we cannot be liable for any acts or omissions, including any negligence, gross negligence, or reckless or willful acts, on their part. Andescross, its owners, agents, directors, shareholders, and employees assume no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage, delay, or death to person or property arising from the negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person who is to or does provide goods or services for this trip or for the action or inaction of any other third party. Without limitation, Andescross is not responsible for acts of God, equipment failures, vehicle accidents, illness from food or otherwise, detention, assaults, theft or criminal activity, annoyance, delays, quarantine, strikes, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the passengers. The right is reserved to substitute hotels, alter the itinerary, and reverse the order of places to be visited. You will be informed of any necessary changes in a timely fashion.

On advancement of deposit to Andescross, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions. These are partial conditions.

You will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to being accepted for a tour