Lanin volcano, with a summit standing at 3,776 m (12,390 ft) above sea level, is one of the tallest volcanoes in Patagonia.It is located in the Lanin National Park. The access to the peak is surrounded by an araucaria forest, that is located near the Chilean International Pass, "Mamui Malal", the closest town to the trail head is Junin de Los Andes.
The name of the volcano, comes from an old Mapuchian word that means “The Dead Rock”.
This volcano is for mountaineering beginners. It's a perfect entryway to discover the Andes, due to it aesthetic value, its challenging snowy slopes and its 360º panoramic views from Its summit.
The meeting takes place at the foot of the volcano early in the morning. Once registered with the prefecture of the Río Turbio Park we commence this long awaited ascent. It takes between 4 and 5 hours of climbing depending on the group's pace to reach the BIM shelter at 2,300 m (7,545 ft) above sea level. There we will enjoy the amazing view the while we have lunch. Then we will have the whole afternoon to take picture and rest while preparing for the next day. Participants will sleep in the BIM shelter area, either in a dome, a tent, or in the BIM shelter, depending on the availability at the time of reservation. Distance of the trek: approximately 7 Km (4.6 mi). Time walking on day 1: between 4/5 hours.
Early in the morning, before the sun rises and after a nutritious breakfast packed with energy, we take off for the summit. This second day will be long and challenging, since it will take a long time to get to the summit and then descend to the volcano's foot. The vertical rise to reach the summit on day 2 is 1,500 m (4,920 ft) and it will take us approximately 6 to 8 hours. On the way back we will have lunch in the shelter area and then we will continue our descent. Distance of the trek: around 5 Km (3.2 mi). Time walking on day 2: between 12/15 hours.