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Climbing the Coropuna in 4 days

With an altitude of 6425m. above sea level, the Coropuna is the highest mountain in the region of Arequipa. With the public bus to Cotahuasi, which leaves around four o'clock in the afternoon, we travel to the lagoon of Pallarcocha. At about 1:00am we arrive at 4700m., where we put up our first base camp.

In the morning we wake up with a beautiful view over the lake and the Coropuna and leave at about 6:00am to walk in 7 or 8 hours to the foot of the glacier at an altitude of 5100m. Here we stay the second night.

The third day we leave at about 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning to try to reach the top. After our visit to the top, we walk back to the base camp where we have something to eat. We collect our things and if there is enough time, we try to reach the road close to the lagoons where the buses pass to Arequipa. This is usually between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

If the climb up took to much time, we try to reach the place where we camped the first night. The next day we walk back to the road, taking the timetable of the buses to Arequipa in account.

General information

This 4 day tour includes:

  1. Transportation
  2. Licensed guide
  3. All meals
  4. Tents
You need:
  1. Water
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice axe
  4. Sleeping bag
  5. Flash light
  6. Gloves
  7. Hat (protection for your ears)
  8. Several layers of warm clothes
  9. Two pairs of socks
  10. Sun block
  11. Mountain boots
Most items can be rented or borrowed.

The price of this tour depends on the size of the group and the equipment you need. We always use experienced guides, that know these mountains well. For the Coropuna and the Ampato and most of the time the Chachani special safety measures are required. In this case we always use a well trained (official mountain) guide.

The Misti, Picchu Picchu, Ubinas and Chachani in the dry season however are "easy" to climb and don't need any special precautions. For these mountains we can organise a tour for you with licensed (official mountain guide) or unlicensed (but experienced and qualified) guides.

For more information or to climb the Coropuna with us, send us an email to room@tamboviejo.com

Top of the Coropuna

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