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High mountain expedition in Nevado de Chañi, 10 days

A really amazing 10-day high mountain expedition up to the summit of the Nevado de Chañi, in the border between Jujuy and Salta in the Northern Andes of Argentina. Do it in company with Luis, an expert AAGM-PNL Mountain Guide.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration10 days
Offer periodFeb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The main aim of this trip is to reach the 5896-meter summit of the Nevado de Chañi. Are you ready?

During the way up to the Nevado de Chañi, we will cross landscapes of yunga, mountain and puna. As we ascend, the vegetation will decrease allowing us to admire pastures, high Andean steppes, until all vegetation completely disappears.

Cerro Chañi or better known as Nevado de Chañi, is the highest peak of the Jujuy’s Andes, North Argentina. This mountain also serves as a boundary between Salta and Jujuy provinces.

The first climbers to reach the Nevado Chañi were the primitive inhabitants of the zone, who climbed with a religious sense. In fact, in 1905 a group of explorers found a dead body on the top of the mountain. It was a 5-year old boy mummified with all his trousseau, probably a human sacrifice.

However, the first sports climbs also date back to the early 20th century. The first climb was led by Federico Reichert in 1904, considered the father of Argentine climbing since then.

This 10-day expedition up to the top of the Nevado Chañi consists in a high mountain adventure suitable for people physically prepared as well as those with a good prior experience in mountaineering. Each new day we must face at least 4 or 5 hours of ascent. There will be some days with a total hiking time of 10 hours.

For further information about the day-by-day itinerary please find the complete program at the bottom of this description.

And if you want to book your place for next departures or if you’re planning to come to San Salvador de Jujuy, contact me now! We can discuss about the program and adjust it to your wishes and expectations.

Accommodation

2 nights in a Hostel and the rest in tents and mountain huts.

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Price does not include: - Flights to and from San Salvador de Jujuy; - Personal equipment; - Meals during the trek; - Porters

Meeting point

San Salvador de Jujuy

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Itinerary

Day 1: San Salvador de Jujuy.

I will meet you in the reserved hostel. Preparation of the ascent equipment. Rest of the afternoon free to tour around the city.

Day 2: León - Pie de la Cuesta (2.631 m and 3-4 trekking hours)

We’ll depart from Jujuy to Leon at 8 am. From there we will move in 4 × 4 along the bed of the Lion River to a crossroads, where we’ll start the first day of trekking to Pie de la Cuesta.

Day 3: Pie de la Cuesta – Los Mimbres (3.596 m – 8 to 10 trekking hours)

After breakfast we will leave in direction to Los Mimbres. This day we will have to ascend from 2631 to 3596 meters of altitude, passing through Ovejera. We will arrive in the afternoon and spend the night in the house of the family of Nicanor Gutiérrez.

Day 4: Los Mimbres – Free day with some acclimatization in the campsite

Only those who wish to, can make a reconnaissance of the place and ascend the viewpoint hill of 4130 meters of height. This day serves us to acclimatize and test us in height, since the puna of the place makes us feel more tired due to dry air.

Day 5: Los Mimbres – Puesto Ángela (4297 m – 4 or 5 trekking hours)

After breakfast we will go to Puesto Ángela, an old grazing place, where we will set up our camp for the night.

Day 6: Refugio Militar (4666 m - 4 to 5 trekking hours)

We leave at 10 o’clock in the morning to the Refugio de los Militares, a hut built near the foot of Chañi Chico. We will spend the night there.

Day 7: Refugio de los Militares – Base Camp (5.050 m. – 4 trekking hours)

At 10 AM we will leave towards the base of Nevado de Chañi at 5050 m., where we will set up a camp at high altitude and finally on the next day we’ll make a summit attempt, if the whole group is in conditions. Otherwise it is planned to do another day of acclimatization.

Day 8: Summit day

We will leave at 5 AM towards the summit. This day is key to overcome the last stage to the top of the Chañi. We will have slopes of up to 40º with a lot of slab stone. Before the appearance of snow and ice, we must place crampons and use pickaxe of crossing. Once we get the summit, we will have a brief celebration and leave our testimony and we will descend to the Refugio de los Militares to spend the night.

Day 9: Mountain Hut - Los mimbres

After breakfast, we will leave for Los Mimbres. Night in Los Mimbres.

Day 10: Los Mimbres – León – San Salvador de Jujuy

Day dedicated to the return. We will leave very early, since we will have a route of almost 30 km, but with an advantage, since the majority of the route will be in descent, being foreseen to arrive between 5 and 7 in the afternoon to Leon. Then we go to the Hostel In San Salvador de Jujuy.

Day 11: Extra Day *

*NOTE: It is planned to have an extra day, for acclimatization or waiting for bad weather.


About the guide

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Argentine professional Mountain Guide (AAGM-PNL)

I was born in the Andes area, North Patagonia, and I am a certified guide from the Argentina Mountain Guides Association.

I specialize in guided tours to Lanin volcano, by the normal route or other alternative routes and I also have the authorization of Lanin National Park since 2003. I have done between 30 and 40 ascents to Lanin per season, which gives me the experience and security to plan the safest programs with the best services.

In addition to Lanin, I also specialize in guided tours to Domuyo and Tromen volcanos, and traverses in the San Martin de los Andes area.

I am also an Ecomed lifeguard, and I have done the rescue courses in a leadership and natural environment.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

ARS 15320 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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