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Discover the beauty and experience the thrill of ski touring the most spectacular of Patagonia’s volcanoes.
This 10 or 14-day adventure is designed for advanced to expert skiers wishing to challenge their limits and abilities in the central Patagonian Andes.
You will ascend and descend no fewer than five majestic Andean Volcanoes: Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica, Lonquimay and Lanin. Combining world class back-country skiing, superb views, pristine wilderness, cozy rustic hotels, and exquisite natural hot springs in which to relax and restore tired muscles, this sensational ski touring experience has it all.
PLEASE NOTE: the itinerary is subject to change without notice at ANY time due to weather/snow conditions.
Day 1: Arrival in San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC), overnight in hotel
Day 2: Today we hope for some fresh snow to warm up our legs at Cerro Catedral. We will take a 30 min drive from Bariloche to Cerro Catedral for lift accessed off piste skiing, review touring techniques, and make final adjustments to our equipment. After skiing we head for Chile. Overnight in Puyehue to tackle Casablanca on Day 3.
Day 3: Ski Touring Volcano Casablanca. Taking advantage of a ski lift ride again to gain some altitude before we put our skins on, today we have a shorter climb to the summit than on some of the challenges to come! From Casablanca’s summit we’ll have full view of all our next volcanoes before we enjoy the ski downhill. Afterwards we drive back to Puyehue to enjoy the hot springs and a good dinner.
Maximum Alt: 6,528 feet (1,990m) – Min Alt: 3,412 feet (1,040m) – Vertical Drop: 3,116 feet (950m) / Skin up 1½ hours – Ski down 45 minutes –
Day 4: Today we drive to the picturesque Chilean city of Puerto Varas, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Llanquihue, and then on to the rustic Refugio Teski Hut on Osorno Volcano’s lower slopes. Overnight at the Teski Hut (hot showers available, doubles and dorms).
Day 5: Ski Touring Volcano Osorno. Today we make an early start to begin our ascent of Osorno, an iconic Chilean volcano noted for its similarity to Japan’s Mt. Fuji. An active volcano with a glaciated summit, Osorno towers over the beautiful Llanquihue and Todos los Santos Lakes. Afterwards we head into town. Overnight Hotel Borde Lago, Puerto Varas. Maximum Altitude: 8,700 feet (2,652m) – Min Alt: 4,068 feet (1,240m) – Vertical Drop: 4,632 feet (1,412m) / Skin up 4-5 hours – Ski down 1½ hours
Day 6: This day we’ll take a rest and drive up north to near the base of Lonquimay, getting ready for our next objective. Overnight Fundo Laguna Blanca.
Day 7: Ski Touring Lonquimay Volcano. This morning we drive 15 miles (25 km) to the base of the Corralco Ski Area, located on the Lonquimay Volcano’s lower slopes. In the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people, the name Lonquimay means ‘dense forest’. We ride the chairlift up to the ski area’s highest point and then make an ascent of this beautiful and accessible peak. From the summit we’ll admire panoramic views of the region’s other stunning volcanoes and then make our long, long descent. We return to the Fundo Laguan Blanca. Max Altitude: 9,009 feet (2,746m) – Min Alt: 4,790 feet (1,460m) – Vertical Drop: 4,219 feet (1,286m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 2 hours
Day 8: Journey from Lonquimay to the pretty town of Pucon, here we will have a rest day before starting out for Villarrica’s smokey summit tomorrow. Overnight in Pucon. Overnight Hotel Monte Verde.
Day 9: Ski Touring Villarrica Volcano. We set out early for the Villarica Volcano National Park, with its textbook smoking volcanic cone, one of the most active in South America —and its rushing rivers, volcanic caves, and emerald-colored lagoons. On our five-hour ski tour, we’ll enjoy privileged views of this outstanding wilderness area. At the end of the day we’ll have dinner at one of Pucón’s restaurants. Overnight Hotel Monte Verde. Max Altitude: 9,340 feet (2,847m) – Min Alt: 4,625 feet (1,410m) – Vertical Drop: 4,625 feet (1,437m) / Skin up: 4 hours – Ski down: 1 hour
Day 10: Drive to Junin de los Andes, overnight Land Park Lodge Spa.
Day 10 Short Version: Today we drive to Bariloche airport for departures back to the USA.
Day 11: Today we drive to the base of Lanin Volcano and start a four-hour climb that will bring us to the very rustic Lanin Refugio, situated at 2,315m. This tin-can accommodation is literally strapped to the side of the inactive volcano.
Day 12: Ski touring Lanin Volcano. Rising at dawn, we will skin the remaining 1500m to the 3,776m summit: where we are treated to views of neighboring Llaima and Villirrica Volcanoes, the Huechulafquen and Alumine lakes, and the Pacific Ocean to the immediate west. The nearly perfectly conical peak will allow us to choose from a variety of descent choices, aspects and snow types while descending fall line almost 10,000’ down to Tromen before driving back to Junin. Max Altitude: 12,388 feet (3,776m) – Min Alt: 4,625 feet (900m) – Vertical Drop: 9,435 feet (2,876m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 1.5 hours
Day 13: Contingency day
Day 14: Back to Bariloche, Flights Home
PLEASE NOTE: itinerary is subject to change without notice at any time due to weather/snow conditions.
Travel to San Carlos Bariloche (BRC) typically takes 18 – 27 hours from the U.S. depending on your departure city, available connections, and flight times. Flights generally arrive in the afternoon on Day 1 of the itinerary. Departing flights may be booked for any time on the final day of the program.
A valid passport is required when traveling to Argentina. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. U.S. passport holders may stay up to 90 days without visa.We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.
Canadian and Australian Citizens traveling to Argentina are now required to pay a $140 reciprocity fee BEFORE entry (US citizens are now EXEMPT). The fee is payable ONLINE BEFORE DEPARTURE ONLY HERE: reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar/Registro.aspx and is valid for ten years. Staple to receipt into your passport. The Immigration desk will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Argentina.
Check cdc.gov for current information. Currently recommendations include routine vaccines such as MMR, diptheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chicken pox), polio, and a yearly flu shot. They also recommend most travelers have a Hepatitis A vaccination as well as Typhoid.
Travel and Flight Information
It takes as long as three months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible. We suggest that you obtain an evening flight to Buenos Aires Argentina , which arrives early in the morning and in time for a connecting flight to Bariloche Argentina later that day.
Arriving in Buenos Aires and Changing Airports
Once you receive your bags from Baggage Claim, you will proceed to Customs. There will be a random selection of bags for inspection. Be sure to keep all your bags together. Please be aware that depending on your airline carrier you may be required to transfer to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) for domestic flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche and make your travel arrangements accordingly. Transfer time vary between 30 min to 1 hr + depending on time of day and traffic conditions. Several transfer options exist, taxis are the quickest method while some buses require stops in the city center before reaching the airport. Upon reaching Bariloche proceed to the Baggage Claim to retrieve your bags. A private shuttle will take you to our hotel.
Transfer to Aeroparque with Manuel Tienda de leon www.tiendaleon.com.ar
Travel, Rescue and Evac Insurance
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, medical evacuation and repatriation. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling. Check with the insurance provider for specific coverage details including adventure/sports coverage. Additional cancellation coverage may be available if purchased within 14 days of making your trip deposit. However, trip insurance can be purchased at any time prior to the start of your program. For more information please visit one of the websites below, or contact your local travel agent.
We require the purchase of insurance plans to protect you from the unexpected. Please consult with your insurance company with any specific questions, regarding coverage, and policy details, and if you have any questions contact our offices.
General Travel and Trip Coverage: TravelGuard (US Toll Free 800-826-4919) provides coverage to protect against trip cancellation, interruption, or delay due to unforeseeable sickness, injury or death of you or a family member. Coverage also includes trip cost default protection; stolen or damaged luggage; and trip or baggage delay protection.
Coverage should include lost or damaged baggage, BBE is not responsible for the personal items or baggage of its members at any time.
Remote Evacuation BBE Recommends: Global Rescue
How Much Money Should I Bring?
It is recommended that you bring between US$500 to US$1000. This is to cover the following expenses:, airport tax, gratuities (see below), phone bills, souvenirs and other misc. expenses. If you wish to bring travelers checks, they are easy to exchange at certain central banks in Bariloche, but very difficult to use elsewhere.
A combination of cash and travelers checks is ideal. In Argentina, cash advances from credit cards can be obtained and ATM machines can be found. VISA / AMEX cards are accepted nearly everywhere, MasterCard less so.
Where can I exchange money?
Large amounts can be exchanged at banks or “Casa De Cambio” exchange offices in San Carlos de Bariloche city. Otherwise, your hotel can provide an exchange for spending money.
We recommend that you bring snacks to supplement the mountain lunches for 10 days. We may have a chance to purchase additional food in Patagonia, but we recommend you take what you need and only supplement with local food if necessary.
Take snacks that you genuinely enjoy. Eating well is the key to maintaining your strength while in the mountains. And in order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude, it is best to have a variety of foods from which to choose, from sweet to sour to salty.
This trips features local standard three-star accommodations in the larger cities and towns. These hotels offer all of the amenities you would expect; room service, laundry, wireless internet…etc.
The current currency of Argentina is the Peso. Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.
You should find that $950-$1,300 for spending money is adequate for your restaurant meals, drinks, tips and pocket money. You may choose to bring more depending on your shopping plans and length of stay.
Cash machines are readily available in Bariloche and Junin de los Andes, as well as in Chile.
Credit cards are accepted in most, but not all, areas.
Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.
Patagonian Lake District, Argentinean Lake District and Chile X Region
10 days or 14 Days
13 Sept to 22 Sept 2016 10 days
23 Sept to 6 Oct 2016 14 days
Solid backcountry skiing skills recommended, comfortable, broken in and light touring set up and capable of some longer ascents.
10 days $3,100 per skier
14 days $3,800 per skier
• Certified Guides
• Private transfers during the trip
• Hotel and hut costs
• All restaurant and mountain meals during the trip
• Lift tickets when required
• Camping and cooking gear
• Communications equipment
• Satellite phone service
• Technical gear
• BBE Cap and T-shirt
• 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program
Does not include:
• Drinks or other personal expenses.
• Expenses caused by abandoning the program at any time
• Medical or travel insurance
• Emergency rescue costs
• Personal equipment
• Any other expenses not specified in the list of included services.
*NB Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.
In the winters, Brian works as a Ski Patroller at Snowbird Ski Resort and a Ski Guide in the Wasatch. The rest of the year, Brian finds himself in Washington on Mount Rainier, or in the North Cascades, up in Alaska on Denali, or guiding Ski Mountaineering trips. Brian has guided internationally in Tanzania, Nepal, and Canada. Brian is a Certified Ski Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association, holds a Level III Avalanche certification, and is certified in Outdoor Emergency Care. When Brian is not working, you can find him looking to find big lines to ski, or out climbing in the Utah desert.