Ascent to Nevado de Chañi - West Route - Gral Belgrano main summit (5896 masl) - Expedition

Expedition to attempt the highest peak in the province of Jujuy

  • Start Date : 2024-Sep-28
    End Date: 2024-Oct-05
  • Hora Inicio: 10 am.
    Hora Fin: 3 pm.
  • Meeting Point:Salta City
    End: Salta city
  • Duration:10 days + trip
    Availability: 7 spots
Nevado de Chañi Ascent - Jujuy


Sighted from distant horizons, the Nevado de Chañi  is a volcano of significant altitude that has nothing to do with the Andes. It consists of several peaks, all above 5000 meters above sea level, arising from prominent edges that flow westward and southward. The 5896 meters of the summit represents a major challenge to any mountaineer.



Recommendation: Spend the previous night in Salta.


Day 1: SALTA & SAN BERNARDO. Meeting in Salta and private transfer to San Bernardo de las Zorras, village located 3000 MASL, close to  Train to the Clouds. Set of our camp next to some beautiful trees that provide us shade. A brief tour of the area. Hydration. Dinner and overnight.


Day 2: POTRERO DE CHAÑI, 3400 MASL . BreakfastQuiet trekking until our next camping site in "Potrero de Chañi", a picturesque village located 3400 MASL.  Hiking around the area and acclimatization . Views of the south wall of Chañi Volcano. Walking time: 7 hours


Day 3: CORRAL BLANCO, 4000 MASL .We continue our ascent by an open and gradual slope. We visit Pasnato, an old native settlement and then finally ascend to Portezuelo del Chañi. The camp site is called Corral Blanco, located exactly at 4000 MASL. Free time, dinner and overnight. Walking time: 7 hours


Day 4: LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 MASL Day to climb over Chañi pass (PORTEZUELO) to reach  Abra de Reyes (border between Salta and Jujuy - 4200 masl) from where we descend to Ovejería (3600 masl), a fantastic village located in the province of Jujuy. We will spend the night in a typical  house of the area. Walking time: 8 hours

Day 5: LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 MASL .Breakfast. Low activity day. We can rest by the river or visit the Grand Canyon and the old settlement of OveJería, with its classic church and its two families as the only settlers today. Dinner and overnight. Walking time: 0


Day 6: LA GRAN VEGA, 4100 MASL Breakfast. We start our gradual ascent to attempt the summit . As we gain altitude we can appreciate the extraordinary framework of the area. Camping site beside a stream in La Gran Vega. Walking time: 6 hours


Day 7:REFUGIO, 4700 MASL Last section to reach the Nevado del Chañi Military refuge at 4700 meters above sea level. Rest, hydration and preparation of equipment for summit day. Walking time: 3 hours


Day 8:SUMMIT ,5400 MASL We got up very early, 2 am. We start walking at night for the summit . A major climb to the Abra de Chañi (5400 m). From there we continued along the edge towards the summit. Afetr celebration in the summit, we go back to the refuge. Walking time: 12/15 hours


Day 9 LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 MASL :Breakfast. Descent to Ovejeria. Recovery day, relax and rest.   Walking time: 6 hours


Day 10: MOLULO, 2200 MASL.Breakfast. Long trek to Molulo,placed by the end of the valley. This will be the last night on the mountain. Farewell dinner. Walking time: 10 hours


Day11 LEON-SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY-SALTA: Breakfast. Two hours walking to Leon, back again in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. End of teh trek.Transfer  to San Salvador de Jujuy or Salta. End of our services


Crossing and demanding ascent. Should have prior experience and climb height.


Included Services

Transfer to and from Salta

-Mules and pack animals

-Professional Mountain Guides

-Full board in the mountain

-General kitchen equipment, first aid and communication

-2/3people tents

-Personal accident insurance


Services NOT included

-Transportation to Salta.

-Lodging on the previous day of the trekking

-Expenses caused by abandonment of the program.

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Ascent to Nevado de Chañi - 5896masl.

11 day-expedition to Nevado de Chañi - Jujuy.

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Trekking and climbing Nevado de Chañi - General Selection

Loop trek, expedition, ascent and trekking to Nevado de Chañi (5896 masl) - Selection of several years and by different routes


Is this a hard ascent?

It has no technical difficulty  but it is physically demanding. It is mandatory to have previous experience in trekkings or other ascents.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, , etc.)


Do I need to have previous experience?

We recommend  walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, as we carry our backpack suring the day and we sleep in tents at night. Summit day is quite demanding.


How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman backpack, from 8 to 10 kilos, in a man from 10 to 12 kilos. 


Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsites in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people.


Do I have to carry a tent?

 Tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.


What is the weather like ?

Even though the time of the year is the suitable for this ascent, temperatures tend to fall at night.


Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.


How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 16 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this climb.


How much does the backpack weight?

A woman backpack carries around 13-15 kilos and a man backpack between 15-20 kilos.


Do you provide porter service?

Yes. We provide  with mules/donkeys that will will carry the general equipment (tenets, kitchen equipment, food).


What do we eat?
  • Lunch: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

  • Backpack for trekking (60 to 80 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (-15 comfort degrees, eg 1000gms of feather or synthetic good).
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm).
  • Inflatable insulating mattress (optional) 
  • Trekking poles
  • High mountain boots for 5000masl  (not neccesary double boots)
  • Trekking shoes 
  • Light shoes to cross rivers (crocs o very light shoes)
  • Underwear.
  • Cotton shirts (to be in the camp and to sleep)
  • short-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • Long-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • Pants or leggings made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton). To wear as warm indoor pants
  • Thin gloves made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton)
  • Pairs of synthetic thin socks (not cotton)
  • Buff multifunctional neck 
  • Trekking socks (synthetic-thermal)
  • thick mountain socks
  • cotton or wool socks ( wool is for sleeping)
  • 1 long trekking pants
  • 2 Sweatshirts (Fleece 100 or Fleece 200)
  • Feather-duvet jacket
  • Fleece hat
 OUTER LAYER  (wind proof and water proof))
  • Waterproof jacket - parka (gore tex or similar)
  • Pants cover (gore tex or similar)
  • Waterproof and breathable gloves (Ski gloves are a good option)
  • Mountain gaiters
  • Crampons (possible to rent)
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries)
  • Sturdy plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • cuttlery , cup and plastic container (we suggest elements made of  plastic)
  • Sun glasses with UV protection Category 4
  • Spare lenses (can be goggles, highly recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the relevant recipe)
  • Sunscreen , Lip balm
  • Soap, shampoo (small) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. Baby wipes.
  • Swimming suit (to wear in stream)

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

Booking in Advance

US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

Booking in Advance

US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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