Living culture, nature and adventure

Climbing Pichu Pichu

Day 1: Arequipa - Laguna de Salinas

Around 8:00 am we leave Arequipa in a private vehicle. In about 3 hours we reach Laguna de Salinas which is 4'300 meters over sea. The lagoon is a natural habitat for a special wildlife animal: flamingoos. There we can also see Llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas. During a part of the year, the lagoon is actually a salt lagoon. It's a very spectacular scenery, especially because the lagoon is surrounded by the majestic Misti volcano (5825m), Pichu Pichu (5664) and also Ubinas volcano (5672m) which is the most active one in Peru. We will camp at 4400m near aguas calientes (hot springs) and will enjoy a great sunset!


Day 2: Pichu Pichu - Arequipa

We will get up early today and head to the "Pichu Pichu Basecamp",which is located at about 4700m. Today is the day of ascension! We'll have 900 meters of ascent, which takes us about 5-6 hours to reach the top. You are going to be rewarded for your efforts once you arrive on the top. You get a spectacular and stunning view of Arequipa and also the other volcaons Misti and Chachani as well as over the lagoon (salar) and Ubinas volcaon. The descent is great as you can jump and slide down on the steep hills of Pichu Pichu.

On our way back to Arequipa we have the chance to relax in the vehicle 4x4. We are going to arrive back in Arequipa at about 5 pm.


Price per person, based on a tour for at least 2 persons


  • Experienced guide
  • Tents, mattresses, cooking equipment, etc.
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel and transport to and from the base of the mountain
  • All meals while trekking (one each of lunch, dinner and breakfast)

Please note that you have to carry the equipement by yourself.

If you do not want to carry the equipment, you can book a carrier (Please contact the angency to ask for the price).

Not Included:

  • 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 for Climbing Pichu Pichu: 

  • Specialist trekking or climbing pack
  • Synthetic or leather boots with strong sole
  • Sleeping bag rated to at least -5 degrees Celsius
  • Layers of synthetic thermal or merino wool, preferably lightweight, 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)
  • Thick socks, preferably wool (liner socks are useful to help avoid blisters)
  • Woolly hat
  • Liner gloves and outer gloves (ski gloves are ok)
  • Cap or hat, preferably broad-brimmed, good quality sunglasses, and suncream
  • 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 fpr maintaing energy while climbing)