Climbing Cerro La Picada

CLP$200.000 VAT included.

SKU: HAE01ASLP

The vestiges of an ancient volcano that joined with the desolation pass to the Osorno Volcano have created a small Patagonia in the Lakes region. A rugged mountain in the summer and with snowy and icy slopes in the winter. With accessible trails in summer that can be covered with snow in winter, allowing the use of snowshoes and skis. Its normal route allows us to enjoy beautiful trekking in the Vicente Peréz Rosales National Park and some beautiful scramble on rocks or snow in its final part. If the conditions join us, the views can be even better with one or tweo Condors flying in its surroundings!

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
1.715 msnm
LENGTH
+- 16 km (round trip)
ELEVATION GAIN
+915 m
WEATHER FORECAST
Transport Technical equipment Adventure travel insurance Good views

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.
Discount:
- CLP$20.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2022 and March 2023.
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Date of the tour (pick up day)
Total: 200000

Schedule

5 am Transportation from Puerto Varas to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

7:30 am Beginning of the trekking.

11 am End of the approach trek (+ -1,400m altitude)

2 pm Maximum time of ascent on the normal route

3 pm Beginning of the descent

6 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

Description

A mountain ascent immersed in a Patagonian landscape; less physically demanding than the climb of Osorno or Calbuco. With a dynamic route: combining trekking with easy steps on rocks, unique and contemplative views of the major volcanoes, the lake All Saints, and the Fields of Lake Llanquihue.

The climbing route allows a safe and entertaining ascent throughout the year. In winter and spring with snowy slopes, and already in summer and autumn on rock and volcanic scree. In its beginning it crosses the upper part of the trekking “el paso de la desolación”, the saddle that connects “La Picada” with the Osorno volcano, and then it continues along the ridges that go into this ancient volcano and the beginning of the climb to its summit.

The full-day will have about 16 kilometers of travel and almost 900 meters of altitude to overcome, the plan will be to leave from Puerto Varas at dawn, to make the most of our time in the heart of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park!

Additional information

- Includes:

Mountain guiding service in a non-private program*; Bilingual guides (Spanish, English); Entrance fees to National Parks and/or private lands; Excursions, transportation and meals as described in the itinerary; Activity insurance; First aid kit for wilderness areas; All group equipment required for the itinerary and per client as listed here (helmet, harness with accessories, crampons, ice axe); In areas without cell phone coverage, a 2-way satellite communicator (with real-time online tracking, SOS function), in areas with cell phone coverage, a 1-way 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. 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 +12 hours per day of physical activity in wilderness terrain. 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 governed 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 payment is made in foreign currency, the prices of the programs are based on the exchange rate set by HAE Ltda.
at the time of payment. The total cost must be paid in full before the program 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 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 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 evaluated by the responsible guide and/or the “criteria used to suspend or modify the activity” listed in this document, and/or a request from the client to cancel the activity, HAE Ltda.
reserves the right to cancel or modify the itinerary, itinerary details or objectives without any refund or rescheduling available.

HAE Ltda.
is not responsible for expenses incurred by you in preparation for travel, including – but not limited to – purchases of “passenger liability equipment” or non-refundable or penalty 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.

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.

Is previous experience required?

No, for the guided climb to La Picada, no previous experience in mountain or climbing is required!

Of course all experience is welcome, but the program is designed for anyone who is physically and psychologically apt for a full day of activity in mountain terrain can enjoy the summit (think of 8 to 12 hours on terrain with slopes of both volcanic carry and snow and ice). A guide will only go with up to three passengers, so with that ratio, we can not only introduce and supervise the correct use of equipment and techniques, but we can also adapt the rate of ascent to these two people, and thus allow each one to perform the ascent in a comfortable way.

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 the client

“Climbing Cerro La Picada”

ITEM OK NO Notes
  • Mountain shoes: rigid sole, compatible with crampons; waterproof and over the ankle
  • Gaitors (optional)
  • Thick and long socks
  • First layer set: long underpants and long sleeved t-shirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Insulated jacket: goose down or synthetic
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof or soft shell or thick trekking pants
  • Gloves (ideal waterproof and windproof glove with a liner or a pair of wool/fleece gloves and a pair of ski gloves.Recommended to have 2 pairs)
  • Beanie or balaclava or buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack +30L (or big enough to carry your personal items and those we will provide you)
  • Spare clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Bottle for water (minimum 1 liter)
  • Snacks for the climb (fruits, nuts, protein or cereal bars, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips)

  • Please keep in mind that this is a reference list. Depending on the conditions and the season of the ascent, items can be included or removed. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or advice on the selection of clothing and/or equipment! Depending on the conditions and the season of the climb, items can be included or removed. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or advice on the selection of clothing and/or equipment!
  • Available for rent: Mountain boots (TNF Verto SK4 GTX, $10,000CLP); Gaitors ($2,000CLP); Gloves ($1,000CLP); Backpack ($1,000CLP); Trekking poles($2,000CLP); Headlamp ($1.000CLP).

 

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