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|Summary:The Nevado Sabancaya, one of the most
rugged of the high active volcanos, is about 5.976 meters
high and has two peaks: an active oval crater of
approximately 400 m diameter and a smaller elevation about
20 minutes South.
Being a regularly active volcano - eruptions taking place
exactly every 3 hours - I was most impressed by its view
already back in 1994. Due to lack of water we did not make
it to its peak but were had to return to the Hazienda
Sallali and back to Arequipa after some days out in the
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Take either a Jeep and a guide from Arequipa, and be sure to
get a 4x4, or take a bus from Arequipa towards the Colca
canyon/Chivay. Bus takes approximately 3 or 4 hours then
crosses a very high pass of 4.920 meters. Just as it starts
to accelerate downhill, a long straight stretch of 'trocha'
road (unpaved), watch out for a small road branching off to
the left, where you see the three volcanos Ampato, Sabancaya,
Hualca-Hualca (ltr) majestically rising into the blue
morning sky. Get off exactly at this point, even if the bus
driver wants to take you to Chivay (there are no people up
here, and no water, and it is usually very cold, when you
come up from Arequipa in an early bus).
Let the bus disappear in the dust and take some deep
breaths, and some water too. Then grab your pack and hike
westward, almost all flat, along a hardly used sand road
towards the mountains. It zigs through the rocks spread
across the sandy plains here, so do not hesitate to take the
many short cuts. And do not bet to hit a vehicle, the
Telefonica guys come to the antenna further up maybe once a
month, and the Hazienda Sallali is frequented by truck
usually twice a year. So you are on your own, and you will
be on your own up here. The air is thin and bites into the
lungs, and your pack is heavy the first days. So take rests
as you want, and enjoy the remarkable solitude up here. The
road winds up towards an antenna, but passes it in some
distance on the left, South. You might see some guy guarding
the antenna in a nearby building, so move over and have a
coffee with him. Or a tea. If you give him a pack of
Marlboro, he will be happy and you found a new friend up
here. Half an hour, maybe a full hour might be suitable to
get closer to the guardian, and let him tell you about what
is happening up here. Usually it is safe to hike in this
From the antenna the trail moves lower, into a kind of huge
basin, and the volcanos are very well visible ahead. You are
even a bit wind protected here. Follow the 'road' until you
hit some tracks coming in from the right. That is a path
towards Achoma, upon the Colca valley. If you do not feel
happy out here, you might switch North here and get back to
civilisation and limited comfort. If you feel at home out
here, get left through the small pass, and then keep right.
The road now descends into the valley in the South, and you
can save a half hour if you take this short cut. Further
down you find plenty of water, and the road descends slowly
along the valley.
December to March. Some days blue sky with good conditions
Best Time For Climb
April to November, on the rain season same days are with
good weather (blue sky) permiting to climb this volcano.
before to book your tour please see the weather report.
Advice For Climbers
To have good acclimatization, good physical conditions and
good quality winter clothes. One day before all the climbers
will have meeting with the mountain guide at our office or
in the hotel, who will give a BRIEFING about this climb and
also you can check the quality of the climb gear will be
used on the mountain.
■Expert Mountain English Speaking Guide
■Oxygen and first aid kit
■Camping Equipment (Tent and Mattress)
■Climbing Equipment (Crampons - Ice Axe - Rope)
■Porters (Meals + Equipment)
■Private four wheel drive vehicle (4X4)
■Meals on the Mountain.
■Sleeping bag -15 Cº
■Breakfast on the first day/lunch on the last day
■Tips for guide and camp staff.
Person 340 US$ . Minimum 2 people.
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