Day 1

Today your expert mountaineering guide and driver pick you up from your hotel to drive you to the starting point for climbing the Chachani volcano. Along the way to the starting point, we pass the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas, where you might spot some American came lids, such as vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Arriving at our starting point at 5000 m, we hike only for 2 hours to 5300 m, in order for you to get used to the high altitude. Reaching the base camp around 2 PM, you have the rest of the day to relax, to stretch your legs and to and enjoy the wonderful views. Your guide will prepare a light meal for you before we spend the overnight in tents with good warm sleeping bags.

Day 2

After a small breakfast in the early morning, we continue our climb to the summit of the Chachani volcano. After 6 hours of hiking, we reach the top of 6075 m around 8 AM and you will be greeted with a spectacular sunrise and a magnificent view of the summits of the El Misti volcano and the Pichu Picchu mountain. Once we have some excellent pictures, we descend to the base camp for approximately 3 hours, we gather our belongings, and we go down back to our starting point. Our private van will transfer you to your hotel in Arequipa. You arrive in Arequipa at approximately 4 PM.

  • 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 Chachani 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 Chachani volcano, temperatures drop down to – 7 °C at night. On the top of Chachani, temperatures range from -9 °C to – 10 °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?

We 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