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YOUR DREAM OF THE SIX-THOUSAND: Trekking in the Cordillera Urubamba Inca Culture to Machu Picchu and Ascension Nevado Chachani 6076 m

Peru is the country that can completely satisfy all human tastes, preferences and energy! The people there are extremely earthy, humble and kind – a mentality too close to the senses of much of humanity. It is unique to Peru – Nature, mysticism and unparalleled world cultural and historical heritage!

Lima is the capital: of Peru located on the arid Pacific coast of the country. Although its colonial center is preserved, it is an overflowing metropolis and one of the largest cities in South America. The Larco Museum houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museum of the Nation traces the history of the ancient civilizations of Peru. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th century cathedral are the core of the old center of Lima.

What mountaineer doesn’t dream of crossing the 6000 meter mark? The Nevado Chachani in southern Peru is the ideal mountain for this, as it is considered one of the lightest six-thousanders in the world. But you still don’t get your summit. It demands stamina, sure-footedness and, depending on the conditions, crampons are also used. Good acclimatization is also important. We get these from a scenic six-day tent trekking in the Cordillera Urubamba near Cusco. We enjoy the seclusion and fantastic views in the mountains. Of course, cultural points should not be missing on the program when traveling to a country like Peru. We visit the ancient Inca capital Cusco as well as the ancient salt mines of Maras and take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. The final is in Arequipa with its beautiful colonial old town. Always in sight: our big goal, the Nevado Chachani, 6076 m, which we will climb in two days with a high camp at approx. 5000 meters. The trip ends in the capital Lima.

The highlights:

  • Tent trekking and easy high-altitude tour, 14 days
  • Lima and the Inca capital Cusco
  • Ancient cultural landscape in the Urubamba Valley
  • The ancient salt terraces of Maras
  • Trekking in the lake-rich Cordillera Urubamba
  • A full day in the “lost city” Machu Picchu
  • Arequipa: Colonial town made of white tuff
  • One of the lightest six-thousanders
  • Summit possibility, u. a .:
  • Volcano Chachani, 6076 m

Chachani Volcano: The Chachani is a volcano located 55 km from the city of Arequipa, in southern Peru. Despite its considerable height, snow is very scarce at its summit, due to the extreme atmospheric dryness prevailing in the western slope of the Andes of that region.
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Travel Program

Flight from Europe or the country of origin (USA or Canada), etc. Arrival in Lima – Transfer Hotel the large city in South America; population approximately 11 million. Arrival in Lima. Iberia flight travel starts in the morning.
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (-/-/-)

During the morning you fly to Cusco, free day in the afternoon to get to know the city center and at night have dinner with the whole group together to get to know everyone.
Transport: flight (1 h), private bus (4 h)
Breakfast refers to the meal during the flight.Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

In the morning, the bus takes you up to the high plateau from Chinchero to Maras, 3352 m. After lunch in a typical restaurant in the small town of Maras, we descend along the river to the salt terraces of Maras. Salt has been mined here for centuries and the sophisticated irrigation system is impressive. We descend along the terraces to the sacred Urubamba Valley, where the bus is waiting for us and takes us to our hotel in nearby Ollantaytambo, 2792 m. Located in the middle of the valley, Ollantaytambo is a worthwhile stop on your way to Machu Picchu. Chicon, Veronica, Helancoma and Sawasiray sit mightily over the Chincheron plain. If there is still time in the afternoon, you can take an optional hike to explore the old Inca fortress above Ollantaytambo (entrance on site).
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Start of the trek through the Cordillera Urubamba in the Cancha-Cancha Valley, 3050 m, which is reached after a short drive. It leads to the indigenous hill tribes, with mules and horses carrying their luggage through fragrant eucalyptus forests to the first camp, 3950 m. Equipment that we do not need on trekking can be deposited in the hotel.
Hm ↑900 Gz 5 h
Overnight stay tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Narrow paths lead between the peaks of Chicon, 5800 m, and Sawasiray, 5700 m, to a 4600 m high, promising pass. From the condor’s perspective, you can see blue lagoons and forests where Venados, shy Andean deer, live. Camp at Quishuarani, 3800 m.
Hm ↑ 750 ↓ 900 Gz 6–7 h
Overnight stay tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Enjoy the view on the way to the 4450 meter high Abra Cuncani pass. Magnificent view of the Veronica summit, 5750 m. Prickly ichugras cover the slopes: food for llamas and alpacas and building materials for indio huts. Waterfalls and mountain lakes accompany you to the picturesque settlement of Cuncani, 3800 m.
Hm ↑ 650 ↓ 650 Gz 4–5 h
Overnight stay tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Two other passes, 4218 and 4502 meters high, lead over to Lake Ipsaycocha. In between, the path leads under the 5600 meter high Nevado Colque Cruz to the village of Wakawasi, 3950 m, where high-quality weaving is made. Camp on the idyllic Lake Ipsaycocha, 4350 m. The helpers will give you invigorating coca tea.
Hm ↑ 980 ↓ 430 Gz 7 h
Overnight stay tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Enjoy the view of the nearby ice peaks of Helancoma, 5350 m, and Veronica, 5750 m while trekking through the Cordillera Urubamba. Descent into the Patacancha valley and ascent to the Corralpata camp, 4500 m.
Hm ↑ ↓ 450 days 4–5 h
Overnight tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

The last hiking day culminates at the 4800 meter high Wajratanca Pass. Lunch picnic on a mountain lake. At the end of the Tastayoc valley, 3990 m, the bus is waiting. Drive to the famous hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Hm ↑ 530 ↓ 1090 Gz 7-8
Overnight hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/D)

Day trip to Machu Picchu at 2380 meters. Hidden in the mountain jungle, the mysterious city of the Incas was only rediscovered by the American Hirham Bingham in 1911. Her unique location and beauty brought her not only the status of a “World Heritage Site”, but also the nickname “archaeological gem” of South America. To date, Machu Picchu can only be reached via a railway line and subsequent bus transfer. After a detailed tour we descend to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there by bus to Cusco.
Hm ↑ 100 ↓ 500 Gz 3-4 h
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Today we go to Arequipa, 2335 m, colonial monument made of white tufa, guarded by the three volcanoes Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani. Walk through the charming old town and overnight at the hotel. We visit the Santa Catalina monastery, the church La Compania and of course a visit to the glacier mummy Juanita should not be missed.
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

The ascent begins with a two-hour bus and jeep ride up to 4950 m, with the jeep covering the last stage of the shuttle service and primarily handling luggage. On the way you have a good chance to see small herds of Vicuñas living in a reserve there. Then the ascent to the high camp takes place, 5150 m. You carry the personal equipment for the short stage yourself. Today and tomorrow we will be accompanied by a state-certified mountain guide UIAGM.
Hm ↑ 200 Gz 2.5 h
Overnight tent.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

We start the ascent in the dark. You reach a saddle and finally the three summit crosses of the Nevado Chachani, a proud 6076 meters high, over moderately inclined flanks with blocks and rubble. Snow fields can make the ascent difficult. The “white city” lies deep below, mountain ranges are lined up endlessly. Descent and journey by jeep and bus to the hotel in Arequipa. Together we celebrate the hopefully successful conclusion of the trip and say goodbye to our guide.
Hm ↑ 850 ↓ 1050 Gz 8-10 h
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Arrival by plane in the morning in the lively capital of Peru on the coast. Here you embark on a journey of discovery in Peru’s capital with a English-speaking guide during a half-day sightseeing program. The Plaza de Armas in the historic center is now a World Heritage Site, here in 1535 the conqueror Francisco Pizarro drew the plan of his capital with the sword in the sand. Episcopal palace, cathedral, catacombs – these are the testimonies of Spanish rule. The tour ends at the Larco Musuem, where over 4000 years of Peruvian history can be admired in an impressive exhibition. The afternoon is at leisure. Your city guide will be happy to give you tips for a farewell dinner together.
Overnight stay Hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Morning city tour of the historic center with cathedral, government square and catacombs. Afternoon free at the hotel or a stroll through Miraflores. In the evening transfer from the hotel to the airport. Return. Departure return flight to Switzerland, USA, Canada, Europa, etc.

Overnight flight (B/-/-)

Go back home – end tour in Peru / South America.

Overnight flight (-/-/-)

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Guided tour by a English-speaking local cultural and mountain guide, day 1-12
  • Transfer from hotel in Cusco / to hotel in Lima
  • Domestic flights with LATAM Airlines / LCPeru / Peruvian, Cusco – Arequipa and Arequipa – Lima, baggage allowance 23 kg
  • 7 x hotel ***, each in a double room
  • 6 x two-person tent with simple lying mat
  • Group and toilet tent
  • Full board during the trek and on the Nevado Chachani, according to the program
  • Bus, jeep and train trips according to the program
  • Entrances and guides for visits according to the program
  • Luggage transport when trekking with mules, 15kg per person
  • Companion: guide, cook and helper
  • Peruvian Certified, English speaking mountain guide on Chachani, day 11 + 12
  • Safety equipment such as satellite phone
  • Altitude medical pressure chamber
  • English speaking city tour guide in Lima, day 13
  • Peru Expeditions Tour leader

Not included:

  • Restaurants in cities: Lunch and dinner in Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and Lima
  • Entrances to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bag that can be rented at our office
  • Tips for the guide and field staff recommended 200 USD
  • Travel and medical insurance & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • International flight from USA, Europe, Canada, etc.
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending

Prices & Dates


Season: April – September
Difficulty: Moderate

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.


Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]