Traditional climbing to Cerro Pantojo

CLP$850.000 VAT included.


Outstanding in the scenic landscape on the border of Chile and Argentina, on the route that connects the city of Osorno and Bariloche, this petrified lava tower is accessible all year round: a moderate climb in summer and somewhat more demanding in winter, with an Interesting approach trekking through forests of “lengas” and “ñirres”, volcanic ash and in winter with snow for randoneé skis or snowshoes. About five pitches of V grade climbing (or W3/W4 in winter) to enjoy the immensity of the mountain range and the elegance of its volcanoes from its summit!

3 days
Group size:
1 to 6 persons
All year
Start / End
Puerto Varas
1 guía cada 2 clientes
2.027 masl
+-7 km in trekking to the camp
+-700 m in trekking to BC
+-200 meters of climbing
Meals Adventure travel insurance Camps or Refuge 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.

- CLP$100.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2023 and March 2024.
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D1, 7 am transportation from Puerto Varas to the Cardenal Samoré border crossing.

D1, 10 am trekking to La Junta (4 to 6 hours).

D1, base camp.

D2, Climbing the route on the "southwest gutter" (5 pitches, +-200m, summer difficulty; 5.7 YDS, V UIAA | winter difficulty: M3 or M4, 80°)

D3, 9 am trekking de regreso al inicio del sendero.

D3, 4 pm return to Puerto Varas, end of service.

Special offer

CLP$100.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=2


The route through the southwest gutter covers a little over 200 meters of climbing in about five pitches. A not difficult climb, but with an important approach, poor rock quality and difficult to protect!

From Puerto Varas we must go along the “Interlagos” route to the Cardenal Samoré border crossing. Place where you have to register the activity and leave the identity documentation of the participants in the international police. About 20 kilometers more towards Argentina is where we begin the trek to the base camp.

At this stage, we must carry in our backpacks everything necessary for the following days. The trek runs through Lenga and Ñirre forests, the crossing of a river, volcanic ash and border milestones. Approximately seven kilometers and four to five hours will be needed to reach the base camp, in the plains near the mountain.

The day of the climb will start relatively early. In the first part, we will need about an hour to get close to the beginning of the route, from there an easy climb of about fifty meters will leave us in the gutter and a complete first view of the route. From here, with more vertical feeling than the actual slope has (reach max. 70 -80°), we will reach the edge that through a traverse will take us to the last climb between blocks and loose rock. The route in summer conditions has a UIAA classification of V grade, with a climb of 5.7 in Yosemite climbing. In winter the route becomes completely “alpine”. The approach will be completely covered in snow, so it must be done on ski touring or with snowshoes, and for the route it will be necessary to use ice axes and crampons (difficulty WI3 to Wi4).

For this program, it is necessary to have experience and knowledge of climbing and rappelling. It is not necessary to have a high rock climbing grade, nor to have experience in traditional climbing, but it is important to master the technique of rappelling and belaying. In addition to the physical capacity for three days in the mountains!

Additional information

- Includes:

Mountain guide service in a non-private program; bilingual ANGM mountain guides (Spanish, English); entrance fees to National Parks and/or private land; excursions, transportation, and food as described in the itinerary; activity insurance; first aid kit for wild areas; all group equipment required for the itinerary and per client listed here (helmet, harness with accessories, common camping equipment); 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.

If the program takes place in winter conditions, it is also included, if you require it: crampons, ice axes, poles, and snowshoes.

The program includes meals (dinners and breakfasts according to itinerary) and accommodation in a mountain tent for 2 persons at the camp. For this, we must carry in our backpacks the common equipment, food, and personal equipment!

- 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:

Appropriate clothing for trekking, climbing, and weather conditions at the time of the program (3-layer system, gloves, and hat), trekking boots, headlamp, sunglasses, backpack (+50lt or large enough to carry your personal items), and those that we will provide you*), climbing shoes, sleeping bag comfort temperature -7°C, water bottle (minimum 2 liters), camera, sunscreen (skin, lips), change of clothes. If the program is done in winter conditions, mountain boots are required!

- Experience and technical expertise required:

All participants must be in adequate shape to participate in up to +10 hours per day of physical activity in wilderness terrain. It requires previous experience in climbing: belaying and rappelling techniques, but does not require a high climbing grade! 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.

Is previous experience required?

Yes, to climb "el Pantojo" it is necessary to have experience in climbing: knowing how to unequip a route, reappeal and belay.

The route is a 5.7 YDS, with mobile protection. The belays are not equipped and the descent is by rappelling along the same route.

Can I book if it's only me?

Of course!

The minimum number of participants for this program is just one!

Can I rent the equipment that I´m missing?

Clear! We have climbing shoes, sleeping bags, backpacks, poles and other accessories available, so you can make the checklist and tell us what you need to coordinate it.

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.


– Personal Gear required by the client

“Climbing Cerro Pantojo”

  • Climbing shoes (only in summer conditions)
  • Zapatos de trekking: Trekking boots: ideal with a rigid sole, waterproof and that go over the ankle
  • Quick-drying shirt or shirt (not cotton !!)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Trekking / climbing pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack + 50L
  • Spare clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag comfort temperature -7° C
  • Bottle with water(minimum 1 liter)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips)

If done in winter conditions:

  • Insulated jacket: goose down or synthetic
  • Waterproof pant
  • Mountain boots
  • Beanie 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.Recommended to have 2 pairs)
  • Gaiters

  • Please consult for more information or advice on the selection of clothing and/or equipment.
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