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Sighted from the furthest horizons, the Nevado de Chañi constitutes a massif of considerable altitude that geologically has little to do with the Andes Mountains itself. It is made up of several peaks, all of them higher than 5000 masl, which arise from prominent ridges that emerge to the west and south. The stubborn and majestic geography wanted one day this beautiful chain of mountains to participate in the limits between the two northernmost provinces of the country, Salta and Jujuy.
The 5896 meters above sea level of its summit represent a great challenge for the mountaineer, not only because of the height itself, but also because of the path that must be traveled to get there.
Recommendation: Arrive the day before, to spend the night in Salta. Ask us about accommodation / air or bus options to get there.
Day 1: Salta / Tilcara (2700). Meeting in Salta, 10 am. Meeting with guides and Transfer to Tilcara (2700 masl). Equipment check. Short walks to the height. Overnight in hostel
Approximate walking hours: 2
Day 2: Tilcara (2700). Second day in Tilcara, longer walk to Garganta del Diablo and Pucará de Tilcara or Cuevas. New day of acclimatization and rest. Overnight in hostel
Day 3: El Moreno, 3600 masl. Transfer by vehicle through the Cuesta del Limpan, passing through Purmamarca (brief visit) and then through the Salinas Grandes, also a brief visit. Then we will arrive at El Moreno town. Rest and free to walk around the place. Overnight in a hostel.
Day 4: Casa Mocha (4200) Breakfast. Transfer by truck up to 3800 meters approx. Then walk with carrying animals to Casa Mocha, a small high-altitude settlement. Camp and rest.
Day 5: Mocha House (4200). Rest and acclimatization.
Day 6: Jefatura de los Diablos (4950 masl). We disarm the camp and continue the ascent to reach a high camp where there is a refuge, called Jefatura de los Diablos (Headquarters of the Devils). Camp and preparation for the summit day.
Day 7:SUMMIT - Jefatura de los Diablos. Very early breakfast (3 am). Final preparations and assault on the summit. We start at night the section to the base of the carry, we ascend to the Abra de Chañi at 5400 masl and from there we'll try to access the main summit along the long edge. Descent to the camp.
Day 8: El Moreno-Tilcara, 2500 masll. Breakfast. Descent to Casa Mocha and meet the truck that takes us to El Moreno and then to Tilcara, where we arrive in the afternoon-night. Overnight in hostel. Farewell dinner.
Day 9: Breakfast. Free, end of the expedition.
Observations: Although we have animals (mules-donkeys) and trucks that help us to carry (carry) the general equipment and some of the personnel, each one must carry their own backpack of no less than 55/60 liters of capacity throughout the tour (check below, in Notes: Level of Requirement).