Cordillera Volcanica – Bomboya trek,
Sabancaya (5960 m) & Ampato (6288 m)

PER-18 / 14-day trip / Grade: F

Bomboya trek, Sabancaya & Ampato 1

This is our most off-the-beatten-track program in the “Cordillera Volcanica”. The program begins with a relaxing visit to Arequipa “the white city” and then travel to the famous Colca Canyon, where the acclimatization will be done. The Bomboya trek shares the first day with the classic Colca trek and after that it follows a seldom-visited 4 days trail than ascents to Bomboya’s mountain pass (5300 m) and descents back down into the Canyon at Madrigal town.

After this solid acclimatization, the focus will be the neighboring Sabancaya and Ampato summits, both glaciated volcanoes, located at the center of the “Cordillera Volcanica” having privileged view over this amazing surrounding volcanic landscape. Ampato volcano is a very well known mountain, as it was here that Arequipa’s famous mummy “Juanita” was found.

Definitely an exiting program for those looking for challenges in less crowded areas,

Day 1 Arrival in Lima, Peru
Day 2 Arequipa Full day City tour (2335 m)
Day 3 Colca Canyon (3635 m)
Day 4 Llahuar (2273 m)
Day 5 Fure (2950 m) & Huaruro waterfall
Day 6 Toccallo (4400 m)
Day 7 Bomboya high camp (4600 m)
Day 8 Chivay (3635 m)
Day 9 Sabancaya´s base camp (5100 m)
Day 10 Climb: Sabancaya (5960 m)
Day 11 Rest day at Sabancaya’s base camp (5100 m)
Day 12 Ampato high camp (5450 m)
Day 13 Climb: Ampato volcano (6288 m)
Day 14 Departure
Day 1

Arrival in Lima, Peru
Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Arequipa Full day City tour (2335 m)
Arequipa the second most important city in Peru, known as the white city for the light colors of its colonial facades, due to the material extracted from “El Sillar” quarry. Also with a reputation as a cultural hot spot, having many of the countries best Universities and cultural movements. In the morning the group will be picked up for a guided city tour in the well preserved colonial downtown. During the tour there will be a stop at the lovely “Plaza de Armas” (main square) to see some of the best examples of the beautiful architecture of its glorious colonial time. The Cathedral is also worth a visit, being a great example of the Church’s wealth and power. The Jesuit “Compañia de Jesus” church’s quarters is a great colonial building in very good conditions. There will be a visit to one of the most interesting religious places: The Santa Catalina de Siena convent, built in 1579 and considered the most important colonial construction in the city. Here women from different social backgrounds enter to follow a live of devotions and isolation, never to leave again. The convent is a city within a city and a good example of how social difference where present even in such a place, reflected in the private cells where the nuns lived. It is also a great religious art museum.
The tour will visit, maybe the most interesting museum: “Museo de Santuarios Andinos”, which houses the mummy known as “Juanita”, the body of a sacrificed Inca young girl found in the summit of the Ampato volcano. The incredibly well-preserved state in which she was found, has been a great source of information for the scientist, plus all the archeological artifact that surrounded her and the other mummies.
There will be free time in the afternoon to enjoy the city by own hand, a good opportunity to walk around the streets and plazas in the historical district. The “Mirador de Yanahuara” is a perfect spot to end the day, watching the sun set from this vintage point overlooking the city and the Misti and Chachani volcanoes.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Colca Canyon (3635 m)
Morning departure from Arequipa, driving (3 h) towards the Colca canyon. The road trip goes over the highlands passing by the Chachani volcano and heading Northeast into the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve, where it is possible to see Vicuñas, Llamas and Alpacas grazing in the arid highland. Continue to the “Mirador de los Volcanes” (4866 m), highest spot along the road, where there will be a stop to appreciate some of the high volcanoes of Cordillera Volcánica as: Hualca Hualca (6030 m), Sabancaya (5950m), Mismi (5672 m), Ampato (6288 m), Chachani (6075 m) and Misti (5825 m). The Mismi is worth a special mentioned, as it is this mountain that has the honor to be appointed as one of the sources of the Amazon river. Then continue descending to the town of Chivay, the most important town in the Colca canyon and where lunch will be held. There will be time to walk around the place, before driving down to the opposite side of the canyon to visit the archeological ruins of Uyo Uyo. After this activity, few minute down to the lodge.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Llahuar (2273 m)
Departure around 7 AM driving on a road that runs parallel to the Colca river, down to the famous “Cruz del Condor” view point. This place is where the wide canyon turns into a narrow gorge of almost 1000 meter deep and the best spot to see the condors flying. In the morning is the best time, due to the ascendant thermal currents, which create the perfect scenery for these amazing bird to fly. It is a unique experience!
After this stop, the trip continue to the town of Cabanaconde (3287 m), the place where the Colca trek starts. There will be a short stop to get a bite and do he last preparations for the trek. There will be a short stop to get a bite and do he last preparations for the trek. After all the logistics are ready, the group will start the hike down by the Llahuar trail which descents, first by a series of gorges and small valleys, until the very edge of the Colca Cayon. There is an outstanding view from this place, down to the Colca river, the settlements of Malata, Cosnirhua, Tapay and, off course, to our destination the settlement of Llahuar, right by the river side. The descend is long and two thirds of the way are quite steep, thankfully the trail is very good and the switchbacks makes it much lighter. It takes between 3-4 hours to reach the Colca river and then cross over by either the pedestrian or car bridge. Down by the river side, it is possible to see the steam coming up from a of a sort of “Geysers”, where hot water is surfacing from the volcanic underground.
Then a short ascent to a small settlement and then a descent to a second bridge to cross over to Llahuar settlement. The place is located on the mountain side, few meter from the river bed. It has a fantastic view down The Valley.
Night in local lodge.
Descent: 1014 m / Ascent: 100 m / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Fure (2950 m) & Huaruro waterfall
After breakfast and before the sun hit Llahuar’s mountain side, the group will start the hike ascending a relatively steep section into a side valley and then follow, a much easier and almost flat trail, that gently ascents passing some agricultural terraces until the settlement of Fure. After a good break and something to eat, the group will hike up to the great Huaruro waterfall at the end of green valley between high mountains. Then return to Fure settlement for the night.
Night in local lodge.
Ascent: 677 m to the settlement / Highest Altitude: 2950 m / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Toccallo (4400 m)
Departure from Fure, taking a well marked trail that goes to Malata. The first part is quite easy and when the long travel to Malata starts, there is another less used trail that follows a series of steep moraines. The ascent is quite hard due to both the pronounce inclination of the hike and the heat, which decreases as altitude is gain. After about 4 hours, will reach the settlement of Toccallo (3900 m). The settlement has a fist class view down to the Colca Canyon and a great place to enjoy the evening.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 1450 m / Highest Altitude: 4400 m / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

Bomboya high camp (4600 m)
Today the hike will ascent up to the Bomboya pass (5300 m), located on the West side of Bomboya mountain. This part of the trek is known for the chances to see deers, vizcachas, vicuñas, etc. From the pass descent to the campsite, located on opposite flank of the mountain.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 900 m / Descent: 700 m / Highest Altitude: 5300 m / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Chivay (3635 m)
Last day on the trek, departing after breakfast down by a colorful valley that leads back down to the Colca Canyon. During the descent it is possible to see the huge Raymondi cactus and some ancient Malata ruins. Slowly the farmlands start to appear and the trail ends at the ton of Madrigal (3300 m). Here the transport will be waiting to take the group to Chivay (3600 m) for a good night rest. There is also the option visit very nice hot-springs to relax after this amazing trek.
Night in hotel.
Descent: 365 m / Highest Altitude: 4000 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 9

Sabancaya´s base camp (5100 m)
Departure around 8 AM, driving back to the high plateau by the same road to Chivay and then up to the “Mirador de los Volcanes”. Few kilometers ahead, there is a 2 hours dirt road that goes all the way to Sabancaya’s base camp. Base camp is place on the East side of the mountain at an altitude of 5100 meters. Upon arrival the staff will setup the camp and the rest of the evening is for rest. From the camp there is a perfect view across the “puna” (highland dessert) to the Chchani, Misti and Ubina volcanoes. The guide will do a briefing with all the relevant information for the climb.
Night in tents.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 10

Climb: Sabancaya (5960 m)
Sabancaya is an active Volcano with a permanent fumarole rising from the summit. Due to the stability of the volcano, it is allowed to climb it, a unique experience!
Early starts at around 5:00 AM, leaving base camp and heading upwards by a long moraine that varies in its step ness from gentle to quite steep. The terrain is very rocky, but due to the mountain’s volcanic activity there are big patches of ash cover section of the climb. In the upper part, there are fields of ice and snow, some also ash covered. The last meters are relatively steep and, depending on The time of the year, there can be quite some snow covering a disappearing glacier right on the summit. The ascent takes between 7 to 8 hours. On the summit, an experience of a live time, to look down into an active volcano with its fumarole. It is not everyday that one have the opportunity o experiences such a geological phenomena. After a good time in the summit, descent (4 h) back to base camp.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 860 m / Descent: 860 m / Highest altitude: 5960 m / Activity duration: 10-12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 11

Rest day at Sabancaya’s base camp (5100 m)
This day, it is a rest day at base camp. The idea is to recover for the next climb. It also help to get an extra day at this altitudeto archived a better acclimatization.
Night in tents.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 12

Ampato’s high camp (5450 m)
After breakfast the team will pack down the camp and start the hike over a long and almost flat area for 2,3 h. Then a gentle 1,5-2 h ascent over a rocky moraine will lead to the high camp (5450 m), places beside a frozen Lake. From this camp, there is an impressive over to Sabancaya Volcano and the fumarole at the summit. The rest of the afternoon will be to rest and get ready for the next morning climb. The guide will help with all the preparations and will provided all the needed information for the ascent.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 350 m / Highest altitude: 5450 m / Activity duration: 2 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 13

Climb: Ampato volcano (6288 m)
Ampato Volcano, its name translates frog from indigenous language Quechua, due to its shape when seen from its sides. This mountain is a big name for Arequipa, being here that the archeologists found in the 70’s several Inca mummies on the summit. It was here that the famous mummy Juanita was found and now rests at a museum in Arequipa. Ampato is also the second highest mountain in the Cordillera Volcanica after Coropuna.
The wake up call will be around 1:00 AM aiming to leave the camp around 2:00 AM. Once on the march, the idea is to head up to the glacier’s edge and then hike by the line between the glacier and the moraine, avoiding in this way the “penitentes” (snow towers that forms on the glacier’s surface). The climb is quite steep and demanding. At an specific spot, it will be necessary to get on top of the glacier, so the team will gear up and divided in groups according to the fitness and acclimatization. The glacier is also steep and it increases as one get closer to the summit. About 100 below the summit, there is the steepest section a snow/ice ramp with an average inclination of 45-50 degrees, a very fun part to climb! From the summit there is a great 360 degrees panoramic view to most of the volcanoes on the mountain range, to the West: Chachani, Misti and Ubina volcanoes. To the Northeast the Coropuna Volcano, the highest on the range and to the South the Sabancaya and Mismi volcanoes. The ascent takes an average of 7 hours and the descent to high camp takes 3 hours. After a good rest, continue down for another 2 hours to a parking place where the vehicles will be waiting. A 4 hours drive back to Arequipa to the comfort of a hotel and lower altitude and a last night in the city.
Night in hotel.
Ascent: 838 m / Descent: 838 m / Highest altitude: 6288 m / Activity duration: 10-12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 14

Pick up at hotel and transfer out to Arequipa’s Airport (1 h), domestic flight to Lima for an international connection or domestic flight to any other destination in the country.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking UIAGM certified mountain guide from day 3 to 13
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • City tour in Arequipa with English speaking guide and entry fees
  • 1 night in shared double room hotel in the city of Lima
  • 2 nights in shared double room hotel in the city of Arequipa
  • 2 nights in shared double room hotel in the city of Chivay
  • 2 nights in shared dormitories in lodges in Llahuar & Fure
  • High quality mountain tents in campsites
  • Campsite equipment with dinning tent and chair
  • Cook for the campsite
  • Porters for common and personal equipment
  • Complete first aid kit and communications
  • Entry fee to the national parks and natural reserves
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal climbing and camping equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

LIMA: Costal del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar

AREQUIPA: Hotel La Casa de mi Abuela or similar

COLCA CANYON: Hotel El Pozo del Cielo or similar


Local lodge in Llahuar (no website) or similar
Local lodge in Fure (no website) or similar



Colca Cayon & Bomboya trek:

Sabancaya & Ampato volcanoes:

Tags: Climbing, Peru, Colca, F grade, Cordillera Volcanica, Ampato, Chivay, Cruz del Condor, Sabancaya, Bomboya