Traditional climbing to Cerro Pantojo



Price in Chilean pesos for a group of only 1.
This is for testing

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


1 to 6 persons

1 guide every 2 clients


Puerto Varas



2,027 masl


+-7 km trekking to camp


+-700 m trekking to CB
+-200 meters climbing

Camping equipment
Technical equipment

Program description

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!

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

Itinerary & Route

  • Day 1: 07 am

    Transportation from Puerto Varas to Cardenal Samoré border crossing.

  • Day 1: 11 am

    Trekking to base camp (4-5 hours).

  • Day 1: 4 pm

    Base camp.

  • Day 2:

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

  • Day 3: 9 am

    Trekking back to the beginning of the trail.

  • Day 3:

    Trekking back to the beginning of the trail.

  • Day 4: 4 pm

    End of service.





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:

Activity-appropriate clothing for mountaineering and trekking (base layer top and bottom, fleece jacket, windproof and waterproof jacket & tro... 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 ( 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 Traditional climbing to Cerro Pantojo”

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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