Trekking to the glacier of the Osorno

CLP$120.000 VAT included.

SKU: HAE01TRGO

A mountain trek that will give us impressive views of the Osorno volcano and the Llanquihue lake basin. An ideal activity to enjoy the colors of sunrise or to experience walking in a storm. On a clear day, we will see the first rays of the sunrise through Argentina and cast the shadow of the volcano in the Pacific Ocean! If the clouds accompany us, the Patagonian wind will make us feel and the clouds will rush through us.

Our goal is to get to the glacier and ideally hike a bit on it. In the last section during winter and spring, it may be necessary to use crampons or snowshoes!

At our highest point, we will have a complete view of the Llanquihue Lake area, the Puerto Montt bay, and of course the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. For our way back we can use the same trail or a variant, going directly down through snowfields.

 

Duration:
1 day
Group size:
1 to 9 persons
Season
All year
Start / End
Puerto Varas
Difficulty
RATIO GUIDE : CLIENTS
1 guide every 3 clients
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE
2.100 masl
LENGTH
+- 8 km (round trip)
ELEVATION GAIN
+1.000 m
WEATHER FORECAST
Box-lunch Adventure travel insurance Technical equipment 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

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2021 and March 2022.
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Schedule

5am / 9am transportation to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

6:30 am / 10:30 am registration at the park ranger's office and start of the trekking towards the end of the ski slopes.

8am / 12pm the following kilometers are the most impressive: the views of the glacier, the seraks, the crevasses and the volcano, but also the sunrise.

9:30 am / 1:30 pm our goal is to reach the glacier. We usually find it around 2,000 or 2,100 meters above sea level.

10:30 am / 2:30 pm At our highest point we will have a complete view of the Llanquihue Lake area, the Puerto Montt bay and of course the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes.

12:00 pm / 4:30 pm End of service.

Special offer

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

Description

The classic silhouette of the volcano colored from its feet – on the Llanquihue lake – and up to the bottom of the glacier by the green of the Valdivian rainforest, where – depending on the season – the dark color of the rocks is bleached by snow descending from its snowy summit.

Located within the National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales the Osorno volcano puts us in a prime location to enjoy from above the lake region. Slightly shifted to the west of the Andes mountain range divides the waters of the lakes Todos Los Santos and Llanquihue, shapes the river of turquoise waters, and was responsible for creating the Petrohue waterfalls.

The trek to the glacier starts one hour before sunrise (when the weather forecast is good), to receive the first light of the day high in the mountain. A show of orange colors and silhouettes projected or fleeting clouds and Patagonian winds, that will recharge us and push us up to the 2.000m, to meet the glacier and when the conditions are fine have a walk on it.

On the other hand, when the weather forecast shows snow and rain, the trekking changes its goal from enjoying the panoramic views of the Llanquihue lake and majesty of the volcano to experiencing mountain trekking in adverse conditions. To feel the wind and push our own limits, knowing that we will have a couple of places to protect us and rest, and a cozy refuge to be back, take out our wet clothes, and enjoy a warm drink. To experience our way more than the point that we want to reach!

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, harness, crampons, and trekking poles in summer, and snowshoes in winter); 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 trekking (layered, synthetic clothes, gloves, and hat), trekking/hiking boots, sunglasses, backpack (+30lt or big enough to carry your personal items and those we will provide*), water bottle/platypus (min. 1L), camera, sunscreen (for lips and skin). Recommended: depending on the season, rain cover for your backpack and gaiters. If we will be in a river or lake, swiming suit and towel! For more details, make the program checklist!

- Experience and technical expertise required:

Apt for people without previous climbing experience but with an adequate shape to participate in 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 7 years old. Participants between 7 and 12 years old should not carry a load.

- 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:

It is done through the website or by email (info@huellandina.com). We will confirm availability within 24 hours of receiving the information from the participants. A non-refundable deposit of $50,000 CLP per person is required to confirm your reservation (date and program). 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.

Why are there two schedules in the itinerary?

Because although the ideal of this trek is to leave before dawn and enjoy it during the trek if the weather conditions are not the best and we expect clouds or rainfall, it is better to leave later and enjoy those conditions late in the morning. But also to have it as an option for those who want to do the activity later, and thus accommodate what suits them best.

Is it recommended for children?

For the experience and environment anyway. But it is necessary to evaluate well if the children will have the physical capacity to walk up mountains and enjoy. We have done this trek with families and groups of friends, physical effort is always important, but the experience of the environment - regardless of how far you go - has always been one of the best memories.

In any case, we recommend that children are at least 7 years old and that they be accompanied by family members. If this is your case, we will make a private group so that everyone feels good, we can go up and enjoy it in the rhythm of the youngest of the group.

Is previous experience required?

No, for the trekking to the Osorno volcano glacier, no previous experience is required!

Of course, any experience is welcome, but the program is designed so that any person who is physically and psychologically suitable for a full day of activity in mountain terrain (let's think of up to 8 hours on terrain with slopes of both volcanic carry and snow and/or ice). A guide will only go with up to three passengers, so with that ratio we can not only enter and your activity comfortably.

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 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 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

“Trekking to the glacier of Osorno Volcano”
ITEM OK NO Observations
  • Trekking boots: rigid sole, higher than the ankle, waterproof
  • Quick drying t-shirt or shirt (not from cotton!!)
  • Fleece
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Sun glasses (UV protection)
  • Daypack +20L
  • Spare clothes
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • Bottle or platypus with water (minimum 1 liter)
  • 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


Contact us for more information regarding clothes & gear selection.

  • It is available for rent: Mountaineering boots (TNF Verto SK4 GTX, $10.000CLP); Gaiters($2.000CLP); Gloves ($1.000CLP); Daypack ($1.000CLP); Trekking poles ($2.000CLP); Head lamp ($1.000CLP).
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