A guide to climbing some volcanoes in Chile...
A lower and often overlooked volcano - but very worthwhile. It became popular when the Volcano Villarica trip was closed due to its erruption. The official route starts from the Chinay valley (it is longer and not described here). There is a shorter alternative that allows the trip to be done in a day but this passes through private land and there is a fee to be paid to use this access.
|Volcano Quetrupillan 2365m|
|Duration:||1 Day, 1100m ascent|
|Costs:||CL$ 5000 to access via private land.|
Situated between volcanoes Villarica and Lanin, 30km's south west of Pucon.
Access: From Pucón it's about a 45 minute drive to start of trail. Head out of Pucon in the direction of, and past the airport and turn right onto route 199 (the road to the international border). After about 10km's turn right onto a well graded gravel road (signed to Termas Palguin). Continue along this gravel road passing the Termas Palguin after 10kms. After another 3kms turn left to Paraiso Escondido. There is a signpost for Parque Nacional Villarrica sector Querupuillan pointing to the right that takes you to the start of the official longer route (not detailed in this text). The gravel road turns into a dirt trail and winds through the forest with numerous junctions (stay on the main trail) before arriving at a gate at the 'Porton Fundo el Porvenir'. Here that road opens out into a clearing. There is a charges to park here about CL $3000 (campsite & toilets available). The route then continues on through private land (Fundo la Montana) where a fee is charged CL$5000) for access across.
Route: If you parked at 'Porton Fundo el Porvenir the trail continues past the small house and after 200m crossed over a small wooden bridge and onto the private land of the 'Fundo la Montana'. The route isn't actually marked but there is only one trail, first a wide 4x4 trail that narrows to a small well defined trail through the forest. After about 2 hours the trail breaks out above the treeline at about 1600m and the summit of Quetrupillan come into view. There are a numerous trails on the ground, the easiest and most trodden is the ridge that rises to the left. It's a well worn trail and there are cairns along the route all the way to the summit with the trail getting steeper and ziz-zaging up the final 200 vertical meters to the summit.
Map: Vn Villarica - Caburgua 1:100,000 with 1:50,000 scale insert of the Quetrupillan route.
Other Routes: Volcano Quetrupillan can also be done as part of the Volcano Lanin to Villarica Traverse.
Accommodation: Pucon is a thriving tourist town with numerous large supermarkets, banks and petrol stations and plenty of accommodation option to suit every budget.
CONAF Office: The CONAF office in the center of Pucon (Lincoyan 336. Open 9:30am - 6:30pm Monday to Friday) should be able to give up to date route and access info about this Quetrupillan ascent.
Volcano Quetrupillan 2365m: Start of trek: