Day 1

Your expert tour guide and driver pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa to take you for your Ampato volcano expedition. On the way to our starting point, we pass the Salinas and Aguada Blanca national reserve and you might spot vicuñas, llamas and alpacas, so make sure to have your camera ready to take some excellent pictures. After a journey of 5 hours, we reach our starting point at 5000 m. After a light meal, we start our 3 hour hike to reach our base camp at 5400 m. You have the rest of the afternoon to acclimatize to the altitude and to get prepared for the next day; the climb to the summit of the Ampato volcano!


Day 2

Very early in the morning (3 AM), your guide will wake you up with a hot coca tea and after some breakfast, you start to climb to the top of the Ampato volcano. After 3 hours of climbing you will witness the sun rising up over the mountain peaks. Once we have some excellent pictures of the sunrise, we climb for another 3 hours to reach the top of 6300 m. Congratulations; you made it to the top of one of the largest volcanoes which master the landscape of Arequipa! We spend some time at the top to enjoy the priceless view and we hike down for approximately 3 hours to reach our base camp. We spend the overnight at the base camp.


Day 3

After a good night of sleep, we collect our belongings and we hike down to 5000 m, to reach the road again. Our driver will be waiting to pick us up and to drive us back to Arequipa city. After a journey of 5 hours, we reach Arequipa and we transfer you to your hotel. We truly hope you had an amazing climb to the Ampato volcano with Tuna Tours
PLEASE NOTE: for the experienced climber, there is the possibility to do this tour in 2 days. Please contact us for more information.


Included
  • Expert mountaineering guide (bilingual Spanish – English)
  • Private transportation 4x4
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress)
  • Climbing gear (crampons, ice axe and ropes)
  • All meals
Not included
  • 5 liters of water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking boots (can be rented at our office in Arequipa for $ 8 USD per day)
  • Sleeping bags (can be rented at our office in Arequipa for $ 5 USD per day)
  • Hiking sticks

What do I need to carry?

You need to carry your personal belongings. This includes your sleeping bag, tent, clothes etc. Besides, you need to carry 5 liters of water; 4 liters is drinking water for you and 1 liter is for the guide to cook. Although you may be used to carrying a heavy pack, the altitudes makes a difference and we recommend hiring a porter.

What if I get sick of altitude?

Before climbing the Ampato volcano, we strongly recommend you are acclimatized to high altitudes. You can acclimatize spending time in Cusco (3400 m) or in Puno (3800 m) before travelling to Arequipa. Everyone responds different to altitude and age, health problems and athleticism do not enter in it. It is very individual and it can vary from visit to visit to the same person. Some people might suffer from some side effects of the altitude, such as a bit headache and exhaustion. Here are some tips to help your body acclimatize to the altitude:

  • Make sure you get sufficient sleep before you start the trekking.
  • Do not eat too much and try to avoid fat food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not hike to fast, but just take small steps to let your body get used to the altitude
  • Drink coca tea, as this increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.
Your guide will be evaluating each trekking on the first day and observing any signs of altitude sickness. Once you make it to the base camp, most hikers are fine. In the unlikely event that you suffer from altitude sickness, you just stay at the base camp.

How cold does it get?

At the base camp of the Ampato volcano, temperatures drop down to – 8 °C and -9 °C at night. On the top of the Ampato volcano, temperatures range from -10 °C to – 11 °C and there is more wind.

Can I hire a porter?

Yes, you can hire a porter for an additional $ 60 USD per day. The porter can carry up to 18 kilos, so 2 people can share a porter and can split the price. Although, you may be used to carrying a heavy pack, it is recommend hiring a porter, as the altitude makes a difference.

How many people are in the group?

We work with small groups, minimum 2 and maximum 5 people. In case there are more people in the group, there will be an extra tour guide.

What food is included?

We provide light and easy digestible meals, such as pastas, soups and sandwiches. We also take enough coca tea with us, as this increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood. Should you have special requirements for meals or you have allergies, just let us know and we will prepare other meals accordingly.

What equipment is provided?

WWe provide all the equipment for you and this is included in the package price. We provide tents, mattress and climbing gear such as crampons, ice axe and ropes. Only the sleeping bag and the hiking boots are not included, but this can be rent for an additional price at our office in Arequipa. Hiking boots can be rented for $ 8 USD per day and the sleeping bag for $ 5 USD per day.

What do we need to bring?

  • Warm mountain clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-10 °C)
  • Back pack (60 – 70 liters)
  • Small back pack
  • 5 liters of water (4 liters for you and 1 liter for cooking)
  • Snacks
  • Flash light
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera