San José Volcano is a “classic” of the Central Andes. It amazes from a long distance in the valley because of its imposing white rock body. This is the background scene of the valley and the natural frontier border with the Argentinian territory and it stands dominating with its name and figure over the Volcano river.

The story of San José starts in 1831, with some serious attempts to climb it. The Prussian naturist, Meyen, tried to climb it, but he could not get to the top, he stopped 500 meters, before getting there. Later, in 1899, one of the members of Turnverein (gymnastic club) made another expedition but because of the fresh snow there was in the mountain he could not reach the top.

The first time someone reached the top of the North of San José was in 1920, when Hans Gwinner, Member of the DAV in Valparaíso, reached 5.740 m. After in 1931, Otto Pfenniger y Sebastián Krückel, members of the DAV in Santiago, reached the main top of the massif.

The rout to get to the Volcano, presents a fascinating landscape through small rivers, tall vegetation systems, like the “Engorda”, a plain Valley where some quiet animals go to look for food during the summer. In the way, you can see the thin “Morado” hill, the mythic south wall of the Arenas hill and the “Marmolejo” hill, which is next to San José, as well.

At 3100 m high in the west Volcano ladder we find the “Plantat” refuge, an antic construction from 1937 that has remain in time, being used as an obligatory base camp to continue the way that gets to the highest sectors while climbing to the top. In this sector, it is possible to observe two active “cover” type craters with a constant fumarole that throw yellow sulfide smoke. It is an amazing view, that gives us an idea of the forces that exist in the interior of our planet.   

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Whats include?

  • All the vehicle transportation, from the airport or the hotel in Santiago and back once the expedition, detailed in the itinerary, finishes.
  • Food for Mountain expedition.
  • 1 Mountain guide with experience in the zone.
  • 2 Mountain assistants, Transportation of common equipment, preparation of camp, general logistics.    
  • Tends of High Mountain every 2 people.
  • Lunch tend at the base camps.
  • Cookware and common day implements.
  • Saturation of oxygen measurements, using oximeter
  • Basic Mountain mat.
  • Satelital pone.

Whats no include?

  • Personal Accidental Insurance.
  • Personal Mountain equipment.
  • High porters (20 kg are 80 euros a day).
  • Extra attempt to get to the top (it is not considered in the program).
  • Alcoholic or fantasy drinks.
  • Transportation that is not mention in the program.
  • Expenses generated by unforeseen circumstances that are not under our control or that are not responsibility of our team, such us: Flight cancelations, natural disasters, atmospheric problems and other issues of mayor cause. 
  • Hotel  in Santiago.
Any extra expense done by the participant and not considered in what “the program includes” has to be paid for at the moment it is done. For instance, if you want to buy something, you have to pay for it at the moment you buy it.


  • Day 1:  Airport/ Santiago hotel; transportation to the “Cabrerio” sector (2100 m). We start walking from this point to the “Plantat” refuge (3100 m) in a journey of 4 to 5 hours.


  • Day 2: Portage of equipment from the refuge (4200 m) and back to “Plantat”.


  • Day 3: From “Plantat” to “Campo 1” (4200 m)


  • Day 4: From “Campo 1” to “Campo 2” (4800 m)


Day 5: From “Campo 2” – Top - to “Campo 2” or to the “plantat” refuge (depending on the conditions of the participants).


Day 6: From “Plantat” to “Cabrerio”, transportation to the airport or to the Hotel in Santiago. 

Whats to bring

Individual Equipment (each participant responsibility):


  • Complete full layer (two shirts).
  • Polar sweater or similar. 
  • Windbreaker and waterproof jacket.
  • Feather or synthetic jacket of good quality.
  • Thermic trousers, polar or similar.
  • Windbreaker and waterproof trousers
  • 3 pairs of socks (one for the top day)
  • Trekking boots. 
  • A Pair of sandals.
  • Double boots for heights.
  • A Pair of sticks.
  • A Pair of touring crampons.
  • Pair of thin gloves.
  • Pair of feather or synthetic mittens of high quality.
  • Sleeping bad for -20 to -30° C.
  • Airbed*
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Face and lips sun block.
  • Hat for the sun and for when it gets cold.
  • Balaclava helmet.
  • Water bottle (1.5 lts minimum). 
  • Sunglasses with sun protection, category number 4.
  • Blizzard glasses (like the sky ones).
  • Ice Ax.
  • Frontal light with extra batteries.




    • Drink at least 2 liters of water each day for a week before taking the expedition 
    • Train your body physically before the expedition.
    • Get an electrocardiogram
    • Climb mountains if it is possible.
    • In case of food or medicine allergies you have to let us know in the inscription file. 



The appropriate time of year to carry out this activity is Spring Summer in Chile. You can ask a question about the feasibility by contacting us


Download the registration form and acceptance of risks of the activity.