Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the total solar eclipse from a beautiful 'ice-clad' volcano in Chile on December 14th, 2020! During an eclipse, totality occurs at best only in a narrow track on the surface of the Earth. This narrow track is called the path of totality. The volcano from which we plan to view the eclipse is in the 'path of totality' during the eclipse, which is a rare event in time.

This program includes climbs of four of the most beautiful volcanoes in the Lake District and the River District in the south of Chile: Volcán Villarrica (2860m/9,380ft.), Volcán Osorno (2652m/8,701ft.), Volcán Calbuco (2015m/6,611ft.), and Volcán Lanín (3776m/12,388ft.).

We also get to discover the natural beauty of this area, including its magnificent forests, lakes, and mountains, as well as the Chilean culture and cuisine! These four volcanoes are of amazingly picturesque conical shape. With summit elevations all under 12,500 ft. we can climb quickly without the need for acclimatization. It's on the highest summit of Volcán Lanín, where you will have the opportunity to observe the stunning spectacle of a Total Solar Eclipse. During this trip, we will come across places of natural beauty throughout the alpine setting. From the summits, we have 360-degree views beyond description!
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Villarrica, Osorno, Calbuco, Lanin

  • December 7 - 16, 2020
Cost USD 4,500
Deposit USD 2,000

Day 1: Arrive in Temuco, Chile. Your guide or a representative from Madison Mountaineering will meet you upon your arrival. From the airport, we will drive about 2 hours to the town of Pucón in Chile’s Lake District. After a dinner with the team, we will overnight at Hotel Cumbres del Sur or similar.

Day 2: Villarrica Summit Day! We make an early start from the hotel and drive 30 minutes to the base of the Villarrica volcano, where we start our climb. After ascending via trail, we reach the upper snowfields that will take us to the summit (2860m / 9,380ft). We are rewarded with 360-degree views all around as well as into the crater with lava and smoke. After our descent, we have the option of visiting the Menetue Thermal Park hot springs. We return to the hotel in Pucón for dinner and the night. Total climbing time ~6-7 hours.

Day 3: After breakfast, we travel on to the Teski hut (~5-6 hour drive) at the base of Osorno volcano. Along the way, we stop for lunch in the town of Puerto Varas, which offers a beautiful view of Osorno on the far side of Lake Llanquihue.

Day 4: Osorno Summit Day! We make an alpine start from the Teski hut (1170m / 3,838ft.) and climb nearly 1500m to reach the spectacular summit of Osorno (2652 m / 8,701ft.). If the weather is clear, you will be able to view hundreds of lakes and many other volcanos in the region. After descending, we collect our things and continue back to Puerto Varas to overview at the Enjoy Puerto Varas Hotel or similar. Total climbing time ~7-9 hours.

Day 5: Calbuco Summit Day! Another early start and make the short drive to the trailhead on Calbuco. Our climb of Calbuco (2015m / 6,611ft.) is similar to Osorno but a bit longer gaining about 1700m. After our descent, we return to the hotel in Puerto Varas.

Day 6: After breakfast, we make the 5-6 hour drive to the village of Curarrehue. In Curarrehue, we make our preparations for our two-day climb of the Lanín volcano. Accommodations in Curarrehue are dormitory-style with up to 5 climbers per cabin.

Day 7: After a leisurely morning, we drive one hour to the Lanín trailhead. Our 4-5 hour hike to our high camp travels through lush forest.

Day 8: Lanín Summit under Total Solar Eclipse! We start our day early and climb the lower slopes through volcanic ash transitioning to the snow line, where we will don our crampons. We will try to time our arrival on the summit (3776m / 12,388ft.) to enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding lakes and volcanoes before the full eclipse starts at 1:05 PM. If you have never viewed a total solar eclipse within the path of totality, you will be stunned at the cosmic spectacle. After the eclipse, we make our descent to our high camp for the evening.

Day 9: After breakfast, we descent to the trailhead and travel back to Currerrehue and relax the rest of the day.

Day 10: We make the drive back to Temuco where we say our goodbyes and conclude our program before catching our flights to Santiago and then on to home.

Total Eclipse Climb

  • December 7 - 16, 2020
Cost: USD 4,500
Deposit: USD 2,000

Costs Include:

  • Airport pickup upon arrival in Termuco, Chile
  • Welcome dinner
  • Hotel accommodations for 4 nights in Pucón and Puerto Varas
  • Dormitory-style accommodations for 1 night at the Teski hut and 2 nights in Currerrehue
  • All ground transport during the expedition
  • All group gear such as tents, cooking equipment, climbing gear, etc.
  • Communications equipment (VHF handheld radios)
  • All food and meals on the mountains
  • Western guide
  • Chilian support staff including cooks, porters, base camp manager

Costs Do Not Include:

  • Bank transfer fees, if applicable
  • Airfare to Chile
  • Meals in Temuco
  • Trip cancelation insurance or the required medical evacuation insurance
  • Comprehensive medical exam: a physician-signed Medical Release Form is required
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bottled or canned beverages
  • Specialty coffee or espresso drinks
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Madison Mountaineering, LLC
  • Personal communication (phone, fax, e-mail) between Chile and home country
  • Personal gear, clothing and sleeping equipment (see gear list)
  • Gratuities

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds for the deposit or balance payments for this expedition. This includes but is not limited to, expeditions that conclude without reaching or making progress towards expedition objective(s) (for example, the summit) due to route conditions, weather, insufficient manpower, or any other factor outside the control of Madison Mountaineering.
  • Expedition leader has the final say on the expedition conclusion and will make all best efforts towards reaching expedition objective(s) within our margin of safety.
  • Participants that choose to leave an active expedition for any reason are not entitled to any refunds
  • Madison Mountaineering, LLC highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions
  • Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Madison Mountaineering must adhere to a stringent refund policy
  • Deposit due with registration materials
  • All balances are due 120 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified
  • Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their funds and their place on the expedition

Note: Madison Mountaineering, LLC reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible. Deposits paid by participants acknowledge the above cancellation terms.

Print Gear List

Base Layers

  • Synthetic Short Underwear (1-2 pair): non-cotton style underwear
  • Lightweight Long Underwear (1-2 pair): long sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Heavyweight Long Underwear (1 pair)
  • Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1-2)

Mid Layers

  • Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
  • Soft Shell Pants: very breathable and water repellant
  • Mid-Layer Top: lightweight layer for use over base layers
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants

Windproof/Rain Layers

  • Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
  • Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants

Insulation Layers

  • Heavyweight Insulated Down Jacket with hood
  • Insulated Pants


  • Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds
  • Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • Bandana or Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun


  • Glacier Glasses: full protection with side covers or wrap around
  • Ski Goggles: to be worn in the event of high winds – (2nd pair optional)


  • Lightweight Synthetic Base Layer Gloves (2 pair): for wearing on warm days
  • Soft Shell Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind
  • Shell Glove with Insulated Liner: to wear for severe cold/strong wind
  • Expedition Mitts: large enough to fit a liner glove inside


  • Liner Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots: comfortable hiking boots
  • Gaiters

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F
  • Self-inflating Sleeping Pad: full length is preferred
  • Closed-cell Foam Pad: to be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping
  • Earplugs

Mountaineering Gear

  • Expedition Backpack: approximately 65L
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc. in your pack
  • Trash Compactor Bags: to line backpack and stuff sacks as well as for separating gear
  • Backpack Rain Cover (optional)
  • Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets: adjustable
  • Ice Axe: general mountaineering tool (65cm)
  • Crampons: general mountaineering crampons
  • Climbing Helmet: must be able to fit over your warm hat
  • Alpine Climbing Harness: mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops. Not a rock-climbing “sport” harness
  • Carabineers: 2 regular, 4 locking
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries

Travel Items

  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting gear
  • Small Duffel Bag with Lock: to store items in the hotel(s) while on the climb
  • Travel Clothes and Shoes: for days in cities and towns
  • Lightweight journal, sketchbook, pencils, pen
  • U.S. cash: for currency exchange to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and towns

Additional Food Items

  • Snack Food: bring a few days supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. variety of salty and sweet is good

Other Equipment

  • Cup: plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
  • Bowl: large plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast
  • Spoon: plastic spoon (Lexan)
  • Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity
  • Water Bottle Parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening
  • Water Treatment
  • Thermos (optional): 1 liter
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
  • Lip Screen (2 sticks): SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer (2 small bottles)
  • Pee Bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Knife or Multi-tool (optional)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring personal medications, antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), altitude medicine such as Diamox, etc.
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas (optional)

Optional Electronics

Madison Mountaineering is recognized for well thought out strategy in leading high altitude climbing expeditions, as well as high-quality service throughout. We have two decades of experience in the planning and coordination of mountaineering expeditions, our reputation is excellent. We strive to make each expedition the best possible experience for our climbers and focus on our 3 primary goals of success in reaching the summit, returning safely, and having fun! Safety is always our number one priority.

Our guides are some of the best and most experienced in the industry, having a strong grasp of technical climbing, expedition, and high altitude experience, along with strong interpersonal skills. Our teams are small and equipped with the best support available to ensure the highest chance of success. We are renowned for our comfortable base camps, high-quality food, first-rate communications, and medical support services, all of which are overseen by a professional member of our team.

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