Duration: 12 Days - 11 Nights
Location: Chile
Special Info: USD $5,440 per person

Ski Backcountry Tour Chile 7 Volcanoes. Climbing and skiing of seven active volcanoes, is something you can do in very few places in the World.

Ski Backcountry Tour Chile 7 Volcanoes

Ski Backcountry Tour – Lonquimay Volcano

 

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Ski Backcountry Tour Chile 7 Volcanoes

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  • Day 1 Arrive to Santiago – Temuco Airport – Corralco Ski Resort

    Upon arriving to Santiago’s International Airport, passenger will have to take the connection flight to Temuco (1 hour flight). Welcome to the Southern Volcanoes!

    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.

    Today we’ll begin training all the technical skills that you will have to use throughout the tour. On a practical level you will learn how to perform at 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 but with the luxury of having our own personal chef traveling with us.

    Dinner and lodging in Malalcahuello.

  • Day 2 Corralco – Lonquimay 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 have a fast “taxi” with powerful snowmobiles to the mid part of the volcano; from this point we’ll begin the hike to the top (2-3 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 personal chef. (B, BL, D) www.corralco.com

  • Day 3 Corralco – Ski Araucarias -Llaima Volcano

    After an early morning breakfast, we leave Malalcahuello and travel to Llaima Volcano (4 hour drive). At about noon we’ll be arriving at the Araucarias Ski Center, located in the National Park Conguillío. We’ll eat a picnic lunch and later get ready for skiing off-piste (and use the snow-cats). This quaint and uncrowded ski center 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). www.skiaraucarias.cl / www.elmedina.cl

  • Day 4 Climb Llaima Volcano – Pucón (Second Volcano)

    Get ready for an epic day! What we are going to attempt is something that only Snoworks has done before any other company. We’ll climb the northeast face of the most active volcano in Chile, Llaima 3.125 mts; 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 Pucon Cabins (B, BL, D)

    NOTE: if by acts of nature 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 5 Villarrica Volcano Climb – Pucón (Third Volcano)

    Early in the morning (7 am) we will go to Pucón Ski Center. If the weather permits, today we’ll have the chance to hike up the Villarrica volcano (2.847 meters) 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 center 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 chef we’ll have a great dinner prepared for the group. (B, BL, D) www.skipucon.cl

  • Day 6 Villarrica Volcano – Huilo-Huilo

    Today we’ll try a second attempt to the summit of Villarrica volcano or simply ski at the ski center. 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 enjoy all our meals and stay overnight. If you need some extra relaxation, you can enjoy a long soak in the outdoor hot tubs. (B, L, D) www.huilohuilo.com http://www.huilohuilo.com/en/accommodation/cabanas-huilo-huilo

    Hoteles sugeridos en Huilo-Huilo: Mundo Fungi 5* (apertura verano 2013); Baobab 4*; Lodge Montaña Magica 3*.

  • Day 7 Mocho and 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. There, a snow-cat and snowmobiles will be waiting to take us for 40 minutes-long 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 meters) and Choshuenco (2.415 meters). The views are absolutely amazing, overlooking the Lanín and Villarrica volcanoes. We’ll be back to Huilo-Huilo, enjoy Chile’s Independence Day dinner and stay overnight. (B, BL, D)

  • Day 8 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 meters) in the National Park Puyehue. The ski center 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 3*, 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) www.skiantillanca.cl

  • Day 9 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 Zajay 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 personal chef (B, BL, D).

    www.cabanaszajay.cl

  • Day 10 Osorno Volcano Climb – Puerto Varas (Seventh Volcano)

    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 meters) in the National Park Puyehue. The ski center 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 3*, 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) www.skiantillanca.cl

  • Day 11 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. (B, BL, D).
  • Day 12 Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Santiago

    Transfer in the morning from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt’s Airport to catch the flight to Santiago. End of our services.

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to info@amity-tours.com.
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $5,440 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement NOT Available
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 4 clients.
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $4,210 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
  • ◦ Professional mountain guide.
    ◦ Private ground transportation.
    ◦ Accommodation at cabins and mountain lodges.
    ◦ All Meals as per itinerary.
    ◦ Gratuities at restaurants and hotels.
    ◦ All ski passes.
    ◦ Crampons, harness and ice axe.
    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary.
    ◦ Entrance fees to hot springs and national parks.
  • ◦ International and domestic flights.
    ◦ Ski gear (touring bindings and skins are more than welcome).
    ◦ Accident insurance.
    ◦ Extra beverages & cocktails.
    ◦ Laundry.
  • ◦ Fixed Departure Date: August 28th to September 08th, and September 12th to 23rd, 2016.
    ◦ Private departures available in August 2016, September 2016 and October 2016
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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Backcountry skiing, volcano climbing, and hot springs.

    DIFFICULTY

    ADVANCED: You are an all mountain skier, but you don’t need to be an Olympic skier. You can ski “reds” and “blacks” whatever the conditions and at a good pace. Bumps and off-piste – not bad. You want to get to that “I can ski anything on the mountain” mode to become the best “All-Mountain Skier”. Our mountain guides and ski instructors will take you to that level. The best ski tours for you are the All Terrain and Backcountry Skiing, in which we go to volcanoes with or without a ski resort. You will enjoy the backcountry in its full expression. Don’t worry if you are unsure of your exact level. A rough guess is good enough. We sort it all out in the resort on the first evening when you arrive.

    EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

    We will intend to get to the top of all seven the volcanoes, then we ask you to bring ski touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, skins, and ski crampons). These can be hired before travel if required, no previous ski touring experience is required. Off-piste safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe) will be provided if necessary. A backpack with carrying straps for skis is essential. Don’t forget your camera!

    ACOMMODATION

     As indicated in the program or similar

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs- read the fine print.

    ALTITUD SICKNESS

    There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 10,000 feet.

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

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