The first ascent in history. Last Tuesday, 1 November 2022, our colleague Alfonso Pérez Mínguez, cyclist and mountaineer, made the first ever certified ascent of a 6,000-meter mountain from sea level. He achieved this challenge without the use of mechanical or electrical assistance. Alfonso climbed the Chachani Volcano (6057 meters) from the port of Matarani in a total time of 26 hours, 44 minutes.
Alfonso Pérez departed from the port of Matarani at 7.30 a.m. From there, he cycled the 185 km to the Patahuasi toll at an altitude of 4,111 metres above sea level. There, he rode the 13 km by MTB to the Chachani junction. After this, he began the 10 km hike to the Chachani parking lot, at 5,000 meters above sea level. This test finally ended with an ascent of the 6057 metre-high Chachani Volcano. He reached the summit at 10:14 a.m. on Wednesday 2 November, with a total ascent time of 26 hours, 44 minutes.
Alfonso had to face a change in temperature of 34 degrees (26 degrees during the day and 8 below zero at night); 215 km; 7000 meters of positive height change; and half the oxygen at the summit compared to the sea.
Our colleague took this challenge in order to raise funds for the San José Benito de Cottolengo home for special children in Arequipa. A place where the Sisters of the Home care for abandoned girls with functional diversity.
Eiffage Energía Sistemas has collaborated with this initiative by making a direct donation to the Home and supporting Alfonso with the values that he displays during each of his challenges.
This world record can be appreciated in full in the exciting video that they filmed: