The Lanín Volcano is one of the most important tourist attractions in Patagonia. Its emblematic presence can be seen in Neuquén’s provincial shield and hymn, and it is considered a sacred site for the Mapuche communities, making it the characteristic symbol of the region.
It is located on the frontier between Chile and Argentina, being a border delimiter. At its feet is the Mamuil Malal Pass that connects the cities of Junín de los Andes (Argentina) with Curarrehue (Chile). It has an altitude of 3,776 meters above sea level, from where you can see the Llaima, Villarrica, Quetrupillán and Osorno volcanoes. Its eternally white summit excels across the landscape at great distances, attracting thousands of adventurers per year. It is an unforgettable trekking circuit, according to the intrepid ones who have decided to carry it out.
It is mandatory to register yourself before ascending the Lanín Volcano, it can be done in the following Link. There is a limited capacity of 60 visitors per day (tents and shelters).
On Provincial Route 60, going west towards Chile, we will find the Information Center of the Lanín National Park. Here the park rangers are in charge of checking the equipment and the registry. In addition, hiking knowledge and experience must be demonstrated. Otherwise, it is recommended to hire an expert guide, authorized by the Lanín National Park.
Tips and hints
For more information you can visit the Lanín National Park website.
The entrance to the park costs $400 (Argentine Pesos)
Junín de los Andes is the closest city to the service area, where the tour begins. You can get there by private or rented car, taxi or through the services of a tourism agency.
From the city Junín de los Andes, heading north along National Route 40, we cross the Chimehuin River, and we turn left along Provincial Route 23, continuing along it till the Malleo River. We cross the river and take the Provincial Route 60 to the west, driving about 43 km until we reached the Lanín National Park Information Center.
ParkingParking is available in front of the Lanín National Park Information Center.
To make the summit it is mandatory to bring:
- Crampons, ice axe, helmet, trekking poles
- VHF radio and flashlight with spare batteries
- First aid kit, sunscreen and sunglasses
- Sleeping bag, insulating camping mat
- Mountain boots, thermal t-shirt and leggings, fleece pullover, gloves, waterproof jacket, ski pants, trekking pants
- Two liters of water and food for 2 days
- Waste bag
- (In winter) shovel, probe and A.R.V.A detector.