Valle Cochamó Expedition
Chile, South America
Embark on an wild expedition through Chile's Cochamo Valley. With myself, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, and my wife Anju, a Spanish translator and experienced South American traveler, you'll be able to explore a remote valley with towering granite walls, deep in the jungle.
On this trip through Valle Cochamó, you can expect world class rock climbing, tranquillo campsites, and a proper South American experience.
This was designed for the climber looking for a unique, exotic granite climbing trip. Have you climbed in Yosemite, but found the crowds overwhelming? Do you wish there was a destination like Squamish, just in a more wild setting? Have you always wanted to climb in South America, but the snow travel sounds unappealing? If you answered yes to any of these, then this is what you're looking for.
Although flexible, our baseline trip takes place over 10 days in Chile. With direct flights from the US to Santiago, travel is safe and easy.
We begin by picking you up at the airport in Puerto Montt and doing a short shuttle to Puerto Varas, where we stay the night. Situated on Lago Llanquihue, one is welcomed to Chile with a European inspired outdoorsy town and views of the impressive Volcan Osorno. This first evening gives us a chance to test out local cuisine and do a final gear check and prepare for the expedition.
The next morning, we make an early departure for the trail head. We load up the pack horses with our equipment, and take off on the casual day hike to base camp. Base camp, La Junta, is situated in the base of a Yosemite-sized glacial valley. It occupies a large series of meadows just a stones throw from the beautiful Rio Cochamo. Chocked full of climbers and South American tourists, La Junta provides an exciting international scene, while in an incredible setting.
From here, we have the chance to crag nearby, launch off on big walls, or make high camp in one of the hanging valleys above for day climbing objectives. The nearby cliffs vary from 20-60 minute approaches and offer a spectrum of difficulties, from beginner to expert level sport climbing in a cave. High camps involve a burly trek on climbers' trails through the jungle to reach more alpine environments. Incredible bivouacs and world class rock awaits...
Depending on your climbing background and desire, we tailor the upcoming days to provide the best experience.
During rest and rainy days, we can hike the nearby trails through the jungle, swim in the river, or just relax in the meadows at camp. The surrounding jungles are full of wonder, whether it be cascading waterfalls or ancient Alerce forests.
Once day 9 arrives, we reverse our approach, loading up the horses once again for a quick descent and celebration in town.
$7550 for 1 guest
$8550 for 2 guests
Cost includes two guides, lodging, food, and ground transportation.
Cost does not include airfare, trip insurance, or gratuities.
10 days (custom trips offered, ask for details)
January and February
Climbers must have experience climbing 5.10 on granite, in areas such as Yosemite, Squamish, or similar. This trip is meant for the experienced rock climber looking to push their limit in an amazing setting.
Flights are offered direct to Santiago from major airports around the world. From there, it is a short connection to Puerto Montt. All ground transportation is included.
A gearlist will be provided after booking.
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