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Villarrica Nationalpark:
  Mirador Los Cráteres
  Los Nevados
  Valle Turbio
  Quetrupillán Ascent
  Villarrica Traverse:
  Erster Abschnitt:
Ski Center - Chinay
("Challupén - Chinay")
  Mittlerer Abschnit :
Chinay - Puesco ("Los Venados" and "Las Avutardas")
Huerquehue Nationalpark:
  Los Lagos Trail
  Quinchol and San Sebastián
Villarrica Nationalreservat:
  Laguna Huesquefilo
Andere Sektoren:
  Santuario El Cañi

Ascent to the Quetrupillán volcano – Villarrica National Park
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The Quetrupillán, 2.382 meters high, lies just between the two well-known volcanoes Villarrica and Lanín. It is a good alternative for hikers who want to get off-the –beaten-track, and stay away of the crowds that daily climb the Villarrica. The view is spectacular as well, but it is not an active volcano. Many people consider this ascent more scenic, since a good part of the hike goes through lush native forest. Until the beginning of the summer there are still some snow fields, but there are no glaciers to be aware of.
General Information:

Distance and duration:
8 km one way, 3½ - 4 hours uphill, 2 - 3 hours back. Staring point at 1.040 m, summit 2.380 meters, total ascent 1.430 meters

Physical demand:
Moderate, save the last 300 meters covered with volcanic stones that difficult the walk.

Medium difficulty, inside the forest the path is easy to recognize, but there are detours without signs. Watch out with the fog, during the descent, it may be hard to find the orientation, bringing a GPS along is recommended.

Good trekking boots are a must, and hiking poles are also recommended. In springtime or cold days crampons might be useful as well. During the winter it is possible to climb with snow shoes.

Entrance fee:
The owners of the Fundo Porvenir (Family Ulloa) charge $ 1.000 per person.

How to get there:
Getting out of Pucón take the paved road to Argentina (Camino Internacional) until the Crossing Palguín (km 20), turn south and continue to the Termas de Palguín through a good gravel road. Instead of entering the hot springs (km 30) take the road to the left with the sign “Coñaripe” until an entrance marked “Paraíso Escondido” (km 33). You get to the gate of this private estate with the sign “Entrada prohibida” (No entrance allowed); if the guard is at his post, say you want to visit the Fundo Porvenir, if there is nobody around, just keep going using the wider road until you get to the gate of the Fundo Porvenir (km 38). 200 meters ahead you get to a house where you have to leave your car. The family Ulloa charges a fee to cross their property and can also give you advice about the road.
From Pucón there are 38 kilometers in all and takes about 60 to 75 minutes to get there. Inside the estate Paraíso Escondido the road is tougher, but normally good enough for any kind of vehicle. There is public transportation until the crossing Palguín (km20), and there is a good chance for hitch-hikers to get to the Termas de Palguín (km30).
Route description:

Immediately after the house there is a fork with signs: ahead you will find the alternative entrance to the trekking known as the “Villarrica Traverse” through the Estero Mocho, arriving after a six-hour-walk to the Laguna Azul. To climb the Quetrupillán, which you already can see far away, you must take the path to the left. During the first half an hour the hike goes through a flat land which still shows remains of the fires the pioneers made to get through the thick forest. From the path there are several ancient roads, but you must follow the clearest one. Finally we enter a forest with evergreen coigües; the path gets narrower and steeper. After 70 minutes walking there is a path to the left, it gets down to a small creek and crosses it, but the right path continues straight ahead. There are some arrows carved in the trees that show the right way.
Soon you will see the first araucarias (monkey puzzle tree), the coigües are replaced by lengas filled with lichen. After walking another 20 minutes, the trees grow smaller and smaller, until the 1.600 meters high where we finally reach the limit of the forest and find an Andean prairie.
At last we can see our goal, but there are still 90 to 120 minutes to walk. It is possible to distinguish two summits, the higher one to the right. The path descends a little and gets closer to a creek that follows in small waterfalls from the slopes of the Quetrupillán. Important: It is the only chance to get safe water. There is a path that goes to the right and crosses the creek, continuing to the south to the Laguna Azul.
The path uphill continues to the left of the creek. Due to the rocks, sometimes it is hard to follow the road, but it continues very straight up to the top. While we are getting higher and higher, we have more impressive views towards the volcanoes Llaima and Sollipulli to the north, the Villarrica to the west and the Mocho/Choshuenco to the south. The last 300 meters are exhausting, the path is very steep with a lot of loose volcanic stones, which difficult the walk. Once on the top you have a view to the east to the Lanín Volcano, 3,747 meters high, making it the highest of the region, and the impressive mountains Peineta and Colmillo del Diablo (Devil’s Fang). From the highest summit, the one to the south, it is possible to see the Laguna Blanca below.
The summit of the Quetrupillán is the eroded edge of a crater, which is several kilometers wide and falls to the west. The last eruption was on 1872. Inside of the crater there is a glacier which waters fall to the valley of Rinconada.


Logistische Unterstützung:

Sie können für diese Wanderung einen Deutsch sprechenden Führer für Ch$ 50.000 (US$ 100) anmieten.

Wenn Sie ohne Farzeug unterwegs sind, können wir Ihnen Transport zum Startpunkt vermitteln (bitte mindestens einen Tag im voraus bestellen). Dies sind die möglichen Alternativen, Preise pro Gruppe bis zu 4 Personen:

Transport zum Wanderbeginn:
Ch$ 35.000
Hinbringen und Abholen (am selben Tag):
Ch$ 50.000
Transfers und Wanderung mit Deutsch sprechendem Führer
Ch$ 80.000

Preise für Gruppen über 4 Personen auf Anfrage.
Wichtig: Mögliche Eintrittsgebühren sind nicht inbegriffen.

GPS Miete:
Wir können Ihnen einen GPS-Empfänger Garmin eTrex mit den für diese Wanderung nötigen Tracks und Waypoints vermieten.
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Area map

Leaving the forest behind, finally the goal gets in sight

Approaching to the top, with Villarrica volcano behind

The highest point of the Quetrupillán is this peak, on the edge of the crater

View to the south, with the Mocho-Choshuenco volcano

The crater is filled with ice, Lanín volcano in the background

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