Volcano Villarrica

Ascent Villarrica Volcano 2847m

Get ready to climb to the top of one of the most active volcanoes in Chile ! At the summit (2847m), you will enjoy a panoramic view of the different lakes and volcanoes of the region (Quetrupillán, Lanin, Llaima, Lonquimay, Sierra Nevada, Chohuenco, Osorno, Tolhuaca). Climbing the volcano is possible all year long, in winter and summer, escorted by professional guides. From June to December, it is possible to go down skiing or snowboarding (good level and physical conditions are required). This activity requires intermediate fitness, depending on the duration of the ascent which depends on the season (from 4 to 6h), on the weather conditions of the day and on the elevation gain (1050m / 1650m).

Include To bring
Transport round trip Comfortable and warm clothes
Full equipment Sunglasses + Suncream
1 guide/3 people Food and water
Entrance to the National Park Cash (for the chairlift & tips for the guides)


Options Cancellation policy
Chairlift nº9/5......................+10 000$ From the agency : free of charge
Ski rando/splitboard.........+20 000$ From the base : transport cost (10 000$)
Ski/snowboard down......+10 000$ If you start hiking : no discount
Sherpa................................+20 000$
Private assistant guide.........+40 000$
Program of the day
Horary PlaceDescription
6h30 Agency1st Check weather / get dress and prepare your backpack
7h On the road to the Volcano17km (45min)
8h/9hVolcano Base2nd check with guides
9h/15h max 1200m : car park : ski resort (without chairlift)Ascent with break every 45min
1400m : ascent from 1200m with the chairlift nº9
1800m : acsent from 1400m with the chairlift nº5
15h CraterTurn around of the crater (5-15min staying at the top, according to the weather)
15h/18h Volcano/return to the agencyThe descent walking / tobogganing / Skiing-Snowboarding
Enjoy a drink or beer with the guides on the panoramic terrace

June / September
All year (conditioned with chairlift n°9)
October / april
More information

>Our plus
>How to book ?
>the day before the ascent
>What is included in the price ?
>What do I have to bring ?
>How long do we stay at the top ?
>Who is able to do the ascent ?
>What if the conditions are unfavorable ?
Our plus :

A Reliable Equipment :

  • Comfortable Italian mountain shoes Gronell limiting the risk of blisters formation.
  • Pants with lateral opening in order to wear it only if it is necessary, without taking off the shoes.

Security above all :

  • 1 guide for 3 persons with maximum 12 people.
  • 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 weather forecast, which permits to give you the best information about the chances to succeed the ascent, and avoiding to take any risk.
  • The weather checking in the morning is done with the boss and the guides.
How to book ?

By email

If you want to book by email, send us the following information at (info@aguaventura.com) :

- Name, Surname

  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Birth date
  • Clothes size ( S / M / L / XL)
  • How did you hear about the agency ?
  • Where do you live in Pucon ?

Booking at the agency

The ascent of the volcano depends a lot on the weather condition, that is why we advise you to come at the agency when you arrive in Pucón : thus we will see together what is the best day to do the ascent. In any case, you will have to come at the agency the day before your ascent, in the evening, to try on the equipment and revise the final details.

How to pay ?

  • It is possible to pay by credit card (+5% commission), debit card, or by cash. You will pay at the end of the day, once you already did the ascent : we are the only agency to proceed like this.
What is included in the price ?(85 000$)
  • Full equipment of 11 items which are on the responsibility of the customer (in case of loosing, the price of the item will be charged to you) :
    • Trekking shoes (comfortable and waterproof, from sizes 35 to 52),
    • Crampons adaptable for any type of shoes, ice axe, helmet, gas mask
    • Gaiters, over pants (and protection to slide down), over jacket, gloves
    • Backpack, plastic sledge to go down
  • Transport round trip to the base of the volcano (for the whole group)
  • Entrance to the Villarrica national park (4000$)
  • 1 professional guide for 3 people (Spanish/English)
  • Compulsory insurance
  • A drink on the terrace of our agency when you will be back
What do I have to bring ?
  • Warm clothes
  • 3 layers on top : t-shirt, fleece, easy to take off
  • 1 comfortable pair of pants (no short)
  • long socks
  • hat, gloves
  • Sunglasses (category 3 minimum, covering your face - rental + 2000 pesos)
  • Solar cream (high level of protection : 50), to use at every stop
  • Food and water (at least 2 liters). Please buy your lunch the day before the ascent to avoid wasting time in the morning.
  • Cash for chailift, or for the tips for the guides (optional, 10% directly to the guides)
The day before the ascent :

The day before the ascension, we ask you to come to the agency at the end of the day (between 5 and 7 pm) 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 necessary 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 that you prepared enough food for the day.
How long do we stay at the top ?

We stay between 5 ans 15 minutes at the edge of the crater depending on :

  • The weather (temperatures, wind, snow)
  • The season (summer/winter)
  • The time we reach the summit

It is possible to go around the crater when there is little smoke and no wind, and then see 7 volcanoes (North : Tolhuaca, Lonquimqy, Llaima ; East : Quetrupillan, Lanin ; South : Mocho Choshuenco, Osorno) 

Who is able to do the ascent ?
  • Ascent is allowed from 12 years old (with an authorization from the parents), until 100 years old (you will have to sign a responsability disclaim)
  • An intermediate physical fitness is required. The difficulty of the ascent depends on the seaon and the weather conditions.
  • This activity is not recommended to pregnant women and people with health problem.
What if the weather conditions is unfavorable ?
Conditions favorableConditions unfavorable
At the agency We go to the base of the volcano to check the weather a second time.We cancel the ascent and postpone it to the day after if the conditions are still good. No cost.
At the base of the volcano 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 you will only have to pay the price of the transport : $ 5000
What is the better season to climb the volcano ?

It’s possible to do the ascension all year long. Difficulty changes depending on the seasons and on the weather conditions.

SeasonDifficultyQuantity of snow
Spring (October/Dicembre) *
Summer (January/April) * *
Autumn (April/June) ** **
Winter (July/September) *** ***