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|Summary: The Snowcapped Mountain of Coropuna is
the most difficult highest mountain in southern Peru, which
is variously labeled as 6305 or 6425 meters on maps. Nevado
Coropuna is an extinct volcano located in the Cordillera
Occidental of the Andes in Southern Peru. It is one of the
easiest of the 20,000' peaks, however, it is prone to
penitentes and this can make climbing difficult. See link to
John Biggar's book "The Andes - A Guide for Climbers" for
more information.Coropuna Mountain was a major religious
site of the Incas and was called Kjori Puna, golden
mountain, by them. The Incas were probably the first to
reach the summit and also probably performed human
sacrifices on the mountain.
The first recorded ascent of Coropuna Snowcapped Mountain is
widely credited to Hiram Bingham, the discover Machu Pichu,
in 1911. I believe, however, that the famous American
mountain climber Anne Smith Peck actually made the first
ascent on July 16, 1911, three months earlier than Bingham.
Anne Peck was also a noted Suffragette and planted the Woman
Suffrage banner "Votes for Women" on the summit. In the
early part of the last century Coropuna Mountain was thought
to be the highest mountain in South America and possibly the
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 1.- Arequipa – Pucuncho.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 am we leave
from Arequipa in our private transportation going to the
northwest of Arequipa, after 3 hours travelling we will
arrive at the agricultural valley of Majes (600 meters)
where we will visit the petrogliphys of Toro Muerto, located
in the desert walls of this canyon. We will have 2 hours to
locate more than a hundred of carved masses of volcanic rock
with human, animals and plant figures, that were work by the
old civilizations of Peru over 1200 years ago. We will visit
the pre-Inca cemetery, located in Cochate. Continue
travelling and ascending to Chuquibamba, nice green valley
(3000m) there we will able to have lunch and then drive up
to Andes, the first view of the south face mount Coropuna.
Driving surrounding this snow peak, after 8 hours drive we
will arrive to Pucuncho village, place located 4400m with
small group of farmer families. Set up the tents and
Day 2.- Pucuncho to First base camp 5200m.
The group is having breakfast the crew will arrange the
horses for the trek, they will carry all the camping and
climbing equipments to the second base camp. Hiking up on
the sand slops of this extinct volcano, with good chance to
see many Llamas, Alpacas, Huanacos and same time Vicuñas.
After 5 to 6 hours we will get the second base camp above
Day 3.- Summit to Mount Coropuna an extinct volcano.
Very early morning (02:00 - 03:00 am) after warn an
energetic breakfast we begin to attack the summit. This day
will be hard climbing on the north face, very slow and give
plenty of time to you, observing the magnificent of the
Andes, the snow peak named Solimana (6310m) located in front
of Coropuna. At the top you will feel the cold wind hitting
your face at the same time you feel proud on your self,
because you will do the thirst highest mount in Peru.
Descend to the base camp, to have lunch and if is possible
we can descend more to try to have a good night with less
cold wind. (B+L+D).
Day 4.- Come back to Arequipa.
After breakfast we pack and start walking back to Arequipa,
by private transportation, arriving in the night to Arequipa.
B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Price per person: US$ 350 (min. 2 participants, max 10
participants). Pool Service.
Available discounts: SAE: US$ 15.00 (valid South American
Explorers Club membership card required).
Daily Departures: Departures are available along the year
although due to weather conditions, the recommended period
for this trek is April to November.
- Private transportation (which stays in base at 4,800 masl
- Specialized English speaking guide.
- Meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Complete equipment: bi personal tents type igloo,
insulators, cooks, lamps.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Climbing Equipment (Crampons - Ice Axe - Rope)
- Communication system.
Not included is:
- Sleeping bag.
- Porters for your personal items.
- Tips: please beware that our agency staff is well paid so
please feel free to tip or not according to your wish.
*Cost for Porters up to 20 kg. for your personal items is
US$20 per person per day.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period
of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing
is also recommended, especially for sleeping. A down jacket
is especially recommended for this trek since it runs at
high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below
freezing in the evening and at nights.
- Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 4.00 /
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more
quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Optional: walking sticks or poles
Person 315 US$ . Minimum 2 people.
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