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!

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