1. Chile
  2. Patagonia, Chile
  3. Pucón
  4. Villarrica

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Product ID: 360025
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Climb the imposing Villarrica Volcano, the most active in South America. Be amazed at the summit and see the geological formation of the crater with its constant activity.
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Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 6:30 AM
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  • Climb an iconic volcano of southern Chile that's part of the Pacific Ring of Fire
  • Embark on this challenging mountain trek and be impressed with yourself at the top
  • Enjoy your experience using first-class mountain equipment mountain
Full description
Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace.

As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava.

From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down.

During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.
  • Transportation from and to the office in the center of town
  • Entrance fee to Villarrica National Park
  • Mountain equipment (mountain boots, poles, crampons, ice axe, helmet, backpack, trousers, jacket, gloves, and gaiters)
  • 1 certified guide every 3 participants
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Trekking clothes, sunglasses, or sun protection cream
  • Ski resort towing ticket for approach
  • Anything not mentioned in "What's included"

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for “Zenit Travel” under the arch.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• The program is subject to weather conditions of the day
• There is daily monitoring of the volcano in terms of its seismicity
• The ascent of this volcano does not require previous experience, only minimum physical condition
• Meet at the office for equipment check-ups and brief explanations the day before
• Consume pasta (carbohydrates) ideally the night before
• Be well hydrated the day before, ideally not drinking alcohol the night before

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Product ID: 360025