Chachani Trip Report (#20943)
- Signed By: Helene Barrette of Toronto, Canada
- Date submitted: August 10, 2007
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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 we climbed (switchback trail) for 1hr, to base camp at 5400m. After eating and resting for the evening, we started our summit climb at 4am.
I reached the summit at about 10am on a beautiful sunny morning. What a feeling...!
I failed to take off some layers on the way down and overheated, which slowed me down considerably. But - all was well nonetheless, and I reached base camp around 2pm.
A new altitude record for me @ 6075m (previous record: 5895m on Kilimanjaro).
It was an "easy" climb - not technical, just two long traverses on snow (crampons+ice axe needed), and a few steep scree ascents. The altitude is the challenge -- climbers must be well acclimatized, especially since Arequipa is at 3200m, and within a 4 hour drive, climbers are taken to 5000m.
I loved it... Have fun!