• Heading to Lanin top in a nice day of september

Spring Ski Mountaineering & Summer Trekking in Patagonia, Argentina

Length Trip
2-3 days

September to April

Intermediate Skiers or Hikers

Classic Mountaineering/ Ski mountaineering in the Spring


At 3777 meters, Volcan Lanin is one of the highest volcanoes in Patagonia’s “Ring of Fire”. This beautiful volcano is the namesake for Argentina’s Lanin National Park.  Lanin has that perfectly aesthetic volcanic cone shape. The south and east faces of Volcano Lanin are glaciated, but the classic route on the north face is over volcanic rock and snow. (Remember, we’re climbing in South America where the North Faces of the Andes Mountains get more sun!)

With 2500 meters of solid climbing, our mountain guides spread out the ascent of Volcan Lanin in 2 days of activity staying in a rustic mountain hut in between. From September to October we recommend doing this trip with alpine ski gear.  Depending on the year, sometimes spring conditions allow ski mountaineers to put their skis on right at the base of the volcano. During the South American summer, December through April, Volcan Lanin is a beautiful hike/climb on volcanic terrain.

Along the climb, you may see many species of flora, such as the Araucaria trees, “Monkey Puzzle” trees, that are not found elsewhere in Argentina.  These special trees are living fossils, their cones have been found in Patagonia dating back to the Jurassic Period.


Day 1:
Your mountain guide can pick you up in San Martin de los Andes or Junin de los Andes, Argentina, or you can drive with us from our base in Bariloche, Argentina.   From the foot of the Lanin Volcano, we start hiking through a forrest, which quickly gives way to volcanic terrain, dark earth and lava rock. Tree line is at a higher altitude on the surrounding mountains, but the flora has yet to return completely to the volcano. During the entire day we will have excellent views of the surrounding Andes Mountains.

Early in the season we will be hiking or skinning on snow at a lower elevation.  There are three mountain huts between 2400 and 2600 meters on the North Face of Lanin.  Depending on conditions, your mountain guide will take you to the appropriate hut and prepare a nice, hot meal.

Night in bivouac hut.

Approx. 7 km with 1400 meters elevation change in 6 hours of climbing.
Day 2:
Because of Volcan Lanin’s perfect cone shape, the climb to the summit is on a gradual slope that becomes steeper as we gain altitude.  In the spring, the terrain is a nice steady climb on snow/ice, that we climb with crampons and wait for it to corn up to ski down. In the summer, we hike mostly on volcanic scree and some steep snow and ice at the top.

The views from the summit of Volcan Lanin are amazing!  The blue waters of the Patagonian Lakes District below, and the Andes Mountains all around!  You can see some of the other volcanoes we climb in the Ring of Fire such as Chile’s Volcan Villarica, Volcan Lonquimay, and Volcan Llaima.

Depending on conditions and fitness level of the clients, we can return to the mountain hut, or have a long day of activity and descend all the way to the base of the volcano and stay the night in Junin or San Martin de los Andes.  Usually, our mountain guides climb the Lanin Volcano with clients in 2 days, but it is important to have a 3 day itinerary for weather and stamina.

The descent of the volcano on skis takes us from the summit down to 1200 meters, giving us a 2500 meter ski run!  Lanin is definitely the best volcano to ski in Patagonia’s Ring of Fire!

Approx. ?? km with 1200 meters elevation gain in 6-7 hours of climbing.
Day 3:
We descend to the base of Volcano Lanin and your mountain guide will take you back to one of the nearby towns of Junin de los Andes, San Martin de los Andes, or Bariloche.


This gear list is designed for  Climbing Mountains in Summer time with glaciated terrain in the Alps or Patagonia, as Mont Blanc, Monte Tronador, Volcan Lanin

  • Backpack 40-45 liters if you need sleeping bag bring the bigger
  • Sleeping bag ideal 600/700 grams of down fill
  • Sleeping pad as Therm-a-rest or similar
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool ideal
  • Thin fleece, like Patagonia R1 or similar with a hood ideal
  • Mid fleece layer or synthetic Jacket with some insulation
  • Down jacket or warm puffy
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Thin Fleece gloves for skinning or waiting in belays
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter + Goggles
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player- optional
  • Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
  • Pocket knife
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
  • Crocs

Technical Gear:

  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering boots as Scarpa Phantom Guide, Sportiva Trango or Trango Evo- Crampon compatible
  • Gaiters
  • Boot Crampons and ice axe (Most of cases we provide them, so just ask us)
  • Hiking poles
  • Harness and 2 Locking binners (Most of cases we provide them, so just ask us)


Price per person
2 people US$ 750.-
4 or more people US$ 550.-

Minimum 2 people
* If you would like to carry a lighter load, Porters are available for US$ 110/day.

Private transportation
Professional Mountain Guide
All meals and lodging in the mountains
Technical gear

On request



The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08


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