The climb of Ampato volcano, a snow-capped mountain (6318m) outside of Arequipa in Perù, is a moderate to challenging adventure. This mountain was sacred to the Incas and it was here that the mummy Juanita, also known as the “Ice Maiden”, was found in 1995. She was sacrificed by Incan priests in the 15th century and was discovered after being dislodged from her burial place. She is considered to be one of the world’s best preserved mummies. We climb for 2 days before reaching the summit. Because of the high altitude, it is essential that you have acclimatised before doing this climb.
Day 01: Arequipa / Base Camp
We leave from Arequipa at 8 am going past the National Reserve of Salinas y AguadaBlanca, where the vicunas (with big black eyes), llamas and alpacas graze on the desert ground. We then arrive at the highest Lookout of the volcanoes,Patapampa (4850m), where we have a panoramic view of the snowy volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualcahualca and Mismi. Then we go to the first campsite that is located at 4800m on the slope of Ampato volcano.
Day 02: Base Camp / Camp 2
This day early in the morning we ascend to the second camp. There we prepare our dinner and we stay overnight (5200m).
Day 03: Camp 2 / Summit / Transfer to Arequipa
The day third we will get to the top (6318m) after 6 hours of climbing. After enjoying the view, we go back down to camp II, which takes 3 hours. Then we continue down to our basecamp for another couple of hours where our vehicle waits for us. Finally we return to Arequipa city.