Chachani Climbing 6057 m 2 Days - Huillca Expedition

Chachani Climbing 6057 m 2 Days

Climbing Chachani is one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences you can have in the Arequipa region of Peru. With an elevation of 6,057 meters above sea level, Chachani is the third-highest peak in the Andes in the region. It is a popular activity for adventure enthusiasts and extreme sports lovers seeking to push their limits and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

Ascending to the summit of Chachani is no easy feat. Climbers must be prepared to face rocky and steep terrain, extremely cold temperatures, and an elevation that can affect breathing. However, the reward is a stunning view from the top that includes the city of Arequipa, nearby volcanoes, and the expanse of the Peruvian highlands. For those seeking a challenge and a memory that will last a lifetime, climbing Chachani is an unforgettable adventure.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Includes
  • Recommendations
  • Prices & Dates
  • Policies

Summary of Chachani Climbing

The two-day itinerary for climbing the Chachani volcano begins in Arequipa, where climbers are transported to an altitude of 5000 meters. From there, a two-hour hike takes them to the "Base Camp" located at 5250 meters. The second day starts early in the morning with the ascent of Chachani volcano, where climbers will ascend along a zigzag path along the north ridge of the volcano. They will enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and reach the summit at over 6000 meters before noon. The descent takes them back to base camp and then to Arequipa. It is a challenging but rewarding experience for those seeking adventure and stunning views.

Itinerary of Chachani Climbing

Day 1. Arequipa 2350 m, Base Camp 5163 m

At 9 a.m., we meet at your hotel and embark on a journey in our sturdy 4x4 vehicle for approximately 3 hours from Arequipa to the end of the road at 4064 m. We drive on a dirt road, crossing steep hills where our driver tests the power of our 4x4. We stop at the back of Chachani, in the plateau known as Pampas Cañahuas, recognized as part of the Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve. Here, it's possible to observe fascinating animals such as Vicuñas, Guanacos, Eagles, Viscachas, Deer, and Andean Foxes, all protected by the government of Peru and the surrounding communities.

Next, we face a 4x4 off-road challenge through the foothills of Chachani until we reach a place called "El Collado" at an altitude of 5100 m. This last stretch of the road is in poor condition and lasts approximately 40 minutes. At this point, we review and pack all our necessary equipment for the climb of Chachani mountain. The guide emphasizes the importance of not forgetting any recommended or suggested equipment, as there is no way to replace it at this location.

The first part of the hike is quite gradual and almost flat, following ancient paths in good condition thanks to mountain guides. The second hour of the hike includes a gradual ascent passing through small, undiscovered Inca ruins in the lower area of the trail. After two hours of walking, carrying all the necessary equipment for camping and climbing, we finally reach the base of Chachani (5163 m). Here, we set up tents and enjoy lunch on the mountain with a spectacular view of the Andes.

Day 2. Base Camp, Chachani Volcano Summit 6075 m, Arequipa

Today, the wake-up is scheduled between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., depending on the weather and how you feel with altitude sickness. The tour guide or the cook will offer you a hot and energizing breakfast. Afterward, you will need to check all your climbing equipment, such as gloves, boots, headlamp, walking poles, camera, water bottle, and windproof gear to protect yourself from the cold wind (-12°C or less).

This day represents the most challenging part of the ascent, with approximately 900 meters of ascent to reach the summit of Chachani, rising to 6075 m. The ascent takes between 4 and 6 hours for climbers, varying depending on the physical conditions and acclimatization level to the altitude of each participant. Approximately 80% of climbers manage to reach the summit of Chachani, even if they experience a headache, being rewarded with stunning views from the top. Climbers spend around 30 minutes enjoying panoramic views of landscapes including Coropuna, Ampato, Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Misti, Ubinas, the city of Arequipa, and other landscapes. It's worth noting that this climb does not require technical rock or ice climbing skills, as Cerro Chachani is primarily approached as a high-altitude trek.

At the mentioned time, the descent hike begins back to the base camp for about 2 hours, followed by an hour to rest and pack all the equipment. Then, continue descending to reach the 4x4 vehicle and start the journey back to Arequipa around 3:00 p.m. This last stretch of the trip takes approximately 3 hours until you arrive at your hotel, marking the end of an unforgettable experience.

Chachani Climbing Includes

  • High Mountain Guide
  • Porter
  • Private Transportation (4x4)
  • Camping Equipment (Sleeping Pads and Tents)
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Climbing Gear such as Crampons, Traverse Ice Axes, Safety Rope (only if there is snow at the summit)
  • Meals (2 lunches, one hot dinner, and one hot breakfast)
  • Oxygen Bottle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tent and food for our guide and porter
  • Sleeping Bag

Not Included

  • Personal Equipment: Sunglasses, trekking poles, headlamp, boots, large backpack, small daypack.
  • Porter (if desired)
  • Food: Snacks, water (5 liters per person).

Recommendations for climbing Chachani

  1. Prepare yourself physically: It's important to be in good physical shape before climbing Chachani volcano, as it is a high-altitude mountain and can be very demanding.
  2. Acclimate to the altitude: It's advisable to spend a few days in Arequipa before climbing Chachani to allow your body to gradually adapt to the altitude of 6057 m.
  3. Use appropriate clothing: Make sure to wear suitable clothing for climbing, including thermal layers, a windproof jacket, gloves, and a hat.
  4. Bring enough water and food: It's important to carry enough water and food during the climb to stay hydrated and nourished.
  5. Use sunscreen: Sun exposure can be very intense at high altitudes, so it's important to use sunscreen and sunglasses during the climb.
  6. Have a good guide: It's advisable to hire an experienced and reliable guide for the climb, as they will provide important recommendations about the route, necessary equipment, and other important details.
  7. Be patient and perseverant: Climbing Chachani volcano is challenging and may require a lot of physical and mental effort. Be patient and perseverant, and take breaks when needed.
  8. Maintain your pace: It's important to maintain a steady pace during the climb to avoid getting exhausted before reaching the summit.
  9. Respect the environment: Keep the environment clean and don't leave any trash on the mountain.
  10. Be responsible: Climbing Chachani volcano is a challenging and dangerous activity. Make sure to be responsible and take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and that of your team.

What to bring for climbing Chachani volcano 6057 m

  • Layered clothing
  • Lightweight cap and wool hat
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Small backpack
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
  • 5 liters of water
  • Sunglasses
  • Trail foods: assorted cookies (sweet and salty), bread, dried and fresh fruits, ham, cheese, jam, chocolates, nougats, and assorted candies.

The price of the Chachani climbing

Reservation Policies

Reservations are made in advance with a 30% payment of the total cost. The remaining balance is paid in cash in Cusco during the informational briefing.

Payment Methods

  • Paypal (credit or debit card payments)
  • Bank Transfer.

Transaction Fees

Travel packages and programs include transaction fees for the 30% reservation payments.

Changes and Cancellation Policies

Tour rescheduling is allowed with proper notice, except for Machu Picchu tours. Passenger no-shows will result in the total loss of the service. Cancellation or withdrawal from the service will not be eligible for a refund.

Chachani Climb Policies

Important Considerations

In the event that the passenger chooses to interrupt the journey, they will be responsible for any additional expenses that may arise, such as food or transportation. It is worth noting that no refunds will be provided in situations of delayed flights, train delays, adverse weather conditions, or other external factors such as withdrawal from the route.

Cancellation Policies

  • With notification of 3 days or less, no refunds will be issued.
  • For notifications of 4 to 7 days, a 70% refund will be issued.
  • In cases of notifications with more than 7 days in advance, a 90% refund will be applied.

Date Changes

For private tours, the following fees will apply for date changes:

  • No additional charges will be incurred if the notification is made more than 5 days in advance.
  • For notifications between 3 and 5 days in advance, an additional charge of 20% will apply.
  • If the notification is made with 2 days or less in advance, it will not be possible to make the change and it will not be considered eligible for a refund.

Contacts

If you encounter any issues regarding the tour, you can contact the following:

  • Email: info@huillcaexpedition.com
  • WhatsApp: +51 918 970 611

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