Key information: Volcan Llaima
- The distinctive double cone of Volcan Llaima towers above its surroundings, constant flurries of smoke rising from its rumbling innards.
- Clamber up steep slopes of permanent snow and rock to the vast crater rim, far above the clouds, and gaze out across the Araucanian landscape.
- The ascent has numerous dangers. The terrain can be difficult, and rocks are frequently sent shooting down the mountainside. Crevasses can be deadly, especially when disguised by fresh snow.
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- Walkopedia rating78
- Natural interest18
- Human interest0
- Negative points3
- Total rating78
- Note: Negs: much could be a dreary slog
- Length: 1-2 days
- Maximum Altitude: 3,125m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
The distinctive permanently snowy double cone of Volcan Llaima, set slightly apart from the Andes proper, towers above its surroundings, easily recognizable from as far away as Volcan Villarrica. This area is one of the most volcanically active in Chile, and constant flurries of smoke rise from Llaima's rumbling innards.
Ascending the volcano can be a challenge (indeed, a dreary slog for quite a lot of it), with some tiring clambering up steep slopes of snow and rock to the vast crater rim. Once here, you will usually be far above the clouds, and can gaze out for miles across the mountainous Araucanian landscape. It is fair to say, though, that looking at Volcan Llaima as it towers over Conguillio NP, or reveling in the view from its top, is preferable to the ascent itself.
There are two main routes to the summit: the approach from Laguna Conguillio in the northeast, which rises more steeply and so presents the more difficult challenge, or the gentler climb from the ski lodge on the southwestern slopes. This is the more popular, with considerably less climbing and easier terrain, but it generally requires an overnight stay on the volcano - particularly if you haven't got private transport to get up to the lodge.
The ascent has various dangers. The terrain can be difficult, and the volcano frequently sends rocks shooting down the mountainside. Crevasses can be deadly, especially when disguised by fresh snow. Ice axes and crampons are likely to be necessary well into January. Come prepared.
Volcan Llaima is one of the most active volcanoes in Chile. Keep an eye on its current activity.
For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Conguillio NP walk page.
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