Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Activity provider: ZENIT TRAVEL

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Activity provider: ZENIT TRAVEL

From US$ 135 per person

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
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • 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
  • 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"
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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
  • Trekking gear

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Wir haben unsere Tour via GetyourGuide gebucht, was super einfach und unkompliziert war. Leider mussten wir unseren geplanten Versuch, den Vulkan zu bezwingen, verletzungsbedingt erstmal um ein paar Tage verschieben. Der Touranbieter Zenit Travel Chile war äusserst unkompliziert und hilfsbereit und hat uns sogar Alternativen offeriert, für den Fall, dass die Verletzung nicht abgeklungen wäre. Am Tag des Aufstiegs waren wir, im Vergleich zu anderen Gruppen, eine kleine Gruppe. Nur wir zwei und unser Guide, sozusagen unbeabsichtigt eine Privattour. Das war jedoch perfekt für uns. Wir konnten unser eigenes Tempo bestimmen und sind so als erste am Krater angekommen. Während des Aufstiegs hat unser Guide uns viele Informationen über Vulkane im Generellen und im Speziellen Villarrica gegeben, uns gut erklärt, wie man mit Steigeisen und Pickel umgeht, uns Optionen zum Abstieg geboten und all unsere Fragen zu diversen Dingen beantwortet. Wir können Zenit Travel mit gutem Gewissen empfehlen.

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March 8, 2022

Super trip!! After meeting up with two fellow hikers and two guides in the office in Pucon to get equipped, we went off to the national park and started the hike. Very good instructions and the guides sat a good slow pace. Breaks were well planed and communicated, so we had something to look forward to! The guides were good at pointing out sights and conversing about the country, the people and the culture. About halfway we got to the rim of the glacier and mounted cramp-on and ice axes to continue the climb. The views were awesome with a few clouds below us and the smoke from Villarrica above us. A couple of hundred meters below the rim, my 69 year old wife decided to stop and conserve resource for the return. The guides were very helpful and understanding and one of them guided both of us back to our starting point, where a car was waiting to pick us up and take us back to the office. Back at the office, they had fresh fruit and juices waiting for us and time to debrief.

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March 2, 2022

Very nice person Augustine (our guide). He was very caring for everyone in the trip and experienced. The weather was bad so we could only walk for specific distance and then we needed to come back unfortunately. I highly recommend going with Augustine.. he is the best guide I have met.

February 22, 2022

Product ID: 360025