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This large extinct volcano, 6,057 meters in height, rises above Arequipa in southern Peru and is a popular site for climbers.
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4.5 of 5 bubbles235 reviews
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Sten Remmelg
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Feb 2022 • Couples
We had a pleasant experience doing the 2 day hike to the summit of Chachani volcano with Waiky Adventours. We had a group of 7 people. Our main guide was Roi with an assistant. Roi did a very good job handling situations that came up during the hike and all of us made it to the summit.

There were some small details that could have been better. We had some problems with the car at first so the start was delayed and when returning the car was also a bit late. But the overall experience was still good.
Written February 7, 2022
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Arequipa, Peru15 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Solo
13 Things to know if you are considering climbing Chachani:

1. It’s a significant physical and mental effort. All four members of our climbing group dealt with headaches, stomach issues, and lethargy. But we all made it to the top.

2. I sincerely wish I would have prepared better. What is good to eat the day before, a plan for what I should drink when, what food goes into what pocket of my jacket, are there any drugs that could help with the effects of altitude, and the like. It’s too late to think about these things 5,000 meters up.

3. Don’t expect your outfitter to give you all you all the information you need to know. I went with the actual outfitter (most store-fronts just route you through one of three climbing outfitters. You can go straight to the source and sign up with the outfitter to save money and talk with the actual people who will bring you climbing – I went through Quechua Tours and was well satisfied (it’s on Ave. Jerusalem just north of Puete Grau - they have no website :(

4. I did a decent job of bringing warm clothes – but still got chilly. Be well dressed, and/or get clothes from the outfitter for temps in the -10 degrees Celsius range. That means layers of pants, 4+ top layers, hat, good gloves, etc.

5. Eat the day before the climb for nourishment, and eat at over 5,000 m purely for energy (forget protein, or even heavy carbs – think chocolate bars – pure energy). And with water, drink lots of water the day before, and just before the climb, then regimen yourself with sips often as you climb.

6. Map out where things are going to go – chocolate in this pocket – water stored here – headlamp in this pocket. Over 5,000 m isn’t the time to try to remember where things are – or remember that the chocolate bar is under the jacket you put on last night, and you need to unzip a bunch to get to it.

7. Realize that the best plans can go asunder – one member had a Camel-back – and the tube froze – he couldn’t sip his water.

8. Deal with the elevation before you get there. I didn’t and paid for it. Research what helps with elevation. I drank coca tea, but I didn’t look into things like this enough. What foods help? What drinks can help? Can I put things like coca in my drinking water, or doesn’t that help? What about aspirin? Are there any drugs that help? I’ve heard ginger can help – does it? What can I do the day before to help? Elevation is the primary challenge everyone was dealing with. The climb isn’t hard, but the elevation is devastating. Note: different people on our team seemed to be affected differently – but everyone was hit pretty hard.

9. Food. I brought 2 bananas, 2 protein bars, 2 fruit ‘squeezes, a large bar of chocolate, about 15 ginger cookies, and about 6 liters of water. The bananas, cookies, and the protein bars should have been eaten at 5,000 meters or less. Once we were more than a half-hour into the climb, I had no interest in eating anything of substance. Chocolate worked well, but I had eaten most of it too early, and had too much in my pockets that I didn’t eat – just carrying dead weight up and back down – not smart. Taking extra water going to basecamp isn’t a problem – but you should carefully consider what you take up the ‘primary ascent.’ For me, about 2 liters seemed good.

10. My mind didn’t work quite the same above 5,000 m. It’s not that you can’t think at that elevation, it just takes too much effort. The usual things I would do to help with a long effort didn’t work (like small goals – ‘just make it to that next big rock’ – I didn’t care about the ‘next big rock’ – it just became the complete focus to breathe and step, breathe and step.) Note: the air density at nearly 4 miles up is one half of sea level air (.66 kg/m3)

11. Our bodies all seemed to reflect what feels like the flu at that elevation. Half our team threw up. All of us had headaches, stomach issues, and other issues. But each of us felt a little different in the midst of this – one member of our team made it to the top without much more than ‘not feeling too great.’ Age and fitness level weren’t the primary factors – how our bodies dealt with elevation was (being in shape helps, as does climbing experience, but if you can find out how to get your body to deal with altitude, you’ll be OK).

12. Go to the outfitter a bit early, and pick out your gear without the stress of needed to go since ‘the rest are ready’ – that way you can adjust a backpack to your body, find boots that fit you well, get a jacket that best meets your needs, etc.

13. Chachani is not a technical climb – so if you want to get over 6,000 meters – this is about as easy as you are going to get. We only encountered snow at the very top and required no technical equipment or climbing expertise.
Written October 5, 2014
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Kalmar, Sweden51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We would like to do this review as informative as possible because we had a difficult time to find any good information about this climb before we did it. Hope this will help some of you out there!

To begin with we would like to say that we had zero experience in climbing up to a summit before and the highest we had been before this was about 5200 meters. We are a couple at the age of 23 and our physical state was like average. For about 15 days before this we had been to Puno and Cusco, so our acclimatization was pretty good, at least we thought that. A lot of companies does this climb but our choice was Colca Trek and the main reason for that was that we wanted to do the climb in just one day and Colca Trek were very supporting about that. The guide we got, Johan, was very calm and good. He spoke good English and that was important for us. We paid 530 soles per person and that was a bit higher because we wanted to do it just the two of us. We met the guide the same day as we booked the tour and did a briefing about the climb and he also wanted to know what equipment we needed. We did borrow the following things:

Warm trousers

Some of the things were a bit old but still okey. This was all included in the price we paid. To do the climb in just one day we were picked up at our hostel at midnight and then we drove about 3 hours to the starting point. From here we walked in the dark for about 1-1,5 hours and it was up and downhill, but a pretty easy start. Then we arrived to the basecamp at 5200 meters were we took a quick break. Before the sunrise it was very cold outside so you really want to move all the time. We then continued from the basecamp towards the top. Now the path really starts to go steep uphill but in a zigzack way. Now we started to feel the altitude and our walking pace was very slow and we were forced to do a lot of mini breaks. After a total of 8 hours from the starts we reached 6020 meters above sea level. We were now very exhausted but we still had like 40 minutes to the top. Together with the guide we actually decided to go down from here and skip the top because of the time and that our bodies were really sore and tired. We were just happy and glad that we had made it up to over 6000 meters so we felt it was okey to go down. We had a great view so it actually felt like we were at the top! The downpart took us about 3-4 hours with a big break in the middle.

The mistakes we made and things that we would have done differently are the following:

Drink more water even though it's hard at high altitude.
Eat more, not candy but more bread or something like that to get more energy.
Get yourself as much as sleep as possible before you do the climb. You will need it!
Listen to your body, don't push yourself to hard or you won't make it all the way up.
Remember that it can be very cold out there so dress warm!
Watch out for altitude sickness, it can be very dangerous.

The whole climb was very exhausting but we are really happy that we did it even though we didn't make it all the way up to the top. We would recommend this climb and we can promise you that it's a really amazing experience!
Written June 13, 2013
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Bern, Switzerland53 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
first of all, the Chachani Volcano is probably as easy as it get to climb a mountain over 6000m, but the way up there is actually quiet boring. The view on top is spectacular.

this opinion is about Quechua Explorer the tour agency, which conveniently for them, does not have its own tripadvisor webpage. So much went wrong with them, I am trying to use keywords, and whoever wants can read more in the brackets:

-dangerous (it was 11 of us with two guides, already at the briefing the night before we asked what happens if two persons have a problem, he told us: we will sort it out once this happens. So after one person had to go down with one guide, it was 10 of us with one guide: Ivan. At about 5900 one guy had blue lips and a headache, Ivan did not even realize anything. So we asked what should happen. Ivan said: if he wants, he can go down on his own. The guy said he could not as he was afraid that he would blackout on the way down. So Ivan said: well, then just walk with us, it is only another 40 minutes. He made it to the summit, but then blacked out. While people were screaming for Ivan, Ivan just shouted: "ask him what happened", I said: "he is unconcious, how can we asked" when he replied "be quiet, I am working, get your things ready so we can descen" fair enough, we got our things ready, Ivan finally made his way to the guy who was about 100m away, then came back with him to our group and let the guy sit down. He almost blacked out again. we were all ready to go down, but Ivan got out his thermos flask. Ah we thought, to give the guy a bit of hot tea, NO, it was for Ivan himself. So while we were all ready and the other guy almost blacked out again he was enjoying a cup of tea!!! We were still above 6000m then. We finally descended, but Ivan did not look after the guy at all. He just took the lead and went down. This could have ended up very badly for the guy. Also other people had problems and he never took them seriously and told various people: just go down if you do not feel confortable. Well, maybe we did not feel confortable because of the guide we had.....)

-Ivan was not just unfriendly, but rude (this started in the shop, when he said: so, it is minus 15 degrees up there, then handed a sleeping bag for 0 degrees to a girl. So of course she asks: is this warm enough. His answer was: "what do you expect, you are only paying 280 Soles, so we can not buy better equipment. My sleeping bag cost me 700 dollars" Nice too know....if he would have mentioned that the day before we could have rented better sleeping bags. afterwards it kept on going on like this: people would ask something and he would get upset. Like: Is this Chachani. Ivans answer: stop asking me questions, you can ask when we have an explanation break. There somebody asked: Is this Chachani. Where as he said: stop it, it is not a competition, treat me with respect, I have childred back in Arequipa.... and so on. He basically flipped out. From then on nobody wanted to ask him something. It was a joke within the group by the end of the trip: everybody was afraid of him, which is not good, since we should be depending on him!)

-disorganized (we went to the shop to sort out our equipment the day before as we were told that would make us leave faster in the morning: it took us 2 hours to leave the shop in the morning,... they told us there were 6 of us, in the end it was 12 of us. They said if it is more than 4 people we would have 2 guides, it was 12 of us with 2 guides,.... in the morning they said it was 10 of us and when calling out names realized that somebody was not there, but it was even 2 people missing, which they had simply forgotten to pick up....)

-bad equipment (the sleeping bags were not nearly warm enough, some of the zippers of the tents and of the sleeping bag were broken, not enough gloves in various sizes, not to speak of the pants....again: Ivan complained about not having enough money to buy good things, but his company is only one of the two companies offering the trip, so why not raise the price and have better equipment?)

-if you still think you want to go with this company: google "Ivan Quechua Explorer death" and you will find out what kind of person Ivan really is: it seems to be all about the money, safety not that important

Be aware that a lot of hostels and other tour companies work with Quechua Explorer, so make sure what you get yourself into before you book. (By the way the second guide who was with us was very nice, helpful and considering. So I guess you could book with them and just make sure that Ivan will not be there with you. Even though I feel like no one should book a tour there as Ivan is the owner of Quechua Explorer, which made compaining about him at the office kinda useless....)
Written July 6, 2015
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Carla E
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Couples
Okay so long story short - Chachani is much more difficult than the tour operators tell you, especially in the wet season (we went in Feb). We went with Wayki and I'll explain our experiences below as well as why we say it is harder than expected:

1. The altitude: the transport takes you to 4900 and then you sleep at 5200m. The problem with this is that you accumulate a lot of altitude by driving and NOT walking, which means your body doesn't have time to adjust (as you do when walking). I got altitude sickness on our way up the next morning and had to turn back (and I've hiked Salkantay, rainbow mountain etc. before), so if you foresee yourself having issues I'd recommend to take altitude sickness pills. It's a horrible hike up there if you are sick.

2. The terrain: the terrain is MUCH harder during wet season than you are being told and it's actually a technical climb more than a "trek". It's super steep so make sure you have good hiking boots (you can rent them from Wayki) and also we'd recommend poles for stability. The area close to the summit is even steeper and lots of snow - very very VERY technical.

3. Wayki (the operator): the company is very organized and can give/ rent you everything you need. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to carry everything up to the base camp yourself (sleeping bag, mattress, tent, etc) so you HAVE to take your big backpack and not small one. None of he agencies tell you this (we found out the morning Wayki picked us up and we had to repack everything). The guides were super helpful and caring and one of them turned around with me when I got sick.

4. Group size: the group size is max 4 people per guide, which is great! However, we were 6 people (2 guides) but they treated us as one group which meant we all had to hike together at the same pace. This is extremely tough at that altitude and it makes you push your limits unnecessarily. So even the small group size sounds great, make sure you tell them you want to hike in 1 group only when booking it.

Additional recommendations:
1. Pack LOTS of snacks and food! You don't get lunch the first or second say so pack some sandwiches and buns as you need some real food every now and then (and. It just bars and chips).
2. Take your own thermal clothes, sleeping bag and gear if you have. It is extremely cold up at that night and you will feel more comfortable on your own gear.
3. Wear double layer socks on the hike up to the summit - it is FREAKEN cold and your toes will be freezing
4. Wear ski type gloves - you need as thick as you can get
Written February 12, 2017
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Leverkusen, Germany331 contributions
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May 2016 • Solo
Climbing a >6000 meters high mountain sounds difficult. Not so, say the travel agents. Go climb Chachani, easy walking all the way to the summit.

Well, you walk to the summit, that's correct. But it's not as easy as it might sound out of the mouth of a travel agent. So you should bring a certain degree of fitness and have spent a few days or better weeks or months above 2-3k meters.

The tour is as follows: You start 9-10 am from Arequipa. The drive is 2-3 hours, so around noon you are at the base of the mountain at >5000 meters. You walk some 90 minutes to the base camp and have a few hours to cope with the altitude. Dinner is at 5 pm, then you go to bed. After a sleepless half night the guide wakes you up at 1 am. At 2 a.m. you start walking a winding path up the mountain, the beautiful southern star bright sky above you, a cold wind in you face and a lot of darkness surrounding you. Only the head lamps leading the way. About every 40 minutes you have a 5 minute break. After 4-5 hours, so around 6-7 am, you reach the summit and have amazing views over Arequipa and the surrounding mountains. Back down to the base camp in 90 minutes, little rest, packing, back to the car, around noon you are heading back to Arequipa.

If you like the sporty challenge of night hiking up a mountain and don't mind sleeping on rocks at 5200 meters at -5^C, Chachani is the place for you. If not, do something else, there are plenty of great things to do in Arequipa. And don't believe travel agents which make the hike sound like a walk in the park.
Written May 8, 2016
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Sven A
Colombo, Sri Lanka93 contributions
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A lot has already been written about how easy/difficult it is to climb the mountain. I just got back today and wanted to share my thoughts about the agencies offering the summit.

TL,DR: pay 280 soles at any agency and you will have a decent experience. More is not necessary for Chachani.

The market rate in April 2015 for a 2-day hike is 280 soles per person (85€/90$). You should never pay more than that, I got the rate at several outlets. The price includes 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, guide, tent, mattress, sleeping bag, warm clothes, crampons and an ice axe. You need to bring 4 liters to drink for yourself and around 1.5l for the guide to prepare your tea and soup. A headlamp is a must, can be rented.

Since it's freezing cold at night, I wouldn't have slept anyway. Apart from that the gear is a bit old and small (tent, sleeping bag).

Our guide had all kinds of credentials, checked our oxygen saturation and pulse at the base camp and was generally very knowledgeable - a first in Peru. His name is Iván, if you go with Quechua.

The 280 soles tour is operated by only two agencies in Arequipa, Quechua and another one, so it doesn't matter where you book. All agencies group their requests together and tours are leaving appr. every other day.

There was another couple, who paid 280$ for a private tour with an unofficial guide who pushed them so hard that they had to return to the camp before reaching the summit.

In between, there is Zarate adventures. I was there too, but found them not amiable nor seemed their equipment better than Quechua's. Somehow, there's a hype around them, coming from the mention in the Lonely Planet.

Enjoy the trip, it's awesome.
Written April 9, 2015
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Oliver R
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May 2018 • Friends
The three of us wanted to do Chachani with a private guide so we wouldn't have to spend a night in basecamp. Wayki adventures made us a very good offer which we accepted. The gear is rather beaten up but does its job. Everything worked as promised and we made it to the top. So far so good.

Then just on the way down two of us showed severe signs of high altitude sickness, haluzinations and impaired vision. I told our indigenous guide Inti about it and asked for oxygen for the two. He told us that he didn't have any with him and that we simply should descend. Then he left us standing there and went to basecamp for tea and a chat with his friends. The three of us were standing up on the mountain left to our own devices!!! After we made it down to basecamp on our own, luckily without breaking any thing, he was there having tea!!!

I've never been on a tour with a more irresponsible and reckless guide in my life!

So if you value your health and still want to go with Wayki adventures at least make sure that Inti isn't your guide.
Written May 24, 2018
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Thomas H
Austria6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We were looking for a really reliable tour/guide to climb mount chachani in one day.
We went to the "casa de guias" in Arequipa, knocked on the door and met a really friendly and helpful guy. He was a very experienced guide, answering any questions. Finally he organized our trip and was our guide. Perfect...
So if you like to climb any mountain around Arequipa, like Misti, chachani, pichu pichu, ampato.....go there and get really qualified information from real guides in person.

The casa de guias is located in calle Desaguadero near plaza campo Redondo in Arequipa. Look at the walls in the street on the first floor, "casa de guias"
Written February 3, 2016
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Evgeny V
Cheboksary, Russia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
It is puzzling why people climb Mt Misty, which is just under 6000 m more than Chachani, which is just over.
Well that was in my bucket list - to climb above 6000 m. Thanks to Chachani I've done it and it was beautiful! The car dropped me off at 5000 m (btw it was hard to find an agency that would agree to provide a car for me only-safety reasons). The clear trail led me to the base camp, which I passed through and kept climbing. At 5800 the altitude sickness caught up with me and I had to stop. God it was beautiful there. After a rough night, I made the last 300 m to the summit and felt great while I was there thanks to the overwhelming emotions. After that the soroche made my descent very quick.
Written November 16, 2015
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