Climbing Casa Blanca Volcano

CLP$140.000

SKU: HAE01ASCB

An ideal volcano for a family ascent and/or to enjoy an undemanding ascent, with beautiful views and not complex terrain. In winter it is the right place to get a close look into winter mountaineering, for progression with snowshoes or ski touring. Immersed in the Puyehue National Park, it is also a great viewpoint of the volcanoes and lakes of the region, a privileged place to enjoy the silhouettes of Puntiagudo, Osorno, Puyehue, Sarnoso, and Tronador!

Duration:
1 day
Group size:
1 to 8 persons
Season
All year
Start / End
Puerto Varas
Difficulty
RATIO GUIDE : CLIENTS
1 guide every 4 clients
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE
1.990 msnm
LENGTH
+ -11 km (round trip)
ELEVATION GAIN
+962 m
WEATHER FORECAST
Box-lunch Technical equipment Adventure travel insurance Transport

Information on reservations and discounts

  • If you are making a reservation less than 7 days in advance, we can only confirm it with the payment of the total cost of the program.
  • If you are booking more than 7 days in advance, you can pay only the reservation fee ($ 50,000CLP), and then coordinate the payment of the difference before the start of the program.
The values of the programs are per person, in Chilean pesos and taxes included. We make discounts for the number of people who book the same program together. At the time of booking, the total amount to be canceled - discounts included - will be indicated for the reserved group. If you do not require any of the included services, such as transportation, you can discount it at the time of booking. In the frequently asked questions (FAQ) you will find the detail to be discounted and the coupon to use.
Discount:
- CLP$20.000- CLP$40.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2021 and March 2022.
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Date of the tour (pick up day)

Total: 140000

Schedule

7 am Transportation from Puerto Varas to Puyehue National Park

10 am Beginning of the ascent from the Antillanca ski center

11 am Raihuen Crater

2 pm Maximum ascent time

5 pm Return to Puerto Varas

7 pm End of service

Special offer

CLP$20.000per person
From
No limit To No limit
Condition
Number adult >=2
CLP$40.000per person
From
No limit To No limit
Condition
Number adult >=7

Description

Also known as Antillanca, the Mapudungun word for “the jewel of the sun”, attempting its summit will allow us to discover the world of mountaineering and enjoy incredible views of the Chilean Lakes District.

Rising along the road between the cities of Osorno and Bariloche; with its last eruption more than 2000 years ago, the Casa Blanca is a beautiful stratovolcano located between the Puyehue and Rupanco lakes. With a ski resort on its feet, little glaciation, and only 1990 meters over the sea level makes it an ideal not technical alternative to access one of the dominant summits of Southern Chile and a perfect viewpoint of future challenges.

The climb on the northwest face starts at the parking area of the Hotel. Depending on the season it is either possible to arrive to the „Crater Raihuén“ by vehicle or by walking about 3 km and 240m of altitude to gain. From this point, the ascent goes through volcanic scree trails during summer or snowy slopes in winter and spring. As we win altitude the views of the volcanoes Osorno and Puntiagudo and the Rupanco lake become increasingly impressive.

In our way back – but depending on our itinerary – it is possible to stop and take a thermal bath in “Aguas Calientes“.

Additional information

- Includes:

Guide service in a non-private program*; bilingual guides (Spanish, English); entrance fees to National Parks and/or private lands; excursions, transportation** & food*** as described in the itinerary; activity insurance; wilderness first aid kit; all group equipment required for the itinerary and the per-client listed here (helmet, crampons and ice axe or snowshoes with trekking poles); in wilderness areas without cell phone coverage a 2-way messaging Satellite Communicator (with real-time online tracking, SOS function), in areas with cell phone coverage a 1-way messaging Satellite Communicator and/or VHF radios.

- Not included:

Guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear, life and/or travel insurance, porters or horses (if available), extra expenses for cities, alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary or not included in the menu, extra nights lodging in cities or due to changes in the itinerary, everything else not mentioned in the program.

- Personal Gear required by the client:

Activity-appropriate clothing for mountaineering and trekking (base layer suit, fleece jacket, windproof and waterproof jacket & trousers, trekking pants, thermal jacket, first layer gloves, windproof and waterproof gloves, beanie), mountaineering boots (rigid sole, higher than the ankle, waterproof), headlamp, sunglasses, trekking poles, backpack (+30 liters or big enough to carry your personal items plus the ones that we will provide to you*), bottle/platypus with water (min. 1L), sunscreen (for lips and skin). Recommended: gaiters, travel liner, spare clothes, towel, and shower accessories. Recommended: gaiters, travel liner, spare clothes, towel, and shower accessories. We can also rent some equipment if is needed. Inquiry us for more information or advice on the selection of equipment.
*Food and equipment required for the itinerary.

- Experience and technical expertise required:

Apt for people without previous climbing experience but with an adequate shape to participate in up to 4-8 hours per day of physical activity in wilderness terrain. Physical condition is subject to guide evaluation. Physical condition is subject to guide evaluation.

- Limitations/activity restrictions:

Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, children under the age of 18 without the written authorization of parents or legal guardian. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old, the maximum age to participate is 70. It is recommended that all participants undergo a complete physical before booking the climb. Due to the location where the activity occurs, we do not recommend it for pregnant women.

- Description of actions to be followed by the participant for the proper development of the activity:

It will be required of those who participate in the program to respect and protect the historical, natural, and cultural heritage in which the activities take place. Besides being cordial and respectful with those who share the program and with local communities visited. All program participants will be ruled by a code of “Leave No Trace”, which may be introduced by the guides during the development of the activity.

- Criteria used to suspend or modify the activity:

The participant puts activity or participants safety at risk; the participant does not follow actions for the good development of the activity; cloudiness between elevation comprising glacial areas; wind, rain or snow between elevation comprising glacial areas or that may affect the physical and/or psychological conditions of the participants; physical and/or psychological assessment of participants by the guide responsible for the activity; volcanic activity and/or other natural phenomena that endanger the safety of the trip; weather/nature conditions change; accidents or incidents.

- Insurance:

Throughout the program whenever adventure tourism activities take place: hiking, trekking, climbing volcanoes participants will be covered by complimentary additional insurance against accidents or death. The insurance is given through HAE Ltda. and its coverage is limited to the duration of said activity. Contact us for further information. It is the responsibility of each participant to contract their own life and/or travel insurance coverage for the remainder of their trip.

- Pricing:

The prices of each program are presented in Chilean pesos (CLP, CH$) and correspond to the price per 1 person taxes included. All our programs have a maximum number of clients per guide (ratio) defined by our risk management guidelines, which directly affects the cost of the program. The cost of the program is calculated based on the guide rate per client/itinerary, and the costs associated with it, seeking that always the guide received the better rate for his work.

- Reservations:

Bookings are made via email (info@huellandina.com). We will confirm availability within 24 hours after receiving the form “HAE – Excursion & Clients INFO” (ES, EN, DE). A non-refundable deposit of $25.000 CLP per person is required to confirm your booking. Reservations must be done at least 2 days before the program start date.

- Payment methods:

Payment in Cash (only Dollars, Euros, or CLP), Credit Card, Online bank transfer (Chilean – CLP or Austrian – EUR Bank). If paying in EUR or USD, program prices are based on the exchange rate set by HAE Ltda. at the time of reservation. The total cost must be paid in full before the program’s start date. More information http://hae.cl/payment-methods.

- Cancellation conditions:

– Cancellation requested by the client more than 2 days before the program start date: refund available with a penalty equal to the reservation fee paid.
– Cancellation requested by the client less than 2 days before the program start date: no refund is available but the date can be rescheduled (subject to availability).
Once a trip begins no refunds or rescheduling is available.

HAE Ltda. reserves the right to cancel an excursion prior to start time due to weather conditions or other factors that may affect the security of the participants, as assessed by the lead guide and/or the “criteria used to suspend or modify the activity” listed in this document. As well, but it is not limited, to cancellations caused by not reached the minimum number of participants required, logistical problems such as strikes, acts of nature, or any other circumstances which may make operating the trip unadvisable. We will keep you informed regarding any aspect that we consider that may affect your trip and in case we can not develop the booked program we will offer the possibility to change your booking to an alternative one, change the goals of it, or we will refund the payment made. The limit for this refund will be the limit of HAE Ltda.’s liability.

We will honestly inform you of the conditions that we may predict you should expect during the development of the program and if they may affect the normality of it. Be aware that the forecast is a human interpretation of diverse variables and it can be wrong or variables can change. If during the development of the program there are adverse weather conditions or other factors as assessed by the lead guide, and/or the “criteria used to suspend or modify the activity” listed in this document, and/or a client request termination of the activity, HAE Ltda. reserves the right to terminate or modify the itinerary, the details, or goals of it with no refunds or rescheduling available.

HAE Ltda. is not responsible for the expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip, including – but not limited to – purchases of “personal gear required by the client” or non-refundable or penalized airline tickets.

We recommend that you consider trip cancellation and/or interruption insurance. Such a policy will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during the trip.

By hiring or participating in an adventure travel service operated by HAE Ltda. you declare to understand and accept the “Terms and Conditions” for HAE Ltda. Adventure Travel Programs (http://hae.cl/terms), the “program of the activity” and the declaration of “Knowledge and acceptance of risks, terms and conditions” (http://hae.cl/acceptance).

All HAE mountain or climbing programs do not guarantee to reach a mountain summit.

Can we make a stop on the Aguas Calientes hot springs?

Although the Aguas Calientes hot springs are not included in the program, they are on the way back and forth, so if the itinerary times allow it, we can stop to enjoy them on the way back! Information on the hot springs and income values can be found on their website: https://www.termasaguascalientes.cl

Is previous experience required?

No, for the guided ascent to the summit of the Casa Blanca volcano, no previous experience in mountain or climbing is required!

Of course all experience is welcome, but the program is designed for anyone who Physically and psychologically it is suitable for a full day of activity in mountain terrain (think of 4 to 8 hours on terrain with slopes of both volcanic carry and snow and ice) can enjoy the summit. A guide will only go with up to four passengers, so with that ratio we can not only introduce and supervise the correct use of equipment and techniques, but we can adapt the rate of ascent to these two people, and thus allow each one to perform the ascent in a comfortable way.

What is a mountain guide service in a non-private program?

It is the ascent of a mountain or volcano of a group accompanied by a (or several) Mountain Guide! We do our best to customize our programs to your needs, but please note that regular programs are shared services. We will always let you know in advance when more people join the same trip! If you will like to book in advance a private guide, it will need to be priced accordingly at the capacity of clients that your guide could have on this trip.

What if there is bad weather?

The weather conditions are essential for a safe and enjoyable trip. However, an accurate and somewhat reliable weather forecast can only be had about five (5) days before the planned date for the trip, so we try to be as flexible as possible with reservations made in advance: To be able to book a date we only require the payment of the reservation fee, and once we have a reliable forecast we re-confirm the date and coordinate the payment of the difference. But if it is not possible to start the ascent because we foresee that there will be poor visibility in the glacial area (precipitation or clouds that reduce visibility to only a few meters) we will look for an alternative date or the refund of the booking fee. However, if by mutual agreement we decide to start the program (that is, to go out to pick you up or to meet at the shelter), either because the forecast looks good, acceptable, or unclear, and the conditions do not allow us to reach the summit or meet the proposed objectives, there is no refund of money!

What equipment is required?

The program includes the technical equipment: crampons, helmet, harness, ice axe. So they basically only require their mountain boots, clothes, and accessories (glasses, backpack, gloves). Anyway you can see the checklist to verify that you have what you need and / or let us know if you need something! Some programs may also include other items (such as sleeping bag or canes), so if it is indicated in the program it will be available in the program.

Can I rent the equipment that I am missing?

Yes, we have available trekking poles, mountain boots, gloves, backpacks, sunglasses for rent. So if you need something do not forget to let us know in the booking process.

From and to where is the transportation included in the program?

The program includes the transportation from/to Puerto Varas, Ensenada, Petrohue, Puerto Octay or Cascadas. Picking or dropping from Osorno, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt/Osorno airport, Llanquihue or Frutillar have an extra cost of $15.000 CLP per way. Other places are available upon request. If you want to arrive on your own at the meeting point we will deduct the cost of transportation ($10,000CLP per person). For this you can use the coupon "transport-1p" when making the reservation (you must change the number according to the number of people who are booking, if there are 3, the coupon to use would be transport-3p). There are some programs that include transportation from other cities, if indicated in the description, so it will be!

What type of transport will be used?

Because most of our trips are small groups, it will be just you or a couple of other people, we rent the car from the guide (or our family) to develop the program: A normal car, clean, in good condition and of course with all the required permits. For bigger groups, we hire a driver with a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van or similar.

Can I book if it's just me?

Yes! The minimum to perform the program is one (1) person, so there is no problem in doing the program just for you. But keep in mind that it is a shared service, so if there is another person interested in the program and the date they could share the service. But don't worry we'll let you know if that happens!

I want to do a private program

While most of our programs are small groups and it's almost always just the group you've booked together, our regular programs are shared services. So if you would like to book a private program in advance, it will be priced accordingly to the capacity of the clients that the guide or guides could have on that trip. Write to us to see it in detail!

Checklist

Personal Gear required by client

“Climbing CasaBlanca volcano”

ITEM OK NO Observations
  • Mountain or trekking boots: rigid sole, higher than the ankle, waterproof
  • Quick drying t-shirt or shirt (not from cotton!!)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Sun glasses (UV protection)
  • Daypack +30L
  • Spare clothes (towel and bathing suit if you consider going to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes)
  • Trekking poles
  • Bottle or platypus with water (minimum 2L)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips)

 

If the program take place during winter or with rainy, snowy or wind conditions, it is also recommended to consider:

 

  • Waterproof pant
  • Insulated jacket: goose down or synthetic
  • Hat or balaclava or buff
  • Gloves (ideal waterproof and windproof glove with a liner or a pair of wool/fleece gloves and a pair of ski gloves)
  • Gaiters

  • Important: The recommended items in this list can vary depending on the season and conditions of the route. Contact us for more information regarding clothes & gear selection!

 

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