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COLCA TREK is accredited member of APTA The Association of Adventure Operators of Ecotourism in Arequipa And Authorized Accredited travel agency of the Ministry of Tourism of PERU.


Length: 2 Days 1 Night
Difficulty: Moderate

With an altitude of 6080 meters, this snow-capped volcano is 2 ½ hours away from Arequipa and can only be reached with a 4WD vehicle. Its name means "skirt" in Quechua and it is divided into three picks: Chachani: 6080, meters Angel: 5825 meters and Fátima 5900 meters.

Chachani usually has some covering of snow and ice, and it's necessary to take an ice axe and crampons. You need to bring plenty of warm/thermal clothing, as temperatures can be extremely cold on the mountainside. You also need to carry about 4 litres of water as well as snacks such as chocolate or sweets.

Day 1

We leave Arequipa at 8:30 am and about two hours later we start walking at an elevation of 5000 m. After about two hours we reach Base Camp, at about 5300m, set up camp, and walk up to the pass above (another 120 metres higher) to get accustomed to the altitude. Temperatures here range from +5 to -15 degrees Celsius.

Day 2

We start the climb to the summit at around 2:30 am, after a warming cup of coca tea. We climb up to the first pass, cross the north face of Angel (usually snow-covered), from where the city of Arequipa can be seen. We then ascend the south face of Fatima, cross another short stretch of snow, and make the final climb to the summit of Chachani. The ascent takes 5-6 hours, and the ascent back to base camp 2-3 hours.

We leave the equipment at base camp, and only take a day pack on the ascent. At base camp we pack up camp and descend to where the transportation is waiting for us. We arrive back in Arequipa between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

This climb includes:

  • Professional mountain guides English speaking
  • 4wd vehicle
  • Any equipment that you required like tent, matress, ice axe, crampons, gloves,etc (out of personal equipment)*
  • Cooking equipment
  • 01 dinner
  • 01 breakfast
  • 01 lunch

This price not includes:

  • Porter
  • Snacks and walking food (chocolates, candies, cookies. etc)
  • Water bottles
  • Personal equipment not included:
    • Boots*
    • Sleeping bag*


About the porters for Chachani the costs is US $ 60. Each porter (normally we don't use porters because is only 2 hours to the base camp), about what you need to bring:

  • Backpack
  • Boots*
  • Sleeping bag*
  • T-Shirt
  • Warm trousers
  • Sun glasses
  • Mattress
  • Sueter
  • Mountain Jacket
  • Socks*
  • Flashlight
  • Personal medicines
  • Sun Block
  • Water bottles (minimum 4 lt.)
  • Gloves
  • Tent
  • Snacks and walking food

About the items for carry normally the guide carry the cooking gear and the food for cooking and his own equipment and the passengers carry the own gear it means all the list about, if you need a porter for a half of your equipment you need only one for 2 people if you want to carry nothing you need one porter each (in Arequipa is not porters like in the Inca trail, here the porter is another guide but normally we don't use porters).


COLCA TREK has not only these basic choices, if you like to be out of the normal trail, just let us know we can send you our secret trails, or we are ready to made with you the trip in the way, that you order to do, if it's there any special activity you would like to do, just let me know so that immediately we can send you more details , maybe you need information about rafting, mountain biking or city biking, that we can combine to make the best tour for you, please just ask to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for a immediately answer of our guide Vlado Soto. Thanks.