to the Quetrupillán volcano – Villarrica
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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
8 km one way, 3½ - 4 hours uphill, 2 - 3 hours back.
Staring point at 1.040 m, summit 2.380 meters, total ascent
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.
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.
The owners of the Fundo Porvenir (Family Ulloa) charge $ 1.000
to get there:
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).
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.
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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