From the Villarrica Ski Center, hike to the top of chair 5 (looking uphill from the lodge, this lift the main lodge.) Alternatively, you may pay 3000 pesos to ride to the top of the chair.
Altitude at top of chairlift: 2080 meters
Approach Time from base of chairlift (by foot): 45 minutes
From the top of the chairlift, traverse left onto the snowfield and head directly up moderately steep slope towards the ridge near "La Chapella", a former ski lift terminal destroyed by a recent eruption. Eventually, the slope will flatten out and you will be able to see the summit cone. Head directly towards the summit. During the busy summer months (January/February), you should be able to find the route easily by following the well-worn boot pack. The true summit lies directly accross the crater.
To descend, simply follow the ascent route.
You should only need to bring basic snow climbing gear:
- Ice Axe
If you're planning to spend a lot of time on the crater rim, you may want to bring a gas mask to protect your lungs against the Sulphur gases. Short-term exposure is not harmful, however.
No climbing rope is necessary for this route.
Guide Services (see Red Tape Section on main page) will provide you with all necessary climbing equipment and clothing.
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