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.

Length: 3 days / 2 nights

Departs: All year round

Fitness Level: Very good (Acclimatisation required)

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Day 1: 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.  It is essential that you have already acclimatised to high altitude before attempting this climb.

Day 2: Base Camp – Camp II

This day early in the morning we ascend to the second camp. There we prepare our dinner and we stay overnight (5200m).

Day 3: Camp II -Summit – 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.


  • Professional guide
  • 4WD vehicle
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Meals: 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • Climbing equipment, including tent, mattress, piolet, Ice axe or pick, ropes, crampons, oxygen.


  • Porter for personal backpack (Can be arranged for an additional cost)
  • Sticks/poles for walking
  • Boots
  • Water

PRICE: US$380.00 per person (minimum 2 persons).

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Note: The price is an estimate and is subject to change slightly until your reservation is confirmed.