A guide to climbing some volcanoes in Chile...
A spectacular and huge glaciated crater well worth the effort to see.
|Volcano Sollipulli 2282m|
|Duration:||1 Day, 1000m ascent|
|Access:||Need 4 wheel drive, cars will NOT make it!|
Situated 180 km's east of Temuco, access is more difficuly as it's so far from anywhere.
Access: From Temuco take route S-51 to Cunco, then continue on same road - route S-61 to Melipueco, after 3kms you pass the turning on your left to the Conguillio National Park (for volcano Llaima), another 13 km's further along the route S-61 there is a turning on your right, take this down the well graded gravel track (signpost to 'Flor Del Valle 5km'), it heads south alongside the Carilafquen river for another 8km's. Here you will see a lot of construction activity as they are building a hydroelectric project. From here the road gets a lot steeper (my car only got up one section on the second attempt!). The road continues for another four or so km's and becomes rougher and rougher until it's necessary for a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the last 2kms to the CONAF cabin and campsite. If you are in a car consider leaving it on the roadside (take out all valuables) and walk the last few km's. If you were to continue further along this road you would arrive at the luxury 'Nevados de Sollipulli' resort. At the CONAF cabin (open from 8:30am - Occupied from November to end Mach each year) there is a small free campsite with toilets and shower facilities; the only rules being to take your rubbish home with you and no ascents to the volcano after 11am (to ensure you have time to return during daylight). If you leave before 8:30am leave a note under the CONAF cabin door with the details of those in your group.
Route: I have never done this route myself but was told by the CONAF guy that it's an easy walk to the volcano crater taking about 4 hours one way. Apparently during the high season there can be up to 40 people a day walking this route!
Maps: CONGUILLIO, Travel & Trekking Map, 1:100,000
Other Routes: There is also a route from the south at Reigolil, to the north of Pucon. You can also do a traverse from north to south (or vica verca), it will take about 3 days and requires ice axe/crampons etc. for the glacial crater crossing.
Accommodation: Free campsite at the trail head. There are limited accommodation options in Melipueco & Cunco.
Volcano Sollipulli 2282m: Start of trek: