Ermitano Expediciones

Tourism agency in Pucón, Araucanía, Chile

Villarrica volcano ascent, 2,847 masl.

The Villarrica volcano, called “Rukapillan” or the house of the spirits´, in Mapudungun (the language of the local Mapuche people) sits 16 kilometers above the town of Pucón. Villarrica is the most active volcano in Chile, and its last eruption was in 2015. When we reach the summit, at 2,847 meters above sea level,you’ll be inspired by incredible views of the towns of Pucón and Villarrica, nearby lakes, and other volcanoes in the region. Depending on the amount of volcanic activity, we might even be able to see magma inside the crater !

Climbing the Villarrica volcano is one the most popular activities in Pucón throughout the year.

Since the 8th of November 2022, access to the summit has been closed, due to an increase in volcanic activity. Currently (January 2024) we are making the ascent until 2300 meters above sea level, the limit authorized by the authorities. You can check the status of the alert on the Sernageomin website.

Villarrica volcano.

deportivo ?
All year.
12 years old.
1 day.
$110 000 CLP
Villarrica volcano.

deportivo ?
All year.
12 years old.
1 day.
$110 000 CLP

Tour Itinerary.

6:15 am
1 hour 30
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 40 minutes. We begin walking at 1,200 meters above sea level.

7:30 am
15´
Base of the volcano.

Once we arrive at the base of the volcano, the guides will give you instructions before starting the climb.

Curently, the chairlift of the ski center is not working.

8:00 am
5 or 6 hours
Ascent.

During winter, the entire volcano is covered in snow. During the middle of the summer, only 50% of the volcano has snow, and at the end of the summer, only the glacier is left on the volcano – about 20% of the climb. Throughout the day, we will take several breaks to hydrate, eat snacks, take pictures, review your equipment, and talk about the volcano. Your guides will stay with you the entire day.

1:30 pm
10´
Summit.

We will climb the last 20 minutes to the crater without a backpack. The view from the summit is magnificent and the feeling of standing at the edge of the crater is thrilling.

The crater itself is around 200 meters in diameter and 100 meters deep.

The volcano has a constant emission of gas, for which every climber is given a mask as part of their safety equipment. If you're lucky, you just might be able to see magma inside the crater !

2:00 pm
2 or 3 hours
Persona deslizando sentada en la nieve
Descent.

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 and a half hour). We´ll walk on rocks or snow for the last part. However, depending on the conditions of the snow, we might have to walk some of all the way.

4:30 pm
Back to the office.

We’ll arrive back at the Ermitaño agency around 4:30pm – depending on the season.

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 the most active volcano of Chile !

What do I need?

What is included.

  • Transportation from Pucón.
  • Entrance to the National Villarrica Park.
  • Certified mountain guides (1 guide/3 clients).
  • Insurance.
  • Photos and videos. (when conditions allow).
  • Equipment:
    • Backpack 35L.
    • Helmet, ice axe, crampons.
    • Hiking poles.
    • Shoes,gaiters.
    • Waterproof jacket and pants.
    • Gas mask.
    • Gloves.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Equipment for the descent (sledge).
  • 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: 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.

Recommendations:

  • Minors are welcome if they are 12 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/high in winter, and medium in summer. Previous experience on the mountain is not necessary.
How can I book?
  • You can book directly via the form below:
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