We offer transport, transfer to the surroundings of Putre, Arica, and the Andean Plateau with driver/local guide, van, 4WD pick-up.


Transfer, Putre - Crossroads of Putre or vice versa (Bus conection to La Paz, Bolivia)

Many buses drive on a daily basis from Putre (approx. 2.7 km up the mountain) to La Paz. AS there is no connection to the bus stop on the international road we offer the transfer to it and also when you are coming from La Paz. Therefore, please call us from the phone box at the Chilean border in order to make your transfer reservation.

PRICE: $ 10.000 Chilean pesos (CLP) / (15 USD)

PARINACOTA VOLCANO (6,350 M)

Duration:2 days
Level of difficulty:schwer
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:La Chakana
Download:GPS-Data

ARRIVAL

Southbound:

From Putre take the tarmac road up to the ranger station in Lauca National Park at Lake Chungará (69 km). Ask here the park ranger for the hiking path leading to the feet of Parinacota. The first 1.5 km lead you back on the tarmac road up to the pump house at the lake. At the junction turn right. The path leads now for 9 km towards the volcano taking you through many confusing junctions. During high season the easiest way to stay on the right track is to follow the path with the highest number of car tracks. We have easily recognized even the starting point for the ascent by the signs of a beaten trail.

Northbound:

In Putre there are various tour operators which can organize your transport to Caquena and then further up to the base camp of the northern route. The local military forces can also help you reach the base camp (the mountain regiment Huamachuco), however the necessary arrangements must be organized a long time in advance. In order to reach Caquena you take the international pass road starting in Putre and follow it up to Parinacota. From here you drive another hour on a dirt road up to Cauquena, located at 4,401 m altitude. It is advisable to spend here a couple of days in order get used to the high altitude. 500 meters before Cauquena an offroad track splits up and leads towards the volcano drive passing Bofedales (wet grasslands). After having crossed a sandy section of the road you reach an intersection where you turn left. The base camp is located behind the hill ahead at 4,823 m.

DESCRIPTION

Southbound:

From here - at 4,600 m altitude - it is a very long ascent to the summit. It helps to walk another 2-3 hours on the first day already. However, just below the snow line there are very few flat areas suitable for setting up a camp. Depending on the snow situation the entire ration of drinking water might have to be carried along (5 liters per person per day). The road is strongly frequented in the high season and marked by rock cairns. It leads first towards East for a long time up to a drawn-out ridge. At the upper end of the ridge, at 5,100 m, you find the last camping place. The next day you continue the ascent using crampons and ice pick following the route. For the way up to the peak and back to the camp used the day before you need up to 12 hours.

Northbound:

Ascent from the base camp to the camp "Huisquitistay" (591 m, 3-4 hours with heavy equipment). A sandy path leads on the rocky hillside up to a large plateau. From there you see to the left a rubble slope and to the right a small rift. Cross the rift and walk further up to 5,272 m. Once you reach this point continues up to the small plateau "Huisquitistay" at 5,414 m where you set up the camp. It is advisable to spend here one full day in order to get acclimatized to the altitude and to study the ascent in front of you. If the climb takes place at a point in time with no snow around you must bring along all drinking water needed for the entire tour. Should you find melting water collect it from as closed as possible to snow fields. Due to the volcanic origin of the rocks it often creates stomach diseases. Campo Alto Huisquitistay - Cumbre - Campo Alto, (941 m 6-9 hours and 3-4 hrs).

IMPORTANT NOTES

The summit day mainly depends on the snow conditions. Penitent snow can easily be up to one meter deep. Walking through this kind of penitent snow is not only very strenuous, it can also become very time consuming. We recommend to climb the summit early in the morning. Climb first the peak in front of the main peak, from here the final destination can already be seen. During the ascent you should keep to the left since on the right side there are several dangerous crevices. For the climb ice pick and crampons are necessary.

ROUND TRIP PITACANE

Duration:1 day
Level of difficulty:Normal
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:La Chakana
Download:GPS-Data

ARRIVAL

The hike starts in Chakana / Putre. Arrival

DESCRIPTION

The round trip starts at Putre’s market. You pass the market and take the path starting at the school and the military area leading down towards the West. We leave more and more populated area behind us. To the left and to the right only grazing areas are to be seen. At the crossroads for Puquios we keep left towards Puquios, the former train station on the route Arica - La Paz. We follow the road straight ahead, cross a small mountain stream and walk along old pasture walls, the so called Pirkas.

After about 4 km the path splits in both directions, up and down. Here we take the north-western side of the valley downhill. Once arrived at the bottom we cross a small mountain stream. We walk a narrow path which leads along tall cliffs and let us gaze into deep canyons covered by meadow foxtail. To the right a veritable cacti paradise opens up. 4.5 km further we discover an old shepherd hut. Now and then we see traditional terraces which are cultivated even on the steepest slopes.

After about 5 km we climb down and leave the beautiful Quebrada de Putre with its waterfalls behind us. (Note: mobile net reception possible here!). From here you discover high up a lovely viewing point and camp from where you have a magnificent view over a pre-hispanic settlement which cannot be seen from down below. After another 200 meters the Wiakahuranny rock paintings appear - red on white bedrock. In former times a shepherd hut was erected here with a roof of rocks. Unfortunately soldiers destroyed parts of the paintings - a sad prove of present day people’s ignorance. We continue our way towards North-East, pass a small shepherd hut and reach the next major canyon Quebrada Laitane.

Some 7 km further on we reach the crossroads to Puquios to the other side of the valley, whereby the left path leads directly to the former train station. We stay on our side of the valley and walk, keeping to the right, higher up along the steep rocky hill. The opposite side of the valley is covered by old terraces and to our right huge cliffs rise up. We walk along an old path which once was mounted with rocks. We penetrate deeper into an area rich in cactus species whose numbers increase as we go up and whose size become larger the further we go. After 7.5 Km on the left side of the valley we see three to four water pools located one above each other and fed by a blustering waterfall. One could say these are the "7 tazas de Putre". Shortly thereafter we reach a crossroad. To the left the path leads down to the river and to its end. We take it to the right walking further up over an edge and leave the Quebrada Laitane.

We have in front of us a new gorge with a unique outlook over giant rocks and a multitude of cacti which you rarely get to see. We follow the path through this world of rocks and cacti. The further we continue the more the vegetation is changing. We see less cacti which are now replaced by shrubs. After another 9 km the view is changing - Putre lies at our feet.

The Pitacane summit is now to be climbed. We keep to the right – the summit cross in front of us shows us the way. As we reach the altitude of 3,534 meters we have a great panoramic view - the Lluta Valley, Putre’s green terrace fields and the peaks of Taapaaca covered in ice. From the summit there is still one hour back to Putre. To get there we follow the footpath, Putre is located to our right hand side.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Do not forget to take along drinking water and sunscreen
Constant altitude of 3500 m - 3600 m
About 16 km

Some people say that where the Alps stop the Andes start. The medium altitude in the Andes is 4,500 m, sometimes even more. The infrastructure in Chile's highlands is well developed. Using a 4x4 vehicle can get you fairly close to the high area of the mountain and quite high, so that the time needed to climb peaks is much shorter. This makes the supply with water for base camps possible without having to use expensive transports. The best months for mountain climbing are from May to September. During this time the wheather is most stable. Since some of the mountains are located in the border area, official climbing permits from the Chilean authorities might be required.


GUANEGUANE 5,105 M

The location of the Guaneguane is special because from the top you experience a unique mountain panorama of six volcanoes each higher than 6,000 m. You can climb the peak in one day (provided that you are already aclimatized for high altitudes). 1 hour's drive from Putre.

Duration: 1 day

Severity: normal to difficult

Hiking area: Chile / Putre

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