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Chachani

Climbing the Chachani in 2 days

We leave between 8:00am and 9:00am with a four wheel drive for about 3 hours in the direction of the national reserve Aguada Blanca. At an altitude of 4900m. above sea level we leave the car to walk up to the base camp at 5300m. This climb takes about 1½ to 2 hours.

The next day we leave the base camp at about 4:00am. We climb up to walk in a zigzag at the front of the peak "El Angel". When we reach the pass of "El Angel", we walk a few kilometers on a steep slope of sand and stones or snow and ice to the Fatima. Before we can climb to the main peak Chachani, we first have to climb close to the top of the Fatima which is almost 6000m itself. From the base camp to the Chachani is about 5 to 7 hours walk.

At the top of the Chachani, we enjoy the view and rest for about half an hour before we go back to the base camp. After about 3 hours we reach the base camp where we gather our belongings, eat something and go down to the starting point, where our car is waiting for us. From the base camp to the car, it takes just half an hour. The ride back to Arequipa takes about 3 hours.

General information

This 2 day tour includes:

  1. Transportation
  2. Guide
  3. All meals
  4. Tents
We recommend you to bring:
  1. Crampons (depending on the season)
  2. Ice axe (depending on the season)
  3. At least 4 liters of water (including 1 liter for cooking)
  4. Sleeping bag
  5. Flash light
  6. Gloves
  7. Hat (with protection for your ears)
  8. Several layers of warm clothes
  9. Two pairs of socks
  10. Sun block
  11. Mountain boots
Most items can also be rented.

The price of this tour depends on the size of the group, the guide (with/without official license) and the equipment you need. We always use experienced guides that know the mountains well, but the Chachani is relatively "easy" to climb. Therefor an official mountain guide is not always required. We can organise this tour with licensed (official mountain guide) or unlicensed (but experienced and qualified) guide on your request. For some mountains like the Ampato, Coropuna and most of the time the Chachani special safety measures are required.

The Misti, Picchu Picchu and Ubinas are "easy" to climb and don't need any special precautions. For these mountains we can organise a tour for you with licensed (official mountain guide) or unlicensed (but experienced and qualified) guides.

For more information or to climb the Chachani with us, send us an email to room@tamboviejo.com

Chachani icefield 1Chachani icefield 2


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