CLIMBING TOUR TO COROPUNA MOUNTAIN $315 USD Per Person
The Third Highest Mountain Of Peru 3 Days - 2 Nights
Coropuna has the largest and highest volcanic edifice construct in Peru
. It rises from a base level at about 4500m to form an elongate ridge which consists of at least 6 cones. Its highest point (6377m) is located at the northwest extremity. No historic activity is known from Coropuna, because the summit craters are ice covered, it can be presumed that there are no thermal manifestations at present. But the youngest apparent activity is expressed by several pristine lava flows, extending out several kilometers from the north-eastern, south-eastern, and western flanks of the edifice, and their morphology and preservation suggests that they are young. Coropuna is one of a chain of volcanoes in south of Peru
The topographic relief adjacent to Coropuna is amongst the most greatest in the world, with elevation differences of up to 4000m vertically in 15km horizontally. To climb the Coropuna needs acclimatization and good physical conditions, also minimum training using the climbing equipment (crampons and ice axe) to reach the top. All the itineraries run from 3 days up to 6 days, there are to common routes; the first one is to go by Laguna Pallarcocha and to attack the south face, the second one is by Maucallaqta village located on the northwest and from there to be accompanied by carried staff animals such as donkeys, this the easy way to the base camp located above 5300m. The mountains advice this option to get sure to reach the highest summit.
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CLIMB TOUR ITINERARY OF COROPUNA MOUNTAIN
DAY 1: AREQUIPA - TORO MUERTO - MAJES VALLEY - CHUQUIBAMBA - PALLARCOCHA
At 6AM we leave from Arequipa in our private 4WD going to the northwest of Arequipa, after 3 hours travelling we will arrive at the agricultural valley of Majes (600m) where we will visit the Petroglyphs of Toro Muerto, located in the desert walls of this canyon. We will have 2 hours to locate more than a hundred of carved masses of volcanic rock with human, animals and plant figures that were work by the old civilizations of Peru over 1200 years ago. We will visit the pre-Inca cemetery to see and get explanation about remains of the first human civilization of this valley.
Continue travelling and ascending to Chuquibamba, nice green valley (3000m) there we will able to have lunch and then continue driving up to Andes on dirt road to get the first view of the southern face of mount Coropuna - The next two hours will be driving and seeing this thirds highest mountain in Peru – This part of the trip includes to pass some nice Andean forest of Queñuas or Quiwiña (Polylepis), lot of local fauna as Llamas, Alapacas, Vicuñas, Guanacos, Condors, Andean fox, Andean eagle, Falcon and La Llareta (Azorella compacta).Around 4PM we arrive by 4WD to the highest point of this trip which is name as CAMPAMENTO PALLARCOCHA (4800M) - Set up the tents and the enjoy nice diner under starry sky - Stay in tents (L - D).
BACKPACKER SERVICE ONLY:
This kind of service includes transfer from your hotel to bus stop and then public bus transfer from Arequipa to Corire (4hrs) - Local transport from Corire to the petroglyphs of Toro Muerto - 6 hours of night bus journey from Corire to Coropuna (Pallarcocha 4800M) - Set up the tents in middle of night and rest.
Peru Adventure Tours is not responsible for uncomfortable bus seats, not heat, A/C and many stop along the way for diner or pick up or drop off passengers.
DAY 2: PALLARCOCHA BASE CAMP - COROPUNA BASE CAMP (5200M)
Today you can wake up around 7AM for breakfast and then packing all our camping gear we start a nice uphill trek for about 4 hours to reach the second base camp (5200M) and get closer to Mount Coropuna – Today the way up will be gradual considered medium level and accompanied with nice scenery as view of Solimana peak.
Sep up the tents and you will get lunch and free afternoon to walk around to get more confidence with Coropuna Mount - Diner and stay in tents (B – L - D).
BACKPACKER & PRIVATE SERVICE:
today the climb itinerary will be same for both services.
DAY 3: COROPUNA SUMMIT DAY - AREQUIPA
Today at 1AM or 2AM we wake up to get hot an energetic breakfast and then everyone fix their climbing gear as crampons, ice axe, harness and rope (43° angle) – The first 4 hours we will climb on the dark helped with light of our headlamps we take the southern east face to get one of the highest top of this massive mountain – The climbing includes some section of small/big crevasse testing our climbing skills to avoid falls – The most common obstacle to overcome are the penitents all the way up.
Around 5:45AM the first sunshine rise over other highest mountain around Coropuna making very nice and unforgettable memories of this climbing tour – After 6 or 7 hours pure climbing we conquest the summit of this mountain and expend some precious minutes enjoying the Andean landscape around us.
At mentioned time and following the instructions of the mountain guide we start the hardest part of the trip – The way back can be the hardest part physically for each participant - we need relatively 3 or 5 hours to descend to the base camp.
Around 2PM after packing all camping gear descend to find the 4WD and drive back to Arequipa for about 7 hours – Each participant will be drop of in their hotels and end of service (B – L).
BACKPACKER SERVICE ONLY:
The climbers need to wait next of the road till 8PM or 9PM for a public bus which is coming from Cotahuasi canyon and then 8 hours of bus journey arriving to Arequipa around 2AM (day 4th)- Transfer from bus stop to hotel and end of service.
CLIMBING TOUR TO COROPUNA MOUNTAIN INCLUDES
- Mountain English-speaking guide
- Private 4WD vehicle (Private Service only)
- Round trip public bus ticket (Backpacker Service only)
- Porters to carry the meals and camping/climbing equipment (Private Service only)
- Camping Equipment (Tents and mattress)
- Climbing gear (Crampons, ice axe, harness and rope)
- Meals on the Mountain
- Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Communication system
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2014
(April - November)
|CLIMBING TOUR TO COROPUNA MOUNTAIN $315 USD Per Person
The Third Highest Mountain Of Peru 4 Days - 3 Nights
|Backpacker Service (Public bus)
1 to more participants $315 USD each
PrivateService (private 4x4)
2 participants $685 USD each
3-4 participants $605 USD each
5 to more participants $563 USD each
|Discount: $5 USD South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD discount only with valid green ISIC card
|Minimum 2 Paricipants
|Group size: 4 participants per guide - We need minimum 2 participants to develop this trip
|BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Hotel in Arequipa
- Sleeping bag -15ºC
- Personal porter to help personal items - This service can be hired for $95 USD per day
- Breakfast on the first day/lunch on the last day
- Tip and gratuities for guide and camp staff
BEST TIME FOR CLIMBING & RAIN SEASON
sApril to November is the best season for climb Coropuna (sunny days and clear cold nights) – The coldest season for this region will be between June and August is recommend to bring good climbing equipment – During the raining (Dec - March) same days can be very sunny but is not recommended to practice climbing if you don’t have experience in not good weather.
ADVICE FOR CLIMBERS
Before you go to climb Coropuna we really recommend to practice some trekking around – There are many peaks and nice places to visit over 4000m.a.s.l and will be helpful to get better acclimatize to altitude.
Next to Coropuna is located the first deepest canyon in world as known as Cotahuasi and offer variety trails for nice trekking up to 7 days including some places for hot spring and basic facilities for food and lodging.
Another very interesting place for alternative treks is recognize as Andagua “Valle de los Volcanes” – This region easily can be reached by public or private transport to Coropuna.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Backpack 70Lt minimum
- Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $5 USD per day, in Arequipa)
- Windproof jacket
- Strong comfortable and waterproof boots
- One complete change of clothing
- Sweater and thermal pants (something warm)
- 8Lt of water per person, minimum
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Your personal first aid kit
- Walking sticks or poles
cost $95 USD per day to carry your 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 campsites.
Please note there are fines if you give an excess of 18kgs so try to underpack rather than overpack. You can hire a porter in our office of Arequipa to carry your pack over the base camp.
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