Climbing Ampato 2 days
We leave Arequipa at around 6:30 am, and stop for breakfast and coffee at the city exit or Pampas Cañahuas. It's two hours along the Arequipa-Chivay highway to the "Mirador de Volcanes" at 4,900 metres, where we turn off onto a 4WD track across the pampa, taking approximately another 1 1/2 hours to the base of the mountain at almost 5,000 metres. We start climbing gradually over easy terrain, allowing adjustment to the altitude. There are camps at the road end, 5,200, 5,400 and 5,700 metres, and the guide will choose the most appropriate one based on the planned route to the summit.
The second day we leave early in the morning, around 3:00 am, after a warming cup of coca tea. The guide chooses the most appropriate route to the summit depending on snow conditions and the preferences of the tour party. The summit is reached in 4-6 hours. We then return to the camp to pack up the equipment and continue down to be picked up by our transport (in total the descent takes about 3 hours). At 6pm we arrive back in Arequipa. This climb can also be done over three days, depending on a person’s level of acclimatization.
Price per person, based on a tour for at least 2 persons
-Tents, mattresses, cooking equipment, etc.
-Crampons, ice pick, rope (if you don't have your own)
-Pick up and drop off to your hotel and transport to and from the base of the mountain in 4WD vehicle
-All meals while on the mountain
Please note that you have to carry the equipement by yourself.
If you don't want to carry your equipment, contact us and we will organize a carrier.
-Standard equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, etc (these items can be hired in Arequipa at an additional cost)
-Breakfast in Arequipa before leaving for the mountain
-Water, chocolate, snacks etc.
What to Bring:
-Specialist trekking or climbing pack
-Synthetic or leather boots with strong sole, suitable for wearing with crampons
-Crampons and ice pick (if you have them)
-Sleeping bag rated to at least -10 degrees Celsius
-Layers of synthetic thermal or merino wool, lightweight and midweight, at least some long-sleeved
-Fleece or soft shell jacket
-Gore-tex or equivalent jacket
-Down or synthetic fill jacket (for wearing around camp and possibly at rest stops or the summit)
-Thermal or merino long underwear
-Trekking pants, preferably wind resistant (eg, soft shell pants)
-Gore-tex or equivalent pants
-Thick socks, preferably wool (liner socks are useful to help avoid blisters)
-Liner gloves and outer gloves or mittens (should be Gore-tex with thermal fill)
-Cap or hat, preferably broad-brimmed, and suncream
-Glacier glasses with side protectors
-Headlamp with spare batteries
-First - aid kit including blister plasters, bandage, scissors, altitude sickness pills (consult a travel medicine specialist about these)
-At least 4 litres of water, chocolates, sweets, snacks, etc (something salty is good for replacing minerals lost through sweating, and loose sweets are good for maintaing energy while climbing).