When we imagine a volcano with a perfect cone, surrounded by large lakes and endless green forests that contrast against the volcano’s white glacier, it is inevitable not to think of the majestic Osorno Volcano. In more than one postcard, this volcano is depicted next to Lake Llanquihue or as part of those cold winter images, where the dazzling white covers the green of its ancient forests. Any of these portrayals makes us look at its imposing peak and ask ourselves, “can I conquer it?”
Our adventure will begin at 05:30 am when we will check the equipment and meteorological conditions one last time. The ascent will commence at the base of the Osorno Volcano, at 1,150 MASL. We will activate our bodies, progressing along the slopes of the volcano for approximately 30 minutes.
After a short break, we will slowly reach the first snowfield, where we will begin to get to know our equipment such as crampons and ice axe. A few meters higher, at the beginning of the glacier, we will take a longer, reenergizing break and familiarize ourselves with some of the technical equipment such as harness and rope, which will help us cross the glacier, avoiding its crevasses.
As we approach the beginning of the final slope, we will make use of the short-rope technique. In the final meters, we will climb the steepest part of the volcano with the help of certain safety techniques for progression, until we can walk the last meters to reach the summit.
The descent will be along the same route, rappelling down its steepest part.
Price of the activity
CLP 200,000 / per person (minimum two people are required)
- Price includes a certified mountain guide, transportation from the meeting point, equipment, and CONAF (the National Forest Corporation) fee.
- Price does not include a porter.