Volcan Osorno is a large, occasionally-active volcano in northern Patagonia. Its distinctive conical shape dominates the view at the east end of Lago Llanquihue, near Puerto Varas, Chile. Although the summit is only 2652m, it rises from near sea level at the lake and thus offers (potentially) 2500 vertical meters of climbing. However, a small ski area has been built on the mountain, and most climbers elect to drive to the trailhead at treeline, about 1300m. If you have only a few days to sample Patagonian climbing, Volcan Osorno is a good option due to its ease of access and the (relatively) uncommitting nature of the climbing.
Scheduled airline service is available to nearby Puerto Montt, but bus service from Santiago (600km north) is frequent, comfortable and inexpensive. From Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, minibuses run every half hour or so up to Escondido (US$3/person). From there, hitchhike or walk up the ski area access road (paved, about 15km). Just before the ski area, turn off the road signed to the Refugio Teski. Go past the refugio to the CONAF hut; the trailhead for climbing on the west and north side of the mountain is just behind the hut.
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Ruta Normal Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine, 4500 feet, Grade III
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Ruta Normal Mod. Snow International : South America : ... : Volcan Osorno
The Ruta Normal ascends the Volcan Osorno on its southwest aspect, mostly up a broad shoulder on the summit glacier. It is the most commonly climbed route on the mountain. In good conditions, it's an easy snow climb, but it may have seasonal ice. Glacier travel technique is required; crevasses and small seracs are present, especially on the upper part of the route. Summer weather is mild but variable and visibility can be quite bad if it's cloudy.This route has a reputation as somethin...[more] Browse More Classics in International