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 Climbing Coropuna Mountain
  ( 4 day 3 nights)

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 world.
 
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch / (D)= dinner

Itinerary.

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 overnight. (L-D).

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 5200m. (B+L+D).

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+L).
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.

Includes:
- Private transportation (which stays in base at 4,800 masl for emergencies).
- 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 / day)
- 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
Cost by Person 315  US$ .  Minimum 2 people.
 

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