A guide to climbing some volcanoes in Chile...
The Volcano Calbuco erupted on the 22nd April 2015 with volcanic ash reaching 17km in height.
An out of the way, rarely climbed volcano. A partial crater on the summit and there are ice caves in the crater formed by the hot fumes escaping from within.
|Volcano Calbuco 2003m|
|Duration:||1 Day, 1900m ascent|
|Grade:||Very Hard due to 1900m of ascent.|
|Access:||Private vehicle for south route. Limited public transport for the north route.|
|Equipment||Ice axe and crampons may be needed.|
NOTE: This information was last verified/updated in 2011
40 kms east of Puerto Montt. Volcano Calbuco can either be climbed from the north or south.
North route access: The north route is on private land and access is only granted to those staying at Casa Ko Bed & Breakfast. From the Village of Ensenada on the south east shore of the Lago Llanquihue drive about 5km west in the direction of Puerto Varas (km 37 on the Ensenada road), then turn off left on to a gravel road and head south (signed Casa Ko). About 3 km's south on the gravel road you arrive at Casa Ko. They will give give directions to their guests- you won't find the path without their directions!
The old access point from the north at the Valle Los Ulmos is closed as it crosses private land.
This route is on private land and access is only granted to guests of Casa Ko. Only recommended for experienced trekkers/mountaineers. Enquire at CasaKo (you will have to google them!). To get to Casa Ko, get off the Pto Varas-Ensenada bus at km 37 and walk 3km's up the gravel road to their house - signed from the main road. Casa Ko clients can prearrange a free pickup from the bus stop on the main road at km 37.
South route access: From the south, drive east from Puerto Montt to the village of Correntosa then about 7 km's north to the car park at the start of the Los Alerces del Rio Blano Trek.
South route: From the car park at the start of the Los Alerces del Rio Blanco trek, head north alongside the rive through the forest, crossing a bridge after about 1.5 hours. Continue north for another 1.5 hours to the Refugio Vn. Calbuco. From here the route heads north east out of the forest. There may be a small section of rocky scramble near the summit. Return via the same route.
Map: LLANQUIHUE, TrekkingChile, Travel and Trekking Map 1:50,000
Volcano Calbuco 2003m: Start of trek: