COLCA TREK & CLIMBING TO CHACHANI MOUNTAIN $569 USD Per Person

From The Bottom To The Roof Of Arequipa 5 Days - 4 Nights

Colca trek and climbing Chachani Mountain are located in Arequipa region and these different places are considerate the most common places to visit. Day by day receive many tourists from all over the world.
Colca trek and climbing Chachani Mountain program is dedicated for adventurous travelers who wants to feel more contact with the real Andean scenery (Apus - Mountains). The Colca trek and climbing Chachani Mountain is designed thinking in people don't have enough time and don't want to lose acclimatization coming back to Arequipa. The program offer the best alternative trekking in the canyon and an overnight in Chivay (3600) for better acclimatization you can used and feel sure to reach summit of Chachani Mountain.

TOUR ITINERARY OF COLCA TREK - CLIMBING TO CHACHANI

DAY 1: AREQUIPA - CHIVAY -CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO

At 6am pick-up at hotel in Arequipa, orientation about our trek and journey of 6 hours to Colca Canyon - Cabanaconde village by public bus service or private foru wheel drive (according your request).
At 11am Brief stop at the Condor Cross - Tapay viewpoint (3600m). Lunch at Cabanaconde (3280m), located in the left rim of the Canyon. Start trekking in the Colca Canyon descending 4 hours to the Colca River (216m), a difference of 12pm. We will cross to the other side of the Canyon and ascend to our family cabins or camping place.
At 4pm Arrival to the lodge and short walk to the San Juan de Chuccho village (2300m). Get together with the children and locals from this valley, participation in agricultural and other activities. Campfire, dinner and rest (L - D).

DAY 2: SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - COSÑIRHUA AND MALATA VILLAGE - PACLLIA - LLAHUAR HOT SPRING

At 7am country breakfast and then star the trek through pre Inca terraces and fruit trees along the way. After 1 of hiking up arrival to Cosñrhua village where we visit a local family, they will show how make their own economy according nature resource of this area. Continue hiking we stop to visit an local museum of flora and fauna of this region. Cosñirhua and Malata (2600m) are located on right bank of the canyon and protected by mountainous range.
Hiking through cactus forest and seeing the majestic Colca River and huge volcanic cliffs on the both side of the river, along the way is possible to pick up plenty of cactus fruits (January to May) and if you are lucky is possible to see Condor flying over the mountains look for their food. After 4 hour of trekking across Pacclia valley, this village is complete cover by Tuna cactus and makes very interesting to see many type of birds, medicinal plants and local people working on their daily activities just next to our trail.
After 6 hours we cross the Lltica river by raft bride and from there continue to Llahuar lodge. Llahur is a nice and peaceful place running by local family. Lunch is located between the encounter of Colca and Llatica Rivers and that makes very nice place to spend the night. After lunch you are free all afternoon to enjoy the hot spring (40ºC) next of the river. At 7pm nice dinner accompanied by wonderful starry sky over the mountains, tonight we stay in bamboo cabins (B - L - D).
Cabanaconde Colca Canyon Arequipa

DAY 3: LLAHUAR HOT SPRING - CABANACONDE - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - CHIVAY HOT SPRING

At 4am Have breakfast and begin ascent of three hours to the left rim of the Colca Canyon, to Cabanaconde. We walk up 1100m; this is the last hard and steep trail of this excursion.
At 8am Travel by private van or public bus (according your request) for 30 minutes to the Condor's Cross lookout, viewing many small towns all around the Colca Valley, located in the high part of this canyon. At mentioned time transfer to Chivay to have lunch and afternnon is free for personal activities or visit the Hot Springs - Thermal swimming pools in Chivay(3600m).
We recommend to spend the afternoon resting for the next day.
At 7pm visit the Maria Reiche Planetarium, we invite you to immerse in the mysteries of the Colca Valley sky and enjoy the performance "Colca deep Canyon, deep sky" You can learn how the ancient inhabitants of the Andes interpreted the night sky according to their myths and beliefs. The performances include projecting constellations in the Planetarium dome as well as observing the stars of Colca`s sky through a professional telescope. Over night at this town, in a comfortable hotel (B - L - D).

Day 4: CHIVAY - PATAWASI - PAMPAS CAÑAHUAS NATIONAL RESERVE - CHACHANI BASE CAMP

At 8am will be plenty of energetic breakfast served on the hotel and then transfer by private van or public bus (according your request) to Patawasi (4200m), this travel takes 3 hours to the point where we will meet the second team to climb the Misti volcano (porter, mountain guide and 4x4). From Patawasi will use our 4x4 to the reach the base of Misti, on way we stop in the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas, where it is possible to observe the wonderful animals called Vicuñas, Guanacos, Eagles, Viscachas, Deer and sometimes Condors. Living at 4000 meters above sea level, they are protected species by the government and all the communities surrounding the reserve and Chachani Mountain.
After cross the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca And Salinas, continue of Off Road tour on serpentine road we get 5000m in our 4x4. After packing our camping and cambling gear and then 2 hours hike on the stony path up to the base camp, located at 5400m named Asufrero. Set up tents and nice view of sunset over mountainous and volcanic range. Hot dinner and spend the night in four season tents under starry sky (B - L - D).

DAY 5: CHACHANI BASE CAMP - CHACHANI SUMMIT 6070M - AREQUIPA

At 2 or 4am wake-up time depending on how is the weather and after a hot energetic breakfast we start the climb to the summit. If Chachani is completely covered by the snow, we take all our necessary climbing equipment. From the base camp to Chachani summit (6070m) takes between 4 - 6 hours doing slow steps and battling with the altitude. After reaching the top, there we stay for a nice time getting spectacular views of the landscapes of Coropuna, Ampato, Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Misti, Ubinas, etc.
After the stay at the top of Chachani, we go back down, two hours approximately to our base camp, packing all the camping equipment and continue going down to our private 4WD.
At 1pm come back to Arequipa and end of our trip (B - L).
Peru Mountain

COLCA TREK INCLUDES

  1. Official English-speaking guide
  2. Round trip public bus tickets or private van, according your request
  3. Experienced cook
  4. Tea time (hot drink, biscuit, pop corn)
  5. Overnight in a family lodge (private or shared room)
  6. One night in Chivay - Comfortable room with private bath and hot shower
  7. Tourist ticket of 70 soles or $30 US Dollars per person (Obligatory). This is the unique entrance to the Colca national park even if you don't stop at "Mirador Cruz Del Condor" (take care not many tour operators don't includes this tourist ticket), the entrance is valid to visit all the canyon but not valid for hot springs along the canyon
  8. Trekking gear such as poles, backpack and head lamp (without batteries)

CLIMB TO CHACHANI VOLCANO INCLUDES

  1. Experienced Mountain English-Speaking guide
  2. Porters to carry the foods and camping gear (tents & mattresses)
  3. Personal porter to carry the items of each participant (Private Service only)
  4. Private four wheel drive (4x4) from Arequipa up to 4200m
  5. Public bus service (Backpacker Service only)
  6. Camping Equipment (Four season mountain tents and mattresses)
  7. Dining and cooking tents (Private Service only)
  8. Cooking gear
  9. Experienced cook (Private Service only)
  10. Climbing Equipment such as crampons, ice axe and rope, only if is snow on the top
  11. Meals on the Mountain (5 lunches - 4 dinners - 4 breakfastst)
  12. Plenty of hot drink - Coca tea
  13. Oxygen bottle and first aid kit for all participants and our camp staff (Private Service only)
  14. Communication system, guides climb with their mobile phones (Private Service only)
  15. Tents and food for our camp staff
  16. Headlamp - Wind proof gloves - Wool hat - Walking sticks or poles

RECOMMENDATION
If this is your first time going to the Andes or High Mountains we recommend getting information about the ALTITUDE SICKNESS, see below some websites recommend by High Mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.
ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine
MEDEX – Medical Expeditions


TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2012
DATE TOUR COST
Daily departure between April to December

(Not rain season January to March)
COLCA TREK & CLIMBING TO CHACHANI MOUNTAIN $569 USD Per Person

From The Bottom To The Roof Of Arequipa 5 Days - 4 Nights

Backpacker Service (public bus)
1 to more participants $569 USD each

Private Service (private van/guide)
2 participants $792 USD each one
3-4 paticipants $668 USD each one
5 to more participants $593 USD each one
Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
Organized Groups: We offer private and any time departure
Group size:
Colca canyon trek 8 participants per experienced trek guide
Climb Misti volcano 4 participants per experienced mountain guide
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Arequipa

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Travel insurance
  2. Binoculars
  3. Breakfast on the first day
  4. Tipping for guide and camp staff
  5. $6 USD entrance for hot spring LA CALERA in Chivay (last day)
  6. Alcoholic drinks
  7. Bottle of water for Colca and Misti
  8. Wind proof jacket or wind proof pants (can be hired from our office of Arequipa $3 USD per day each thing)
  9. Water proof climbing boot can be hired from our office of Arequipa $5 USD per day, only on the rain season

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY TO COLCA CANYON

  1. Small backpack (45lt)
  2. Rain jacket or poncho, plastic ponchos can be purchased in Arequipa (just in the rain season Dec - April)
  3. Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  4. Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  5. Bottle of water
  6. Flashlight and batteries
  7. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  8. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  9. Insect repellent
  10. Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  11. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
  12. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  13. Swimsuit (you can swim in the hot springs - Chivay)

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY TO MISTI VOLCANO

  1. Backpack 70Lt minimum
  2. Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office in Arequipa $5 USD per day)
  3. Windproof jacket
  4. Strong comfortable and waterproof boots
  5. One complete change of clothing
  6. Sweater and thermal pants and every thing you can have to be warm
  7. 5lt of water per person minimum
  8. Hat or cap and sun block to be protected from the strong sun
  9. Wool hat to be protected from the cold
  10. Toilet paper
  11. Flashlight and batteries
  12. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  13. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  14. Sunglass is strongly recommended to protect your eyes from the snow and sun
  15. Your personal medications

ADVICE FOR CLIMBERS

To have good acclimatization, good physical conditions and good quality winter clothes. One day before all the climbers will have meeting with the mountain guide at our office or in the hotel she/he will give a BRIEFING about trek / climb and also you can check the quality of the climb gear will be used on he mountain.

PORTERS to carry up to 12Kg and you can hire them for $75 USD per day. Regarding porters who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at base camp. Best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don´t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. If you like to hire the porter service let know us at booking time.

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TRAVEL REPORT

After searching all day for a good agency, I found Peru Adventure Tours. I was lucky. I used three of they services, climbing, trekking and cycling. The excursions were well organized, professionally handle and full filled expectations agreed upon. I recommend this agency highly, it stands for value, quality and integrity. I could not be any happier with my choice. You go elsewhere, they sell reservations with guarantee, here they sell spectacular trips that they administer themselves. Thanks so much Saul and the great Peru Adventure Tours team.
Amer Bazzi.
GERMANY