"El Farellón" Ascension Route / Lonquimay Volcano
Araucanía Andina, Reserva Nacional Malalcahuello
3937 ft (1200 m)
“El Farellón” is a good option if you are just arriving to the area and prefer to stretch your legs before exploring other mountains or summits with a lengthier climb. Its access is super easy from Corralco ski resort’s parking lot! Just look up to Volcán Lonquimay and find that very fun terrain starting from the large cliff wall located a few hundred meters below the summit down to the base of the volcano.
Easy access from the parking lot to start skinning up to the base of the cliff band.
Before you are clicked and ready to ski down you have a sublime view to all the mountains and volcanos of the area, reaching very far to the naked eye. In a clear sunny day you can even see volcanos Lanín and Villarrica far in the horizon and a few others to the east and North East.
The downhill route is very easy to choose and it will be dictated by the snow conditions. Make sure to read the terrain for the usual wind pockets of this windy area.
Ask the locals for avalanche conditions and do your own assessment as this big bowl below El Farellón has had avalanche activity in the past (Not a common event but it’s worth mentioning it).
No matter the month of your visit, always carry your ski and boot crampons as icy conditions are very common. Don’t forget your helmet! Tiny to small size rocks fall often near the wall, specially when windy.