Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

4.9 / 5

47 reviews

Activity provider:ZENIT TRAVEL

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Activity provider:ZENIT TRAVEL

From US$ 142 per person


Climb the imposing Villarrica Volcano, the most active in South America. Be amazed at the summit and see the geological formation of the crater with its constant activity.

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Duration 9 hours
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Limited to 12 participants


  • Climb an iconic volcano of southern Chile that's part of the Pacific Ring of Fire
  • Embark on this challenging mountain trek and be impressed with yourself at the top
  • Enjoy your experience using first-class mountain equipment mountain
Full description
Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.
  • Transportation from and to the office in the center of town
  • Entrance fee to Villarrica National Park
  • Mountain equipment (mountain boots, poles, crampons, ice axe, helmet, backpack, trousers, jacket, gloves, and gaiters)
  • 1 certified guide every 3 participants
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Trekking clothes, sunglasses, or sun protection cream
  • Ski resort towing ticket for approach
  • Anything not mentioned in "What's included"

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for “Zenit Travel” under the arch.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking gear

Know before you go

  • The program is subject to weather conditions of the day
  • There is daily monitoring of the volcano in terms of its seismicity
  • The ascent of this volcano does not require previous experience, only minimum physical condition
  • Meet at the office for equipment check-ups and brief explanations the day before
  • Consume pasta (carbohydrates) ideally the night before
  • Be well hydrated the day before, ideally not drinking alcohol the night before
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 47 reviews

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Our guide (Leo) was knowledgeable, charismatic and patient, he did not push us outside our comfort zone yet challenged us enough on the trek to try new things and experience new opportunities on the mountain. The pace was adjusted to suit different groups with another guide taking a slower group and Leo taking us, a nice touch. I would highly recommend Zenit Travel in the future.

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March 22, 2023

Great experience- incredibly warm, friendly crew who will explain everything to you to make sure you are well prepared. They supply you will the gear you need too. They are very accommodating with taking breaks, going at your speed, and they are excellent photographers. Would highly recommend you hike with these guys for a really smooth day :)

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February 27, 2023

We had an awesome day with our 3 Zenit Travel guides. The pace was good, they communicated well (English was no problem), they were very knowledgeable about the area. They were personable, fun and attentive - and made sure even the slowest hiker (me!) made it to the top - SO worth it!!! We went up Quetrupillán because Villarrica was closed - I think it might have been better anyway, because looking into the ice-filled caldera was awesome, as were the 360-degree views.

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February 13, 2023

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