Nevado de Chañi Expedition - 5896 masl - South ascent - Salya and Jujuy

Summit expedition from Salta - complete tour of the snowy

  • Start Date : 2023-Apr-06
    End Date: 2023-Apr-16
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am
    Hora Fin: 3 pm
  • Meeting Point:Salta City
    End: Salta City
  • Duration:11 days + trip
    Availability: 9 spots
Ascent Nevado de Chañi (5896 masl), South Route (from Salta)


A wonder that always prevails

Sighted from the furthest horizons, Nevado de Chañi constitutes a massif of considerable altitude that geologically has little to do with the Andes Mountains proper. It is made up of several peaks, all of them higher than 5000 meters above sea level, which arise from prominent ridges that emerge to the west and south. The stubborn and majestic geography wanted one day this beautiful mountain range to participate in the limits between the two northernmost provinces of the country, Salta and Jujuy.
The 5896 meters above sea level 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.

Observations: Although we have animals (mules-donkeys) that help us 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 Demand).


Recommendation: Arrive the day before, to spend the night in Salta. Check air or bus options to get there.

Note: This is the longest option to ascend the mountain, which includes an approach with a beautiful walking tour that begins in the southern sector of the massif, in Salta province.

Day 1: SALTA & SAN BERNARDO DE LAS ZORRAS, 3000 masl. Meeting in Salta and departure in charter vehicle to San Bernardo de las Zorras, a small town located at 3000 meters above sea level, on the road that goes up to San Antonio de los Cobres, very close to the Train of the Clouds. There we get off the vehicle and set up camp, next to some beautiful trees that give us shade. Brief tour of the area. Hydration. Dinner and overnight. Approximate walking hours: 0.

Day 2: POTRERO DE CHAÑI, 3400 masl. With the first rays of light breakfast, backpacks on the shoulder and departure. Day of quiet trekking to the next campsite in Potrero de Chañi, a picturesque hamlet located at 3,400 meters above sea level. About 6 hours of walking for the day. Walks in the area and acclimatization night in the town. Views of the south wall of Chañi in front of us. Approximate walking hours: 7.

Day 3: CORRAL BLANCO, 4000 masl. Breakfast. We continue our journey, now through a more open place with gradual unevenness. We pass through Pasnato, an old aboriginal settlement and then we ascend definitively towards the place of Portezuelo del Chañi. The place of our camp is called Corral Blanco, located exactly 4000 meters above sea level. We set up the tents and get ready to hydrate. Dinner and overnight. Approximate walking hours: 8.

Day 4: LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 masl. Breakfast. Day of ascent to the Chañi pass (PORTEZUELO) to reach the Abra de Reyes (border between Salta and Jujuy - 4200 masl) from where we descend to Ovejería (3600 masl), a fantastic hamlet located on the Jujuy side. Night of refuge in a typical house in the area. Rest and free to tour the place. Approximate walking hours: 8.

Day 5: LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 masl Breakfast. Rest day or low activity day. We can rest by the river or visit the Great Canyon and the old settlement of Ovejería, with its classic church and its two families as the only inhabitants today. Dinner and overnight. Approximate walking hours: 0.

Day 6: LA GRAN VEGA, 4100 masl. Breakfast. We begin our gradual ascent to attempt the summit of the hill. As we gain height, we can appreciate the extraordinary setting that the area gives us. Intermediate lunch. We´ll search for a place to set up our intermediate camp, next to a stream, in the La Gran Vega camp, Puesto Angela. Hydration. Dinner and overnight. Approximate walking hours: 6.

Day 7: REFUGE, 4700 masl. Last section of approach, to reach the Nevado del Chañi Military Refuge, in the Reichert Amphitheater, at 4700 meters above sea level. Rest, hydration and preparation of equipment for the summit day. Approximate walking hours: 3.

Day 8: SUMMIT-REFUGE, 4700 masl. Very early breakfast (3 am). Final preparations and assault to the summit. We start the section at night to the base of the carry, we ascend to the Abra de Chañi at 5400 meters above sea level and from there we´ll try to access the main summit along the long edge. Descent to the refuge. Approximate walking hours: 12/15.

Day 9: LOS MIMBRES-OVEJERÍA, 3600 masl. Breakfast. Descent to Ovejeria. Recovery, relaxation and rest day. Approximate walking hours: 6.

Day 10: MOLULO, 2200 masl. Breakfast. Disarming of the camp and long trekking to Molulo, almost at the end of the valley, continuing with our Tour of Chañi. Last night on the mountain. Farewell dinner. Approximate walking hours: 10.

Day 11: LEON-S.S.DE JUJUY-SALTA. Breakfast. Last 2-hour stretch to León, again in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. End of the tour. Transfer by vehicle to San Salvador de Jujuy and / or Salta. End of our services.


It is an expedition with great intensity and demanding on the summit day. It is important to have some experience in outdoor camping and to have done some long trekkings, carrying a backpack

Program subject to climatic, geographical and political conditions. Modifications to it can occur on the activity depending on various circumstances and factors. Decisions will be made exclusively by the guides, baqueanos and coordinators.

Included Services
  • Local transfer to and from Salta.
  • Baqueanos and pack animals.
  • Professional mountain guides.
  • Full board in the mountains (breakfasts, energetic walks, lunches, snacks, dinners).
  • General kitchen elements (pots, heaters)
  • Equipment and first aid kit.
  • Communication equipment for emergencies: VHF, Satellite Phone or Spot Monitoring.
  • Bedroom tents for 2/3 people, subject to availability.
  • Informative preliminary meetings.
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • Permanent assistance and coordination.

Services NOT included
  • Travel to Salta.
  • Accommodation in Salta the night before the start
  • Expenses caused by abandoning the program.
  • Tips.

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Where do you sleep

Every night in mountain tents, in wild areas and without sanitary services (there is drinking water in each camp, from streams.)


Is it a difficult hike?

It has no technical difficulty but it does have physical, plus the addition of height. It is mandatory to have previous experience in trekking or other ascents.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, and be physically active.


Do I need to have previous experience?

It is important to have some previous experience in different trekkings. We recommend having good physical condition, and knowing that in this mode of ascent you walk during the day with a backpack, and spend the night in wild camp. The summit day is intense.


Where do we spend the night?

The overnight takes place in mountain camps in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people, according to availability. And sometimes we use local people houses.


Do I have to bring a tent?

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


What is the climate or temperature?

Although the time of year is optimal for this ascent, in mountain and / or rugged areas the temperatures tend to drop at night.


Are rest stops made?

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

There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.


From what age can I do this activity?

From 16 years of age. We also recommend that you contact us before booking or booking a minor.


How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman a range of 13 to 15 kilos, in a man from 15 to 20 kilos.


Is there a carrying service?

Yes. We have a mule / donkey carrying service, which will carry the general equipment (food, tents, kitchen equipment).


What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the FULL BOARD meals service.

Marching lunches (cold meals): Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold cuts, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.

Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast meat (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in the saucepan ....

Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, 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 any 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

General Gear


  • Special backpack for trekking (60 to 80 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (–15 degrees of comfort, eg 800 / 1000gms. Of down-duvet or good synthetic).
  • Insulating mat (10 to 15mm).
  • Inflatable insulating mat (optional)
  • Trekking sticks




  • 1 Mountain boots for hills of 5000 meters (not necessarily double)
  • 1 extra trekking shoes
  • 1 footwear to cross rivers: crocks, sandals or light shoes


FIRST LAYER (First skin)
  • underwear.
  • Cotton T-shirts (to be in the camp and to sleep)
  • T-shirts and / or synthetic short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved synthetic T-shirt
  • Polypropylene pants or leggins or similar (not cotton). To wear as a warm inner trousers
  • Thin polypropylene or similar gloves (not cotton)
  • pairs of thin socks made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton), in contact with the skin.
  • Buff type multifunction scarf


  • Trekking socks pairs (synthetic-thermal)
  • pairs of thick mountain socks
  • Some cotton or wool socks (wool is good for sleeping)
  • 1 long trekking pants
  • 2 coats (fleece, softshell or similar)
  • Down jacket-duvet
  • Warm hat (fleece)
THIRD LAYER (windproof and waterproof)


  • Waterproof jacket (ultrex or gore tex or similar)
  • Pant covers (gore tex or similar or ski type)
  • Third layer gloves or mittens (waterproof and breathable). They can be ski type
  • Mountain leggings
  • Crampons (possible to rent)




  • Document
  • Medical insurance, travel asistance ensurance


  • Front flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries).
  • Strong plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • Plate, glass and cutlery (plastic recommended)


  • Sunglasses with UV protection Category 4
  • Replacement lenses (can be goggles, highly recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the pertinent prescription).
  • High sunscreen, Lip balm
  • Soap, shampoo (small to share) and small towel.
  • Others
  • Toilet paper. Handkerchiefs Baby wipes.
  • Shorts (for bathing in the stream)
  • Sun hat

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