TIMING: 5 days
Artesonraju is a beautiful pyramid mountain which you may recognize from the ParamountPictures movie logo. It is a technical & difficult mountain to climb, with steep hard ice and several serious ice pitches and is only recommended for experienced & confident climbers. We normally climb the Southeast Route via the Paron Valley, but there are several other more difficult routes also.
DAY 1: Drive from Huaraz to Caraz and then on to Laguna Paron (3½ to 4 hours) then we trek around the lake to either camp at the head of the lake (1½ hours) or climb up above the lake one hour more to a nice camp in trees by a stream (4200m)
DAY 2: We climb up on a prominent moraine ridge. Choice of camps either on the moraine just below the glacier 4900m (1½ to 2 hours), or climb about another 2 hours up onto the glacier and camp in High Camp on the ice at 5100m
DAY 3: We leave the camp early, first climbing up the glacier on slopes up to 45 deg. to the base of the face. Then the climb to the summit is 50 – 55 deg. for about 900m with the final 100m to the summit steeping to 60 deg. requiring belays. Descend the same way by several rappels and camp at High Camp. 19 to 21 hours for the day.
DAY 4: Descend to Base Camp
DAY 5: Walk around the lake to meet our van which will take us back to Huaraz.