Climbing the Puntiagudo volcano

CLP$1.200.000 VAT included.


One of the classic alpine climbs in the South of Chile. One of those that require patience to learn what is necessary and to wait for the right conditions to attempt its summit. This is how we could summarize the normal route to climb the Puntiagudo volcano. A route that began to become known in 2006, going from just a couple of ascents a year to having its own season. With a spectacular trek through the typical forest of southern Chile and that is crowned in its upper part with Alerces and views of volcanoes. The climbing of the tower is varied: with slopes of hard snow and some ice steps. It is a route that is moving, looking for the logical passes. Requires snow and ice gear, but especially excellent rope work.

4 days
Group size:
1 to 4 persons
July to October
Start / End
Osorno or Puerto Varas
1 guide every 1 or 2 clients
2.493 msnm
+- 10 km to the base of the tower
+-2.200 m
Transport Camping equipment Technical equipment Meals

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.
- CLP$200.000- CLP$250.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between July 2023 and October 2023.
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D1, 9 am transport from Osorno or Puerto Varas to the El Poncho in the Rupanco lake.

D1, 11 am start of trekking to base camp.

D2, 10 am ascent to the high camp or bivouac.

D3, 5 am summit attempt through the northwest ridge.

D4, 10 am trekking back to the beginning of the trail.

D4, 6 pm end of service.

Special offer

CLP$200.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=2
CLP$250.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=3


With its narrow silhouette, the Puntiagudo is a mountain closely linked to the history of mountaineering in Chile and the region itself. With a tragic first ascent and a “Patagonian climb” feeling, is the Chilean Matterhorn one of those ascents that become memorable stories.

The spectacular volcano is flanked by the dense Valdivian forest, which in its surroundings stands out for its Alerces and Mañíos trees, giant ferns, Tepas, Ulmos, and Quilas. The typical fauna of these forests includes pumas, Pudúes, foxes, Chingues, and Hummingbirds, among other elusive inhabitants. The volcano is visible from most of the lakes in the region, with the Rupanco being the most associated with Puntiagudo and its surroundings, this is where we will begin our approach.

El Puntiagudo is a technically interesting mountain. First, it has a long approach that begins at an average altitude of 200m and through which you must cross dense forests, where it is common to lose the trail. As for the conditions of the climb, it varies markedly throughout the year, being the winter season suitable for its ascent to being covered with snow from its base, delivering a sustained climb with interesting ice formations in its upper part: cauliflowers, waterfalls, and gutters.

It is graduated with a UIAA difficulty of “D III”: a route with an important approach and with sustained climbing on ice or snow – AI3 500m, 50º / 90º.


Additional information

- Includes:

Guide service in a 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 with accessories, crampons, ice axes, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad); 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.

The program includes food and accommodation in mountain tents for two persons in the base camp, using a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. For the high camp, if conditions are suitable we will set a bivouac on the snow, for it we need to carry the sleeping bag and pad from the BC to the HC.

- 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. Double boot recommended), headlamp, sunglasses and goggles, trekking poles, backpack (+50 liters or big enough to carry your personal items plus the ones that we will provide to you*), bottle/platypus with water (min. 2L), 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, the maximum age to participate is 70 years. 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:

Bookings are made via email ( 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 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

- 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 (, the “program of the activity” and the declaration of “Knowledge and acceptance of risks, terms and conditions” (

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?

Yes, the climb of the Puntiagudo volcano requires previous experience with rope handling (belaying and descending) and progression in snow and ice.

One of the most important aspects of this climb is to be able to optimize the work with ropes on the route. This will allow a smooth and safe ascent and descent.

A good ascent prior to making to update or confirm your knowledge is the winter ascent to La Picada hill through its southwest gutter. A one-day climb that will allow us to practice the fundamental techniques that we will use in the Puntiagudo volcano.

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!


– Personal Gear required by the client

“Climbing Puntiagudo Volcano”

  • 1 pair of Mountaineering boots: rigid sole to work properly with the crampons, higher than the ankle, waterproof. Double boot recommended.
  • 1 pair Gaiters.
  • 2 pairs of thick and long socks and 1 pair of thin socks (liner).
  • Base layer:1 long underwear and 2 long-sleeve t-shirt.
  • 1 Water and windproof jacket.
  • 1 Waterproof pant.
  • 1 think soft shell or trekking pants.
  • 2 pairs of gloves (ideal waterproof and windproof glove with a liner or a pair of wool/fleece gloves and 2 pairs of ski gloves).
  • 1 pair of thin fleece or windstopper gloves.
  • Hat or balaclava or buff.
  • Sunglasses (UV protection) and goggles.
  • Backpack +50L(or big enough to carry your personal items plus the ones that we will provide to you).
  • Spare clothes(to leave in the transport).
  • Trekking or ski poles.
  • Head lamp.
  • Bottle or platypus with water (minimum 2 liters).
  • Snacks for the climb (fruits, nuts, protein or cereal bars, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Camera.
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips).

  • Please note that this is a reference list.
    Depending on the conditions and time of the ascent, items may be included or deducted.
    Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or advice on the selection of clothing and/or equipment!


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