ASCENSION OF THE QUETRUPILLAN 2370M
12 YEARS OLD MIN
Climbing the volcano is possible all year escorted by professional guides. This activity of 7/8 hours requires intermediate fitness due to the elevation gain (1320). Between June and December, it is possible to do the descent with ski o snowboard (good level and good physical condition required). This non-technical climb requires moderate physical condition depending on the duration of the climb depending on the season, the conditions of the day (1030m / 2385m).
> Transport roundtrip
> All equipment (helmet, skiing sticks, gaiters, sled, mountain boots, gloves, bag, pant, jacket)
> 1 guide/4 people
> National park entrance
> Comfortable and warm clothes
> 3 layers (t shirt, fleece and jacket)
> Sunglasses UV3, suncream, lipstick and hat (against the cold)
> Great socks and thermal gloves
> To eat and drink : sandwiches, energy bar, 2L of water
A farewell drink with the guides on the panoramic terrace
Base of the volcano
Meeting point at the agency
Downhill and back to the agency
(40km - 1h20)
8am - 1:30pm
About two hours after the native forest and 2 to 3 hours of ascension to the volcano.
On the volcano (snow and ice)
In the native forest
Point of view : 10 volcanos, several lakes, green and white lagoons
Special point of view on the glacier and Villarrica's crater
Security above all :
1 guide + 1 assistant guide for 8 passengers
We have been working with the same team of guides for 5 years. They have radio and are in constant communication with the agency and one with each other.
We pay for a detailed meteo forecast, which allows us to provide you the most precise information possible about the conditions of the ascent.
The weather checking in the morning is done with the boss and the guides.
The day before
The day before the ascent, we ask you to come to the agency at the end of the day (+/- 7pm) in order to :
Check the weather forecast.
Reserve or confirm your reservation by giving us your personal information, necessary for our insurance.
Try the equipment and be aware of the last useful information.
If you have physical problems (asthma, cardiac deficiency, vertigos...), you must tell us before registering thus we would be able to evaluate the risks.
Make sure that you have all the equipment required for the ascent and also check if you have prepared enough food for the day.
How long do we stay at the summit ?
We stay between 5min and 1hour at the edge of the crater depending on :
The weather (temperatures, wind, snow)
The hour at which we reach the summit
Who is able to do the ascent ?
People between 12 (with a parental consent) and 65 years old (have to sign a dicharge document) can do the ascent.
You need to have a good physical condition because the difficulty depends on the season and on the weather conditions.
It is not necessary to have experience of the ascent of a mountain but it can be helpful if you have done some trekking and long walks. Nevertheless, the ascent is accessible for beginners.
What if the weather conditions are unfavorable ?
At the agency
At the volcano base
We go to the base of the volcano to check the weather a second time.
We start the ascent. Middling conditions : (wind, smoke, clouds, rain, ice) : each one takes its own decision : climbing or going back to Pucón
We cancel the ascent and postpone it to the day after if the conditions are still good. No cost.
We cancel the ascent and you will only have to pay the price of the transport : 7 000$
Which season is the best to climb ?
It is easier to do the ascent in summer. The difficulty changes depending on the weather conditions.