ITINERARY FOR 2018
DAY 01, AUG 18TH / DEPART FROM EUROPE. PLEASE BOOK A FLIGHT THAT ARRIVES IN SANTIAGO THE NEXT DAY, BEFORE 1PM.
DAY 02 ARRIVE IN SANTIAGO – connecting flight to Temuco, transfer to Corralco ski resort
FLIGHT SCL – ZCO: LA237 16:25/17:50 OR SIMILAR , flight and schedule to be confirmed
The local staff will meet the group at Temucos’s airport and then head toward Curacautín and arrive at the little village of Malalcahuello after 2½ hours. We’ll check in at Malalcahuello Cabins, just 5 km from the area of Malalcahuello National Reserve. In the evening the guides will hand out the off-piste and mountain gear and give a technical chat about the tour.
We will begin training all the technical skills that you will have to use throughout the tour. On a practical level you will learn skills for skiing backcountry, doing kick-turns and using all the gear, such as skins, crampons, touring bindings, and ice axes.
This year we are going to be staying in comfortable cabins and cook dinner together, Dinner and overnight in Malalcahuello.
DAY 03 CORRALCO, LONQUMAY VOLCANO CLIMB (First Volcano)
Today we’ll try to ascend the Lonquimay volcano and reach its massive crater (2.865 meters). From the base of the ski resort we’ll take 2 chairlifts and a new t-bar lift that gets you at the very last ridge before the crater; from this point we’ll begin the hike to the top (1-2 hours). Upon reaching the crater we’ll take in the magnificent view and then begin skiing off-piste to the bottom of the slopes. This activity is strictly reserved for those people in strong physical condition and an advanced level of skiing. Additionally, one of the guides will conduct another training day for those who, until now, don’t feel comfortable with climbing and their technical level. In the evening we’ll rest in our cozy cabins in Malalcahuello and share a succulent dinner made by our local team. (B, BL, D)
DAY 04 CORRALCO – SKI ARAUCARIAS, LLAIMA VOLCANO
After an early morning breakfast, we leave Malalcahuello and travel to Llaima Volcano (4 hour drive), arriving at the Araucarias Ski Centre, located in the National Park Conguillío around midday. We’ll eat a picnic lunch and later get ready for skiing off-piste. This quaint and uncrowded ski centre surrounded by araucaria forests has two draglifts and one double chairlift. There are nine runs available to choose from according to your skiing level. Like most of the southern ski centers, you’ll be astonished by the view to other volcanoes, in this case Lonquimay and Villarrica. We’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at El Medina Cabins (B, BL, D).
DAY 05 CLIMB LLAIMA VOLCANO – PUCON (Second Volcano)
Get ready for an epic day! What we are going to attempt is something that only Snoworks has done before. We’ll climb the northeast face of the most active volcano in Chile, Llaima 3.200 m; after reaching its crater, we’ll traverse towards the south and then ski down the southeast face of the mountain!
If the weather permits and assisted by a snow-cat, we’ll reach as close as possible to the top, and then start a challenging hike to the crater (3-4 hours). In the afternoon we’ll begin the off-piste descent to the other side of the Conguillío NP, where the van is waiting for us. Then we’ll head toward Pucón (2½-hour drive) where we’ll stay overnight and have dinner at Pucón Cabins or similar (B, BL, D)
NOTE: if the volcanic activity of Llaima volcano increases, we may have to change it for Tolhuaca volcano and stay overnight one more night at Malalcahuello Cabins.
DAY 06 VILLARRICA VOLCANO CLIMB – PUCON (Third Volcano)
Early in the morning (7 am) we will go to Pucón Ski Centre. If the weather permits, today we’ll have the chance to hike up the Villarrica volcano (2.847 m) and reach its active crater, and then ski off-piste all the way down. We will always be accompanied by our mountain guides. The ascent lasts approximately 6 hours and only 40 minutes to ski down. The centre has 9 ski-lifts (5 draglifts and 3 chairlifts), and 20 runs to choose from. The views from the slopes overlooking Lake Villarrica and the surrounding volcanoes are fabulous. At the base of the resort there is a lively cafeteria, and a nice terrace to relax and enjoy the view. At dusk we’ll return to our cabins in Pucón where our local team we’ll prepare a great dinner for the group. (B, BL, D)
NOTE: if the volcanic activity of Villarrica volcano increases, we may have to change it for Quetrupillan volcano.
DAY 07 VILLARRICA VOLCANO – HUILO-HUILO
Today we’ll try a second attempt to the summit of Villarrica volcano or simply ski at the ski centre. In the afternoon, we’ll travel from Pucón to Huilo-Huilo, driving 3 hours approximately. We’ll arrive to Neltume and the Nature Reserve of Huilo-Huilo. We’ll check in at the Huilo-Huilo Cabins, where we’ll have dinner and stay overnight. (B, L, D).
DAY 08 MOCHO & CHOSHUENCO VOLCANOES (Fourth and Fifth Volcanoes)
Today we’ll experience the fantastic adventure of climbing two volcanoes in one day. After an early morning breakfast we’ll take a 4×4 pick-up truck and go off-road through the native forest until we reach the snow. Once we get there, a snow-cat will be waiting to take us for 40 minute ride to a plateau at the skirts of both volcanoes. There aren’t any ski lifts, so skinning and hiking are the only ways to reach the top of both volcanoes, Mocho (2.422 m) and Choshuenco (2.415 m). The views are absolutely amazing, overlooking the Lanín and Villarrica volcanoes. We’ll be back to Huilo-Huilo, enjoy dinner and stay overnight. (B, BL, D)
DAY 09 HUILO HUILO – SKI ANTILLANCA
After an early breakfast we’ll depart (7:30 a.m.) to Antillanca Ski Resort (5 hour drive), located at the slopes of the Casablanca volcano (1,990 m) in the National Park Puyehue. The ski centre has 1 double chairlift, 3 draglifts and 13 runs. This resort is locally renowned for its excellent off-piste skiing and the climb is easier than most of the other volcanoes. We’ll stay overnight at Hotel Antillanca, the only ski in/out hotel in the area. The hotel is simple but cozy with a family atmosphere, including a restaurant and bar. Today we won’t climb but definitely ski during the afternoon. (B, L, D).
DAY 10 CASABLANCA VOLCANO CLIMB – PUERTO VARAS (Sixth Volcano)
Climb the Casablanca volcano and ski during the afternoon. Then, we’ll drive to Puerto Varas (3 hour drive) and check-in at Campo Kutral Cabins. This city is one of the most beautiful cities in Chile, located by the Llanquihue Lake and with fantastic views of the Osorno Volcano with its almost perfect cone. Once again, we’ll enjoy dinner cooked by our local team (B, BL, D).
DAY 11 OSORNO VOLCANO CLIMB – PUERTO VARAS (Seventh Volcano)
Today the target is the Osorno Volcano (2,652 m) located 61 kms from Puerto Varas (1 ½ hour drive). The Osorno Ski Resort has 2 double chairlifts, 1 draglift and 9 runs. Once we reach the end of the highest lift we’ll start the hike to the top for about 4 – 5 hours. The last section is very steep and so we’ll have to ice-climb about 30 metres to reach the summit. After a thrilling descent we’ll return to Puerto Varas. Dinner and overnight in the cabins. (B, BL, D)
DAY 12 OSORNO VOLCANO CLIMB – PUERTO VARAS
On this day we’ll have a second attempt to the summit of Osorno Volcano or simply enjoy skiing at the resort. Tonight we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner with the local staff in a restaurant in Puerto Varas. (B, BL, D)
DAY 13 PUERTO VARAS – transfer to Puerto Mott Airport (PMC), flight to Santiago (SCL)
– Breakfast, check-out and drive 30 minutes to Puerto Montt Airport (PMC)
– Flight LA256 11:00/12:45 from Puerto Montt to Santiago – FLIGHT and Schedule To Be Confirmed
– FLIGHT BACK HOME – REMEMBER TO BOOK A RETURN FLIGHT THAT DEPARTS AFTER 3:00pm FROM SANTIAGO AIRPORT (SCL)
DAY 14, AUG 31ST / ARRIVE UK