The col is 30km by road from Quetena Chico, a small village with some basic shops and accommodation options. Bring all your food and water from here. If you’re very fit, very acclimatized, go unloaded and leave early, it’s possible to do this as a strenuous day trip from the village.
From the col, it was less than an hour of walking on a decent path for us to reach the mountain’s 6008m summit, thus rendering it one of the easiest 6000ers in the world.
|Dist (km)||Altitude (m)||Description|
|0||4150||Quetena Chico, Plaza de Armas. Take the track heading at the volcano.|
|9.6||4280||L. Water by mine. Not sure I’d drink it.|
|10.5||4300||Go R (L is slightly more direct, but very sandy).|
|~13.1||4350||Two routes rejoin.|
|27.5||5550||Flat area, possible to camp.|
|30.5||5760||Col between peaks. It’s possible to cycle a few metres higher up to N/L.|
|Distance (of which paved)||61km return (0km)|
|Time taken||2 days (return, including climbing the peak)|
|Traffic||2 vehicles in 2 days|
|Best time to cycle||April – October|
|When we cycled||November 2013|
|How much we had to push on this route||1km (half on the sandy sections near Quetena, half on the steep sections high up)|