Nevado Chañi - 8 days

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Nevado de Chañi (5949m) is the highest mountain in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. Its prominence is noticeable from a distance as it is one of the most prominent mountains in the whole north of Argentina. Tourism is growing rapidly in the Humahuaca region, bringing paved road and progress to the countryside. Fortunately, there are still quite a few wild areas to explore and Chañi is definitely one of them.

The requirements for joining this expedition are:

  • International Travel Insurance
  • Multi-day altitude trekking experience
  • Good health and physical prepared
  • Fill the booking and medical form
  • Read all the information available on this website
  • High motivation and good vibe

Itinerary

Nevado Chañi - 8 days

Day 1 – Arrival to Tilcara – 2500m

After meeting the whole team, we’ll have the expedition briefing and gear check. We will stay in a good and comfortable hostel.

Day 2 – Drive to El Moreno – 3500m

2 to 3-hour drive to a small town named El Moreno. We will be driving through “Lipan hills” and cross a large desert. We will spend the rest of the day to rest and acclimatise. Accommodation will be in a nice local hostel.

Day 3 – Acclimatisation at El Moreno – 3500m

Acclimatisation day. As we’re pretty high already, we prefer not to go for long treks. Instead, we’ll hang around El Moreno and go for short walks at the nearby hills.

Day 4 – Drive to Basecamp – 4200m

After having a great breakfast, we will load the trucks and drive following an old mining road (nowadays it is almost abandoned) to our basecamp. Upon arrival we will have lunch, and then a good walk to improve our acclimatisation. We’ll spend the night in tents.

Day 5 – Summit attempt – 5949m

If conditions are good enough to try, we might give it a shot to the summit. If the weather is not so good, we might use this day as acclimatisation.

Day 6 – Spare weather day

Our second summit attempt, in case we need it.

Day 7 – Drive to Tilcara – 2500m

Return to El Moreno and then to Tilcara, where we will celebrate our summit.

Day 8 – Drive to Jujuy – 400m

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political/administrative problems and any other events not described.

 

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a successful expedition to Aconcagua. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel. You can easily rent or purchase all necessary mountaineering equipment in Mendoza. Find out rental prices in our FAQ.

Head
  • equipamento buff

    Bandana

    Buff or similar

    Quantity: 1 or 2
  • gorro neblina cinza copia

    Hat

    Woollen hat or similar for cold days

    Quantity: 1
  • xNxExplorer noir vert J

    Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)

    With side protection to fit your face

    Quantity: 1
  • GG

    Sunscreen and lip balm

    30 FPS or more

    Quantity: 1
  • batteries

    Batteries

    AA or AAA batteries depending on your headtorch. Can be purchased in local store.

    Quantity: 1 set
  • xNxlanterna

    Headtorch

    Working headtorch and spare batteries

    Quantity: 1
Torso
  • Light down jacket

    Quantity: 1 (down or synthetic fibres)
  • jaqueta

    Snowproof jacket

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

    Quantity: 1
  • camiseta dry

    T-shirt

    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

    Quantity: 1 long sleeve non-cotton
  • fleece

    Fleece jacket

    Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance

    Quantity: 1 (becomes optional if you have a down jacket)
Legs
  • Caláa de Trekking

    Trekking pants

    Light trekking pants

    Quantity: 1
  • Polainas

    Gaiters

    For snow, sand or scree terrain

    Quantity: 1
  • caláa segunda pele

    Base layer pants

    For very cold days and summit push

    Quantity: 1
  • Caláa anorak

    Snowproof pants

    Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions

    Quantity: 1
Hands
  • Waterproof gloves

    A pair of good waterproof gloves for ice climbing with padded knuckles

    Quantity: 1 pair (no need if you have mittens)
  • Miton

    Mittens

    Thick down mittens for summit push

    Quantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL)
  • Luvas segunda camada

    Gloves

    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

    Quantity: 1 pair
Feet
  • crocs

    Sandals or crocs

    Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around camp

    Quantity: OPTIONAL
  • bota

    Trekking boots

    Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expedition

    Quantity: 1 pair of waterproof boots
  • Meias de trekking

    Trekking socks

    Good thick trekking socks

    Quantity: 2 pairs
  • thicksocks

    Thick expedition socks

    For summit day

    Quantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL in case you have cold feet)
Other Equipment
  • tabs

    Water purifying tables/drops

    A reliable way to treat water

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL)
  • gel

    Carbo gels

    These gels help out on recovery

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL)
  • Saco de dormir

    Sleeping Bag

    A good down sleeping

    Quantity: -5C (Comfort temperature)
  • Rucksack

    A decent rucksack with hip belt and rain cover

    Quantity: 45 litres
  • meds

    Altitude medicine

    Our guides already have pretty much any drugs you might need during any trip. However, it would be great if you could have a spare tab of the most used drugs:

    Ibuprofen (Advil)– This is an anti-inflammatory and works great for high altitude head aches
    Loperamide (Imodium) – controls diarrea (not to be used in case of digestive infections. Ask our guides)

    Quantity: kit
  • kit

    Personal Hygiene kit

    Soap, tooth brus, come, etc

    Quantity: 1
  • flask

    1 litre thermos

    Metallic good quality 1 litre thermos for the summit push. You must have one. Please do not bring smaller ones.

    Quantity: 1
  • nalgene

    Water bottle

    Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freeze

    Quantity: 2 x 1 litre or 3 x 600ml
  • Bast∆o de caminhada

    Trekking poles

    Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.

    Quantity: 1 or pair

FAQ

What is the experience I need to participate?

Ideally, we recommend you to have experience on high altitude mountains. However, to climb Chañi you should have at least experience on multi-day treks so you’re already familiar with camping techniques and the use of hiking backpacks, etc.

What is the training I need for big mountains like this one?

To mountains of near 6000m, we recommend you start training at least 3 months before departure. Of course, this depends upon your physical condition. Aerobic exercises like running and cycling are great. Ideally, ask a professional to recommend you a good aerobic training program. Mountain hiking with a backpack is also a very efficient exercise.

How do I get to Tilcara?

There are many buses from Jujuy (Province capital) or from Salta. Tilcara is quite touristy so this won’t be a problem. If you are already traveling around South America you might prefer Salta which has many more options for tours. Both cities have a local airport which you can fly from Buenos Aires. There are dozens of nice tours ar the Humahuaca Valley. Locals do speak two to three languages, but usually no English. Anyway, everyone will understand you if you show a big smile and respect.

How much cash would I need for casual shopping?

Most of the climbing costs are already covered. Drinks are not included either in hotels or stopovers. Including cold drinks and some souvenirs, it will be reasonable to consider USD20 per day in local currency, while we are in towns. You don’t have to worry about it up on the hills as there is nothing to spend your money at.

Is the countryside of Jujuy pretty clean? Do you think I can get sick?

It’s very unlikely to get food poisoning if you follow very simple common sense rules. For instance, you shouldn’t buy food at street shops. Avoid drinking water from taps, except for the ones in the hotel. Most Argentinean North West foods, apart from being delicious, are spicy as hell! Avoid them at least prior to return from the summit!

Are there any forms of communication on the mountain?

We take a satellite phone and SPOT devices to update our Blog and Facebook daily. Other than that we have VHF radios to communicate between us. Forget WiFi or 3G.

What’s your philosophy?

We accept women and men of any age, experience or ambition. We ask our members to be patient, respect the leader’s decisions and never go up or down alone.

Ask your guide, trust your guide, share your concerns with your guide. Remember that you don’t pay us to take you to the summit, you pay mountaineering professionals with several years experience to help you up and down a steep mountain in the safest possible way.

Can I use credit cards in Argentina?

We do not recommend you using credit cards in Argentina. In addition to the up to 25% tax, it is quite possible that your credit card might not work due to the poor communication system. Only major hotels and supermarkets might accept foreign credit cards. The financial situation in Argentina is very unstable so we highly recommend you to bring US dollars.

What if I have a special diet?

Please tell us in advance about any food issues you might have and also please remind our guides about it too. Unless you bring your own food, we cannot help you if you are macrobiotic, vegan or celiac due to extreme logistical difficulties. Contact us and let us know about your food restriction.

What if I have a health problem?

Our leader Angel Armesto has extensive experience in mountain medicine and can solve most of the problems you might encounter.

Do you recommend the use of Diamox?

NOT for the Central Andes. In extreme altitudes like the Himalayas or Karakorum we do recommend using Acetazolamide or Diamox. This drug seems to actually work during the acclimatisation period by increasing the breathing rate at night (reduces CO2 levels), and also is a diuretic which eliminates sodium out of your system. In the Andes mountains, however, mountains are too dry and taking diuretics such as Diamox actually decrease your acclimatisation capacity.

I was climbing in Peru before and I had a hard time communicating to my guide. Do your guides speak any English?

Yes, our leader Angel Armesto has lived in the US for 5 years and speaks fluent English. Please check our team’s information and find out about our guides’ communication skills.

Do I need an entry visa to go to Argentina?

Depending on which country you come from. Canadian and Australian citizens, for example, have to pay a U$160 visa to enter Argentina as per reciprocity fee. This should be paid at the airport in cash.

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Angel Armesto

High altitude mountain guide

Angel Armesto is sponsored by:

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Language skills:

English - near native speaker
Spanish - native speaker
Portuguese - excellent command

Angel Ezequiel Armesto is a professional high mountaineering guide, graduated in 2001 at EPGAMT Mendoza. Angel was actually one the first high mountaineering guides graduated at EPGAMT Mendoza. Since then he has successfully guided 72 expeditions to Aconcagua and several at the Himalayan Range, including 2 x Everest expeditions, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, among others. He has also led expeditions with very complex logistics to very remote peaks including Vinson in Antarctica. In the Andean range alone, Angel has climbed over 75 different extreme altitude peaks.

Angel is an extremely relaxed and easy going person. He’s the kind of guy who can have a solid conversation on subjects ranging from quantum physics to politics or from world macroeconomy to gut microbiology.

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Cost

Expedition cost is U$ 900, contact us to know payment methods:

What’s included:

  • Leadership of Angel Armesto, one of the most experienced guides in Argentina;
  • 1 or 2 assistant mountain guides depending upon number or clients;
  • Access to Spot Tracker and Sat Phone;
  • Transport Tilcara > El Moreno > Chañi > El Moreno > Tilcara;
  • Use of tents, stoves, cooking gear, etc;
  • All meals while on the mountain;
  • 2 nights in hostel at Tilcara (basic dormitory), full board;
  • 2 nights in hostel at El Moreno (basic dormitory), full board;
  • We might include some drinks if you behave!

What is NOT included:

  • Transportation from/to Jujuy;
  • Meals and drinks at hostels and stopovers on the road;
  • Personal climbing equipment (check equipment tab);
  • Money return in case you abandon the expedition;
  • International travel insurance;
  • Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.

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