Ermitano Expediciones

Tourism agency in Pucón, Araucanía, Chile

Quetrupillan volcano ascent, 2,370masl.

The Quetrupillan volcano is also called Mocho or ‘the headless volcano’ because it lost its top during the last eruption. The climb to the top of this volcano, located about 40 kilometers from Pucón, offers incredible views of the surrounding countryside.

We will cross several kinds of trails (native forest, snow, volcanic rocks) and observe local fauna and flora. You’ll enjoy wonderful panoramic views of ancient Araucaria forests, volcanoes, lakes and lagoons, and even the Villarrica volcano glacier.

At the summit, at 2,370 meters above sea level, the impressive Lanín volcano rises in front of you, and you’ll be mesmerized by the huge glacier inside the crater of the Quetrupillan volcano.

This excursion offers a beautiful opportunity to disconnect and relax in the magnificent scenery this region has to offer.

Quetrupillán volcano.

deportivo ?
All year round.
10 years old.
1 day.
6am --> 6pm
$100 000 CLP
Quetrupillan volcano.

deportivo ?
All year.
10 years old.
1 day.
$100 000 CLP

Tour Itinerary.

2 hours.
Meeting + Transport.

We will meet at the Ermitaño Expediciones agency, where our guides will introduce themselves and help you prepare your equipment for the day.

The car ride to the base of the volcano takes about one and a half hours. We begin walking at 1,200 meters above sea level.

2 hours.
Base of the volcano.

Upon arriving at the base of the volcano, the guides will give you instructions before starting the climb. The first part starts with a wonderful native forest (during 2 hours). (400 m vertical drop).

3 hours
Volcán nevado

Upon reaching an elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level, as the forest gives way, we'll be greeted with a panoramic view of the entire volcano.

Perfect spot for pictures, snack, and rest.

During winter, the entire volcano is covered in snow. In the summer, our path is primarily over rocky terrain. (there is no glacier on the way).

1pm / 1:30pm
30 min

At the summit, at 2,370 meters above sea level, the impressive Lanín volcano rises in front of you, and you’ll be mesmerized by the huge glacier inside the crater of the Quetrupillan volcano.

From this vantage point, you'll enjoy a breathtaking 360° view encompassing other volcanoes, lakes, lagoons, native forests, the Andes mountains, and, of course, the glacier of the Villarrica volcano.

If the weather permits, we'll have the opportunity to eat lunch at the summit and rest for 30 minutes.

1:30pm / 2:00 pm
3 hours
Persona deslizando sentada en la nieve

The way down the volcano is a unique experience.

Fully-equipped with waterproof pants and a sled, you’ll slide down on the snow! This takes between 20 minutes and one hour.

However, depending on the conditions of the snow, we might have to walk some of all the way.

Back to the office.

Aproximative hour.

The activity ends at the agency, where you will be received with a refreshing drink or beer and a delicious snack. It’s a wonderful moment to celebrate your achievement and reflect on your experience of climbing Quetrupillan volcano !

What do I need?

What is included.

  • Transportation from Pucón.
  • Entrance to the National Villarrica Park.
  • Certified mountain guides (1 guide/4 clients).
  • Insurance.
  • Photos and videos. (when conditions allow).
  • Equipment:
    • Backpack 35L.
    • Helmet, ice axe, crampons.
    • Hiking poles.
    • Shoes,gaiters.
    • Waterproof jacket and pants.
    • Gloves.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sled.
  • Beer or juice and a snack.

What is not included.

  • Food: sandwichs, fruits, nuts, cookies, chocolate etc + 1,5L of water. Plastic bag for your garbage.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Comfortable clothes: warm and high socks, pants, base layer top, fleece sweater, and warm jacket.
  • Optional:
    • Gloves.
    • hat, beanie.

How to book a trip.

When can I go?

  • Season: All year. During summer (January to February), there is a high demand for this activity so we recommend that you book with anticipation.
  • Weather conditions: We only carry out our excursions under favorable weather conditions. In case we have to cancel an activity, we will refund 100% of your money.


  • Minors are welcome if they are 10 years and older, and only if they are accompanied by an adult.
  • Our insurance covers climbers up to 70 years old.
  • We recommend that you are in good physical condition for the climb. The difficulty is medium. Previous experience on the mountain is not necessary.
How can I book?
  • You can book directly via the form below:

    «Read what previous clients say about their experiences with Ermitaño Expediciones…»

    • star rating  Excelente guías muy atentos y simpáticos. Buen ritmo pero se adaptaron a todos. Se recomienda 100% !!

      27 January 2022
    • star rating  Muy buena agencia para subir el volcán Villarrica, que ya es una experiencia que hay que hacer.

      Equipo de calidad en condición perfecta y todo listo para la salida.... read more

      13 June 2022