Pure Patagonia - Skitouring far away in Chile

Pure Patagonia - Skitouring far away in Chile

The south tip of Latin America, a remote land of extremes, one of the few parts of the world where untouched nature stiĺl exists.
Where ever you are in Patagonia you can always feel the nature elements close to you: Jungles, wild glaciers, deep blue lakes, turquoise rivers, the condors glide past, Puma tracks in the snow...
This trip brings the skiers to the other world, into the pure Patagonia, far away from tourist crowds or ski tracks of other skiers.
The tour has 2 parts. First we ski in Cerro Castillo massif which is known for its rock towers
with many chutes between them - a perfect scenery for our skiing activities. In the second part we drive to a new touring area where the first lines ever were skied just 2015 by us.
There is still a plenty of territory to discover!

Tour: Pure Patagonia - Skitouring far away in Chile
Type: Winter sports
Difficulty: Fortgeschrittene (stamina: medium, technique: medium)
Attendance: 4-8
Date: 2020-08-30 to 2020-09-09
Price: 3 300 €

Day 1: ARRIVAL: Individual arrival in Balmaceda airport to the town of Coyhaique. We load our luggage in the car and drive to Villa Cerro Castillo (approximately 1h 30min). There we discuss the program for the upcoming days and eat dinner. Accommodation in cabins.
Day 2: THE FIRST TOUR: We make the first ski trip to Portozuelo Ibanez. Great ski runs directly on the roadside. There we can make a sort of warm up. Depending on the conditions, a tour of about 1000-1200m ascent and descent. After the tour back to our accommodation in Villa Cerro Castillo.
Day 3: TO THE CAMP IN CERRO CASTILLO: After a short transfer we start the approximation to Campamento Neozelandeses our Camp in Cerro Castillo. Approximately 4h of ascent and we build up our camp there.
Day 4: CERRO CASTILLO: The valley offers a huge selection of great ski runs. We pick up our day tour and enjoy. 1200-1700m ascent and about 6-8h Touring time.
Day 5: CERRO CASTILLO: One more Tour before we ski/walk back to Villa Cerro Castillo.
Day 6: DRIVE TO PUERTO GUADAL: Today we swap the area and go to the largest lake in South America, General Carrera. The road, Carrretera Ausral, traveses the changing Patagonian landscapes and is an attraction itself. We still make a stopover in Puerto Rio Tranquilo and go to see the famous marble caves. Accommodation in the village of Puerto Guadal.
Day 7: THE CAMP SANTA THERESA: Today we go exploring. One hour in the car and then we climb the valley of Santa Teresa in a ski bowl and then we put up our camp (600m and 2h). If the conditions are good, we can even make the first tour.
Perhaps unskied slopes, perhaps even an unsummitted peak, today we use the Skipotential this beautiful location with wild glaciated faces, mushroom ice covered cliffs... 1000-1800 Rise and up to 8h total time touring.
Day 9: TOURING IN SANTA THERESA: One last tour in the valley and then back to the lake. We stay the night in a Lodge.
Day 10: The long drive back to Coyhaique where farewell BBQ is waiting for us.

Day 11: Transfer to Balmaceda Airport and it is time to say goodbye to Patagonia
As the weather in Patagonia is very unpredictible there can be changes in day by day program. However the the region offers a great deal of good alternatives for bad weather days.


  •      Organization of expedition
  •      UIAGM mountain guide
  •      Asistent mountain guide (local) if more than 4 participants
  •      Lodging with full board (see details in program)
  •      Emergency communications (satellite phone)
  •      Camp equipment
  •      Transportation by private vehicle
  •      Poters / mule logistics for the camp equipment for Camps.
  •      All activities, visits according to program

Not in the tour price included:

  •      Flights to Balmaceda
  •      Personally equipment (see empfolene equipment)
  •      Drinks during restaurant and hotel meals
  •      Personal accident and health insurance abroad
  •      Any other service which is not included in the program



The tour is addressed to backcountry skiers who already have some experience and good physical condition. Participants should be conditionally able to perform six hours  climbs and about 9 hours total touring time on the day. Technically you should master descents off piste up to a slope of about 35 degrees. Mountaineering experience is  advantageous but not mandatory.


  • Technical Equipment

    •      backpack 45-55L with ski carry system
    •     daypack 20-25L with ski carry system
    •      Glacier equipment (Harness, ice axe, crampons, 4 biners, 120cm sling)
    • Avalance safety equipment

    Ski Touring Equipment


         climbing Skins

         ski touring boots

        Ski crampons

         Telescopic poles with large plates


         technical Underwear

         touring pants

         Wind and waterproof jacket (Hardshell, breathableor Soft Shell Jacket (depending on weather)

         Intermediate layer / insulating layer (fleece or insulating jacket depending on weather)

         well-fitting socks

         warm gloves

         warm hat


         Sleeping bag -10°C

         Sleeping pad

         Sunscreen and lip protection factor 30



         Thermos (unbreakable) and water bottle (or bothdepending on the tourweather and preference)

         Passport, identity card

         Cameracell phonecharger

         Credit card, Cash in CLP


Ski touring is an high alpine activity in a terrainrisk of avalanches and stone fall is present. The daily goals can be more dificult or even impossible to reach upon unfavorable conditions (weather, snow, icefograin, stormsavalancheslightning storms) Unfortunately also short-term occurrence of such conditions can happen in the high mountains in any season.

The tour will take place in ChilePlease ensure that you have adequate insurance protection(Health insurance and an insurance policy that covers any possible rescue and recovery costs).

We refer to our Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen - company policies.


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