CHOPICALLQUI (6354m)

yanapaccha-chopicalqui-climbing1DIFFICULTY:  hard/ Experience required

DURATION: 2-3 Days

RECOMENDED TIME: From May to September

LOCATION: Cordillera Blanca

AVARAGE TEMPERATURE: During the day between 13° C  to 23° C

During the night between -5°C to -2°C  and on the top  -10°C

Chopicalqui is a demanding peak to climb, with sections of steep ice climbing. The route begins following a major glacier uphill, and then steepens onto a broad ridge with route-finding skills needed. Higher up the ridge narrows and steepens, and while it is not highly technical it is exposed in some places. Most of the climb is on snow slopes of 40 to 50 deg.

ITENERARY

DAY 01: HUARAZ – LLANGANUCO – CHOPICALQUI’S BASE CAMP 4200 m.

After the breakfast in the Hotel we will aboard the private bus to go along the Callejón de Huaylas in the north side of Huaraz, after driving for 2 hours approx. we will register in the National Park Control, passing the Llanganuco lakes Chinancocha and Orconcocha, till curva de chopicallqui where we will have Lunch, then in the early afternoon we will start walking for 02 hours uphill to the Ancush Valley between Huascaran and Chopicalqui, we will arrive to the Base Camp at around 3:00 pm.

DAY 02: BASE CAMP – MORAINE CAMP 4700M 

After the breakfast in the Base Camp we will hike up to the Moraine Camp for about 4 hours, during this hike we will enjoy the splendid view in the north site like Pisco, Huandoy and Chacraraju peaks, lunch along the way, after arriving to the camp in the afternoon we will check our climbing equipment for the next day, and early dinner and overnight Camping at (4700m).

DAY 03: MORAINE CAMP – CAMP 1 OF CHOPICALQUI 5500M 

After the breakfast we will climb up moraine rock for 1½ hours before reaching the glacier. Then 3 to 4 hours of steady climbing on up to 30 deg. of crevassed snow slopes which we’ll negotiate carefully to avoid crevasses before reaching Camp 1, on snow, at 5500m

DAY 04: CAMP 1 – CLIMB UP CHOPICALQUI – MORAINE CAMP 4700M 

Climb to the summit. This day is the most important and a little hard to climb, we will leave at 1:00 am in the morning after a light breakfast, climbing for about 5 to 06 hours to the summit (6,354m). The first 2 to 3 hours are steady climbing. There are crevasses and seracs to avoid as we climb 30 to 50 deg. slopes to the summit shoulder. From the summit shoulder the difficulty of climbing is mixed with some easy 45 deg. slopes to sections of steep up to 85 deg. technical climbing.  In the way we will find steep pieces where to climb cooparating with your leader guide so after enjoying the views of Huascaran, Huandoy, Contrahierba, Pisco, Chacraraju mountain. From the summit we descend back by climbing and abseiling to Camp1 where the cook will be waiting with hot drinking and something to eat,

*10 to 13 hours for that day.

DAY 05: MORAINE CAMP – BASE CAMP – HUARAZ

After the last breakfast in the Moraine Camp of Chopicalqui, we will descend to the Base Camp for about 1 hour half, continue walking down to the highway called Curva de Chopicalqui, where our transfer will be waiting for us, from here to Yungay will take 2 hours, along this travel we will pass the Llanganuco lake and then we will arrive to Huascaran National Park Control, where we will register with our passport, then we will continue go down to Yungay, after this we will continue traveling along the Callejon de Huaylas to Huaraz for about 1 hour more. Arriving to Huaraz at around 17:00 hours approximately.

CHOPI

SERVICES  INCLUDED

  • Acclimatization tour to Churup lake 4450M.
  • Meal (breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time, dinner)
  • North face tent (04 season)
  • Kitchen tent (Base Camp)
  • Dining tent (Base Camp)
  • Toilet tent(Base Camp)
  • Certificated Mountain  guide ( English spoken)
  • Certificated cook
  • Donkeys
  • Donkey driver.
  • Kitchen and dining full utensils. Chair, table, stove, gas, plates, caps, forks (Base Camp)
  • first aid kit
  • private transport
  • Porters
  • Hot water to clean up your hands and face.
  • Boiled water to fill your bottle every day.
  • Include last day typical dinner and drink
  • rope, ice peaks, ice screw

SERVICES  NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights to Lima / Peru
  • Bus ticket Lima – Huaraz and Huaraz – Lima
  • Lost luggage
  • Hotel in Huaraz and Lima
  • Meals in restaurants in Huaraz and Lima
  • transaction fee not included in total
  • Entrance fee to Huascarán National Park, s/ 150.00 soles per person
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Horse (in case of emergency, for trekking parts)
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Don’t include first breakfast.
  • Personal spendings
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment such as: sleeping bag, mattress, head lamp, carabiners, boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, dawn jacket, rainproof pants and jackets, snow glasses, gloves, ATC, Deysi chang, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)
  • Tips

WE RECOMEND TO BRING

  • Hiking boots/climbing Boots
  • trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
  • Sun hat
  • Hat for cold weather (fleece)
  • microfiber shirts and thermal
  • Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
  • waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Layer
  • Bottle for water
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Sunscreen (lips and skin)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Photographic Material
  • hiking poles