Climbing Yates Volcano



Price in Chilean pesos for a group of only 1.

Located in the Reloncaví estuary, Yates is the first predominant summit on the way to Patagonia along the Austral Highway. A route that begins at sea level, passes through the houses of the settlers and quickly enters a dense forest until gaining height we will get the first views of the sea from the mallín that marks the change in vegetation and will take us to the top of the mountain, its glacier and its summit.


2 days


1 to 8 persons

1 guide every 4 clients


Puerto Varas



2,187 masl


+-19 km (round trip)


+2,100 m

Camping equipment
Technical equipment

Program description

From its summit, the views towards its neighbors to the north: Calbuco, Osorno, and Tronador, in addition to the entire length of the first fjord in Patagonia and the beautiful west glacier of the Yates Volcano, together with its approach through the farms of the few inhabitants of the sector, and the typical evergreen forests, crowned in the upper part with one or another larch, make your ascent a complete mountain experience in southern Chile and Patagonia.

Beginning its ascent from sea level, the western route will entail us traversing the full altitude of the mountain. On the first day, we will progress through the fields and the forest, to set up our camp at a thousand meters of altitude. In summer, this will be on trails that will become muddy with the rains (very common in this area), and in winter if we have a lot of snow, the approach will be the hardest part of the ascent. Once the "Mallím" (like a swamp) is reached, the change in the vegetation due to the altitude will be evident, a little later we will have our objective insight. The trail will continue through volcanic scree until reaching the foot of the glacier at 1,900 meters above sea level. From this point we will continue the ascent strung by perndientres of about 40º to the hill that joins the north and south summits, and then the final tower that will require some rock climbs (or ice in winter). We will return by the same route!

In winter, the Yates volcano is a good route to do with ski touring. However, depending on how the winter is, we will have to consider adding a third day, so as not to exhaust our strength advancing through deep snow when crossing the forest.

Upcoming departures:
  • Regular departures upon reservation and suitable weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2023 and January 2024.

Itinerary & Route

Day 1

  • 7 am

    Transport from Puerto Varas to Llaguepe.

  • 10:30 a.m.

    Start of trekking to camp.

  • 3:30 pm

    Arrival at the camp (970 masl).

Day 2

  • 6 am

    Start of the ascent along the route of the west face.

  • 12 pm

    Maximum time of ascent. Start of the descent.

  • 3 pm

    Rest in the camp.

  • 4 pm

    Start of the return trekking.

  • 7 pm

    Return to Puerto Varas.

  • 10 pm

    End of Program.





Mountain guide service in a non-private program with bilingual mountain guides (Spanish / English). All guides are members of the National Associa... Read more

Does not include:

Tips; Additional services and private services; Equipment required by the client; Life or travel insurance; Porter service (if available); Extra e... Read more

Equipment responsibility of the client:

Clothing appropriate for the activity (base layer top and bottom, fleece jacket, wind- and waterproof jacket, trekking pants, wind- and waterproof... Read more

Experience and technical capacity 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 w... Read more

Limitations and/or restrictions of the activity:

Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, chi... Read more

Description of actions that the participant must follow 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 act... Read more

Criteria used to suspend the activity:

The participant puts activity or participants safety at risk; the participant does not follow actions for the good development of the activity; cl... Read more


Throughout the program whenever adventure tourism activities take place: hiking, trekking, climbing volcanoes participants will be covered by comp... Read more


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 hav... Read more


It is done through the website or by email ([email protected]). We will confirm availability within 24 hours of receiving the information from ... Read more

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 for... Read more

Cancellation Policy:

- Cancellation requested by the client with more than 2 days before the program start date: refund available with a penal... Read more

“ChECKLIST FOR Climbing Yates Volcano”

In the following form you can check the items you need to bring with you to participate in the program and also let us know those you do not have or will not have with you. When you submit the checklist, it will be sent to us and we will be able to add it to your reservation details and prepare everything in advance. You can also download it as a PDF and receive it in your email!

If you have any questions or queries, you can do it directly in the chat or by email!

    • Please contact us for more information or advice on selecting clothing and/or equipment.

    • You can rent: Mountain boots (single boot, $10.000 CLP); Softshell pants ($8.000 CLP); Gaiters ($5.000 CLP); Gloves ($3,000 CLP); Backpack 30L ($5.000 CLP); Trekking poles ($5.000 CLP); Headlamp ($3.000 CLP).

    Per group:

    For those who book the same program together, there is a discount of $20.000 CLP per person, which is applied automatically when making the reservation.


    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 lodge), 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 the payment!


    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!

    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.

    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!

    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!

    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 bags or trekking poles), so if it is indicated in the program it will be available in the program.

    It is the ascent of a mountain or volcano by a group accompanied by a (or several) Mountain Guides!

    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.

    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.

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