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Lanin volcano - Chilean side

North face Lanin volcano

Ski Touring Difficult

11 km
2.5 km
2.3 km
1 day +
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
3.7 km
Lanin volcano - Chilean side Map

Ascending Lanin is quite a physical challenge with its 2,500 meter drop. It is possible to ascend it for the day in a very long day or make an intermediate camp. Skiing from its summit requires a very technical skier, usually having a lot of ice and penitents. It is advisable for skiers who are not so extreme to place the boards lower down, from where skiing is considered feasible depending on the conditions and the level of the athlete.


The normal route goes through Argentina, and the other classic routes through Chile go through the northwest side, it does not require more technical knowledge but you do have to be physically prepared. On the other hand, there is the south face of Lanín, where it is possible to see the glacier farm bordering the edge throughout the year. To climb this route requires more technical knowledge as it has sections of ice climbing.

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Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between July and October


  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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