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- This article is about the mountain in Chile. For the settlement in Chile, see: Cerro Castillo, Chile. For the mountain in Ecuador, see Cerro Castillo, Ecuador.
Cerro Castillo viewed from East, Feb 2002
|Elevation||2,675 m (8,776 ft)|
|Prominence||2,088 m (6,850 ft)|
|Topo map||IGM J 10 (Villa Cerro Castillo) 1:50,000|
|Easiest route||ice/rock climb|
Cerro Castillo is a jagged rocky peak located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region of Chile, within the Cerro Castillo National Reserve. Castillo means castle in Spanish, and the steep basalt walls of the mountain indeed make it look like one. On its sides are a few small glaciers and lakes fed by them.
Cerro Castillo is 75 km south of the city of Coyhaique along Carretera Austral. There is a small village Villa Cerro Castillo just off the road. The base of the mountain can be approached from the road in one day along Estero Parada river. An alternative is the excellent 4-day hike that starts on a spot called Las Horquetas Grandes on Carretera Austral, goes through forests, has two river crossings (no bridges), and goes over a 1,400 m mountain pass adjacent to the rock walls of Cerro Castillo. The area is remote and sees less than one hiking party per day during the season.
800m ice gully on West side, 55°, alpine AD grade. 800m ice mixed gully on East Face, up to 85 degrees, alpine TD grade, by Joan Sole/Carlos Buhler
- "Argentina and Chile, Southern: Patagonia Ultra-Prominences" Peaklist.org. Castillo: Both the Chilean IGM 1:50,000 map and the SRTM data have a large void around the summit. 2675m is an often quoted value that would seem to be compatible with photographs.Note 8 Retrieved 2012-04-16.
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