Trekking to the glacier of the Osorno



Price in Chilean pesos for a group of only 1.

A mountain trek that will give us impressive views of the Osorno volcano and the Llanquihue lake basin. An ideal activity to enjoy the colors of sunrise or to experience walking in a storm. On a clear day, we will see the first rays of the sunrise through Argentina and cast the shadow of the volcano in the Pacific Ocean! If the clouds accompany us, the Patagonian wind will make us feel and the clouds will rush through us.

Our goal is to get to the glacier and ideally hike a bit on it. In the last section during winter and spring, it may be necessary to use crampons or snowshoes!

At our highest point, we will have a complete view of the Llanquihue Lake area, the Puerto Montt bay, and of course the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. For our way back we can use the same trail or a variant, going directly down through snowfields.


1 day


1 to 9 people

1 guide every 3 customers


Puerto Varas



2,100 masl


+- 8 km (round trip)


+1,000 m

Technical equipment
Adventure tourism insurance
Superb views

Program description

The classic silhouette of the volcano colored from its feet – in Lake Llanquihue – to its glacier by the green of the Valdivian jungle, where – depending on the season – the dark color of the rocks is bleached by the winter snow from its snowy summit.

Located within the National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales the Osorno volcano puts us in a prime location to enjoy from above the lake region. Slightly shifted to the west of the Andes mountain range divides the waters of the lakes Todos Los Santos and Llanquihue, shapes the river of turquoise waters, and was responsible for creating the Petrohue waterfalls.

The trek to the glacier starts one hour before sunrise (when the weather forecast is good), to receive the first light of the day high in the mountain. A show of orange colors and silhouettes projected or fleeting clouds and Patagonian winds, that will recharge us and push us up to the 2.000m, to meet the glacier and when the conditions are fine have a walk on it.

On the other hand, when the weather forecast shows snow and rain, the trekking changes its goal from enjoying the panoramic views of the Llanquihue lake and majesty of the volcano to experiencing mountain trekking in adverse conditions. To feel the wind and push our own limits, knowing that we will have a couple of places to protect us and rest, and a cozy refuge to be back, take out our wet clothes, and enjoy a warm drink. To experience our way more than the point that we want to reach!

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

Itinerary & Route

Day 1

  • 5 am

    Transportation to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

  • 6:30 a.m.

    Registration at the park ranger's office and the beginning of the trekking towards the end of the ski slopes.

  • 8 am

    The following kilometers are the most impressive: the views of the glacier, the seraks, the cracks and the volcano, but also the sunrise.

  • 9:30 a.m.

    Our goal is to reach the glacier. Normally we find it around 2,000 or 2,100 meters above sea level

  • 10:30 a.m.

    At our highest point, we will have a complete view of the Llanquihue Lake area, the Puerto Montt bay, and of course the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes.

  • 12 pm

    Return at the beginning of the journey, transport to Puerto Varas.

  • 3 pm

    End of service.





Excursions and services detailed in the itinerary; Trekking guide service in a non-private program with bilingual trekkin... 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 suitable for the activity (first layer set, fleece jacket, windproof and waterproof jacket, trekking pants: consider a w... Read more

Experience and technical capacity required:

Suitable for people with no previous climbing experience, but who are fit enough to participate in 4-8 hours of physical activity per day in wilde... 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 Trekking to the glacier of the Osorno”

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!

    • 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).

    • You can order our box lunch: 2 protein/cereal bars, 2 fruits, dried fruit and a vegetarian sandwich for 10,000 CLP.

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

    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.

    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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