Trekking to “La Picada”

CLP$160.000 VAT included.


“La Picada”, on the north side of the Osorno volcano in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, is one of the historical sectors of the development of mountain sports and outdoor life during the time of German colonization in southern Chile. It was its slopes where skiing began during the first half of the 20th century and where the first mountain refuges were built.

Nowadays it is an area that allows us to hike little-visited trails with Patagonian air. In winter the terrain will be snowy and in summer it allows us to enjoy the best views of the Osorno volcano in low demanding trail.

1 day
Group size:
1 to 9 persons
All year
Start / End
Puerto Varas
1 guide every 6 clients
1.100 masl
+- 14 km (round trip)
+800 m
Good views Adventure travel insurance Technical equipment 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.
- CLP$20.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2023 and March 2024.
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8 am We start our journey towards Ensenada, following the road through Lake Llanquihue to the town of "Las Cascadas".

10:30 am We will start our trekking at 800m altitude.

11:30 am After overcoming the first slope of the route, we will reach the highest point of “Paso de La Desolación (1,096m altitude).

12 pm We will leave the “pass” to head east, and contemplate the west face of “Cerro La Picada”.

3:30 pm The descent will take us south, following another ridge overlooking Lake Todos Los Santos and the Osorno volcano.

6 pm return to Puerto Varas. End of service.

Special offer

CLP$20.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=2


The remains of an ancient volcano are the closest neighbor of Osorno Volcano. A sedimentary mountain with steep ravines. It was named by the Mapuches as “Caulle” (Seagull) and is commonly known as “La Picada”. It is housed in the northwest end of “Todos Los Santos” lake, in the heart of the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

The route allows us to enter the oldest national park in Chile. With a landscape of Patagonian airs, the trekking will give us wonderful views of the Northeast and East faces of the Osorno volcano, the West face of the La Picada hill, in addition to allowing us to explore the “Desolación Pass” and its incredible views of the lakes Todos Los Santos, Rupanco, and Llanquihue.

The route is a semi-circuit that will take us to travel around 14 kilometers and about 800 meters in positive slope (and 710 meters in descent). Without a doubt, the best months to enjoy this route are between November and April, when there are more sunny days and less snow on the route, but in winter the snow makes it a real adventure!

Additional information

- Includes:

Guided service in a non-private program; bilingual 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 rugged areas; all group equipment required for the itinerary and per client listed here (trekking poles); 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.

- 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 trekking (layered, synthetic clothes, gloves, and hat), trekking/hiking boots, sunglasses, backpack (+30lt or big enough to carry your personal items and those we will provide*), water bottle/platypus (min. 1L), camera, sunscreen (for lips and skin). Recommended: depending on the season, rain cover for your backpack and gaiters. If we will be in a river or lake, swiming suit and towel! For more details, make the program checklist!

- Experience and technical expertise required:

Apt for people without previous climbing experience but with an adequate shape to participate in 4-8 hours per day of physical activity in wilderness terrain. Physical condition is subject to guide evaluation. 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 7 years old. Participants between 7 and 12 years old should not carry a load.

- 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 it recommended for childrens?

For the experience and environmen, yes! But it is necessary to evaluate well if the children will have the physical capacity to walk up mountains and enjoy. We have done this trek with families and groups of friends, physical effort is always important, but the experience of the environment - regardless of how far you go - has always been one of the best memories. In any case, we recommend that children are at least 7 years old and that they be accompanied by family members. If this is your case, we will make a private group so that everyone feels good, we can go up and enjoy it in the rhythm of the youngest of the group.

Is previous experience required?

No, for the trek to "La Picada" no previous experience is required! Of course, any experience is welcome, but the program is designed so that any person who is physically and psychologically suitable for a full day of activity in mountain terrain (you may think of up to 6 hours on terrain that may include slopes of volcanic scree and/or snow).

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 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.

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!

What equipment is required for trekking?

The most important thing for a trek is to have good boots. It is essential that they remain comfortable and we are used to them, but also that they have a good sole: that they have good grip and are non-slip. If we are in mountain terrain, it is also important that it be relatively rigid. It is also important to consider that they protect the ankle, so you have to consider medium or high cane shoes. Regarding clothing, we should prefer those made of materials that do not retain moisture. So everything that is cotton should be left at home or to change when we return. For the rest, we will prioritize that they cover most of the body. Of course, always consider some warm clothing and a windbreaker. A backpack of a size that allows us to carry all our things inside it. Along with it, a bottle to carry our water. Depending on the season and conditions, we can also consider gaiters. Trekking poles are always recommended!


Personal Gear required by client

“Trekking to La Picada”
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  • Trekking boots: rigid sole, higher than the ankle, waterproof
  • Quick drying t-shirt or shirt (not from cotton!!)
  • Fleece
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Sun glasses (UV protection)
  • Daypack +20L
  • Spare clothes
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • Bottle or platypus with water (minimum 1 liter)
  • Snacks for the hike (fruits, nuts, protein or cereal bars, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips)


If the program take place during winter or with rainy, snowy or wind conditions, it is also recommended to consider:


  • Waterproof pant
  • Insulated jacket: goose down or synthetic
  • Hat 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)
  • Gaiters

Contact us for more information regarding clothes & gear selection.

  • It is available for rent: Mountaineering boots (TNF Verto SK4 GTX, $10.000CLP); Gaiters($2.000CLP); Gloves ($1.000CLP); Daypack ($1.000CLP); Trekking poles ($2.000CLP); Head lamp ($1.000CLP).
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