Somewhat less known in the lacustrine Araucanía region, Quetrupillán Volcano, together with the renowned Villarrica Volcano and the imposing Lanín Volcano, represents an obligatory destination for those that are passionate about mountaineering and are visiting Pucón. Quetrupillán is located in the depths of the Villarrica National Park, in the direction of Palguín Alto. Once immersed in this park of indisputable scenic beauty, in the distance, the flat cone of the Quetrupillán can be spotted. We will cross its majestic forest that will bring us to its foothills, where we will be able to enjoy the best views of Araucanía.
Our adventure will begin at 05:45 am in Pucón. After checking the equipment and meteorological conditions one last time, we will drive for one hour until arriving at Paraíso Escondido (Hidden Paradise). There, we will take the first steps into the captivating Quetrupillán forest, where with a bit of luck we could spot some emblematic woodpeckers.
After hiking through the forest for 2 hours, we will take a short pause and then proceed to an opening, where we will be able to appreciate the first close views of the Quetrupillán’s summit. A reenergizing break will prepare us to ascend the volcano’s gentle slopes of snow, which get steeper as we get closer to the summit. The walking time from the end of the forest to the summit is approximately 3 hours, including breaks.
At the top, we will have some time to enjoy the beautiful view of the two volcanoes, Lanín to the east and Villarrica to the west.
The descent will be along the same route, walking or, if the conditions allow, sliding at some sections, using the plastic snow seat sled.
Price of the activity
CLP 140,000 / 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.