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Nevado Chachani is the highest of the volcanoes near the city of Arequipa in southern Peru.

Acclimatization of a week or so is required in Arequipa (2400m), or higher, in places nearby such as the Colca Canyon, Cusco, or Lake Titicaca (3000-3800m).

It is possible to hire guides, equipment, and 4x4s in Arequipa, for around 60-70 US dollars pp, everything apart from food included. One can drive to around 4700m and then camp at 5200m up an obvious trail. Six or more hours are required to get to the summit from this camp and crampons and ice axes are certainly required, the ice being quite difficult to negotiate especially on the long 600m ascent of Fatima (5900m) , a precursor of the summit proper.

The summit itself stands at 6057m and superb views of El Misti, slightly below 6000m, and other volcanoes in towards the Colca Canyon, are likely in the dry, arid region of Peru. It is possible to see the Pacific Ocean on clear days, especially early on.

Elevation (feet): 19,872
Elevation (meters): 6,057
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -16.191
Longitude: -71.53
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Arequipa
Convenient Center: Arequipa

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 23 trip reports for Chachani.

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  • Log #22155 - by Silvia Mazzani on Mar 30, 2011
    The ascent is a long ice and snow climbing with no technical difficulties, but it requires a good acclimatization -
  • Log #21790 - by Helene Barrette on Oct 19, 2009
    Easy climb - if very well acclimatized! Base camp is quite high, and is nearly reachable by car, leaving only a one-hour switch back climb from the drop off point to the actual BC. With an alpine...
  • Log #21179 - by Roland Tomaschko on Feb 07, 2008
    Schöner Berg und einfach zu erreichen.
  • Log #20943 - by Helene Barrette on Aug 10, 2007
    A friend and I signed up for a weekend expedition in Arequipa, Peru, to go climb Chachani -- we were both greatly tempted by the "easy 6000m" mountain. We were driven in a 4x4 to 5000m, from where...
  • Log #20527 - by Kenneth Baillie on Dec 08, 2006
    Very easy climbing considering the altitude >6000m. Beware cowboy guides in Arequipa offering sub-standard equipment.
  • Log #11545 - by Simon Bidwell on Sep 10, 2004
    There's a full account of my climb at http://bidsta.blogspot.com and photos at http://community.webshots.com/user/simonbidwell The climb was a great experience with amazing views, as if from an...
  • Log #11546 - by Guillaume Ceyrac on Sep 05, 2004
    Sommet en 5 heures depuis le camp de base à 5300m, énormément de vent sur les 200 derniers mètres et au sommet. Crampons nécessaires au bout de 3/4 d'heure, neige dure à moyennement dure et peu...
  • Log #11547 - by Marek Palous on Aug 30, 2004
    For me very difficult to reach the summit. Suffered from sever headache, but finally did it.
  • Log #11548 - by Jon Mitchell on Aug 04, 2004
    While it is indeed one of the easiest 6000m peaks in the world, the climb is pretty monotonous involving scree slope followed by a relatively interesting traverse and two more scree slopes. However...
  • Log #11549 - by TC Morphis on July 23, 2004
    I Naturaleza Tours for my guide service. The equipment was a little old, but the guide was excellent. I started the climb at 2 am, summited around 10:30 and and then returned to the drop-off point by...
  • Log #11550 - by Chris Figureida on Mar 27, 2004
    Did not need crampons, but was extreamly cold. Very little snow. Followed mostly easy clear trail. but the first and only traverse can be shakey in the dark, and as well on the decent when you are...
  • Log #11551 - by Ben Clark on Aug 15, 2003
    Very easy climb in good conditions, worth doing to say you've over 6000m.
  • Log #11552 - by Divine Lady on Aug 14, 2003
    Quick comments of wisdom? Avoid climbing Chachani in two days, the night spent at 17,000 feet may just do you in. Avoid using Zarate Expedicions, my experience with this group was below substantard...
  • Log #11553 - by Fernando Bermudez on July 14, 2003
    It is not a technically difficult climb but the altitude (20,000+ feet) is always an issue. Coming from sea level with only three days in Arequipa I had trouble catching my breath. With my guide's...
  • Log #11554 - by Oliver Csitkovits, Joachim Schober on July 07, 2003
    Since Chachani usually is covered by clouds before noon in February, we started our ascent from the base camp shortly after midnight. Climbing during the night was awarded by a magnificent view of...
  • Log #11555 - by Peter Johansson on May 09, 2003
    Due to lack of travel time me, my tourguide and two climbing guides needed to do this climb in one day. We got picked up at 01.00 Am at the hotel and started climbing at 4.45 Am. After a lot of...
  • Log #11556 - by Pedro Ibarra on Mar 14, 2003
    Chachani is with no doubt, the easiest 6000 in the world, because the short trip from Arequipa and the very easy climb. There's no glacier, and even the snow can desappear if you go in november. But...
  • Log #11557 - by Andreas Ruh, Uwe Gitschier, H Pauls on July 16, 2002
    We reached the summit of Nevado Cachani on 26th of september 2000 after a cold night and a hard ascend. Thank you to our guide Julver Eguilez Castro for this tour and the motivation and to god for...
  • Log #11558 - by Petr Vondracek on June 13, 2002
    Two years after my first unsuccessful attempt on Nevado Chachani, I came back in much better season and climbed this magnificent mountain in 2 days as an acclimatisation peak prior to Coropuna climb....
  • Log #11559 - by walt on Jan 30, 2002
    Good climb - the only significant difficulty was the altitude... at about 18,000 I started to feel like someone was sticking a fork in my head. I'd definitely advise folks to acclimatize for a while...
  • Log #11560 - by Barry Brown on Dec 14, 2001
    We arrived in Peru on November 11 and went straight to Cuzco to start getting acclimatized. Our plan went well up to this point. We hiked the Inca Trail, then we left to spend a night in Puno. We...
  • Log #11561 - by Petr Vondracek on Jan 28, 2000
    We attempted to climb Nevado Chachani together with my peruvian guide Juan Carlos from Arequipa. We had very bad luck due to a rainy season. First day we stayed overnight freezing in sleeping bags in...
  • Log #11562 - by Sam Halligan on Nov 09, 1999
    Cold, hard, high, groovy Enormous scree slope!!!!! That's about it, really.....