I climbed Chachani with my dad in September 2012. Although it's almost 6,100 meters high, it's quite an easy climb. Because you can drive almost up to 5,000 meters, and then climb the rest. We opted to stay the night at about 5,300 meters instead of doing the whole climb in one day. In hindsight, I would have probably only done it in 1 day, not 2 days. This is because Day 1 of our climb was only about a 1.5 hour hike. So Day 1 was kind of a waste.
The hike itself was quite boring. In fact, it's just one large sand mountain, with some rocks as well. Hiking up is a bit like running in sand. It's very tiring, and everytime step up, resulted in a half-a-step slip back down again. There was no wildlife whatsoever, not vegetation either. I have hike extenively and this was probably the most boring hike I've even done. All we saw for the entire hike was sand some rocks. That's it. I don't think I would recommend this hike. I think hiking in Huaraz (visiting Lagoons) or somewhere near Cusco (Salkantay or Lares trail) is a much better deal.
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