Good training and appropriate logistics support from experienced guides are essential for this unforgettable experience.
Lanín’s steep slopes added to the height from the foot of the volcano to its summit pose a welcome challenge to mountain lovers. San Martín de los Andes
is proud of its climbing tradition and of the dramatic rise in the number of adventurers.
As soon as we arrived in this Patagonian city we contacted the people who had provided the details of the excursion on the Internet. We had brought our own gear for the ascent so, on the appointed day we went to the agency bright and early. We got into the truck with a logical feeling of apprehension and headed towards our destination. Upon arrival, already at a height of 1,200 meters MSL, we complied with the required paperwork at the office of National Parks.
We set off without further delay as we knew we had several hours of strenuous exercise ahead of us. At first, we kept a slow pace until little by little we felt more confident. After trekking through the forest we crossed the sandy area left by the glacier and continued to the famous stretch known as espina de pescado
and finally reached los caracoles
. It was a narrow path, so we walked Indian file carefully avoiding the really unstable terrain on both sides. The physical effort was beginning to take its toll.
Bear in mind: You must contact the operator before arriving in San Martín de los Andes so as to confirm the details of the activity and whether it is convenient or not. The operator will provide transfers, guides, food, camping service and technical gear. Clients must supply their own clothing and bare necessities for the ascent.