Trekking to La Picada

The remains of an ancient volcano are the closest neighbor of Osorno Volcano. A sedimentary mountain with steep ravines. It was named by the Mapuches as “Caulle” (Seagull) and is commonly known as “La Picada”.

The route provides an insight into Chile’s oldest national park. With a Patagonian landscape, this trekking will give us wonderful views of the east & northeast side of the Osorno volcano and west face of “Cerro La Picada”, as well we will explore the “Paso de La Desolación”.

La Picada is housed in the northwest end of “Todos Los Santos” lake, in the heart of the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, our trail makes a semi-circuit from about 14 kilometers of extension and around 800 meters in positive slope (and 710 meters descent), this altitude to gain will allow us to contemplate incredible views of the three main lakes of the area.

Undoubtedly the best months to enjoy this walk are between November and April, when there are more sunny days and less snow on the route, but in winter time the snow turn it in a real adventure!

Next departure:

– Regular departures between September 2019 and March 2020 prior reservation.

from $100.000 CLP


Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Lakes Region, Southern Chile.


1 Day.

Difficulty: Media
Length: 14km (~9 miles)
Elevation: 800m (2.625 Ft).
Start / End: Puerto Varas, Chile.
Season: All year.
Highlights: South of Chile, Puerto Varas; Osorno Volcano; Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park; Sendero Desolación; Trekking.
Price p.p.: 1 person, $120.000; 2 to 8 persons, $100.000.
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The Fine Print |
Trekking to the valle de Los Ulmos, Calbuco volcano
Trekking to the Glacier of the Osorno volcano
Trekking: Lake Todos los Santos to Lake Rupanco
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8am: Start of activity, transfer from Puerto Varas or Osorno.

10:30am: We begin our trek at 800 meters of altitude, at the end of the car road.

11:30am: After passing the first slope, we will reach the highest point of the “Desolation Pass (1.096m altitude)”.

12pm: We will leave the pass to go towards the east, and behold the west face of the mountain.

3:30pm: The descent takes us south, we will follow another ridge with views of the Todos Los Santos lake and the volcano.

6pm: End of the service.

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